Twisted

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Who will be next?

Though former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank once survived a life-threatening injury in the line of duty, she now uses her specialized skills as an independent consultant. But when one of her closest childhood friends mysteriously disappears, Sloane takes the case—even though her ex-lover Derek Parker is the FBI agent in charge.

Special Agent Derek Parker has no time to spare for a dead-end case—especially since it would ...

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Overview

Who will be next?

Though former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank once survived a life-threatening injury in the line of duty, she now uses her specialized skills as an independent consultant. But when one of her closest childhood friends mysteriously disappears, Sloane takes the case—even though her ex-lover Derek Parker is the FBI agent in charge.

Special Agent Derek Parker has no time to spare for a dead-end case—especially since it would mean working with a woman he never expected to see again. But as more women disappear and others turn up brutally murdered, he and Sloane come to the sickening realization that these random crimes are linked to the same crazed killer, a fiend with a mind so psychotic, so twisted, that it will take everything Sloane has to capture him—even as she becomes his latest target.

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This is a superb, read-in-one-sitting nail-biter of a story, right down to the last word.
Publishers Weekly

This chilling first of a new romantic suspense series from bestseller Kane (Dark Room) introduces 30-year-old Sloane Burbank, a former FBI agent trained as a crisis negotiator, now an independent consultant who works with law enforcement and others in need of her expertise. During a trip to Manhattan, Sloane receives a call from the mother of a childhood friend with whom she's lost touch, Penny Truman. When Sloane learns that Penny has been missing for almost a year, she turns for help to her former lover, Derek Parker, who happens to be the FBI agent in charge of Penny's case. Animosity between Derek and Sloane serves to increase the explosive romantic tension between the pair as more women disappear, evidently victims of a serial killer. A wealth of red herring suspects will keep the reader guessing until the conclusion of this no-holds-barred thriller. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061236792
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 729,506
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Kane’s groundbreaking romantic thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller, which she followed with No Way Out, Scent of Danger, I’ll Be Watching You, Wrong Place, Wrong Time, and Dark Room. With a worldwide following and novels published in sixteen countries, she is also the author of fourteen historical romances. Kane lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is learning to sharpen her firearms and investigative skills like a more seasoned FBI special agent. Between target practices, she is researching and writing the sequel to Twisted. www.andreakane.com
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Twisted

Chapter One

Date: 19 March
Time: 2100 hours
Objective: Athena

She was a true warrior.

Subduing her had required all my skill and training. Even the weapon hadn't been enough to make her submit. Not like the others. Not until she'd felt the prick of the blade, sensed drops of her own blood trickling down her neck. At that point she'd quivered, then gone still. She was too smart not to. She wanted to fight. I could see it in her eyes. But she didn't. In the end, I'd won. I injected her with the Nembutal, and in five minutes her eyes went dull and her body went limp.

I had her.

Her warm, drugged body slumped against my shoulder. It felt good. My timing and execution had been perfect. It was spring break. She wouldn't be missed for days.

By then it would be too late.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York City
March 20, 4 p.m.

The auditorium crackled with anticipation.

It was the final seminar of the two-day "Crimes Against Women: How Not to Become Another Statistic" conference. The panel of experts included Jimmy O'Donnelly, an NYPD detective from the Special Victims Unit; Sharon McNally, a psychologist who specialized in counseling victims of violent crimes; Dr. Charles Hewitt, a professor of statistics and mathematics right here at John Jay; Dr. Lillian Doyle, also a John Jay professor but in the sociology department; Lawrence Clark, a retired supervisory special agent from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, a component of the NCAVC—the investigative branch of the Bureau's Critical Incident Response Group.

And Sloane Burbank, thefinal name on this impressive list of experts.

All of them had spoken. Now it was her turn.

The moderator ran through Sloane's impressive credentials, which included a year in the Manhattan D.A.'s Office before joining the FBI full-time, where she was trained as a crisis negotiator by the CNU, the operational branch of the FBI's CIRG division. Currently, she was an independent consultant who worked with law enforcement, corporations, and educational institutions, training them in crisis management and resolution. She was also a certified Krav Maga instructor. And all at thirty years old.

With an admiring nod in her direction, the moderator stepped away from the mike and turned the room over to Sloane.

Amid enthusiastic applause, Sloane rose from behind the speaker table, thinking for the dozenth time how good she sounded on paper. And she was good—just not as good as she'd been a year ago. Then again, perception outweighed reality. She was the only one who'd know the difference.

Exuding her usual energy and self-assurance, Sloane unbuttoned her blazer and tossed it over the back of her chair. She wasn't surprised by the skepticism she saw on some of the faces in the audience. Their reaction was nothing new. And it was something she'd used to her advantage more times than not.

