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Published by: Dutton
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Pages: 400
ISBN13: 978-0525954620

Series: Nick Heller Series #3


Winner of the Barry Award for Best Thriller for 2017

New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder delivers an exhilarating and timely thriller exploring how even the most powerful among us can be brought down by a carefully crafted lie and how the secrets we keep can never truly stay buried.

The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed, his career destroyed, by a powerful gossip website that specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Their top reporter has written an exposé claiming that he had liaisons with an escort, a young woman prepared to tell the world her salacious tale. But the chief justice is not without allies and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks.

Nick Heller is a private spy—an intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments. A high-powered investigator with a penchant for doing things his own way, he’s called to Washington, DC, to help out in this delicate, potentially explosive situation.

Nick has just forty-eight hours to disprove the story about the chief justice. But when the call girl is found murdered, the case takes a dangerous turn, and Nick resolves to find the mastermind behind the conspiracy before anyone else falls victim to the maelstrom of political scandal and ruined reputations predicated upon one long-buried secret.
Series Overview

Nick Heller likes nothing more than being underestimated by an opponent. He’s self-deprecating, irreverent, a man who can’t stand pretense. Or bullies. He really doesn’t like being lied to — and no one’s more loyal. After serving in the Special Forces in undisclosed locations, doing things he’s not allowed to talk about, he became a “private spy.” Now he’s got his own boutique international investigation firm in his hometown of Boston. And as some very bad people are about to learn, he never, ever gives up.


"Joseph Finder has once again provided his readers with a first-rate crime thriller... he knows the value of careful construction, exhaustive research, good writing and characterization that all adds up to quite a fast read."

"Everyone’s favorite private spy, Nick Heller, is back... Smooth prose, good action, well-paced, and just a fun story. A real pleasure to read from beginning to end."
—The Irresponsible Reader

"GUILTY MINDS excites and intrigues, and is the kind of book that can be digested in a single sitting. If Finder’s not already on your reading list, GUILTY MINDS demonstrates what the author has to offer: page-turning excellence."
—Simon McDonald (Reader, Writer, Bookseller)

"Solid, good, entertaining read."
—Just Talking Books

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Chapter 1

Lies are my business. They keep me employed.

If you believe scientific studies, we all lie, several times a day. Can’t help ourselves. Sure, white lies are the grease that keeps the social engines running. But lies—real lies—are the source of all trouble. My job is really nothing more than figuring out who’s lying and why, and to catch them at it. That’s all there is to it.

Fortunately, I have a knack for detecting lies. At least on my good days.

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