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The title applies in several ways to this wicked collection of crime short stories by bestselling author Deaver (The Vanished Man, etc.): to many of the stories' characters and protagonists, who include murderers, adulterers, thieves; to the stories' arcs, which offer numerous bends and surprises; and to the general tone of the tales-as Deaver says in a brief introduction, "In a story, I can make good bad and bad badder and, most fun of all, really bad good." Of the 16 stories, 15 are reprints, some from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, some from its counterpart Alfred Hitchcock, while one, a Christmas tale featuring Deaver's beloved quadriplegic crime-buster Lincoln Rhyme and his sidekick, Amelia Sachs, is original to the anthology. The opening story, "Without Jonathan," is representative of Deaver's approach here. A woman, Marissa, drives along a Maine road, tormented by images of her husband drowning at sea. She's on her way to meet a man, presumably her first date since her husband's death. Cut to the man, shown strangling a woman-is our heroine about to encounter a serial killer? The Rhyme/Sachs entry, "The Christmas Present," is the cherry on the tart, as grumpy Rhyme and sweet but dangerous Sachs set out to save a woman from one apparent predator only to have to rescue her from another. Like an afternoon snack, this snappy volume will stave off hunger for Deaver fans until his next novel appears.
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Deaver, the author of a string of deliciously convoluted thrillers (his best work is the Lincoln Rhyme series, featuring a quadriplegic crime solver), offers his fans a real treat. This short story collection lives up to its title in more than one way: the stories are twisted, and so are many of the characters, a tasty assortment of murderers, thieves, con artists, and other no-goodniks. The best thing about the stories, however, is that we don't really know what they're about until the very end. Deaver is the grand master of the plot twist: his novels regularly perform elaborate about-faces, making us rethink much of what we believe about a character, a subplot, a seeming coincidence. His short fiction is like that, too: what appears to be a story about a man plotting the perfect murder, for example, becomes, in its final moments, something altogether more chilling. We're stunned, and then we think, OK, that makes perfect sense, but why didn't we see it coming? That's the beauty of a Deaver story: we never see the twist coming. These 16 stories are polished gems, beautiful examples of what splendid intricacies can be wrought in a small space. As an added bonus, one of the stories, featuring Lincoln Rhyme, has never been published before. For Deaver's fans, and any reader who likes that little thrill you get when a story takes an unexpected right-angle turn, this one's an absolute necessity. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Series: Twisted
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743491599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743491594
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. He has one younger sister who writes novels for teenagers ' Julie Reece Deaver.

Deaver wrote his first book ' which consisted of two entire chapters ' when he was eleven, and he's been writing ever since. An award-winning poet and journalist, he has also written and performed his own songs around the country. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. After graduation he decided to practice law for a time and worked for several years as an attorney for a large Wall Street firm. It was during his long commute to and from the office that he began writing the type of fiction he enjoyed reading: suspense novels. In 1990 he started to write full time.

The author of twenty-two novels, Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony award, a Gumshoe Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year. In 2001, he won the W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award for his Lincoln Rhyme novel The Empty Chair. In 2004, he was awarded the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Garden Of Beasts and the Short Story Dagger for "The Weekender." Translated into 35 languages, his novels have appeared on a number of bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the London Times and the Los Angeles Times. The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme. A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO film retitled Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin.

Jeff has also released two collections of his short stories, called Twisted and More Twisted.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sheri in Reho TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deaver has been my favorite mystery/thriller novel writer for several years so, when I saw this short story collection by him, I figured I had to give it a shot. Glad I did! He doesn't call this collection "Twisted" by accident. Each story features a devious, crazy or grin-inducing twist and the book is a quick read.

If I have any criticism of this book it is that, after a while, I started (often unconsciously) applying mental energy to trying to figure out what twist was coming in each new story instead of paying full attention to the story. It bugged me, but not THAT much. The stories are not all the same level of quality but most are very enjoyable. I recall only one that I didn't think should have been in the book. Being a special fan of Deaver's Rhyme character, I especially liked the story featuring Rhyme & Sachs.

This would be a great beach read...quick and in short spurts and not as grisly or scary as his novels.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on January 26, 2004
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Even though I have read several novels by Jeffrey Deaver, I had never come across any of his short stories and it was a nice surprise to discover the high quality of this collection. Most stories are superb, and since I have not read any of them before I was delighted with the book. But it is only fair to warn those people who have read short stories by this author in the past, because there is only one story that has not been published before. The new story, "The Christmas Present", is the one I liked less in the whole book. It seems that the author (or someone at the publishing house) had the idea to introduce a new story when there was not sufficient time left to maintain the level of quality. The story is considerable worse than any of the others. It looks as if Deaver had run out of ideas and decided to use his "usual" characters, Rhyme and Sachs, in a failed attempt to salvage the task.
The author explains in the introduction the difference between a novel and a short story, besides length, describing the short story as a "genre" in which the writer is authorized to "cheat" the reader. According to Deaver, in a novel the reader spends time and emotional energy in getting to know the characters, and therefore, it would be unfair to present an unpleasant ending. But in a short story "all bets are off" and the author will do everything in his power to shock the reader, leaving him/her awed and going back in the story to see if it is really possible that he/she assumed facts that weren't really there. This is why the title "Twisted" fits the theme of the stories extremely well.
For those of you that have read Deaver's short stories in the past and are not sure if it is worthwhile to buy this book here is a list of the stories with a brief description:
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Annunziata on August 27, 2006
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This is a collection of short stories, all of which I found thoroughly enjoyable. They are all very much twisted, so truth in advertising lives! I won't go into detailed summaries of all the stories, but they all have a neat little twist at the end.

My favorite story would probably be "Fall Guy" with it's very satisfying twist. But I found "The Weekender" and "Gone Fishing" very chillingly disturbing and "Triangle" probably has the most unexpected ending.

I had never read anything by this author before - this is the first - but I absolutely must get Garden of Beasts now, as there is an excerpt at the end of this book and I made the mistake of reading it. Oooh, those publishers know their business, don't they?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on September 19, 2006
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Twisted is a selection of short stories by thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver. Deaver points out in the intro that one advantage to short stories is you can alter the ending or the characters to make the story a little darker or depressing than a novel. Since the reader only invests a few minutes into a short story, they don't expect a happy or tidy ending. All of the stories in this collection are suspensful and involve a twist of some sort.

For Services Rendered and Triangle are probably the two best. They stand out because the of the twist. All stories are similar in that they only involve a few characters. So when the story goes in one direction, you are correct in assuming that the twist will involve the story going in the other direction at the end.

This book was easy to read and may perhaps persuade me to pick up another Jeffrey Deaver novel. I'm all for twists and turns, but for some reason did not enjoy the Empty Chair. I haven't read any more Deaver since. I don't know if its worth paying money for a short story collection. But if you are a Deaver fan, or a suspense fan, I'm sure you'll enjoy this collection of stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PeanuttyO on November 19, 2004
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I LOVED this book! What an outstanding collection of stories. I loved this book so much, I made copies of some of the stories so that I could pretend I was working when I was actually reading! Not only did each one surprise me at the end, but all of them held my attention. Very well written, I will add Jeffery Deaver to my favorite authors list and continue to read his work.

My absolute favorite story in the collection had to be Triangle, although that is a hard choice given the quality and suspense of each story.

I highly recommend this book!
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