Writing as: Twist Phelan

According to the bio on Amazon: "Hi! My name is Twist (yes, it really is) Phelan and I want to entertain you.

I've always been a storyteller. Growing up in a half-Irish family meant you didn't come to the dinner table without a story to share. While at Stanford earning my undergrad and law degrees, I wrote for the student paper. As a plaintiff's trial lawyer (I specialized in suing middle-aged white guys who stole other people's money) I was known for my compelling cross-examinations and closing arguments that persuaded juries. (Confession: I learned a lot of my trial technique from TV lawyer shows.) So becoming a writer wasn't that much of a stretch.

I write mystery novels and short stories with endings I hope you don't see coming. The strong sense of justice that motivated me to be a lawyer guides my fiction as well. My protagonists strive to do right, within--or outside of--the system. If you like reading about characters who are professional to the core but have a heart, too, and if you enjoy mysteries that make you think, my stories may be for you.

I've been fortunate to have my work win awards (including two Thrillers) and have authors like Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, and Margaret Maron and publications such as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus, and Booklist say nice things about it.

Where do I write? I spend much of my time living in hotels and Airbnbs around the world. The past seven years I've flown 700,000 miles to seventy countries with many repeat visits to favorite places. You can find out more about my travels at and my writing at You can also follow me on Twitter @twistphelan or Instagram @twistphelan."

Series Books
Finn Teller Fake (2016)
  Exit (2016)
  Doubt (2016)
  Splice (2016)
  Coin (2016)
Other Heir Apparent [Pinnacle Peak Mysteries] (2002)
  Family Claims [Pinnacle Peak Mysteries] (2004)
  Spurred Ambition [Pinnacle Peak Mysteries] (2006)
  False Fortune [Pinnacle Peak Mysteries] (2007)
  The Target (2018)