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Guilty Minds

(Nick Heller #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,435 ratings  ·  556 reviews
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 scandal, and how the lies we tell one another—and ourselves—can never truly stay buried.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed by a powerful gossip website called Slander Sheet, which spe
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Dutton
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“If the Monroe was like any other hotel I’d ever stayed in, it used a piece of software called a property management system, which kept track of every time a guest room door was opened from the outside using a keycard. So there was always what’s called an audit trail.”
― Joseph Finder, Guilty Minds

I always enjoy Finder's books. Out of the half dozen or so I have read there is only one I did not like.

In this book, we have a judge being blackmailed, an online gossip site, murder and a detective tr
D.B. Woodling
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Slander Sheet, a website notorious for seedy gossip, plunges Jeremiah Claflin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, deep into its tawdry inferno. And Heidi L’Armour (AKA Karla Pitts), a prostitute who has, reputedly, serviced Claflin on more than one occasion, stands by as eager to fan the flames as Nick Heller is to extinguish them. That’s exactly what Finder’s protagonist — a former Special Forces intelligence operative turned private investigator— intends to do. The problem? He has only 48 hou ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Bringing Nick Heller back for a third thriller, Joseph Finder pulls out all the stops and offers a wonderful story with just enough mystery to keep the reader hooked. When Heller is summoned to meet with a high-powered attorney under veil of secrecy, he cannot guess what might be going on. Gideon Parnell is a legend in the legal world, having made a name for himself amongst the Washington elite, but also spent his youth marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. and pushing the envelop. Parnell seeks ...more
Rohit Enghakat
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a first Finder for me. I am not disappointed at all. The story is fast and kind of edge-of-the-seat thriller. Nick Heller is hired by a high profile power broker / attorney to investigate charges on a liaison between a Supreme Court judge and a call girl and prove wrong the allegations levelled by a gossip website Slander Sheet. Later the call girl is found dead and the twists begin ending with an unpredictable climax.

I loved the character of Nick Heller and Mandy Seeger. The writing is
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous thriller from Mr Joseph Finder with Nick Heller once again back in full form. I really like Nick and think he is a great character, smart, street wise and always out to find the truth, a guy that would be very handy to have on your side if you were in trouble. Nick is a private investigator based in Boston and his latest case involves a prostitute who is trying to discredit a Supreme Court Justice, Nick is hired to solve the issue but only has 48 hours to do so. Exciting, thrill ...more
L.A. Starks
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the Nick Heller series. In this one, Heller is operating out of DC instead of Boston, but the suspense level remains ratcheted just as high.

Finder uses great tech tricks and has all the weapons expertise readers expect. The climactic scene is quite a payoff, yet it leaves open looming threats for subsequent books.

The writing itself maintains nice rhythm throughout. There's a clichéd early scene (always with the Germans) but the rest of the plotting and all of the character
Patrice Hoffman
I'm a fan of Joseph Finder. He's never let me down when I'm in need of an in-between book. An "in-between" book for me is a quick read, not demanding of too many brain cells, and is a genuinely fun ride. First let me say, I mean no disrespect to Finder and I certainly don't want to imply he's not a formidable author, because he is. I just find that the work I have read of his is written (as I've said before in other reviews I've written for him) that his novels are similar to a movie plot. And a ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Boring, predictable and Heller escapes ridiculous situations almost with ease. 0 of 10 stars
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Dutton and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Stunning Cover!

Following (2015) standalone (now in paperback), 5 Stars The Fixer, New York Times bestseller, Joseph Finder returns with first-rate action, spy thriller of the year, GUILTY MINDS.

Razor Sharp, top-of-the-line thriller author, the proficient storyteller, returns with our favorite mysterious spy, (#3 Nick Heller) the best of the series!

High-powered Nick Heller, Boston-based p
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A gossip site is about to break a story about the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court consorting with paid escorts. Nick Heller has 48 hours to prove the story false. This doesn't seem an insurmountable task, but then the murders start.

A pretty good entry in the series.
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Kept my interest.

I want to smile because of something unexpected or being surprised, and the book didn’t have that. It was more like a complicated many-layered mystery. We slowly learn things throughout the book. There is a happy ending for the good guys. There are a few beat-em-up scenes.

This is a private investigator Nick solving a mystery. It’s told in first person point of view. I prefer third person.

This is book 3 in the Nick Heller series. I preferred books 1 and 2 (Vanished and
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Joseph Finder give us an exciting, thoughtful thriller. I really like Nick Heller, and am surprised that someone hasn't pick this character for a movie or TV series. I have the next book lined up to listen to, but will wait a bit to start it.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Halfway through I was sure this would be 5 stars. By the time I finished that was cut in half.

I’ve always felt that Joseph Finder is a decent writer. Good, not great. His books are mildly entertaining, not pulse-pounding thrillers. His writing is mediocre—better than some, not nearly as good as others. His novels pass some time, kill a few nights and really, isn’t that what a book’s supposed to do?

Guilty Minds, in my opinion, doesn’t even meet Finder’s “mediocre” standards.

