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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Delaware Novels
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345505735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (778 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Jonathan Kellerman and Guilt
 
“A solid, poignant tale of violence against the innocent . . . cool, brisk and polished.”—The Washington Post
 
“Action-packed . . . Kellerman proves he can keep readers entertained and engrossed in a story that keeps them on the edge of their seats to the final page.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“Certainly one of [Kellerman’s] best offerings to date . . . Do not miss this one.”Bookreporter
 
“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes
 
“Jonathan Kellerman’s novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit.”—Orlando Sentinel
 
“Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.”—Detroit Free Press

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 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, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and 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, New Mexico, and New York.

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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.

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159 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Brian Baker VINE VOICE on January 10, 2013
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The body of an infant is found buried in someone's backyard and the evidence indicates that it's been there for decades. Murder, or something else? Then a couple more bodies show up, and the case is on.

Back when he first started the Delaware series, Kellerman centered it around Delaware's expertise as a psychologist who used his skills and training to solve crimes that stumped the LAPD. His sidekick Milo Sturgis was just that: the sidekick who came to Delaware for help in solving crimes that had him (Sturgis) up a tree, and even that wasn't true in every book. In some cases, Delaware himself stumbled upon a crime in the course of his psychology practice.

The cases were very complex; Delaware would become invested and deeply involved in the outcome, both emotionally and intellectually, and the reader would consequently become so, too. These were very satisfying reading experiences; truly "psychological thrillers".

Over the last ... oh, decade or so, Kellerman has radically changed his entire formula for the series. The books are now pretty straightforward police procedurals, with former sidekick Sturgis now pretty much the central character driving the story with Delaware along for the ride as a sounding board - allowing Kellerman to explicate and write expository matter as "dialogue" between Sturgis and Delaware. Delaware's expertise as a psychologist is pretty much irrelevant anymore, other than in the most superficial manner; in this case, a very minor sub plot about the emotional reaction of a woman who finds a body that opens the story.

I find Kellerman's new style to be detached and emotionally unengaging. As I wrote in my headline, it is mildly entertaining, but solely on an intellectual level. It was "interesting".
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Ruth B. Ingram on December 29, 2012
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The combination of Milo Sturgis and Alex Deleware is a well worn workable mix that is a constant hit. Together these two could find Judge Crater. As it is a pretty pregnant lady named Holly fussing around in her yard finds a buried box and there is a body in the box of a baby about 13-14 months old. This brings in the LAPD and Alex is in lockstep with Milo.
The pregnant lady exhibits some issues that troubles Alex and they are both concerned about the dead baby. There is not a lot for these 2 to go on but they persist and are busy working up some clues when another body isfound. This is a grown woman and they are concerned she may be related to the dead baby. This is involved and detailed and the amount of brainwork and detection is profound. This is one you will stay involved with and not be putting it down till its done.

Any book from Jonathan Kellerman is a real treat and this one is no execption.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on January 6, 2013
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For a long time, reading Jonathan Kellerman's books were a treat. Then, as their quality declined, they merely became a habit. Finally, with his 2009 novel Bones (which I gave a two-star review), I gave up altogether. Now, several books later, I had the opportunity to sample Kellerman again. Had he changed for the better? In his new Alex Delaware novel, Guilt, it's obvious he has the same weaknesses that made me quit reading him, albeit in a slightly better plotted book than normal.

The book opens with the discovery of a metal box at an old property. Within is the skeleton of a baby. Alex's cop buddy Milo Sturgis is called in to investigate, and where Milo goes, Alex is sure to follow. It becomes readily apparent that the corpse is at least 60 years old, making this case more of a novelty than a catch-the-killer situation.

When the much newer skeleton of a second baby is found nearby, however, it turns into an active investigation. Add to that the obviously murdered young woman also found in the area, and there's suddenly a whodunit. Are the killings related? Do they involve a voodoo cult? And how are a top-tier celebrity couple (obviously based very loosely on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) involved?

As mentioned before, the plot itself is decent, if not all that twisty. The principal flaw from a storytelling standpoint is a subplot involving the woman who found the original body: it contributes nothing to the story and just seems to exist to pad things up a bit. More significant, however, are the problems that continue to exist for these books.

Most noticeably, not much goes on this story. The book consists primarily of Alex (with or without Milo) going from person to person and just talking.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on March 26, 2013
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According to the "Books by Jonathan Kellerman" page, the first Alex Delaware novel appeared in 1985 ("When the Bough Breaks"). While Alex Delaware's contribution to the police procedural was never unique, his use of psychological techniques to analyze crime scenes and suspects was unusual enough in the late '80s to be interesting; and Delaware's friends were intriguing, particularly Milo, a gay police lieutenant struggling to survive in a homophobic police department. I also enjoyed the tension between Delaware and Robin, his artistic, emotionally fragile girlfriend struggling with her feelings for the intelligent, but distant, Alex. Plots were intricate, crimes were horrific, and Delaware's observations about the foolishness and decadence of southern California culture were always fun to read.

All of that is missing from "Guilt". "Guilt" presents three crimes for Milo and Alex to solve. A dead newborn baby is found buried under a tree, and shortly thereafter, another baby and a young woman are found murdered in a nearby park. Those are the mysteries to be solved and Alex, with little help from Milo, solves them.

My real problem with this book, and the reason I'm writing this review, is to bemoan the decline of a series I once enjoyed. With countless profilers, forensic scientists and "mentalists" all competing for attention, Dr. Delaware's skill set is no longer as interesting as it once was. Nothing to be done about that, but the series would still be interesting if anything at all was going on outside the police procedural part. But it isn't.
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