by Jonathan Kellerman
Alex Delaware is on top of his game in this thought-full mystery. He untangles the puzzles and leads Milo in the right direction. This is one of the most satisfying thrillers to come from Mr. Kellerman in years. All the twists and turns are realistic without being obvious. I enjoyed this story and always appreciate that you can pick up one of the Alex Delaware series books, even if you didn’t read the previous book, and jump right in and read it. You don’t feel like you are lost, because each book is a complete story, not another episode in a continuing multi-volume story, like some series are. Thanks, for that, Mr. Kellerman. I had stopped reading the Alex Delaware series a few years back, because they seemed a bit slow or boring. I’m glad to see that the fun and puzzles are back.
I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5, and recommend it to any Alex Delaware fan.
I received this book from NetGalley.
Release date: February 12, 2013 | Series: Alex Delaware
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.
Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, “the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes” (Forbes), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 12, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
About the Author
Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted,and True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children, as well as the lavishly illustrated With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.
Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico. Their four children include the novelist Jesse Kellerman.
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