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12 April 2004

Jeffery Deaver loves writing short stories. 'All bets are off,' he says. 'Short stories are like a sniper's bullet. Fast and shocking. I can make good bad and bad badder, and most fun of all, really bad seem good.'

And that is exactly what he does in these seventeen superb short stories. In 'Beautiful' former supermodel Kari's stalker has followed her through retirement to her new small town home. The police can do nothing. The only thing that will end the nightmare is the stalker's death or her own. In the Edgar-nominated 'Triangle' Pete finds a true crime book - and uses the lessons contained therein to kill Mo's lover. The award-winning 'Without Jonathan' introduces us to Marissa, about to go on the first date of her life since she married Jonathan, with a man she met through the personals. As she wonders whether she will ever truly fall in love again, the man she is about to meet is killing a housewife in another part of town...

And in the brand-new 'The Christmas Present', we see a side of Lincoln Rhyme we've never met before.

This is collection of short stories that is instantly gripping and impossible to put down, taking your breath away time and time again. Nothing is as it seems in the twisted world of Jeffery Deaver.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New edition edition (12 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340833874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340833872
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

You can find out more about Jeffery on his website, Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world (Sunday Telegraph)

'A masterful collection from one of crime's most deviously brilliant voices.' - Good Book Guide

The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

'these wonderfully wicked tales of greed, jealousy and murder most foul are highly entertaining and keep us guessing all the way through.' - Sunday Tasmanian

Deaver knows exactly how to pull his readers in - this gripping collection of stories is full of vivid characters and twisted perceptions. (Sainsbury Magazine)

Teeth-chattering suspense (Daily Mail)

A master of suspense (Guardian)

'Each [story] leads the reader through a maze to a surprising conclusion. Nothing is quite as it seems as the author keeps you guessing.' - Scottish Sunday Post

'The economy of these stories proves how much drama and thrills Deaver can pack into each sentence . . . TWISTED shows the range of Deaver's imagination in its most gloriously, well, twisted way.' CHICAGO TRIBUNE (')

'Enjoyable, humorous and definitely twisted.' Herald on TWISTED

'A mystery hit for those who like their intrigue short and sweet . . tight, bare-bones plotting and the sneaky tricks that Mr Deaver's title promises' - New York Times on TWISTED

'A highly entertaining, often unnerving series of psychological thrillers.' - Entertainment Weekly

'A mystery hit for those who like their intrigue short and sweet . . tight, bare-bones plotting and the sneaky tricks that Mr Deaver's title promises' - New York Times

'A collection of hard-edged short stories that jolt the reader like an attack of incoming scud missiles' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Jeff Deaver's proved beyond reasonable doubt that he writes some of the most intelligent, gripping suspense fiction currently in print, and TWISTED is only going to enhance his already sterling reputation.' Fort Worth STAR-TELEGRAM

'Enjoyable, humorous and definitely twisted.' Herald

'No other writer even comes close to confounding expectations as skillfully as does Deaver' San Jose Mercury News

'This clever book will have readers guessing from start to finish. A masterful collection from one of crime's most deviously brilliant voices.' - Good Book Guide

