Macdonald, HectorTHE MIND GAME New York: The Ballantine Publishing Group, (2001). 0345440226 / 9780345440228 First hardcover edition: Advance Reading Copy, with materials laid in. Proof. Fine in glossy photo-pictorial wraps. Macdonald's debut novel is a suspense thriller that mixes cutting-edge science and the logic of game theory. Ben is working with an Oxford researcher in the tropical paradise of Kenya, when the experiments they are working on become more than theory.