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Twisted (Petra Connor #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  4,415 ratings  ·  178 reviews
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 o...more
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Published November 23rd 2004 by Random House Audio (first published 2004)
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Really great Kellerman story stars Petra and Latino genius !

We're long-time Jonathan Kellerman fans, and have generally enjoyed his entire book list. We've noticed his last few books seemed to lack some of the interest and pizzazz of the earlier ones, particularly those featuring his leading man Alex Delaware. Noticing that "Twisted" is his fifth novel published in the last 24 months, counting his somewhat disappointing book co-authored with wife Faye ["Double Homicide"], we didn't have particul...more
First a confession, I rarely buy books. I use the library, my grandfather's cousin gave a significant part of his fortune to build libraries so in his honor I use the library. As a child the monthly classroom book order (Scholastic I think) got most of my cash. I spent change on comic books too, ten cents, fifteen cents, then twenty five cents. I'm old snickers were a nickle then too. Anyway when I'm away from home and I have finished reading the book or books I have brought with me I buy a book...more
Emily Noel
This book had potential, but it simply fell short of the mark.
Homicide detective Petra Connor's newest case is the shooting of four seemingly unconnected teenagers after a concert. With no evidence and an unidentified victim, the case is going nowhere fast. Then a genius grad student, Isaac Gomez, comes to her after finding a connection between six unsolved murders - all of which occurred on the same day, June 28, a day that is rapidly approaching again.
Twisted isn't terrible in any means of th...more
Very good! A change of pace from the other JK Books I have read. Real twisty! I love it! I had the audio. I was not a fan of how it was read. A lot like a female Dragnet-type narrator. Needed a little more warmth.
Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor is working on her own since her partner has been sent to Israel to learn more about dealing with terrorists. A grad student doing an internship with the police is assigned to Petra to mentor. Isaac is a genius working on his Phd. before going on to work on his medical degree. He doesn't have any specific duties so, on his own, he stumbles across a cold case which seems to connect to five other homicides that occurred on the same day, June 28, every year....more
Lukasz Pruski
The time of holidays, with its glitzy cheer, overeating, and laziness, is not conducive to reading literature. The next book by J.M. Coetzee has to wait until the bleak days of January. It is YAK instead: "Yet Another Kellerman." Another nice book by the author, made even better by the absence of the oh-so-smart, sanctimonious, and boring Good Doctor Delaware (he is mentioned a few times, though) as well as his sidekick, Lt. M.S. This is a Petra Connor book, the second in the series, after "Bill...more
Diana Donnelly
I have read several of this author's books, but this was the first with detective Petra Connor. She was an enjoyable character who takes her job seriously. She's given a brainiac young man to help in the department and he finds a connection with the unsolved murders. The book moved along beautifully and I grew so fond of Isaac, the whiz kid. He was from a poor hard-working family and fortunately was given the opportunity to advance intellectually. He was planning to be a physician and there was...more
Bryan Wilson
Kellerman's second novel in the Petra Connor series follows multiple cases on which the detective is working. Petra is definitely likable, as she has a boss who doesn't seem to have her back, a significant other with whom she has restricted communication due to professional reasons, and a genius intern who warrants guidance. The primary case is what appears to be a gang-related shooting of four teens without an apparent motive. At the same time, the genius intern uncovers a disturbing trend of m...more
I didn't think it was possible for a book to lose two stars in the post-climax tie-up. I was wrong. Jonathan Kellerman does a terrific job of developing the character of protagonist Petra Connor as a competent, complex, rational detective who fully understands the consequences of her actions in the field. Like many fictional detectives, she colors outside of the lines on a regular basis, but always for the purpose of catching the bad guy.

The climax to Twisted wasn't the pulse pounder that I anti...more
L’inspectrice du commissariat d’Hollywood Petra Connor a souvent aidé le psychologue Alex
Delaware à résoudre des affaires difficiles. Cette fois, elle se retrouve seule pour élucider un
quadruple meurtre dans le parking d’un dancing à la mode. Abattues par un tireur qui passait en
voiture, les victimes semblent avoir été tuées au hasard. Une seule d’entre elles - elle portait des
tennis roses - n’est toujours pas identifiée plusieurs jours après le massacre. Sans aucune piste et
sans aucun mobile ap...more
L.A. homicide detective Petra Conner (showcased in Kellerman's "A Cold Heart") takes center stage here in trying to solve a drive-by shooting at a nightclub that leaves four dead. She's aided by genius Isaac Gomez, a nerdy 22 year old who's working on his dissertation. He values Petra's opinion but is torn between fitting into the world of education, prestige and intellectualism and the crime-ridden neighborhood where his family lives and tries to survive. Isaac believes that several cold cases...more
Petra Conner is faced with solving a shooting murder outside a nightclub that left four young kids dead. The young girl who can't be identified seems to be the key to the case. Meanwhile, Petra is also playing mentor to Isaac Gomez, a wonderboy working on his Ph.D. disseratation, collecting data from the homicide squad. Isaac has discovered what he thinks is a pattern...there's a serial killer who's been committing murders in L.A. for years and no one has put the pattern together before this. Th...more
A fine novel. Interesting plot, not too over the top. Kellerman writes a story centered on Petra Connor, the Hollywood homicide detective from Billy Straight and A cold heart. The secondary characters are well rounded and somewhat unpredictable. We are reintroduced to Eric Stahl, who's become attached to the anti terrorist unit and no longer partnered with Petra but has become her long distance lover.