Nick Heller is a lit
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars. The first 3/4 of the book was very good. The last 1/4 not so great.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finished just 24 hours ago and had to read the GR synopsis to remember what it was. 2 stars because I was entertained enough by the narrator to finish it.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: joseph-finder
A scandal sheet is about to defame the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with a prostitute scandal and Nick Heller has 48 hours to disprove it before it goes public.
Book Haunt
Guilty Minds is the third book in Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller series. Please check my archives if you are interested in reading my reviews of books one and two: Book Haunt

Investigator Nick Heller has had some harrowing cases so far and he comes into the ring fighting on each new case. His clients are usually very rich and powerful and if there’s one thing Nick has known since childhood, it’s that the rich and powerful usually have secrets. Nick might be a little paranoid but he’s pretty sure th
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heller is brought to Washington DC to investigate and put an end to a tawdry accusation of a Supreme Court Justice having a relationship with a young escort. He is given about 48 hours to find evidence it is not true. This leads to murder, paradoxes, a business that is less than honorable and a twist that will grab every reader. Excellent reading. Thanks to Net Galley and Dutton for an ARC for an honest review.
Ron Wroblewski
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joseph-finder
A real thriller. See if you can guess the real bad person behind the scenes. I did
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another solid Heller Novel
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
A strong 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars— We were first introduced to Nick Heller in Vanished - book 1 of 4 in the series. From the publishers blurb here is what you need to know:

“Previously trained in Special Forces, Nick is now a high-powered intelligence investigator, exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He is tough, smart and stubborn, essential qualities in his line of work. He is what many call a “fixer” or a private spy. Hired by lawyers, politicians and even foreign governme
Jacob Peled
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, suspense, _2018
A great fast pace book. Another diamond from Joseph Finder . One of those authors that I know I am going to love every book he publish.
Maureen DeLuca
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd in the Nick Heller series- and I did enjoy it. In this one, someone is trying to damage a Supreme Court justice with scandalous charges to be published in the tabloid rag Slander Sheet. Nick must attempt to head off the article and, failing that, reverse the damage. As he winds his way through DC and beyond, he and those helping him are placed in mortal danger at every turn. Who is behind the death and destruction? Who would want to damage a member of the court? And why? And are ...more
Carsten Hansen
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first acquaintance with Nick Heller, and starting with book # 3 in the series is hardly the most ideal place, but I already know that I will read the earlier books at a later time.
Nick Heller has started out on his own, a sort of Private Investigative firm, after having broken up with his partner. Despite being located in Boston, he gets contacted by a prominent law firm in Washington DC to uncover a lie.
A Supreme Court justice has allegedly had some trysts with a high-priced call gi
I really, seriously wish Joseph Finder would give us more Nick Heller books...although seeing his tendency to go several years between new entries in this series as opposed to churning out one new book each year like clockwork makes them pretty special in the world of thriller novels. Guilty Minds is no exception, with its fast-paced, topical-as-hell exploration of politics and scandal and corruption. It's a world Heller's pretty used to, given how many incarcerated family members he's got, but ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Nick Heller series. Nick is a small Boston private investigator called in by a famous lawyer when his friend, a Supreme Court justice, is threatened with a scandal sheet exposé. Nick manages to dispel the charges, but it's almost too easy. Why were there holes in the call girls story and who is the tough ex-cop who keeps popping up? When he gets a plea for help from the call girl, he decides to stick around Washington, D.C. for a few more days.

Nick Heller - is called in to help out in
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars -- This third in the Nick Heller series is fast-paced entertainment.

Nick, a private spy, is called to Washington, DC, to fix a situation involving an internet story about a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and a prostitute. The narrative is one that involves nonstop action and includes conspiracy and betrayal as well as interaction with a shadowy organization that solves problems for those who can afford them. Nick, trying to separate the lies from the truth, has his usual s
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I forgot how much I enjoy Joseph Finder's books, so I was looking forward to reading his latest " Guilty Minds " and I was not disappointed.
A horrific story is about to break on the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Jeremiah Claflin. He is going to be accused by one of the leading internet scandal websites, Slander Sheet' of having an elicit affair with a hooker. The story isn't true but how do you prove it . A leading attorney , Gideon Parnell , from one of the country's largest law firm is
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Apparently I have now read the three books in the Nick Heller series. I only recall one of them because the circumstances of that storyline were so dark and haunting that it stayed in my memory (buried alive is my greatest fear).

This particular novel will not.

I'm convinced that I enjoyed only the first 60% of this book. the last chunk of pivotal revelations were so underwhelming and decelerating that I lost interest sharply. Also our hero goes from a novice investigator ignorant of introductor
Mr. Gottshalk
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
You don't have to overthink too much in Guilty Minds as it is a classic page-turner. Finder wrote some longer books like Paranoia that had a little more meat on the bone than this one, but it was still highly entertaining. I can picture this book as a movie and the producer not having to change a whole lot from the story. Our hero Nick Heller takes a lot of unnecessary risks, and goes way above and beyond his job as an executive-type private investigator that you just have to get over, and once ...more
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Joseph Finder is the author of the forthcoming novel JUDGMENT and fourteen other novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, published in 35 countries around the world. His book HIGH CRIMES was adapted into a movie starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd; PARANOIA was made into the Harrison Ford/Gary Oldman film.

He was born in Chicago, lived in the Philippines, Afghanistan, Washington State,

Other books in the series

Nick Heller (4 books)
  • Vanished (Nick Heller, #1)
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