Trouble in Mind
by Michael Wiley

Introducing maverick Chicago private investigator Sam Kelson in the first of a hardhitting new crime noir series.

Sam Kelson is a PI like no other. As a consequence of being shot in the head while working undercover as a Chicago cop, he suffers from disinhibition: he cannot keep silent or tell lies when questioned. But truth be told – and Kelson always tells the truth – he still feels compelled to investigate and, despite the odds, he’s good at his job.

Hired by Trina Felbanks to investigate her pharmacist brother, whom she suspects is dealing drugs, Kelson arrives at Felbanks’ home to make a shocking discovery. Arrested on suspicion of murder, he makes an even more startling discovery concerning his client’s identity. Kelson would appear to have been set up … but by whom, and why?

As events spiral out of control and the body count rises, Kelson realizes he’s made a dangerously powerful enemy. Will he survive long enough to discover who has targeted him – and what it is they want?


A violent mystery that introduces a singular character guided by his sometimes-twisted thoughts. Readers of L.L. Bartlett’s “Jeff Resnick” mysteries may be intrigued by another sleuth who learns to cope with his brain injury

Library Journal

Wiley keeps the twists coming. Fans of differently abled detectives will look forward to the sequel

Publishers Weekly

Sure to satisfy


Engrossing ... Readers will want to see more of the complex Dast

Publishers Weekly on Monument Road

Like your noir pitch-black? So does Wiley

Kirkus Reviews on Monument Road

No one will stop reading, so hypnotic is Wiley's writing

Booklist on Black Hammock

The book's strength is in its insights into the well-developed characters

Publishers Weekly on Second Skin

Noir fiction doesn't get much darker ... Wiley is extremely good at creating an atmosphere of menacing dread ... New shocks occur all the way to the last page

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Blue Avenue

An excellent noir that will attract readers who appreciate the anguished protagonists of Steve Hamilton and Loren D. Estleman

Library Journal Starred Review of Blue Avenue

Michael Wiley

Michael Wiley was brought up in Chicago, and now teaches creative writing and literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. As well as the Franky Dast thrillers, he is the Shamus Award-winning author of the Chicago-based Joe Kozmarski PI series, the Daniel Turner thrillers, and the Sam Kelson mysteries. His first Franky Dast thriller, Monument Road, was nominated for the 2018 Shamus Best PI Novel Award and the Sam Kelson mystery, Head Case, was nominated for the same award in 2022.

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Trouble in Mind by Michael Wiley is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278898127th January 2020145 X 221mm224$28.99
Hardback978072788981230th September 2019145 X 221mm224£20.99
Ebook97814483035191st November 2019N/A224$6.99
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Paperback978178029652427th October 2020140 X 215mm224$17.95
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