More Twisted: Collected Stories, Vol. II

Jeffery Deaver, Contribution by
Jeffery Deaver, Contribution by . Simon & Schuster $24.95 (438p) ISBN 978-1-4165-4118-9
Reviewed on: 11/20/2006
Release date: 00/00/0000

Bestseller Deaver's second story collection (after 2003's Twisted ) is best enjoyed in small doses, since, as the author states in his preface, each of the 16 suspense tales contains a "gut-wrenching twist," a formulaic final reversal that loses its punch with too much repetition. That said, readers will find a number of clever and concise thrillers. The standout, "Born Bad," about a mother waiting in fear for her estranged daughter to kill her, does a superb job of matching up the clues at the beginning with the tale's resolution. Sherlockians will get a kick from a pastiche narrated in third person, "The Westphalian Ring," pitting Holmes against a crafty jewel thief. In an afterword to the tale "Afraid," Deaver (The Bone Collector ) explains how he works the concept of fear into his fiction. (Jan.)

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