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Twisted Triangle: A Famous Crime Writer, a Lesbian Love Affair, and the FBI Husband's Violent Revenge

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Praise for Twisted Triangle

"This book will haunt you. It will move you to look at some of the harsh realities of life in a new way. A powerful story-and masterfully written."
-Aphrodite Jones

best-selling author, All She Wanted and Cruel Sacrifice

"A harrowing tale of one woman's struggle to maintain a balance between being a mother, an FBI agent, and dealing with a corru
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Published March 23rd 2009 by Jossey-Bass (first published March 31st 2008)
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Jan 02, 2010 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Compelling true crime story.
May 03, 2009 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recounts, entirely from the wife/victim's perspective, the story of the woman whose FBI agent husband tried to murder her. Got a lot of press in part because she'd had a brief lesbian affair with the novelist Patricia Cornwell. I remember reading Washington Post article about this case some time back and probably should have left it at that. The parts of the book that go beyond the article-length version (e.g., sad fallout for her daughters, who both ended up cutting themselves, and one had a lo ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was just awful. The true story is unbelievable, the prose horrible, the set up kept me going but there was no answer to what the crazed husband was planning. No likeable characters. I am mad that my county library spent taxpayer dollars to buy this book. How did it ever get published? NO EVIDENCE THAT AN EDITOR EVER SAW IT.
Crystal Jarvis
May 17, 2011 Crystal Jarvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner I could not believe some of the things i was reading.. It kept you hooked from the first page.. When you read the book and you hear some of the things this lady goes through you really feel for her... whrn you see how patrica treats her you cant believe someone could be that way...
Feb 13, 2010 Kay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I find it hard to believe I was so excited to read this book! I have read all of Patricia Cornwell books and then when I recently found out about this case I knew I had to read it. The agony of waiting for it to be checked in at the library was almost as bad as the agony of reading it!

The true crime centers around a couple who are FBI agents [please hope they were not typical agents or this country is in trouble!:]. The wife meets Patricia Cornwell while she is doing research for her books and
♥ Marlene♥
Apr 04, 2012 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
What a horrible book. I do admit not finishing it because I got so annoyed by the people in this book. The wife pretended she was innocent while she wasn't and she was so dumb. Did not get really into it even though I did read 3/4th. I loved Caitlin Rother's other book so she can write.
Jul 03, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I'm actually admitting to reading this book.
Not a favourite, but also not my usual genre.
Sensationalized/capitalized on the "lesbian love triangle with a famous author", which was a very *small* part of the story, overall. (very small) This was particularly irksome as in the story they talk about how the media picked up on that part and ran with it, overblowing it.
Sharon Terry
Jul 25, 2016 Sharon Terry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I really haven't known quite what to make of this book. It details the hounding, torturing, life-threatening behaviour of a husband enraged partly by his wife's infidelity with another woman (Patricia Cornwell, no less) and partly by the wife finally confessing to fraudulent practices by both of them against their employer - the FBI! It certainly does read as if Gene Bennett put his wife Margo through hell; in fact, he sounds like the archetypal badass narcissistic powermonger and did go to gaol ...more
Oct 17, 2008 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I used to be a Patricia Cornwell fan. I still think her early books are excellent thrillers. This book gave me a little insight into her personality, although she is a pretty minor character in this story.

This was not the best written of books, but it did tell the complete sordid tale. Since I was married to an emotionally abusive man, I understand the main character's point of view pretty well. There is no way to explain why some reasonably intelligent women make such stupid choices, but there
Alyssa Troyan
They say it again and again in this book-- the truth is stranger than fiction, and in this case I see it. I felt terrible for margo and her children after reading about her former husbands sentencing, but then I read a quote by her just this last November (she is a captain of UC Berkeley PD) defending the actions of her dept in regards to police brutality allegations against students of the nationwide Occupy movement. “The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an a ...more
When I
Oct 27, 2008 When I rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a famous crime write, a lesbian love affair, and FBI husband's violent revenge.
Jul 30, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great true crime novel, with Patricia Cornwell as one of the main people in the book. This shows how a narcissistic FBI #&*$(#&$(* treated and manipulated his family. What a jerk.
Jan 07, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember hearing about this case at the time, but I really never knew how crazy or cruel the husband was. This was a very well told story.
Dorcus Abercrombie
I love these books based on true stories
Kathleen Hagen
Twisted Triangle: A Famous Crime Writer, a Lesbian Love Affair, and the FBI Husband's Revenge
Caitlin Rother and John Hess
narrated by Laural Merlington, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from

This is a story of survival-the survival of former FBI agent Margot Bennett. Because she had a very brief affair with Patricia Cornwell, her case gained notoriety when her ex-husband tried to drag Cornwell’s name through the mud along with his former wife’s name. This is the story of Gene Be
Jul 12, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
well, let's see. Did you read the article in Vanity Fair a few years back about the female FBI agent who allegedly had an affair w/Patricia Cornwell ("Patsy") and then her lunatic husband (also FBI) went ballistic and abducted her, beat the crap out of her, then later on terrorized some poor minister, blah blah blah.

