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Twisted Triangle: A Famous Crime Writer, a Lesbian Love Affair, and the FBI Husband's Revenge | [Caitlin Rother, John Hess]

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

Twisted Triangle is the first complete narrative thriller about the sensational story of Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent who had a love affair with best-selling author Patricia Cornwell and whose jealous husband, Gene Bennet, a superstar FBI undercover agent, kidnapped and attempted to murder her.
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Publisher's Summary

Twisted Triangle is the first complete narrative thriller about the sensational story of Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent who had a love affair with best-selling author Patricia Cornwell and whose jealous husband, Gene Bennet, a superstar FBI undercover agent, kidnapped and attempted to murder her. When the case first came to trial, it was reported in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, People, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Almost every profile of Cornwell, written in the United States and abroad every time she releases a book, mentions this case and her relationship with Bennett. Margo was also the inspiration for the heroine in Hostage Negotiator, a 2001 TV movie.

Opening up for the first time, Bennett has given Caitlin Rother complete personal access, sitting for interviews and turning over photographs, documents, records, and private papers. Twisted Triangle includes the crazy dynamics of Margo and Gene Bennett's family; the brilliant FBI undercover career of Margo's husband, Gene; the lesbian affair with celebrity author Pat Cornwell; Gene's reactive kidnapping and attempt to kill Margo; Gene's insanity defense; the trial that validates Margo's story and shows she was telling the truth all along; and a happy ending to her tale of survival.

©2008 Caitlin Rother and John Hess; (P)2008 Tantor

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    John Wayzata, MN, USA 04-29-08
    John Wayzata, MN, USA 04-29-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping and soul-searching"

    This book is very well read and provides a vivid insight into a family in a downward spiral and the amazing fortitude of a mother, who gives body and soul to save her children. There are many lessons here and it will be, in my opinion, a book that will live with you for a long time.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Boulder Creek, CA, USA 02-03-09
    Annie Boulder Creek, CA, USA 02-03-09
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    "Truth is stranger than fiction!"

    I thought this story had many unexpected twists and turns -- and takes you inside the mind of a husband spurned. But not just any husband! A cunning husband with FBI training and the power to carry out multiple murder attempts.

    If you thought your divorce was messy -- wait until you read this! It was a true crime roller coaster ride that kept me on the edge of my seat. I've read a lot of true crime and this is one of the more fascinating stories I'd read in a long time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Newtown, CT, United States 07-07-10
    Melissa Newtown, CT, United States 07-07-10
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    "Who are these people?"

    If you are looking for a thrilling story of cunning and intelligent FBI agents caught up in a twisted love triangle that turns bad, then look again. Maybe because this story takes place in the 1980s and socially things are different now, but instead of keeping me on the edge of my seat, it keeps me sitting back thinking "How dumb can they be?" and "What is wrong with these people?" I do sympathize with the main character because of what she went through, but I can not believe a trained FBI agent could make so many mistakes. If you find out that your husband, an undercover FBI agent who excels in living a double life for his job and getting into harm's way and dealing with dangerous people, wants to scam the FBI for money and is working with one of his informants in a shady "jewelry business", you should then question his sanity and morality, not after he kidnaps you. The only thing this has going for it is that it is a true story otherwise, with the narrator's delivery, it comes off as a cheesy movie of the week.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea 06-20-08
    Christine Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea 06-20-08
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    "Interesting subject"

    It was promising - but parts of it was quite boring (hate that word but can't think of another word).
    It was okay.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "This story was so bizarre it had to be true"
    Would you listen to Twisted Triangle again? Why?

    No, because I was so upset with the husbands actions, and the way the legal system treated Margo. If I listened again I would just be upset the whole time.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The length to which a one individual would go to get their way and prove a point.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion of Margo Bennett that was conveyed in her voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You cant make this kind of drama up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan SALEM, OR, United States 01-23-12
    Susan SALEM, OR, United States 01-23-12
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    "Captivating"
    What did you love best about Twisted Triangle?

    The story was interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, she was a survivor for sure.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I did not like the narration that much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I don't like to do anything for that many hours at one time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Jose, CA, United States 12-20-11
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    If you could sum up Twisted Triangle in three words, what would they be?

    I actually purchased this book by accident because I wasn't paying attention. I'm only half way through and I'm enjoying the story. Had to get used to the reader, but being a fan of Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta, I found myself intrigued and feeling like I had an


    What three words best describe Laural Merlington’s voice?

    mono-toned but pleasant


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I seldom want to listen to a book all in one reading. I like the anticipation and wondering of what's happening next!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Angel 11-23-11
    Rich Angel 11-23-11 Member Since 2000
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    "A good read."

    A good read. Right up my alley. Wish all my books were this good.

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    mtnmuse 02-07-10
    mtnmuse 02-07-10

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    "Not Exactly Captivating"

    I am not sure if it is the writing or the narration, but this book sounds like the court recorder is reading you an official transcript. The story itself is somewhat interesting but the delivery is very lackluster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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