By Rachel M. Anderson, Freelance Writer RRu02cov

(Minneapolis) - How would you feel if one after one, the places that put your city on the map turned into crime scenes? In the new mystery thriller Mind Game by Bob Rueff, residents of the Twin Cities are terrified.

First a woman’s body is found on one of the most photographed pieces in the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center, then a man is found dead, hanging from the Guthrie Art Center building. A short time later another dead body turns up, this time at an exhibit inside the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Just when police are beginning to tie the killings together, the killer’s modus operandi appears to have changed. Or are there now two killers at work in Minneapolis?

It is up to a team of police officers from throughout the Metro on a task force led by Bloomington detective Hank Hankenson to figure it out. As the investigation drags on, it becomes clear there’s someone out there with the answers, but will that individual share what he or she knows with detectives?

Rueff says he patterned some of the techniques used in his writing after things he liked about New York Times Best Selling author John Sanford’s books. “A number of Sanford’s titles have the word ‘Prey’ in them. My books will have the word ‘Game,’” he said.

Mind Game is actually Rueff’s second novel. It is a sequel to Endgame, a story also featuring  Bloomington police detective Hank Hankenson and his girlfriend, Darcy Austin, an account executive at the fictitious company, Williams/Bailey Advertising and Marketing. They aren’t the only characters to return. So do a number of people who work with Darcy at the agency and several detectives, including the notorious “Rifleman” who was featured in Endgame.

Like Sanford, Rueff has set his stories in Minnesota. While most of the action in Endgame takes place in the Twin Cities, towards the end of the book the action moves to Northern Minnesota and the mysterious Devil’s Kettle north of Grand Marais, a puzzling geological phenomenon located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Mind Game, meantime, centers around the Minneapolis arts community.

In both Endgame and its sequel, Mind Game, the villains are playing a game with the other characters. The first book explores what the endgame of the killer is. In the second book, the killer plays mind games with intended victims.

While researching Mind Game, Rueff spent a great deal of time studying the behavior of some of the world’s most notorious serial killers, including Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, to make sure the story would be as realistic as possible.

Endgame is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble stores, as well as through  The Ebook version is available at Mind Game is in the process of getting into distribution. More information can be found at

About the Author

Bob Rueff is a native Minnesotan and a longtime resident of Bloomington where he lives with his wife of 56-years, Lou. They have three adult children. Ted, Greg and Susan all still reside in the Twin Cities.

Ted Rueff has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Macalester College. Greg Rueff was graduated from the Minnesota State Police Academy. He works in the field of V.I.P., dignitary and personal protection. The Rueffs’ daughter, Susan, is a teacher specializing in early childhood special education.

Bob Rueff retired from his position as CEO at Clarity Coverdale Rueff  (now Clarity Coverdale Fury), in 1993 when he formed Rueff Marketing, a consulting firm. He is also the author of Endgame and Minnesota Heat, a satirical statewide bestseller based on the Minnesota psyche and way of life. The latter title won an award from the Midwest Independent Publishing Association.

Rueff is also a Lt. Col. (retired army reserve) having served as a psychological operations officer for most of his military career. 

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