Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

A World of Hurt

by Mindy Mejia

When someone dies to save your life, how do you ever forgive them?

A World of Hurt is Mindy Mejia’s highly-anticipated follow-up to the “propulsive” USA Today bestselling thriller To Catch a Storm where an Iowa City police officer and a DEA informant must work together to hunt down the remains of a hidden drug empire.

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 352
  • Publication Date August 06, 2024
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6311-0
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $27.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date August 06, 2024
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6312-7
  • US List Price $27.00

Kara Johnson always knew she’d die young and violently. It didn’t matter who delivered the final blow, she would deserve it—her years spent running drugs and spreading violence would guarantee it. But death doesn’t always go as planned. When her girlfriend sacrifices herself to save Kara’s life, Kara is left grieving and adrift. She doesn’t know why she’s alive until the DEA shows up and offers her a choice: go to prison or turn informant to lure out the last of the drug trafficking ring that murdered her girlfriend.

Max Summerlin is the kind of cop who needs answers—he’s been shot twice in the last year while looking for them. Despite his family’s objections and his struggle with chronic pain, he accepts an invitation from the DEA task force eagerly. That is, until he realizes he’ll be babysitting reformed drug trafficker Kara Johnson as she goes undercover.

Max knows Kara is keeping secrets. Kara doesn’t trust anyone, let alone Max. But the cop and the criminal will have to find a way to work together fast, because they aren’t the only ones hunting down the remains of a drug empire. And the kingpin who lurks in the shadows will stop at nothing to win.

Tags Crime

Praise for A World of Hurt:

“[N]erve-shredding . . . Mejia maintains breathless suspense as she fleshes out the combative dynamic between her captivating leads. For crime fiction fans, it’s a must-read.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Readers who enjoy crime novels that are gritty and not one-sided will want to add this to their TBR piles.”Library Journal

“Mindy Mejia is the dark voice of the Heartland. Her stories capture perfectly the beauty of the Midwest while conjuring all the unsettling possibilities that lurk beneath. There are few authors who can twist the ordinary into such frightening and compelling scenarios, and Mindy Mejia tops that list.“—William Kent Krueger

Praise for To Catch a Storm:

“Mejia delivers her best work yet in this propulsive, intelligent page-turner. . . Mejia gives Eve and Jonah uncommon depth, which makes their potentially clichéd skeptic/believer dynamic feel surprisingly fresh. . . This indelible thriller has series potential.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The teaming of a woman who relies on science and a man who depends on the speculative provides a solid plot that literally hits the ground running as To Catch a Storm moves in unexpected directions . . . Mejia digs deep to show the humanity and motivations of Eve and Jonah and how they relate to each other . . . Eve’s reliance on ‘data’ and Jonah’s ‘gift’ will challenge each to re-evaluate their lives. Readers will want to catch Mejia’s unique approach in To Catch a Storm.”—Sun Sentinel

“[P]ropulsive . . . Mejia sets things up nicely for further teamwork and conflict between Jonah and Eve, at the nexus point of what we can — and choose to — believe in.”—New York Times

“Mejia has created a tangled web seen through the eyes of Eve, Jonah, and Max that extends far beyond two missing people. The story ricochets between the laws of physics and psychic dreams as Eve and Jonah work together, with Max circling around them. Love, lies, deceit, and violence unfold as Eve ruthlessly looks for her husband over the course of a few days. An intense, adrenaline-fueled thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[A] taut thriller that balances scientific research and a plot that just won’t quit. Give to fans of chilling, chilly, plot-driven thrillers with strong characters.”—Booklist

“A lot of people may think of the Midwest as nothing but placid fields of corn and soybeans. Mindy Mejia’s stunning new thriller will change that. Set during a deadly ice storm, Mejia’s story rushes across the frozen Iowa landscape in a fury of fire and a hail of bullets. I finished To Catch a Storm in two sittings. If I didn’t have to sleep, I’d have done it in one. Swear to God, this book is absolutely unputdownable.”—William Kent Kreuger, New York Times bestselling author

“Clear your calendar and find a comfortable chair because you won’t want to stop once you start reading this character-driven thriller! It’s got it all: a twisty plot, original and complex characters, and an immersive setting that drops you into the center of the action. To Catch a Storm is absolutely riveting.”—Jess Lourey, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Quarry Girls

To Catch a Storm is a breathless tempest of a thriller. I was swept away by the nonstop action and utterly invested in Mindy Mejia’s rich, believable cast of characters. With deep compassion and insight, Mejia weaves seemingly contradictory worldviews (that of a physicist and psychic) into a captivating and timely story that hits all the right notes. An outstanding read.”—Nicole Baart, bestselling author of Everything We Didn’t Say and The Long Way Back

To Catch a Storm starts with a bang; the tension ratcheting up to its heart-pounding climax. Rich with beautiful descriptions and a well-plotted mystery, I couldn’t put this book down. I inhaled it in one breathless gulp. If you love action-packed suspense with interesting, well-drawn characters and a plot twist you do not see coming, you’ll want to pick this one up.”—Amber Garza, author of When I Was You

Author Tour Dates



Columbia Heights, MN


A Saturday Scribes author series event

3989 Central Ave. NE

Event info here

10:30 AM


Saint Paul, MN


In conversation with Juneau Black

38 Snelling Ave S

6:00 PM




In conversation with Barbara Peters and Jamie Harrison


8:00 PM EST


Edina, MN


Launch event

In conversation with Joshua Moehling

7:00 PM


Nevada, IA


A Midwest Author program series event

631 K Ave.

Event info here

6:30 PM


Oskaloosa, IA


Reading, Q&A, and signing

105 S Market

5:30 PM


Austin, MN


Author’s Tent speaking & signing

Event info here 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Stillwater, MN


Book talk, Q&A, and signing 

With Matt Goldman

At The Lowell Inn

102 2nd St N

4:30 PM


Lake City, MN


201 South High Street

10:00 AM