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on 3 August 2007
I have recently taken a real loving to the short story genre not getting too attached to charaters and getting through them in around half an hour makes for a pleasant break from novel reading.

This collection by Deaver is very much like his first Twisted collection which I would like to say was fantastic and better than this book if only becuase of their undeniable similarities and the fact that the first book did it first.

The stories are brilliantly written and are mostly Deavers versions of other authors award winning short stories. Deaver is without doubt a fantastic writer, the only problem I have with this collection is that the stories are very similar to those from the first Twisted. Still a good collection though not quite as good as the first Twisted series in terms of suspense and the trademark twists. If you cant decide between the two get the first collection, also worth looking into is John Connolly's Nocturnes which is great.
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This is a really entertaining selection of short crime-based stories, very similar in their theme to the old Roald Dahl TOTU. Jeffery Deaver's habit of pulling rabbits out of hats at the end of every chapter can be a little bit exhausting in his novels, but it completely suits the style and pace of these rapid fire whodunnits. By about halfway through you really get into the swing of the book and find yourself double- and triple-guessing the author -- and sometimes you're right. And sometimes you're not!
Each tale has some neatly drawn characters, a nice set up and a great sting in the tail. There's even one involving Deaver's regular hero, Lincoln Rhyme, and another (maybe my favourite of the collection) with a certain famous English detective from yesteryear. In all of them, you can't be entirely certain who the bad guy is. If there is a bad guy at all...

It's not quite a five star read, because some of Deaver's descriptive prose is just plain clunky (he refers to someone as 'dark-complected'. Good grief), and the tales may be just too similar to be swallowed in one chunk. You need to pace them out a bit otherwise the characters start to blur into a bit of a mush. And don't be misled by the 'featuring Lincoln Rhyme' cover blurb; this is NOT a Rhyme novel, and he's only around for one of the stories.

Overall, however, it's a cracking, easy, enjoyable and intelligent read. I didn't see the first volume when it came out, so will order it pronto...
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VINE VOICEon 29 June 2007
In this second collection of short stories, Deaver shows again that he can consistently pull off shock endings even in the shorter form. All of these stories are tightly written and despite the slippery plots, credibility is never stretched to breaking point. Bravely including a period story involving Sherlock Holmes, Deaver almost manages an authentic English narrator's voice, only two slips betraying his real nationality.
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I have to confess to not having read much of the author's work, but enjoyed his James Bond book. I thought this would be a good place to start on his other work to see if I should then expand onto his novels.
Mr Deaver starts by talking about teaching writing and indeed at the end of the book slightly dissects one of the short stories presented here..

To my genuine surprise, I found this a weak and pedestrian collection with none of the clever twists I was expecting. The plots are either telegraphed or, even worse, just dull, almost in the vein of "but then he would know, because he was indeed the killer". No stand out stories, no clever twists, nothing to shock you just a collection of very very average tales. I arrived at this book with high expectations and left with bemused regret and I will be avoiding any more of his works.
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on 5 November 2007
Like his previous collection of short stories, Twisted, this is another excellent collection by the master. Each one is a little gem with a twist. Some you might see coming, but most will catch you by surprise even though you will be on the lookout for them.
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on 8 November 2014
I love Jeffery Deaver novels and was delighted to find he had written some short stories. I read Twisted which I simply could not put down, very clever. More Twisted is not quite as good, but still worth 5 stars. Each story is so totally different from the rest, not a formula approach that becomes repetitive. As he states at the beginning, it is slight of hand but despite trying to identify when he was leading me astray I was still surprised at the end of each story. Definitely worth buying.
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More Twisted is a volume of sixteen tales of suspense by Jeffrey Deaver, including a previously unpublished Lincoln Rhyme story. Each of these tales, as the title suggests, has a twist. Most are set in modern times, but one is set in Victorian England and features Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. All are enjoyable, some are spine-chilling. An excellent read!
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on 31 July 2012
His series of Lincoln Rhyme stories are terrific.To be able to write such contrastingly different bunch of stories..all of them surprising,exciting and satisfiying demonstrates that Jeffery has a complete mastery of crime fiction.Go read his initial group of short stories,Twisted.Just as good.
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on 8 March 2016
Maybe the best book ever.Short but super twisted stories.Gone more than 5 Years,after did read this book first time.Now I am going for week holidays,take this book and read again.
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on 30 November 2012
Jeffrey Deaver is a great read. I love a good plot and the twists.
I would recommend this book to all who love a whodunnit
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