David Robbins. Twisted (2004) 248 pp. [pbo]
Novelization of the motion picture screenplay written by Sarah Thorp
and filmed by Philip Kaufman, starring Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson,
and Andy Garcia. Jessica Shepard is a SFPD Homicide Detective with a lot
of secrets. Her father, a former cop, was a serial killer who killed her
mother and then himself, when she was a young girl; she is addicted to
picking up men in bars for one-night stands; and she tends to drink too
much and then suffer from blackouts. When the body of one of her former
lovers turns up near Pac Bell Park (remember: this is 2004), after one
of her blackouts, she thinks it is a strange coincidence. When another
of her lovers is found murdered—after yet another blackout—she becomes
the prime suspect. Is she following in her father’s murderous footsteps?
Or is she the victim of an elaborate frame? Includes eight pages of color
stills from the film.