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Killer

An Alex Delaware Novel
Kellerman, Jonathan (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"Well-used to elevated emotions, psychologist Alex Delaware shrugs off a joking death threat from beautiful Beverly Hills physician Constance Sykes, whose attempt to secure legal custody of her baby niece is thwarted by Alex's forthright report to the court. Alex plays down the threat until LAPD's Milo Sturgis rushes to his side with the shocking word on the street that a hit's been taken out on him. But while Alex may be in grave danger, it won't be from the Beverly Hills doctor, for Connie's soon discovered brutally slain. When her sister Cherie and the baby disappear, apparently on the run, Alex's search for answers lead him to aged rockers, charming homeboys and even Machiavellian judges. As the darkest of secrets are peeled away, and a cruel system churns through family lives, Alex seeks to stop a vicious killer and save a child from a life of nightmares ... or worse"--
Authors: Kellerman, Jonathan
Title: Killer
an Alex Delaware novel
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2014]
Characteristics: 335 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "Well-used to elevated emotions, psychologist Alex Delaware shrugs off a joking death threat from beautiful Beverly Hills physician Constance Sykes, whose attempt to secure legal custody of her baby niece is thwarted by Alex's forthright report to the court. Alex plays down the threat until LAPD's Milo Sturgis rushes to his side with the shocking word on the street that a hit's been taken out on him. But while Alex may be in grave danger, it won't be from the Beverly Hills doctor, for Connie's soon discovered brutally slain. When her sister Cherie and the baby disappear, apparently on the run, Alex's search for answers lead him to aged rockers, charming homeboys and even Machiavellian judges. As the darkest of secrets are peeled away, and a cruel system churns through family lives, Alex seeks to stop a vicious killer and save a child from a life of nightmares ... or worse"--
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MDSN : 2013-08-22
ISBN: 0345505751
9780345505750
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Kellerman
Subject Headings: Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction. Psychopaths Fiction. Psychologists Fiction. Serial murders Fiction. Mentally ill offenders Fiction. Police California Los Angeles Fiction. Sturgis, Milo (Fictitious character) Fiction. Delaware, Alex (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Psychopaths
Psychologists
Serial murders
Mentally ill offenders
Police
Sturgis, Milo (Fictitious character)
Delaware, Alex (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2013045834
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Jul 06, 2014
  • toby65 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I would say the best of the recent
Alex Delaware series. Worth reading just for the wardrobe descriptions!

Jul 02, 2014
  • ndexter rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A so-so, Delaware story with nothing outstanding as it has been with many of Kellerman's latest books.

Most of the storyline revolves around Delaware's area of emphasis, psychiatry and he and Milo investigate/pursue crimes involving sibling rivalry and person's highly judgmental/obsessed and critical of others actions, choices and behavior.
Milo's involvement from a crimes perspective is minimum compared to other many other Delaware books.

Let me add, in fairness maybe my prior two reads affected my comment, as one was excellent and the other poor to good with character combos similar to Delaware and Milo. Still in my opinion, Kellerman, lately has ceased to show any creativity, suspense, intrigue, etc; in his writings.

Jun 24, 2014
  • Edgarmole rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I don't think this novel was one of his best. The plot was interesting but didn't seem believable to me. The prose was a bit more florid than usual, e.g. "Piles of trash, makeshift tents fashioned from garbage bags, and shopping carts teeming with scabrous treasure landmarked pockets of improvisation." I thought a some of the phrases were great: "Driving home on streets emptied of rage and steel..."

Jun 04, 2014
  • cmb8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this was a true alex delaware story. all about him and a client.

May 18, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book. The plot is rather far-fetched and the "killee," for lack of a better word, is surprising; but the killer is not! The motivation for the killings is so weak that at the end of the book I had a vague sense of dissatisfaction. All in all however, it was a well told book which kept me turning pages till I got to the end.

Apr 29, 2014
  • kozakd rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm a fan of the Alex/Milo duo and will always read their latest tale. Neither hugely disappointing or exciting, I still enjoyed it.

Apr 09, 2014
  • nionoff rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Another in Kellerman's numerous Alex Delaware novels which have been around quite a number of years. This one, while still mildly entertaining, seems stale in that it adds nothing really new or exciting to the ongoing ensemble of recurring characters.

Mar 19, 2014
  • LindaM rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good story but a bit different from the usual stories of Dr. Delaware. In this one the good doctor is on his own more with less interaction with Det. Sturgis.

Feb 24, 2014
  • shannon40 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

There are a few good parts but overall this is not one of the better Alex Delaware novels. 3 1/2 stars.

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