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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Claude Bouchard (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981279023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981279022
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claude was born in Montreal, Canada, at a very young age, where he still resides with his spouse, Joanne, under the watchful eye of Krystalle and Midnight, two black females of the feline persuasion. In a former life, he completed his studies at McGill University and worked in various management capacities for a handful of firms over countless years. From there, considering his extensive background in human resources and finance, it was a logical leap in his career path to stay home and write crime thrillers.

His first stab at writing fiction was actually in 1995, the result being his first novel, Vigilante. Two others of the same series followed by 1997 but all three remained dormant until publication in 2009. Since, besides writing ASYLUM, a stand-alone, the VIGILANTE series has grown to eleven thrilling installments including his latest release, Sins in the Sun. Two of his novels were included in the pair of blockbuster Killer Thriller anthologies, the second of which made the USA Today Bestsellers list in March 2014. Claude has also penned Something's Cooking, a faux-erotica parody and cookbook under the pseudonyms Réal E. Hotte and Dasha Sugah.

Other interests, besides writing and subtly persuading people to buy his books, include reading, making noise with his six guitars, painting in oil and watercolour, creating gastronomical delights in the kitchen and on the grill, traveling and planning to exercise. He has also recently developed an increased interest in remote control quad-copter flying and sleeping though never simultaneously.

You can visit his website at claudebouchardbooks.com which has often been described as comparable to DisneyLand without the rides.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goodell on November 23, 2010
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Claude Bouchard has made a name for himself on Twitter, boasting more than 115,000 followers. He is also starting to make a name for himself as a writer of crime thrillers. His first two, "Vigilante" and "The Consultant," were ambitious efforts. They were hampered by certain linguistic infelicities, suggesting more than anything, that Bouchard could use an editor. However, despite their flaws, the stories were compelling, and the interaction between Montreal Police Lieutenant Dave McCall, and dotcom-entrepreneur-cum-vigilante-cum-covert-domestic-agent Chris Berry, was appealing. The relationship between the two men grew closer and more natural in the second book than in the first, which demonstrated authorial growth.

Happily, that growth continued in the third installation of the McCall-Berry collaboration. In this story, a series of sex-themed murders baffles McCall and his team of murder detectives. Is there a serial killer on the loose, or are there a series of killers at work? And who is the arrogant, dismissive psychologist who alternately assists and hinders the investigation? The ending may surprise you. It did me, and that doesn't happen very often.

Bouchard is often at his best when allowing his characters to roam freely through his native Montreal. His wears his affection for the city on his sleeve, which is not a bad thing in this situation.

"Mind Games" is definitely worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ppsphil on October 2, 2012
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Absolutely WOW !!!!!!!! I don't think I can ever remember any book I've read with such an explosive and surprising ending and, yet, an ending that, in hindsight (which is a helluva lot easier than foresight!) should have been seen coming!
I'm still shaking !!!!
Mind Games is far and away the best, so far, of Claude Bouchard's Vigilante, or Barry/McCall, series and I'm sure on board for the next one - The Homeless Killer.
Although it is possible to read these in any order as standalone novels it is very much better to read 'em in order to see not only the character development in the stories but, also, the development of Claude's writing.
The weird Kindle formatting of the first two books has improved immensely with only a couple of curiously almost blank pages and the editing has improved to the point where the very few remaining and very minor proof reading gaffs don't affect the story flow making this a very pleasurable read indeed! Great Stuff!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penny Groux on May 20, 2012
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Claude Bouchard really knocked it out of the park with this third volume of the Barry/McCall series. Without realizing it until the very end (no spoiler here) the mind games are in many ways directed toward the reader. That, in itself, makes this a "must purchase" in my opinion. I loved the suspense and believe Mr. Bouchard did an exceptional job of keeping the reader guessing until the very last pages of the book.

This is another terrific addition to the series and one that propelled me to purchase all of the remaining Barry/McCall books. I am just going to need many more before the summer is over!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 11, 2012
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Claude weaves a great story that has you cheering for the "bad guy" in the same way the series Dexter has you cheering for him. I really like that it's based in Canada well, I look forward to reading more of his books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Carey on September 1, 2012
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Another fine work by Claude Bouchard! I've read all of his Vigilante Series novels and enjoyed each one. This one will give your brain a nice workout. You might think you know what or who is running these evil events, but prepare to doubt yourself at times.
I also think the writing of this style of novel would be very difficult, for many reasons, however, Bouchard handles this task perfectly. The reader will enjoy all of the characters and especially the ending...suspense-filled.
I highly recommend 'Mind Games'. "Nice work, Claude. Keep writin' and smilin'..."

LeeCarey-author.com
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric S on July 7, 2012
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The third in the Barry/McCall series, Mind Games is a riveting and graphic tale of the hunt for a sadistic serial killer who has the city of Montreal on edge. Mr. Bouchard once again expertly spins a yarn of criminal intrigue as Montreal's finest race to get a step ahead of a killer who is bent on committing seemingly random and grisly murders of a sexual nature. The bodies(and body parts)pile up quickly with few leads, prompting Chris Barry to get involved in order to aid his long time friend, Captain Dave McCall.

As always with this author, there are twists and surprises within the plot along with clues designed to allow the reader an opportunity to solve the mystery before the brilliant duo ultimately does so. Much akin to Mr. Bouchard's previous offerings, it's tough to put this one down once you begin so prepare your schedule accordingly. Splendidly entertaining.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne on March 18, 2012
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Amazing read. Of course everything Claude Bouchard writes, I LOVE!!!! This book had the craziest ending!!
Nothing what I expected. Fast paced, edge of your seat. Not easy to put down!! I recommend the whole
Barry/McCall series if you love fast paced crazy thrill reads!! Keep them coming Mr Bouchard!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on April 22, 2012
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This series continues to entertain. At this point, it is definitely one of the series I am following. I enjoy the characters, who continue to develop and the plots are never boring or predictable.

The pacing was good with a deft touch on the misdirection, as I absolutely did not see the end coming. After the fact, I could see there were some faint indications, but they certainly were not obvious at the time.

Excellent addition to this series.
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