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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.


The Disillusionists

The Disillusionists — (2010-2014) Publisher: JUSTINE KNOWS SHE’S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW. Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem. Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness — only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

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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