Despite her impressive résumé, she was a fine-boned woman with a delicate frame and the fresh-scrubbed features of a college student. That made people doubt her abilities—enough so that many of them wrote her off.

Let them. It gave her the advantage. And having the advantage gave her power.

As Sloane knew, power came in many forms.

She pulled on her protective gloves and walked to the front of the room, dead center, with the aisle stretching before her, and the two sections of the auditorium split on either side of her.

"So far tonight, you've heard about coping with the aftermath of a physical attack, ways to avoid one, and some profiles of typical victims and assailants," she began. "Every bit of what you learned is true. But there's another truth. We can't always control the circumstances in which we find ourselves. So what happens when you wind up in a parking lot alone at night, your car is ten rows back, and a creepy guy who's built like a Hummer is lying in wait?"

She held out her gloved hands, palms up, to show she was unarmed, then pointed at her pocketless and holsterless black turtleneck and slacks. "I'm dressed just like you would be. No weapon. No handy object to act as one. And no purse, although if I had one, I wouldn't have time to grab for my cell phone or, even better, for a can of pepper spray. That's why I learned Krav Maga."

A spark of interest flickered in the audience's eyes—even those who'd been Doubting Thomases.

"Brief background," she began. "Krav Maga is a whole different breed of self-defense. Its roots trace back to Czechoslovakia during the rise of Nazi terrorism. It was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld, who refined his street-fighting skills protecting his and other Jewish families from attack. Lichtenfeld later emigrated to Israel, further developed those techniques, and then taught them as chief instructor for the Israeli Defense Forces. In Hebrew, Krav Maga means 'contact combat'—training designed for the unpredictable nature of street fighting. There are no rules. No trophies for good form. Only survival."

As Sloane spoke, a brawny man wearing a ski mask crept out from behind the curtains at the front of the room, visible to the audience, but not to Sloane.

He whipped a knife out of his pocket and charged forward, leaving Sloane no time to prepare and the audience no time to react.

Grabbing Sloane's left shoulder, he pressed the knife to her back. "Get in my car," he ordered in a gravelly voice.

It was like someone flipped a switch.

Sloane whipped around in a quick body turn. Her left forearm shot forward, locking against his right wrist to deflect the knife attack, and propelling her into the offensive strike of delivering a forward horizontal punch to his throat with her right elbow. As he gasped for air and recoiled from the simulated blow to his throat, her left hand snapped up, pinching his knife-wielding arm in a vise grip between her upper arm, forearm, and chest. The nut-cracking pressure caused the knife to fall from his hand.

Twisted. Copyright © by Andrea Kane. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    What a book!!

    Wow! This was a fast paced thriller with non stop action that keeps you guessing until the very end! I loved the characters and the relationship b/w Sloane and Derek. Kane did an excellent job portraying the hurt and passion that exists b/w them. The villian in this novel is truely twisted 'very deserving for the title for the book'. Make sure you have nothing pressing to do before you start this book because you will not be coming up for air for a while!! The only reason this got 4 stars instead of 5 is b/c i would have liked there to have been more to the ending. I wish Kane would have written more about after the incident at the end. But it is still a stellar novel!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    I Loved It.

    I read this book in one sitting and I loved it, very much a thiller with some romance, for former FBI SA Solane Burbank. She reconnects with her former lover SA Derek Parker. Slone suffered a life threating injury in the life of duty and and left her job to recuperate, she also left Derek as well. Of course when two people don't communicate, each thinks the worst of each other. Sloane is looking for one of closest childhood friends and she and Derek end up working together. This ends up opening up many wounds for both of them. Along the way, many women disapper and one women is murdered, there are a lot of twists and turns in this book and it may be that Sloane is the killers twisted target. A fast paced thiller, one I enjoyed. My first book by this author, but I will search out more titles to read by her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Misque

    Excellent. What a novel should be. Captivating the reader, engaging & drawing the reader in the midst of the this exciting and satisfying story. Yes, I would recommend this to all who enjoy the author & genre. Read it soon. And you will not be sorry, fellow readers!
    Misque

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    great read

    I loved this book. I literally couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    once again

    she has did it again. another five star book by andrea kane.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Anonymous - January 10, 2014

    Great book, I couldn't put it down. I do agree with other reviewers that the ending was okay but wished for another chapter to finish the story. I actually felt cheated! I would read other books by this author but hope she actually has an "after" ending to the story lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Excellent writing

    Gripping. Kept me guessing until the end. Definitely one to reread many times.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    Twisted by Andrea Kane is a suspenseful crime thriller that will