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Jeffery Deaver's first collection of short stories - some of them award-winning, most of them never before published outside the USA, all of them brilliantly twisted.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories at their best 19 Nov 2004
This is a book of 16 short stories by Jeffery Deaver. As the title suggests, every one has a twist in the tail, or should that be tale. Nothing is quite as it seems and your perspective of the story is due for a wrench at the end. I will admit that one or two may telegraph the switch, but mostly you should be surprised as I was. Mr Deaver is an ingenious and inventive story teller. A thoroughly enjoyable book that you won't be able to put it down whilst in the middle of a story, but you can come back 16 times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixteen little gems 17 Jun 2005
Good value this - sixteen short stories instead of one, but some of them might have been stretched out to become full-length novels by other authors. They're not great tales, but collectively they make a compulsive case for you to 'add to basket'. Apparently some have criticised the Olde English tale "All the World is a Stage" (which includes Shakespeare as one of the characters) but I thought it was very authentic given the American hand that wrote it! There's also a mini Lincoln Rhyme story, and several tales in which the baddies get away with it! A good way to introduce yourself to Jeffrey Deaver, if you're not a fan already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense! 14 Jan 2005
By K. S.
I have just finished reading this book. A collection of short stories that, without exception, are well crafted and grab the attention from the start. I had heard a review of this book on the radio so knew what to expect, BUT was still amazed by some of the twists. I kept a track and can honestly say I only had an inkling of two of the endings....the rest crept up on me and took me by surprise!
This is a god book for being able to dip in and out of, by it's very nature being a collection of short stories, however I found I could not wait to find out what the next story was about and "could not put it down" as the phrase goes. Go buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All bets are off! 6 May 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Racy and exciting tales 6 Mar 2005
By A Customer
This is a fantastic collection of short stories, with well delineated characters and surprising plots. I couldn't put it down and it was a very welcome change to read this after some of the rather dull books I've been reading lately! It rekindled my faith in good writing within the short story genre and I thoroughly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars . 9 May 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
From reading Deaver’s novels, it is abundantly clear that his style, and his love of injecting a twist into a story, would be perfectly suited to the short story form. “Twisted” proves that that is true.
This is a collection of 16 of his stories (apparently the first of a planned two volumes), some of them award-winning, all of them excellent examples of how to write crime genre short stories. If you don’t like the crime genre, though, I would you against this collection. If you prefer literature, you’ll find them fatuous. They are, I suppose – they mean little and the characters are pretty hollow when it comes right down to it. However, if you want a good series of shocks and surprises, this really is the collection for you. It is EXCELLENT in that respect.
Some of the stories are absolutely excellent. For example, “Triangle” is possible a work of crime-writing genius. Absolutely brilliant. Every story has an unexpected twist. It’s possible that you may be able to guess a couple, as you gradually work your way into Deaver’s mindset, as I did, but even seeing twists coming, I think, gives you a great sense of satisfaction. There are one or two entertaining oddities, too. “All The World’s A Stage” is a historical crime story, in which Shakespeare pops up. Some of the dialogue is laughable, the historical detail suspect, but the story itself is absolutely cracking. Despite it’s flaws, it’s very fine entertainment indeed.
They’re written excellently, in just the way crime short stories should be. Every sentence is telling; every sentence has its function and does its work. Characters are developed as well as they can be in such small frames, and plots are wrought well too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars short stories, twists at ends!
What it says on the cover, even if you perhaps have an inkling of the ending still an enjoyable read. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a plane
This book of short stories is ideal for a plane journey, as you are gripped by each story but can put it down easily when necessary for a quick nap or meal. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Robb
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeffery Deaver Books are great
This was perfect for reading on the plane journey home from New Zealand, you could read a short but riveting story and still not miss out on meals!
Published 17 months ago by GeoffRm
5.0 out of 5 stars A master story teller
Jeffrey Deaver is a master storyteller. I've read this book twice now, and even though I knew the twists second time around, I still enjoyed them. Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by A.J. Armitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories from the master
I love all of Deaver's work and these short stories are very good, called twisted because each story ends differently to what you thought.
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more of that !
I'm a huge fan of horror/crime thrillers and read around 50 of them every year, by authors such as Dean Koontz, James Herbert, Stephen King (check out his short story collections,... Read more
Published on 13 May 2007 by Gina Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering Deaver.
From Deavers first twisted title we are presented with several short stories all in the general trend that Deaver follows of fictional crime/thriller. Read more
Published on 7 May 2007 by Christopher Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
I got this book for my husband but ended up reading it myself. It is not my usual taste, but I really enjoyed it. Twisted isn't the word! Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2005 by Laura Mosley
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted: The Collected Short Stories of Jeffery Deaver
From reading Deaver’s novels, it is abundantly clear that his style, and his love of injecting a twist into a story, would be perfectly suited to the short story form. Read more
Published on 17 May 2004 by RachelWalker
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