And all this for what apparently was a VERY brief fling (as Patsy puts it, twice over the rug...

anyway, as true crime it was OK. But the mess this woman's life became was just awful.
Feb 01, 2015 Jakalak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, hoopla
Compelling true crime story about a woman whose husband (a former FBI agent) went berserk. The writing was okay, although the "...she said later" (an artifact of the fact-finding/interviewing for the book) was distracting. The ending was a little weird too: the book focuses almost exclusively on the experiences of Margo Bennett but then the last bit delves into the personal lives (and personal struggles) of her teenage daughters before ending abruptly. I had heard about this case on a trashy cri ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Suzan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE true and sensational story of FBI agent Margo Bennett, a woman whose brief love affair with best-selling crime author, Patricia Cornwell, triggered a mental breakdown in her husband, superstar FBI undercover agent, Gene Bennett, who kidnapped and tried to kill her. For the first time, Margo provided the authors, Caitlin Rother and former FBI Behavioural Sciences agent, John Hess, access to interviews, photographs, documents, records and private papers. Twisted Triangle is indeed stranger tha ...more
Jun 23, 2009 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, non-fiction, review
Update: I have a full review of this book over at my blog! Check it out!

I was not at all familiar with this story, or who Patricia Cornwell was, so this was all new information for me, and that's why I liked the book. I think its analysis and insight into how situations like these play out was good -- it really is easy (and common) to blame the victim in our society.

Could the writing have been better? Sure. But I also think part of the reason why the more personal things were rushed through was
May 18, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from the minute I read an excerpt of this book, but if you are looking to read alot about Patricia Cornwell, don't get this book. I was amazed to see the destruction in this lady's life at the hands of her husband. This woman had trusted her husband (also FBI) and for him to try and destroy her was unbelieveable. Patricia Cornwell's part in this was to get involved in a relationship with this woman and not really seeming to care about the outcome. I held Cornwell to a higher standar ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Marlette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just okay. The writing was poor. Some sentences of "to be pertinent" information were just stuck in a paragraph, out of place, stick-out-like-a-sore-thumb kind of things. I felt like the author was perhaps in high school or intimidated by the smarts of the people she wrote about. I would never recommend this book to anyone. And I didn't understand the choice of intimated there was some scandalous, juicy story to be found inside. Instead it was boring, boring, boring. Pe ...more
J.L. Whitaker
Mar 24, 2015 J.L. Whitaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sucked this story right down. It was well constructed and felt honest from the perspective of the wife. Although not all the persons were interviewed, the author presented them as real people with real problems that got way out of hand. It showed how people who are trained to protect us can go off the rails, just like anyone, only with special skills that can kill, or try to, even those they say they love. Check it out.
Although the book is titled, "Twisted Triangle", and I'd expected to read more about the relationship of the three people involved, this really was about a couple, man and woman, that come to a point when they split and the husband takes it so badly that he ends up trying to kill his wife. It is an interesting book, but I think that when it came to the part when they go to court, it got a little too long.
Sep 28, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great real life telling of a women's struggle with her psychotic husband. This story gives an excellent description of how this family dealt with attempt murder, trail and the after math. The main character Margo deals with her sexuality, faith, and raising two daughters a sexist society.
The writing is very brief which keeps the story from getting dull.
Great story for people who like true crimes
Just ok. Tells the story from the wife's pov & while I sympathize with her having to endure an awful spouse, she is not so innocent in looking the other way while enjoying the benefits of her husbands multiple insurance frauds. The writing is mediocre. Curiosity about this case will be sated by reading news stories on the Internet, especially the Vanity Fair article.
The behavior of the abusive, controlling husband is so predictable and frustrating because it is so common. If you are interested in Patricia Cornwell - she is part of the story - involved in a lesbian affair with the FBI agent whose story it is. Book is not entertaining - interesting - because it is true.
Jul 21, 2009 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling story. Not complimentary to Cornwell. Her fans (I'm one) should read. Could apply a fave couplet of mine: "(S)he said 'I'm so happy, I could die'. She said 'drop dead', left with another (guy)". Sorry, couldn't resist. Scary that FBI agent who was obvious psycho was able to maintain job, as people just looked the other way. Guess I'm naive.
Jul 16, 2008 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not relate to the main character in the story and why she stayed with her husband so long. She claimed to have never seen anything too unsavory about him when all around her gave her information.
Jun 24, 2013 Harvey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
- from the jacket: "A harrowing tale of one woman's struggle to maintain a balance between being a mother, an F.B.I. Agent, and dealing with a corrupt husband - who is also an F.B.I. Agent
- a fascinating, true story
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New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored 11 books, ranging from narrative non-fiction crime to mystery to memoir. Her titles include LOVE GONE WRONG, DEAD RECKONING, THEN NO ONE CAN HAVE HER, I'LL TAKE CARE OF HER, NAKED ADDICTION, POISONED LOVE, BODY PARTS, TWISTED TRIANGLE, LOST GIRLS, WHERE HOPE BEGINS and MY LIFE, DELETED. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, Rother wor ...more
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