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Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware, #7) Hardcover – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Headline (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 034546379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345463791
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Dr. Delaware with some help from Milo investigates a sick child.
James L. Woolridge
I enjoy reading about Alex Delaware and have gone back to Jonathan Kellerman's early books.
Ree
Great plot with twists that keep the reader interested and turning pages.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By V. VanCamp on July 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent book! In my opinion this is one of the best Kellerman books I have read. "Devil's Waltz" is disturbing in that there are actually people out there that will hurt their child for attention. This novel opened my eyes. There are some very sick people in the world. Kellerman writes "Devil's Waltz" with a few different mysteries all tied up together. Just when you think Alex might get this thing solved... something else happens and twists everything around! The ending was great and did surprise me somewhat. I enjoyed learning about munchausen syndrome by proxy -terrible, yet fascinating. I recommend this book enthusiastically. It is quite fascinating. I neither slept nor ate much while I was reading this book... I could not stop reading!!!!!! In a word: Gripping!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Highlanderthal on October 24, 2005
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Another classic from Kellerman! Kellerman's psychologist/sleuth Alex Delaware nimbly executes tricky steps of his own when called in to consult on the mysterious ailments afflicting a baby being seen at his training hospital in Los Angeles. In his seventh appearance (after Private Eyes ), Delaware is in top form, carefully pursuing the possibility that 21-month-old Cassie Jones may be the victim of Munchausen's Disease by Proxy, a complex syndrome in which a parent, usually the mother, secretly causes the symptoms that endanger the child. That Cassie is the only grandchild of the hospital's new CEO, a corporate hotshot who has demoralized the staff with cutbacks and a new administration of "paramilitary types," adds political twists to the case's knotty psychological aspects. After a doctor involved in computer research is murdered in the hospital parking lot, Delaware calls on his friend Milo, a gay LAPD homicide cop currently serving as an input clerk. They link an earlier murder to the hospital and then key into a secret federal investigation, all the while trying to keep Cassie safe. With familiar characters, including Delaware's woodworking girlfriend Robin, and some well-developed new ones, notably the hospital's thuggish security head and an uptight pediatric nurse, Kellerman steadily turns up the suspense, reserving some surprises to spring near the end of this intricate tale, the best of recent Alex Delaware stories.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bfaires@mccallie.org on January 20, 1998
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As a tremendous fan of Kellerman and his protagonist, child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware, I found this book's premise to be promising - munchausen syndrome by proxy, the intentional injuring of a child by the parent(s) (or sometimes nurses) to gain attention. Although the book loses a little steam compared to his previous books, especially for those who have never met the main characters, the simple idea that a plot can be suspenseful without involving a medical examiner or a detective or a lawyer makes his books not only necessary, but instantly refreshing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darren Jacks on August 23, 2002
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A disturbing novel and a parent's worst nightmare!!!
Kellerman is the obvious choice to pen this plot. A child who is sick or parent's compelled to make their child sick? That sums up this novel in a nutshell and to give more away would be criminal!!
Jon weaves magic as he displays his usual smooth flow, vivid charcterizations, and superb narrative voice to turn in another stellar book every parent should go out and purchase.
Keep 'em coming, Kellerman! Two thumbs way way up!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on January 8, 2007
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I found Devil's Waltz to be a fast, exciting read and can thoroughly recommend it. Psychologist/detective, Dr.Alex Delaware is called as a consultant to a case in a run down hospital in Los Angeles, where a 21 month old girl,Cassie Jones, is brought repeatedly, suffering from inexplicable symptoms, ranging from breathing difficulties to gastro intestinal problems. The doctors run all the usual tests on her but can find no obvious cause of her illnesses. Suspicion focuses on her mother, Cindy, a nervous young woman who is married to the son of a multi millionaire, Chuck Jones. Departments are being closed down at this particular hospital where the finances are now in the control of Jones, and the whole structure of the institution is being allowed to slide into decay. The ugly spectre of Munchausen's by proxy occurs to both Alex and the other doctors who monitor Cindy's visits to Cassie but can find no evidence to support their theory. Readers who love Jonathan Kellerman's work will relish this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jess83 on December 30, 2005
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This is my favorite Jonathan Kellerman novel. The book focuses on a disturbing story about Munchausen's Disease by Proxy. This book so quickly caught my interest, that I ended up doing my psych 101 paper on this disease. I had not heard of this disorder when I read the book. It was disturbing, intense, and tore away at your heart. I would definitely recommend this book! Munchausen's Disease seems to have become a more popular topic since I read this book. I have seen countless documentaries on, and it was also featured in the newest episode of House. It is a disturbing, yet intriguing disease, and this book delves straight into the ugliest form of it, Munchausen's Disease by Proxy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
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This book will keep you in suspense. It is such an unthinkable premis. You will not be sorry if you select this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mst-sbd@i-america.net on August 22, 1998
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J. Kellerman continues to write stories with a twist. As a medical professional I thought I had this one all figured out right up to the end. WOW. While child abuse is always difficult to read about, Kellerman once again educates as well as entertains.
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