An Edgy Quality

Solving the case in Bob Avey's Twisted Perception depends on Police Detective Kenny Elliot paying attention to details. Elliot is on the case of present day murders in Porter Oklahoma, however the similarity to other killings cause Kenny to examine his own past. Eventually, he has to return to his home town after years of absence and confront emotions, memories and the people connected with them. He not only finds clues to the identity of the present day killer, but he discovers that both his and the town's residents perceptions of events in the past have been twisted by situation and time. Elliot becomes a suspect himself as he pursues a killer who appears to have taken a page right out of his own past.
Twisted Perception's plot begins as crime in the big city, but turns into a small town saga. The town's story of secrets and unrequited love would be typical if it were not the edgy quality Avey brings to the story. The plot is tangled and intricate. The pages are filled with detailed car chases and cloak and dagger meetings. To top off the excitement in the story Avey added enough red hearings that I was guessing at the identity of the killer until the very end.

Kenny Elliot is a complicated young investigator still dealing with his own past and his appearance in future mysteries would be welcomed. Perhaps, the most interesting character trait Elliot has is his ability to follow up on basic hunches and to posse possible scenarios. Avey provides details of how his hero tests possible scenarios, modifies them and tease out the facts of a case. I have never read a police procedural where the author communicated an investigator's ability to work a case with such detail. Important to the story are hunches about and investigation of some birth, death and marriage records. A nice detail that left me wondering how often police really do use genealogy to solve crimes. Bob Avey's Twisted perception is full of details. The kind of details that make mysteries fun and challenging to read.—Christine

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