author of the Detachment Delta series and At Large
Twisted Perceptionby Bob Avey
Porter, Oklahoma, holds a dark secret-and troublesome dreams plague Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot, who grew up in the small town. When a bizarre murder catapults Elliot into his past, he’s brought face-to-face with the fabric of his nightmares. A shiny necklace dangles from the rearview mirror of the vehicle where Lagayle Zimmerman, the victim, is discovered. Nine years earlier, in Porter, a similar necklace swung from the mirror of a Mustang that harbored the mutilated bodies of Elliot’s friends, Jonathan Alexander (Johnnie Boy), and Marcia Barnes. Most of the town believed Elliot killed his classmates, but no arrest was ever made. Risking his job and his sanity, Elliot digs into his past to solve the murders and expose the truth.
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Bob Avey is the author of several short stories, and various nonfiction articles. He lives with his wife and son in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where he works as an accountant in the petroleum industry. When he’s not writing, reading, or researching crime and crime scene investigation, he spends his time roaming through small towns, ghost towns, and Civil War battlefields, searching for echoes from the past. Through his writing, which he describes as a blend of literary and genre, he explores the intricacies and extremities of human nature.
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I enjoyed the story. Good for those who like detective stories.
Let me start this review by saying that my list of favorite writers includes Greg Rucka, Michael Connelley, John Connolly, Dennis Lehane, and Robert Crais. I would suggest that anyone else who also enjoys their writing skills pass on this book. The premise of this book sounded interesting and all the reviews for the paperback version were very positive, so I was ready to enjoy discovering a new writer. Instead it was an effort to finish reading the book. It may just be that I am spoiled by the writing talents of the authors listed above, but I found the writing style so clunky that it was distracting for me. Below are some examples from the book. They might help you decide whether you want to invest your time and money in this book, or move on to a different book. Keep in mind the quotes below were sentences from the book, and not character dialogue. “It was classical – Bach, Beethoven – that sort of thing.” “Elliott pleaded with his survival instinct to accept his apology for ignorance and come forward and tell him what to do next, but all it would say was I told you so.” “…the increasing size of the front door said he was moving in that direction…” “…took off the wig, letting it drop to the floor like a dead rat.” “At the same time, maybe a little before and even as Elliott’s soul prepared for his executioner’s prevailing effort, his flesh reacted to the chance it had been given.” “…had plunged Nick a little too deeply into the reality of his fantasy world.” I only wish I hadn’t bought a second book by this author prior to reading this one.
Bob Avey hits the ground running with his solo debut into the mystery-suspense genre. Twisted Perception is filled with brilliantly written characters that are as believable as they are entertaining.Kenny Elliot had a tumultuous childhood, growing up in the small town of Porter, Oklahoma. Never knowing his father and with little guidance from his troubled mother, Kenny found a friend and mentor in Sheriff Charlie Johnson. When the mutilated bodies of his friends, Johnnie Boy and Marcia Barnes are found, in a car, with Kenny¿s class ring swinging on a necklace from the rear-view mirror, suspicion and town gossip pointed to the hot tempered teen. The case was officially closed when the deaths were classified a murder-suicide. However, doubts persisted within the community about Kenny¿s involvement. Unable to shake the suspicions and unsure of the findings himself, he took Sheriff Johnson¿s advice and left town, with no intentions of ever returning. Nine years have passed, and Kenny Elliot is working for the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department. When Lagayle Zimmerman¿s murdered body is discovered in her car, it¿s the shiny necklace dangling from the rear-view mirror that catapults the detective into the spot light. As the clues mount, the crooked finger of blame seems to be aiming once again at Kenny. Plagued by nightmares and haunted by unanswered questions, he finally realized it was impossible to escape the past. Risking everything, including his own sanity, he returns to Porter determined to uncover the truth that would stop the killings, find justice for his murdered friends and clear both his name and conscientious. Fast paced and realistic, Twisted Perception is a character driven novel, laced with intricate plot lines that could easily be part of the hushed history of any small town in America. With clinical precision, Avey has delivered a suspense filled mystery that reaches far beyond surface entertainment, to expose the deep, often hidden psychological scars left on the souls of child abuse survivors. Avey indulges Kenny¿s ruminations about the old traumas that fuel his nightmares, successfully using his personal history to propel the story, instead of swallowing it whole. The palpable tension in the novel is heightened with each chapter as Avey takes the reader on a full-circle journey, reminding everyone, no matter how far or fast, you can¿t outrun your past.