An Alex Delaware Novel

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"With his latest, [Jonathan Kellerman] not only brings his 'A' game but also ratchets it up a notch or three. . . . Victims will keep you up at night."--Bookreporter
Acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn't a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up meticulously arranged in such a gruesome murder scene? One look prompts LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his expert in homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion--with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind--a blank page bearing a question mark--seems to be both a menacing taunt and a chilling cry for help from a tortured, savage soul. To end the bloody spree and prevent citywide panic, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once learned his craft. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, a portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable--and an evil soul at its most unspeakable.
"Expertly crafted, judiciously paced and echoing with larger social concerns."-- The Star-Ledger
"The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes."-- Forbes

Don't miss the excerpt of Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt in the back of the book.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345505729
Branch Call Number: M KEL
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,25 cm


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Very interesting read. Some of his characterizations are annoyingly shallow but overall a captivating read.

cinseg1 Sep 28, 2015

I hadn't read a novel by J.Kellerman in awhile. I really enjoyed reading a murder mystery. Solid and engrossing, it had me hooked from the start.

Feb 22, 2013

Returned about 10 days ago at Milwood branch

Nov 26, 2012

Not Kellerman's best effort. The plot was too convoluted and far fetched. I kept loosing interest.

Aug 05, 2012

Just another thriller by Jonathan Kellerman – another grisly set of murders, another convoluted plot. No huge surprises here, but a pretty good plot twist and the enduring empathy for damaged children that Alex Delaware a decent character to follow.

Jun 23, 2012

A little gory, but a really good mystery. I really enjoy the Alex Delaware novels, although I think I prefer Milo to Alex! ;)

Apr 05, 2012

Another book in the popular series that pits L.A. detective Milo Sturgis and pyschologist Alex Delaware against the never-ending weirdness, that is Homicide in Los Angeles.
The books are getting farther "out-there" with the premises and circumstances that make the crimes unique.
Given the fact that real life crimes are getting more poplular on the internet, the rule is: The stranger, the better! In this respect, the dynamic duo are just solving murders, and a lot of the plots in a 15 to 20 book series have become mundane or worn-out, so it has to get stranger!
All in all, a good book, with seemingly unrelated serial murders of the nastiest kind, needing to be connected and solved.
My only beef is that there was very little mention of Alex's girlfriend, Robin, who is hardly mentioned at all.
A good book in a long running detective-series.

mikeyppl Mar 06, 2012

I really wasn't impressed with this book. The storyline never really cauught on with me. I think that his wife Faye Kellerman with her Lazarus series is the much better writer at this point.

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