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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: Lindsay Crouse Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Petra Connor Series Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780739307205
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Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past. And in Jonathan Kellerman’s New York Times bestseller Billy Straight she took the lead in the desperate hunt for a teenage runaway stalked by a vengeful murderer. 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.

“Why is it so hard to put down a Kellerman thriller?” asks Publishers Weekly. “It’s simple: the nonstop action leaves you breathless; the plot twists keep you guessing; the themes…are provocative.” Those in need of still further proof that “Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form” (Los Angeles Times Book Review) need look no further than Twisted.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rorry Bonifas | 2/19/2014

    " Like most Kellerman books, this one was entertaining and interesting. It was nice to hear things from another perspective--Alex Delaware was getting on my nerves a little bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Duvel | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the story and the problems of investigation that Kellerman set up for his protaganist Petra Connor to deal with. I liked the back story information regarding the Isaac Gomez character and would like to see him again maybe in his own story. While I have read one or two of the Alex Delaware stories I did not like them as much as I did this one. I am looking forward to more Petra Connor stories in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/15/2014

    " A taut thriller from start to finish with a violent serial killer and a ticking clock. My first Kellerman novel will certainly not be my last! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Psychoreader | 2/15/2014

    " Really liked this one. I think it is his best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Elliott | 2/14/2014

    " This is my first Jonathan Kellerman book. It really kept my interest and I even wrote down some wonderful lines I wish I'd written! :-) I'll be looking for another soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Jeanne | 2/14/2014

    " Written and narrated in short choppy sentences. Story line was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 2/4/2014

    " I want more Petra books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " Investigator Petra Connor tries to identify a Jane Doe in a dance club drive-by shooting in LA and stumbles onto a serial killer who's about to strike again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 1/16/2014

    " This book has some very interesting characters and is definately well worth the read. The bad guy is definately very "twisted" and probably more evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G. | 12/10/2013

    " OK, now this was fun! Petra Conner is a terrific heroine, strong yet conflicted. Human. Good job, Mr. Kellerman. Hope to meet you someday at the LA Times Book Fest. I usually hang around the frozen lemonade stand. I also carry my own Sharpie for autographs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/8/2013

    " Twisted is an engrossing "whodunit" which is fast paced from the beginning until the end. The lead detective, Petra Connor, has a probable gang murder on her hands, when a possible serial killing turns up. This book will keep up guessing the entire time. I highly recommend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April Oaks | 11/23/2013

    " I have read a lot of books by Jonathan Kellerman this one was just kind of so-so. It started out very slow and then just wrapped up suddenly. If you are interested in Jonathan Kellerman I would recommend the Alex Delaware novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/21/2013

    " A Petra Connors story. Love the balance between a love story and mystery. Listened to audio and really didn't like the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Jones | 10/3/2013

    " Petra is a little too much but Issac is a great addition. A little dragged out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graceanne | 9/28/2013

    " I have read many Kellerman books with Alex Delaware as the main character, so I was not sure how I would like this "new" addition. I have to say that Petra Connor comes a very close second to Delaware and I will continue to read the series. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/15/2013

    " wonderful new character to love. Petra Connor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Yelverton | 5/23/2013

    " An interesting mystery novel with a psychological twist but it was far from the best that I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Castleberry | 5/9/2013

    " I really liked this book. Can't wait to read another one of his books. I read it a while ago though so I can't really write a good review not sure I remember what it was all about! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Merritt | 2/9/2013

    " Finally got 'good' at around page 336... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hjalmarsson | 1/18/2013

    " I like Petra and Isaac++++++++++ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 9/8/2012

    " A good one. Review later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 8/26/2012

    " "Great crime novel (until the ending). Love the character mix and the direct, simple prose. Nice job of hiding the killer in plain sight." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Waller | 7/7/2012

    " It got a little slow in the middle but I liked the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reese | 1/30/2012

    " Another Petra Connor novel, even better than Billy Straight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 1/25/2012

    " A typical Kellerman page turner. It kept me engaged and distracted ...which is probably the main reason I read this type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Param Deep Singh | 6/24/2011

    " nice ... though was able to guess who the criminal was .. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 6/21/2011

    " I do like Kellerman b/c he is a clinical psychologist who has published journal articles in the field - his books can be a little smarter than your average trashy detective novel. Not great but mildly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 4/16/2011

    " I really enjoy this author alot. It isn't a Milo Sturgis/Alex Delaware combo but is good anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/12/2011

    " love a good psychological thriller and this was very good.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luckngrace | 4/6/2011

    " I like the characters in Kellerman's books like I like the people in the soap operas I've watched for 45 years. This one wasn't his best, but I do like Petra, Eric and Isaac and hope he keeps on with the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/25/2011

    " I'm normally not a fan of crime dramas, but my daughter left this book behind when she moved out. I was surprised by the diversity of the characters and the unlikely hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 2/21/2011

    " Solid. Easy- Kellerman is like an old, favorite pillow. If that pillow freaked you out and leaked blood, guts and psychopaths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Psychoreader | 1/15/2011

    " Really liked this one. I think it is his best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekkila | 12/2/2010

    " I think I enjoy this Petra Conner series more than the Alex Delaware books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 11/29/2010

    " I really enjoy this author alot. It isn't a Milo Sturgis/Alex Delaware combo but is good anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/28/2010

    " typical Kellerman. story is engagins and characters are interesting. handled a gory subject in a readable way. this author never disappoints! i liked reading this story about one of the characters from his Alex Delaware series. can a book be called a spin off? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/27/2010

    " What I expected, but that isn't a disapointment...more of a good ole reliable author! Really liked the story and the characters. I had never read any of the Petra/Issac character driven mysteries by him. Will look for others now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 10/25/2010

    " audio
    I certainly prefer Jonathan's books to his wife's writing. I like his writing style but this story was a little thin. I would recommend to a broad audience "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Param Deep | 9/13/2010

    " nice ... though was able to guess who the criminal was .. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/12/2010

    " I liked this crime novel and will probably read more of Kellerman's stories. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty 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 coauthored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. 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. He and Faye live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

About the Narrator

Lindsay Ann Crouse is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President’s Men. For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Slap Shot, Between the Lines, The Verdict, Prefontaine, and The Insider. She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games, which was directed by her then husband David Mamet. In 1996 she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Between Mother and Daughter,” an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. She is also a Grammy Award nominee.