A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Gregg Olsen has been a journalist and investigative author for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of numerous writing, editing, and photojournalism awards, including citations of excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi), the International Association of Business Communicators, Washington Press Association, Society of Technical Communication, and the Public Relations Society of America. He is the author of Abandoned Prayers, A Twisted Faith, and Cruel Deception, among others.

A resident of Washington state, Olsen has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Olsen also appeared several times on CBS's 48 Hours, MSNBC's Special Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Sally Jesse Raphael, Inside Edition, and Extra. He has been featured in USA Today, Salon Magazine, Seattle Times, and the New York Post. His true crime books include If I Can't Have You and Cruel Deception.

Praise For…

“A disturbing portrait of a community undone by its appealing young pastor…Using firsthand interviews with members of the community, Olsen tells an unsettling story of a man who committed murder and then used his charm and his power as a man of God to exploit his congregants and satisfy his sexual obsession.” —Publishers Weekly

“Olsen takes readers behind the scenes of this fascinating case.” —Tucson Citizen

“A harrowing tale of betrayal from a masterful storyteller.” —Jeanine Cummins, author of A Rip in Heaven

“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, New York 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… Great true crime from one of the greats in the business.” —Kathryn Casey, author of A Descent Into Hell

“An insightful exposé 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 Mommy's Little Girl

“Olsen writes the way a surgeon cuts--precisely exposing the personality riddles that lie concealed within each of the players.” —Anthony Flacco, author of The Road out of Hell

“A horrifying tale of spiritual and physical seduction, and murder…[A Twisted Faith] draws it's power from the strong and subtle hand of a master storyteller.” —Kate Flora, Edgar-nominated author of Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine

“A very strange but fascinating journey into the heart of a religious community torn asunder by sex and murder.” —Harry MacLean, author of The Past is Never Dead

“Everybody should read Gregg Olsen's book…What an eye-opener!” —Book Reporter

“I was hooked on page one…An extremely difficult book to put down.” —True Crime Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312537937
ISBN-10: 031253793X
Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime
Publication Date: March 29th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English