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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Deadly Niche Press (March 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937660310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937660317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bob Avey is the author of the Kenny Elliot mystery series, which includes Twisted Perception, released April 2006, Beneath a Buried House, June 2008, and Footprints of a Dancer, October 2012. 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 or researching mystery writing techniques, he spends his free time prowling through dusty antique shops looking for the rare or unusual, or roaming through ghost towns, 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.

Bob is a member of The Tulsa NightWriters, The Oklahoma Writers Federation (active board member for 2006), The Oklahoma Mystery Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.

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The characters are well developed and believable.
Terry South
This was a wonderful book full of twists and turns and lots of surprises.
Gina R. Metz
This is the first book I have read by this author. it was well written.
Janie Perdue

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gina R. Metz on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Twisted Perception begins with the murder of Lagayle Zimmerman. Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliott is put in charge of the case. But when he gets to the crime scene it is almost too much for him as it blends with his nightmares. Lagayle Zimmerman is found dead in her car with her necklace hanging from the rear view mirror. When Kenny was a teenager in Porter, Oklahoma, his best friend Johnnie and his girlfriend were found dead in Johnnie's car with Kenny's class ring on a chain hanging from the rear view mirror.

Kenny was the only suspect in their deaths as they had a huge fight that night in front of a crowd and Kenny was also known for getting in trouble and having a temper. However, their deaths were ruled a murder suicide so Kenny was never charged and urged to leave town by the sheriff who liked him and his football coach. But now Kenny must go back to Porter to uncover old secrets to try to solve the murders occurring in Tulsa as the body count continues to rise and Kenny is looking more and more guilty.

This was a wonderful book full of twists and turns and lots of surprises. Bob Avey did a wonderful job with his character Kenny Elliott. I would highly recommend this book as it was quite the page turner.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Patricia E. Reid on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Kenny Elliot is a detective in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kenny hails from the small town of Porter, Oklahoma. Kenny grew up poor. He didn't know his father and his mother's problems led her to an early grave. In spite of his background Kenny was a football star in his hometown. The police chief helped him through some of his rough times as a young man growing up.

Now Kenny is faced with the investigation of the murder of Lagayle Zimmerman. Lagaye is discovered in her vehicle, which contains a shiny necklace hanging from the rearview mirror. Kenny mind transports him back to Porter where a similar necklace hung from the mirror of a Mustang containing the bodies of his friends, Jonathan

Alexander and Marcia Barnes. Kenny was even a suspect in these two murders. The murders were ruled as a murder and suicide but Kenny never believed this.

Now years later Lagayle's death brings back memories and he travels back through his past to find the answers to the nightmares he has had for years and to reveal the true killer behind the murders of the past and the murders now happening in his city of Tulsa.

Kenny not only learns the identity of the true murderer but many secrets from his past are also revealed. This is a book that I very highly recommend. I will look forward to reading the next Bob Avey book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan Whitfield on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Twisted is right. Twisted perceptions, twisted plots and twisted people abound in this novel. Avey kept me guessing until the end with one final megaTwist. When's the next one going to be released?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KLNcatz on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 were 4 and 5 stars, 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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on June 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Twisted Perception is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting, suspenseful, compelling, engaging, intriguing books I've read in a long, long time. I know that's a whole lot of adjectives, but this book really needs that many descriptives!

I adore a good suspense story, and boy oh boy, did I get my socks knocked off with this one. It hooked me from the very first page and held me in its grips through the very last sentence. The storyline is fascinating and believable, the dialogue is realistic, the characters are all interesting...you name it, Twisted Perception has it all.

I cannot recommend this book enough, which I read in two sittings, I kid you not. Well, three, if you count my little ploy to put off the ending by stopping with about 20 pages left to savor the conclusion. How many times have you done that? Before reading Twisted Perception, I didn't know who Bob Avey is but I can tell you this much -- he will be on my list of authors to keep an eye out for. He definitely has the chops for writing a gripping suspense novel...and I'm eager to read more!
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