Released last June, Guilty Minds is the third book in the Nick Heller series by Joseph Finder. If you wish to read in order you need to start with Vanished followed by Buried Secrets.
Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder
This is a dark tale of intrigue and underhanded politics. It hits the stands in June, just in time for the height of our own political entanglements.
Nick Heller says his job is figuring out who’s lying and why, since he has a knack for detecting lies, but there’s a lot more to it than that. He calls himself a private intelligence contractor, a nebulous job description that gives him leeway. Gideon Parnell, a Washington DC as well as national legend, wants Nick to look into a high powered friend of his, who going to be attacked in the sleazy online Scandal Sheet for using a prostitute. Parnell is reluctant to even give Nick the name because, it turns out, he’s the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Nick starts digging and finds that the author of the exposé is Mandy Seeger, who used to be a hot shot reporter for the Washington Post. He’s intrigued by her. She says she’ll send the story out in 48 hours unless Nick can prove it’s false. He follows the trail, finds out who the prostitute is, and who paid for her, a wealthy casino owner, but before he gets further, the prostitute is murdered.
Now he’s investigating a murder and the scandal. Wading through muddy waters, trying to find out which leads are dead ends, which are false, and where the truth is, puts all of his powers to the test.
If you’re a Finder fan, this book will not disappoint you. If you’re not, you might become one after this read.
Reviewed by Kaye George, author of Requiem in Red for Suspense Magazine