    Twisted by Andrea Kane is a suspenseful crime thriller that will keep glued to ever page until the end. As a reader you will want to savor every word as you lose yourself in this strange and twisted story involve murders, kidnapping, gangs and sex. You will find yourself getting caught up as you attempt to solve the case before ex-FBI agent Sloane Burbank and FBI special agent Derek Parker.
    As the book starts it is approximately a year since Sloane Burbank walked away from the FBI after suffering a life threatening injury to her hand. After finishing up on her latest self-defense seminar she gets a call to solve the disappearance of a childhood friend that has been gone for almost a year. Ms. Burbank soon finds that there is more to this than a simple missing person case and she must face a past that she wanted to leave behind. That past includes FBI special agent Derek Parker who is the agent-in-charge of the original case and the injury that caused her to leave the FBI. Once she joins forces with special agent Parker the case becomes even more complicated when Ms. Burbank realizes that she is now not only the hunter but the hunted. It soon becomes a ace against time as Sloane and Derek try to solve the case before Sloane becomes a victim.
    Ms. Kane does a terrific job of bringing a variety of highly believable characters to life in the pages of her book. Their is the main character Sloane Burbank the former FBI agent that now teaches self-defense courses in Krav Maga as well as being a crime consultant, Derek Parker the former Army ranger turned FBI agent, professor Lillian Doyle, Luke Doyle and many more. Each character, whether in the story throughout the book or just in a few pages, is richly developed with background and the piece they play in the storyline.
    It is a thrilling story that I would recommend to anyone that is a fan of crime novels, mysteries or suspense of any kind. You will find the hours pass quickly as you get involved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Recommend

    Fast paced, quick read. Would also recommend Drawn in Blood by Andrea Kane.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Great! Good pace throughout the story

    I will read more books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Amazing!!

    Great introduction to the characters, great story line, ending could have been better, but all in all an amazing read! A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    Great beach read

    I usually am riveted by Andrea Kane novels but Twisted had a very anti-climatic ending so I was somewhat disappointed. It stopped short of being a true romance novel and shy of thrilling. However I like her writing style and the little adventure of the story. Great beach or vacation read when you want something light but not something that will keep you up nights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    This is another great novel by Andrea Kane.

    Andrea Kane definitely knows how to deliver a superb storyline with drama and credibility. There is suspense, romance, surprises, and she keeps you guessing right up until the end. A definite "must read" if you enjoy great storytelling that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I have read most of her novels including her early romantic stories and have never been disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2009

    Let down.

    I was confused- I felt like I was reading a sequel to an earlier novel, but it's not- it's "introducing" the characters. I mostly just skimmed this book. It was obvious from the beginning who the culprit was, and I thought most of the plot was boring and predictable. I really like her other novels, like Dark Room, etc., but was pretty disappointed by this one. I hope that the next book is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    quickie

    very very exciting read. Love her stuff, but this is in top form.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    I'm in the minority

    I'm in the definite minority from the rest of the reviewers. I thought this book was okay, but not great. I've read other Andrea Kane books and enjoyed them. I loved Dark Room and read that one a couple of times. Twisted didn't capture me from the very beginning, and indeed, I was able to put the book down several times after only reading a couple of pages. Once I finally got into the book, I enjoyed it well enough, but I never got a sense that the characters were that fully fleshed out. 1/3 of the way into the book I realized that I really didn't care about the main characters. Oh, I knew they were going to end up together in the end, but I really didn't care about the getting there. All in all, I was glad I purchased this book using a gift certificate and hadn't spend 'real' money on the hardback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Excellent Read

    Andrea Kane never disappoints, so I grab her books as soon as they are on the book shelves. Her characters in Twisted were fleshed out into real amazing people. The plot line was exciting right to the end. Another A+ to Ms. Kane.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Fast paced

    A great read. Only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that Sloane and Derek's relationship/prior breakup was never fully explained and awkward at best.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Twisted - An Amazing Read

    ¿Twisted¿ is an amazing read. I am a huge Andrea Kane fan. I devoured this story I was not able to put the book down until the end. In Twisted, Andrea Kane keeps you guessing until the end to see how the story will turn out. She creates vivid characters that you can root for easily. Sloane Burbank is an independent woman who stands on her own, but with enough vulnerability to make her seem real. Derek, her former lover, is a man with many faults but still you find yourself identifying him as a man you would want in your corner as well. He is the agent in charge of a case, which involves a ruthless killer and college women that Sloane is set on reopening. As the story progresses and the danger around Sloane escalate, Derek will be needed to help her survive. I strongly recommend this book. I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Hooked From The Start!

    This is a thriller that I could not put down from page one. I was intrigued by the character, Sloan who led me down a heart stopping journey of gripping suspense. I love a good mystery and this one far surpassed good...it was great. I was almost sorry to reach the ending of this tumultuous and entertaining trip. Andrea Kane is my kind of mystery writer!

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