Item description for Twisted Justice by Patricia Gussin...
Laura Nelson has it all - a successful career as a surgeon, five well-adjusted kids, and a gorgeous, prominent husband Steve, a nightly news anchor at the Tampa TV News.
Laura's seemingly perfect world shatters when she discovers that Steve is sharing much more than a news desk and a billboard with Kim, his sexy co-anchor. But Steve's torrid fling with his coworker is about to come to an abrupt end....
Till death do us part...
When Kim is murdered, Laura is left holding the smoking gun. How far would Laura go to preserve her perfect life? That's about to become yesterday's news.
Now, Laura must fight to protect her freedom as lies, deception and dark secrets threaten to close in on her, and change her perfect life into a perfect nightmare.
But, looks can be deceiving. And deceit can be deadly. Sexy, alluring and provocative, Twisted Justice delivers fiery hot action, pulse-pounding suspense, and a razor-sharp plot full of dangerous curves.
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Patricia Gussin is a physician who grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, practiced in Philadelphia and now lives on Longboat Key, FL. She is also the author of Shadow of Death, Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel, Twisted Justice, The Test, and And Then There Was One. She and her husband, Robert, are the authors of What's Next For ... You.
Reviews - What do customers think about Twisted Justice?
This book was great! Mar 7, 2008
I loved this book! First off, instead of just coming along with the story which I'm usually doing when reading a mystery, I felt myself echoing each choice made by the characters, often feeling as if I would speak in the same voice were I in that situation. Gussin's ability to place the reader within the plot in such a visceral, yet subtle way, is a true talent. Her protagonist, Dr. Laura Nelson, is a real woman, who despite being a top thoracic surgeon, can be hurt just like any woman when she finds her husband cheating on her. When the woman her husband cheated on her with is found dead, she's accused of the murder, and to make matters worse, her husband thinks she did it. While the backbone of the plot is the murder mystery, the story of her family being pulled apart and what she has to do to keep it together is the heart of the novel. Gussin paints a layered portrait of how fragile happiness can be.
like a scalpel! Mar 2, 2008
This is the definition of a solid thriller. Too often, I'm annoyed by dialogue or plot devices that feel shoe-horned in just so the author can stunt a little. Twisted Justice feels real: you can see yourself making the same decisions, good and bad, that the characters make. That authenticity elevates the novel far above most of the other books I've read in the genre. The novel also doesn't rely just on the murder mystery aspect of the plot: it fleshes out the relationships between characters who are, once again in recognizable fashion, often acting on gut instinct, sometimes to disastrous effect. A fascinating and assured addition to the mystery thriller canon.
fantastic! Mar 1, 2008
Patricia Gussin is on my list from here on out: I haven't read her other work, but I'm looking forward to it after picking this one up on a whim. When a heart surgeon finds her husband in bed with his sexy co-anchor at the news station, she knows her first priority is making sure her family is all right. But when she's arrested for the anchorwoman's murder, she's left at the mercy of the justice system and her increasingly unhinged husband. Every twist and reveal feels organic, which doesn't often happen in thrillers. I really enjoyed the way her characters make bad decisions on occasion and keep secrets from one another in recognizable ways that don't just serve to move the plot forward in arbitrary fashion. Really strong, enjoyable read.
smart and sharp Mar 1, 2008
I was knocked out by this book, but in a slow-burn way. Gussin's prose has a way of sneaking up on you: it doesn't show off, because it doesn't have to. Many entries in this genre feel like chest-puffing exercises in braggadocio, but this novel relies on the basics: realistic plotting, solid characters and relentless pacing. A novel about adultery and how it fractures a marriage and a few lives in the process, Twisted Justice moves carefully through a plot that doesn't let up until the last sentence. Her work with different voices is amazing: she's equally comfortable with detailed medical jargon as she is with the rough criminal dialect of Florida mobsters. I won't ruin the ending, but I was genuinely surprised at the reveal of what actually happened in that blood-stained apartment...a treat for thriller aficionados of any stripe.
An American Tragedy Jan 16, 2008
Dr. Laura Nelson, a respected and talented surgeon, faces more calamities than is possible in this twisting tale. To begin with, she walks into her home after a long and difficult day and night of surgery to find her husband and a strange woman nude in the family room. Then she is found later on in that woman's home kneeling by her dead body and Laura's fingerprint on the murder weapon. She is arrested and accused of the murder. Among other travails to follow, one of her children is found to be seriously ill.
This novel is a complex story about mistakes, failed relationships, lies, manipulation and betrayals. The author is a physician and uses her professional knowledge to provide the story with a high degree of realism. Moreover, she does a credible job in the ins and outs of Laura's legal defense and child custody problems. The only criticism is her characterization of the husband, which is superficial (as is he).
All in all, the novel is a well-paced saga, suspenseful with a plot that keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. Dr. Nelson first appeared in Shadow of Death, and it would seem she is poised to play a role in a future novel.