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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: January 2007 ISBN: 9781429586955
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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 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 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 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 Sara | 2/5/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather T. | 1/29/2014

    " A fun-but-dumb read. All about a young med student who saves a woman being stabbed in an alley. She winds up coming to him and they have a passionate love affair. But quickly, trouble starts brewing in all aspect of our hero's life! I know the plot twists were meant to be surprising, but they weren't. And I am a person who is terrible at guessing the outcome of stories and movies. So, that really says something. Nevertheless, I found it entertaining and disturbing enough to finish quickly. Also, all the medical stuff was like reading an ER episode, which I found very enjoyable. I did not, however, like Kellerman's canned interpretation of a highly intelligent female lead. She was one of the most horribly obnoxious characters ever invented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 1/28/2014

    " I didn't sympathize with the victim all that much, but boy, when it got weird, it was really weird. A couple scenes were pretty graphic. I wouldn't recommend it for the squeamish, but I did read it all the way to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/26/2014

    " Okay, this booked is whacked (but in a good way!!). It is gruesome in some places but totally riveting! Save the 5 stars for the best and this one was awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melani | 1/22/2014

    " The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I'll definitely be reading more from this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/18/2014

    " Ugh. If you like detailed descriptions of a crazy woman stalker and boring hospital training for med students, go for it. Otherwise I'd skip it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marca | 1/12/2014

    " Big trouble for medical student Jonah Stem who saves a woman from an attacker by killing her attacker. Ahh, but things are not what they seem. Josh is not the sharpest tack on the bulletin board when it comes to his personal life. Nuff said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrice Hoffman | 12/21/2013

    " It was a quick boring read. It's well written but... I didn't think it was a good novel. I'd try reading something else since other reviews for this Author seem to be more positive than this book's review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suby | 12/14/2013

    " Nothing spectacular. Rather slow moving account of how many ways a medical student can get into trouble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Auer | 12/12/2013

    " I really liked this book. I'm so glad I'm married and don't have to deal with the dating scene. There are just too many psychos in this world. I also LOVED the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pilar DeMann | 12/10/2013

    " I didn't love this book, but I liked it. It's a thriller along the lines of the movie Fatal Attraction, only this is a bit darker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine Salb | 8/1/2013

    " Wordy, he has an excellent vocabulary. Disgusted by his graphic descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jolieg G | 5/27/2013

    " Heb het boek uitgelezen maar vond het allemaal erg langdradig en vergezocht. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Drevs | 8/31/2012

    " A lot like watching a train wreck. Some of the themes and scenes are really difficult to read. In the end they tried to wrap it up with a neat little bow, which was totally misaligned with the general nature of this book. Wouldn't recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee Ann | 4/22/2012

    " Just couldn't get into it. I didn't finish it which is extremely rare for me. I expected more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy S. Weibel | 1/24/2012

    " Wow, trouble is an understatement. That gal is nuttier than the puh-sycho in John Lutz' novel The Ex. Scary bitches! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/21/2012

    " Yuck. This is not a literary world I want to be a part of. It is basically stalker-city, but worse (murder added). Not recommended. But the writing is actually quite good in depicting the brittleness of big city life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/28/2011

    " This book was quite disturbing, really. The imagery was a bit too powerful for me. I can handle the medical details, but the other stuff was a bit too much for my liking. This book should be x-rated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne Atkeson | 10/27/2011

    " top-drawer psychological thriller. Five star books are those I can't wait to get back to or am tempted to leave my writing to read more of. This qualifies. Plus, tremendous voice, eminently readable and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 10/1/2011

    " This book will make you re-think helping someone out when they are in trouble! While this book may not be for everyone, and there were times when I felt a little squimish myself, young Jesse is definately falling into his parents' footsteps as a writer. I look forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 8/28/2011

    " I don't know why it took me 3 days to finish this book. I must admit I put this book down alot so it would last longer. A major WTF kind of book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 8/24/2011

    " Not my style. Too sexual. Couldn't finish it. Didn't get more than a third of the way through before I couldn't take anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Pfeffer | 8/23/2011

    " A good thriller. Poor Jonah the dedicated son, medical student at the wrong place gets into so much trouble. Had a surprise ending for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy S. | 3/1/2011

    " Wow, trouble is an understatement. That gal is nuttier than the puh-sycho in John Lutz' novel The Ex. Scary bitches! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/21/2011

    " Great writer, but a little too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 2/14/2011

    " It was very entertaining. I really enjoyed the characters and I couldn't believe how crazy it got, all of a sudden. I guess you never really know who anyone is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 1/6/2011

    " Got this book for free, left over from a library sale...so glad I grabbed it... Sunstroke is a great book as well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 12/15/2010

    " Son of Jonathon and Fay but he is a bit more edgy. If you like this one, try all three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 9/11/2010

    " Much better than his first book. I liked the way he developed the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/9/2010

    " A good thriller. Poor Jonah the dedicated son, medical student at the wrong place gets into so much trouble. Had a surprise ending for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee | 5/27/2010

    " Just couldn't get into it. I didn't finish it which is extremely rare for me. I expected more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/26/2010

    " Quite good. A stalker story with some very different twists! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/15/2010

    " I was mesmerized by the brilliant writing of Jesse Kellerman. From page 1 I was enthralled. The suspense is there all the way through, the characters are believable and vivid, and the twists are startling. What a great screwed up story! "

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About the Author

Jesse Kellerman is the international bestselling author of The Executor, The Genius, Trouble, and Sunstroke. His books and plays have won several awards. He lives in La Jolla, California.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.