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Carolyn Crane

Carolyn CraneCarolyn Crane has long been fascinated by hidden worlds — the wiry insides of old gadgets, the strange workings of secret societies, the mysteries of people’s minds and hearts. She’s into that as a reader and a writer, too. Plotty puzzles. Psychological intrigue. Concealed realms. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daring cats, and when she’s not writing novels or working at her day job as a freelance writer, she can be found reading in bed, running, helping animals, or eating Mexican food. Read excerpts of her novels at Carolyn Crane’s website.

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Mind Games: Major points for originality

Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Justine Jones is a hypochondriac whose mental health is quickly spiraling downward. She’s convinced she has vein star syndrome, the condition that killed her mother. Then she meets the mysterious Packard, who recruits her into his team of Disillusionists. Disillusionists are essentially psychic vigilantes, attacking criminals by zapping their own psychological problems into the bad guy’s energy field. When the criminal has been reduced to a gibbering mass of anxiety, so Packard’s theory goes, he or she can start building a new life as a better person.

Mind Games is set in a fictional city where “highcaps” (high-capacity humans) exist alongside regular humans. A few holdouts don’t believe in the highcaps’ superpowers, but most people do. These powers make it difficult for highcap criminals to be caught and incarcerated, a problem that comes up several times in the ... Read More