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A Twisted Faith

A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church

Gregg Olsen

St. Martin's Press

New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen investigates the sensational  story of a minister who seduced four of his female congregants, and hatched a cold-blooded plot to murder his wife.

On December 26, 1997, near the affluent community of Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, a house went up in flames. In it was the shy, beloved minister's wife Dawn Hacheney. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found only her charred remains. Her husband Nick was visibly devastated by the loss. What investigators failed to note, however, was that Dawn's lungs didn't contain smoke. Was she dead before the fire began?

So begins this true crime story that's unlike any other. It investigates Nick Hacheney, a philandering minister who had been carrying on with several women in the months before and just after his wife's death. He would be convicted for the murder five years to the day after the crime.

From one of the foremost names in true crime, Twisted Faith is a gripping and truly unforgettable story of a man whose charisma and desire rocked an entire community.

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BY THE MID-1990s, BERRY PATCHES AND CREOSOTE-CURED pilings protruding from the waters of Puget Sound were no longer the prevailing features of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Faux châteaus and gargantuan Craftsman-style homes had arisen, as ubiquitous as strawberry farms and shorefront sawmills had once been. For the old-timers, it was a time of boom and bust. Property values had made rich people out of mobile-home dwellers on forested acreage. Weekend beach cottages had long since been razed by Seattle yuppies with lots of money and a scant sense of proportion. Those who grew up on the
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Praise for Gregg Olsen:
"As gripping and necessary as true-life drama gets.” --Stewart O’Nan

"Searing and brilliant." --Ann Rule

"Dark, atmospheric, riveting suspense." --Allison Brennan

“Olsen is a top-notch writer.” --Michael Connelly

Praise for A Twisted Faith:
“Gregg Olsen weaves his story deftly, managing to bring alive a wide cast of characters, all headed for and contributing to a tragedy driven by faith.”
--Stephen Singular, NY Times Bestselling author of WHEN MEN BECOME GODS

“A fascinating exposé of sexual obsession and murder, a cautionary tale of innocence and virtue manipulated and destroyed by the vilest of mortal sins.”
--Kathryn Casey, author of A DESCENT INTO HELL.

“An insightful expose of a man of God and a woman of prophecy who manipulate God’s will to justify adultery, treachery and even murder.”
--Diane Fanning, Edgar Nominated Author of WRITTEN IN BLOOD

“Olsen writes the way a surgeon cuts—precisely exposing the personality riddles that lie concealed within each of the players.” 
--Anthony Flacco, International Thriller Award nominated author of THE LAST NIGHTINGALE and A CHECKLIST FOR MURDER

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  • Gregg Olsen

  • An award-winning author, GREGG OLSEN has written seven nonfiction books and three novels. He has been featured on NPR, Good Morning America, and in USA Today, People, Redbook, and the Los Angeles Times.

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    A Twisted Faith

    A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church

    Gregg Olsen

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