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Silent Partner: An Alex Delaware Novel Paperback – April 30, 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 268 customer reviews
Book 4 of 30 in the Alex Delaware Series

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Stricken with guilt over the suicide of a former lover, child psychologist Alex Delaware is driven to understand the circumstances that led to her death. "Kellerman bares a dark, brooding side of his appealing series' detective in this complex tale of guilt, greed and expiation," commented PW.
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“A gripping and sometimes harrowing tale of murder and manipulation . . . The first page is a shocker, and the pace never falters.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“[A] most intriguing read . . . compelling.”—New York Daily News
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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Delaware (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345540239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345540232
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Psychologist / Detective, Alex Delaware, is invited to a party for a Los Angeles sex therapist, thrown at an elaborate mansion. He ignores the invitation. But soon his curiosity gets the better of him. After all, it'll be nice to see how the other half lives. But soon, Alex runs into someone from his past, Sharon Ransom. Someone whom he was deeply in love with, but who left him without a moment's notice more than a decade earlier. Sharon now seems jumpy and nervous about something. What, Alex doesn't know. But he plans to find out, as he makes a lunch date with her. One that never happens, as she is found dead the next day. The cause, an apparent suicide. Alex knows better. Driven by his own guilt over Sharon's death, he decides to find out what really happened to her. His detective work takes him on a journey through some of California's richest areas, and most powerful people, and into the minds of many people, where childhood terror is still lurking.
This was my first Jonathan Kellerman book, and I am very pleased with the results of it. Kellerman is a strong writer, who builds up an enticing plot, and interesting characters from the get-go, and makes you want to find out who the culprit of the novel is. Alex Delaware is an enjoyable character, if not a bit gloomy sometimes, who takes you into the minds of many people, both young and old. Fans of Stephen White will enjoy Kellerman's way of weaving a story together, that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. A must-have.
Erika Sorocco
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While this book kept me fully captivated, waiting to see what happened next, Mr. Kellerman's work seemed a bit shaky when it came to the conclusion and wrap up section. It was too easy a fix, and became rather unbelievable at the end.
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Readers who know other Jonathan Kellerman novels may be just a little bit disappointed. This one is on the one hand pretty simple as far as the action is concerned. But the plot is not really conceivable, the events are sometimes too far away from any acceptable reality, the psychology is more related to that of a Sidney Sheldon novel than to that of a professional. The ending is illogical, and the origins and the upbringing of Sharon are simply improbable.
But nevertheless, the story is suspenseful and by no means boring. But this is the only credit I can give it. Kellerman has done a lot better in his other books - at least those I know. He may be forgiven this one.
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This is my first J. Kellerman book, and WOW, this writer has me hooked already. The book has it all -- romance, rejection, confusion, a woman involved in pornography, there's blackmail, problems at the job level, issues with professional personalities in scholastic settings that are not so professional, and an interesting question -- which woman do you believe? And both women appear to share the same body.

This had me going from the first page to the last. Foreshadowing even kept you guessing -- you knew what was going to happen, or did you? Just when you thought, "I got it!" he added another twist to the plot. I was unprepared for the ending, as was the author's intention. I recently obtained another J. Kellerman book and am trying to hurry through my other stack of books so I can get to it! (Oh, I might just have to sneak it in there sooner....)

The characterization -- awesome. You feel like Alex is your best friend, or maybe even YOU, in another life. The descriptions make the reader feel THAT close to Alex. Excitement in this book never ends. I was annoyed when it ended because I wanted more, more, more! You must read this book and have the ride of your life, or at least your book-reading life. I have students who think reading is boring. Clearly, they've never read Jonathan Kellerman!
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This one is scary! The climax is scarier than that of Bad Love - and

that one is SCARY! Even though Alex ... well, I don't want to give

anything away, so I'll just leave it at that. Alex sure does get himself

into spooky situations. And he can't keep his mouth shut! Who would have

thought Alex would be such as smartalec?

In this one Alex and Robin are seperated and she's off finding herself

or something. In his boredom and despair, he agrees to attend a faculty

party celebrating the appointment of a new department head. Alex and his

friend Larry attend just to make snide remarks about Paul Kruse, the man

of honor. At the party, Alex spots an old flame and that's when all the

trouble starts.

Sharon corners him and all his conflicting emotions flood to the

surface. She says she is not doing so well and wants to get together

with him - just to talk. He agrees, but later, he regrets it and calls

to cancel, leaves a message on her machine. The next day, she is dead -

an apparent suicide - and Alex blames himself. He flashes back to their

relationship in Grad School - which is pretty darned steamy - and then

starts digging - into her past as well as into his own soul and what he

finds isn't all that pretty.

At the start, Milo and Rick are off on a fishing trip and Milo's

description of this trip is pretty darned funny. Alex gets his friend

involved in all the mess, though, and then goes off on his own, leaving

poor Milo out in the cold. I hope he makes it up to Milo in the next

book.

Another book I couldn't put down - another sleepless night - I should

charge the author for my sleep deprivation therapy.
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