Kellerman also created a character that could have been the ultimate Marty Sue but somewhat isn'...more
Kellerman is one of those authors I can always count on delivering a good story and characters I find believable. His prose is always readable.

I generally pick up his books in hardcover when they're released. One of the few authors I read in hardcover, but it's always worth the expense.

When you find an author who makes reading fun, you enjoy going back to them again and again.

Twisted is not one of his Alex Delaware novels, instead following the character Petra Connor. She was introduced in the s...more
I almost gave this one up just a few pages in. There's a gang style drive-by shooting in which 'every single bullet' hits someone, and where a couple of folks are hit multiple times in lethal zones. I doubt that's ever happened in reality. It really threw me completely out of the story and if I hadn't been on a day trip and had no other book to read I would have put the novel down right there.

I did continue though, and in general I came to like it quite a lot better by the end. The characters w...more
In Kellerman’s second book to focus exclusively on LAPD detective Petra Connor, Petra is involved in two cases simultaneously. First, four teens are gunned down at a concert with no apparent motive and one victim is proving difficult to identify. Second, Petra’s genius intern has identified a pattern of murders occurring on June 28 every year with the same cause of death.

Both investigations move at a realistic pace (which I appreciate, because a lot of crime shows and novels portray crimes as be...more
Diana E. Young
This book written by the international bestselling author of over 25 books was a great read. Jonathan Kellerman kept me turning pages right from the beginning. The main character is 30 year old Detective Petra Connor who is a highly successful case solver, due to her persistence and attention to detail.

She was in the midst of investigating one case of a drive-by shooting when she hooks up with Isaac, a 22 year old doctoral student who is researching criminal patterns for his thesis. He begins by...more
Det. Petra Connor is on the case of a night-club shooting where 6 teens were violently struck down. No one is talking and Petra fears the case will run cold. Meanwhile she is set up to mentor a grad student, Isaac Gomez. Isaac is crazy smart and turns her on to a cold case with an eerie pattern. Stumped on her active case she follows the interns lead. Meanwhile she struggles with her love and professional lives.

Another fantastic thriller by Jonathan Kellerman. He covers police beaurocracy and in...more
this book is technically about a homicidal directive that get a homicidal on his hands so he trys to track them down and finally gets them. i really like this book because it was very interesting and i would recommend it.
Linda Davis
Pretty good mystery. Had a bit of trouble getting used to the reader simply because I"m used to John Rubenstein reading the Alex Delaware series. This reader, Lindsay Crouse, was pretty good, though.
Don O'goodreader
As might be expected by an accomplished mystery writer like Kellerman, the book has subplots and twist, and reveals. It moves smoothly with from start to finish with interesting characters and enough intrigue, sex, and violence, to keep the story interesting without becoming morbid, prurient, or dull.

My only complaint, is the editing. I read the first edition where 77 centimeters equaled three inches, and where drunks in mid-June were characterized starting St. Patrick's Day early. Happy to repo...more
This is Kellerman’s second book to include main character LAPD detective Petra Connor, as the main focus of the book. In the past she had been paired with psychologist Alex Delaware.

In this book Connor is involved in two cases simultaneously. The first one had four teens gunned down at a concert with no apparent motive and one victim (wearing pink shoes) proved difficult to identify. The second case, Connor’s genius intern has identified a pattern of murders occurring on June 28 every year with...more
Very enjoyable read, much better balance of Conner and Gomez than he gives Delaware and Sturgis. It took a while for things to wrap up, but he did a great job of tying it together.
Nan Williams
Good read.

The plot moved right along. The [good] characters were likeable. Just a good, basic police suspense fiction with decent side elements and side tracks. Everything was wrapped up neatly at the end.
Barbara Villegas
Best story I have read in a long time. And Petra is my new favorite female detective. I hope to follow her through many more mysteries!
L.A. Detective Petra Connor investigates bizarre hidden serial killings uncovered by a genius intern.
I haven't read a Jonathan Kellerman mystery in years. This was selling for $7 FJD at the local Post Fiji Book Shop so I decided to try it. It was a disappointment compared to Kellerman's earlier more psychologically and criminally "twisted" mysteries. Living in a place that has only one free TV channel and no good or current shows, I'd recommend it for those times when most people would watch TV: when your brain is just too tired to do anything else. But what can you expect to get for the equiva...more
Well, I finished this. For some reason I had set it aside some time ago (audio) and forgot I was listening to it. Unlike most of the Kellerman series it doesn't feature Alex Delaware and his friend Milo, rather Detective Petra Connor and Eric, her erstwhile lover, who apparently walks on water. The show stealer is Isaac, a PhD candidate interning with the police department, who, through diligent research and a hell of a randy librarian, manages to find the connection between the killer and his v...more
Petra Connor is a Hollywood detective with a grad student (as part of his thesis), who signs on as her assistant. Isaac Gomez, the über kind sidekick, finds an odd link to a set of murders via his number-crunching research. Many of these murders are years old and, though not forgotten, are in the cold case files. As the officer in charge of the original murders was an alcoholic (now retired), Petra feels an obligation to make things right, so she adds these murders to her case load. I know Petra...more
Michael Turashoff
A good but in my opinion not a great story. Dragged a little in some places and left me a little wanting. The end was a real twist I didn't figure out the killer and probably never would have so that in my book was a plus. The characters were pretty good, I thought Petra was a little over the top with the "I'm a tough woman detective" act but for the most part the characters weren't portrayed that bad even if I thought they were a little bland. I may not be a real good critic of Kellerman's book...more
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Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t...more
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