Synopses & Reviews
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).
"Kellerman, the son of bestsellers Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, shows that his impressive debut, Sunstroke, was no fluke with this gripping psychological page-turner that echoes the best of Hitchcock. Jonah Stem, a young medical resident at St. Agatha's, a midtown Manhattan teaching hospital, heroically intervenes when he encounters an attractive woman desperately fleeing a knife-wielding assailant early one morning on a street near Times Square. After Stem kills the man in self-defense, he enjoys a brief celebrity, but his life soon becomes complicated when the woman he rescued, Eve Gones, seeks him out and the two begin a frenzied affair. Taken aback by Gones's masochism, Stem attempts to end the relationship, but soon finds himself stalked relentlessly. 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. Author tour. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This second thriller from Kellerman...shows that the author is clearly getting the hang of this writing thing." Library Journal
"After a relatively cheery debut, the talented Kellerman...travels to Ruth Rendell country, and the bet here is you won't have read a more nightmarish novel all year." Kirkus Reviews
"Trouble has a lot to say to 21st century readers about the gray zone where heroes become villains, victims turn aggressive and love and violence are different sides of the same coin." Los Angeles Times
"There's not a false turn as Kellerman heavily relies on psychological suspense that chillingly escalates, complemented by sharp dialogue....[He] demonstrates just how strong his talent is." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Struggling with the challenges of his fledgling career, New York City medical student Jonah stumbles into the middle of a crime in progress and inadvertently kills a would-be murderer, only to find himself showered by intrusive media attention and pursued by the unstable woman he saved. By the author of Sunstroke. 80,000 first printing.
Following up his critically acclaimed debut Sunstroke, Kellerman pens a brilliant new thriller twisted, sexy, and unrelentingly gripping.
Saving lives is Jonah Stem's job-but he usually does it at the hospital, not at 3 a.m. on the dark streets of Manhattan. When he impulsively intervenes to save a beautiful woman from a man menacing her with a knife, killing the attacker in the process, he is transformed from an overworked medical student to a hero in the media spotlight. The woman, Eve Gones, is profoundly grateful, and wants to show it. Before long, they're engaged in a wildly passionate love affair. An affair that Eve doesn't want to end. Ever
About the Author
Jesse Kellerman was born in Los Angeles in 1978. His plays have won several awards, including the 2003 Princess Grace Award, given to America's most promising young playwright.