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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jesse Kellerman Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jesse Kellerman's debut thriller wowed the critics. His latest sets the bar even higher.

Young, idealistic, and overworked, Jonah is living the lonely life of a medical student in New York City when he accidentally stumbles across a murder in progress: a woman, being stabbed to death in the middle of the sidewalk. Without thinking, he rushes in to protect her, inadvertently killing her attacker in the process.

Thrust into the media spotlight, crushed by guilt, Jonah quickly learns that heroism isn't all it's cracked up to be. He receives a shower of unwanted attention and hostility from his superiors. The district attorney wants to “interview” him. The family of the dead man wants revenge.

Everything is further upended when the woman whose life he saved shows up at his apartment. What begins as a thank-you drink turns into a wildly passionate love affair. As their relationship deepens, however, Jonah realizes that she isn't quite the woman she appears to be. His nightmare has only begun, and the price of kindness will turn out to be higher than he could have imagined.

Expertly crafted and chillingly suspenseful, Trouble is a heart-stopper—proof positive that Jesse Kellerman has joined the “first ranks of mystery and suspense writers” (Forbes).                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kellerman artfully conveys Stem’s descent into near madness, making the step-by-step degradation of a decent man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time plausible and chilling.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “That Kellerman maintains such a grimly hilarious perspective on his subject is its own twisted tribute to the survival instincts of writers who go down to the depths to entertain their readers. In Jonah’s words, when he finds himself on the psych wing: ‘You had to laugh. If you didn’t, you’d drown.’”

    New York Times

  • A 2008 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/20/2014

    " I liked Sunstroke, but this one is profane and creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Francine | 2/14/2014

    " I stayed up until 2 a.m. reading this book! Reluctant hero Joshua Stem is being stalked by the woman whose life he saves in a way that makes Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" look like a Care Bear. Terrifying, compelling. I'm glad real life isn't like this. It isn't, right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hal | 2/8/2014

    " So far, I think this is Jesse's best... and most disturbing. It can be unsettling at times, to the extent that it's outrageous. An excellent read, if you can stomach certain parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 2/5/2014

    " I like all of the Kellerman family! great quick read the ending was a little rushed. "

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