Twisted

Twisted

by Jonathan Kellerman
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Overview

Twisted by Jonathan Kellerman

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past, most recently in Jonathan Kellerman's New York Times bestseller A Cold Heart. Now the complex and wryly compassionate Petra is once again at the center of the action, in a novel of cunning twists and page-turning suspense.

         Lifeless bodies sprawl in a dance-club parking lot after a brutal L.A. drive-by. Of the four seemingly random victims, one stands out: a girl with pink shoes who cannot be identified-and who, days later, remains a Jane Doe. With zero leads and no apparent motive, it's another case destined for the cold file-until Petra decides to follow her instincts and descends into a world of traveling grifters and bloodthirsty killers, pursuing a possible eyewitness whose life is in mortal danger.

         Finding her elusive quarry-alive-isn't all Petra has on her plate: departmental politics threatens to sabotage her case, and her personal life isn't doing much better. If all that wasn't enough, Isaac Gomez, a whiz-kid grad student researching homicide statistics at the station house, is convinced he's stumbled upon a bizarre connection between several unsolved murders. The victims had nothing in common, yet each died by the same method, on the same date-a date that's rapidly approaching again. And that leaves Petra with little time to unravel the twisted logic of a cunning predator who's evaded detection for years-and whose terrible hour is once more at hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345465269
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored the first book of a new series, The Golem of Hollywood. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

Hometown:

Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1949

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A. in psychology, University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1974

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Twisted 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
LA Homicide Detective Petra Connor looks at the corpses of the four dead lying in a dance-club parking following a drive by massacre and wonders what connections beyond the club and death link these victims. A few days later, the girl in pink shoes remains a Jane Doe and the case is going nowhere frustrating Petra......................................... At the same time that Petra struggles with no leads except rumors of a possible witness in hiding, twenty-two years old Ph.D. candidate Isaac Gomez has been analyzing homicide statistical patterns. He believes he has uncovered a trend involving a murderer who murders on June 28th and has for six years in row. No one in LAPD seems interested in the genius¿ findings writing him off as intellectual civilian and thereby ignoring any connections between these homicides though the MO are the same and none have been resolved. No one that is except Petra who knows that June 28th is coming soon and with the help of this young genius plans to end the serial killing of a twisted genius............................... Petra is a strong effective cop as she makes her lead debut after being a minor player as an officer in A COLD HEART. However, she seems overshadowed by Isaac a refreshing character who brings trend analysis into the LAPD (and police procedurals) and struggles with what his family wants of him (not police work that for sure). The two prime cases are cleverly designed and Petra does a solid job, but TWISTED really soars when Isaac is front and center as even his personal life especially in the library is invigorating......................... Harriet Klausner
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MarquitaH More than 1 year ago
From the first time I was introduced to Alex Delaware and his cop pal Milo Sturgis, I was hooked on Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, and only recently began playing catch up with the books I'd skipped - namely those featuring spin offs for other characters from the Delaware stories. Twisted is the second story featuring Detective Petra Conner, a tough but likeable character who shows up from time to time in the Delaware series. The book also introduces a new character Isaac Gomez, a young genius from low income background working toward his PhD. Assigned as an intern to the LAPD, he shows Petra the results of some extensive statistical sampling of homicide case data he has compiled, noting unusual similarities between six cold cases that have never previously been considered connected. Already up to her eyeballs in one murder case, Petra finds it hard to take it all seriously, but agrees to take at least take a look at the cases. One by one, as pieces of the puzzle begin falling into place the plot quickly begins building and the reader is in for lots of twists and turns. Kellerman's a master at balancing several interesting plotlines at once with intriguing characters, and superb suspense leading up to a surprising but believable conclusion.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, glad Kellerman is developing other characters, I am tired of Milo and Alex. Interesting plot, kept me involved, good character development, only negative was its length. Definitely recommended!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have really warmed up to Petra Connors, particularly her reflections on the people she meets and investigates. This story was very engaging, and had some really creepy moments - in a good way. The station-house politics were a welcome addition, a reminder of the actual frustrations involved in police work. (With the Alex Delaware stories, he is a free agent and doesn't have to answer to anybody.)The two major plotlines were both interesting, although I enjoyed the June killings more. My only gripe was that the ends were tied up a little too loosely, with no real explanation of how Isaac got where he did and how Petra handled her suspect. I wish the ending had been fleshed out a bit more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kellerman delivers an elaborate, tangled web of a whodunit with unsuspected turns at every chapter break. This an addictive read--a real page-turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasure to read this book after several of the author's later Dr. Delaware mysteries. Dr. D.'s endless moaning over the loss of his love was beginning to make the novels lose focus. But Jonathan Kellerman is back in great form here with a new protagonist, police detective Petra Connor. Assisting her are the ever strong-but-silent Eric Stahl and grad-student genius Isaac Gomez. My only quibble with this book is the two crime story lines; somehow this works on CSI, but not in a long book in which a confusing number of names is involved in each case. Otherwise, this is a good read, and I look forward to more in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately kept my attention. Highly recommend this one to anyone who wants to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book seemed to run real smooth. The characters seemed so real and believable. The ending though seemed weak. Kept flipping looking for more, but not in a good way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not seem to ever get into the storyline because the reader on this book was terrible. She was very monotone and did not differentiate her voice between characters. Therefore, every line of dialog seemed to run together and it was very hard to follow. There were no dramatic pauses or breaks. I have enjoyed Jonathan Kellerman books in the past but will refrain from purchasing any other books that use Lindsey Crouse as the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Jonathan Kellerman, and I gravitate towards the Alex Delaware books, so I wasn't sure I would enjoy this one as much. I was wrong, this book was wonderful, couldn't put it down. It's great to see an author who has been around a while still producing fresh, intriguing work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was impossible to put down. Kellerman who always writes at a high level really brought his A game to this novel. As always he uses terrific description to not only make you feel you are right in the story but brings the characters to life. Best of all the dialogue is vivid, funny, heartbreaking, and pulse pounding whenever Kellerman wants it to be. This is definetly a book to read sooner rather than later!