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The Clinic Hardcover – January 1, 1997

3.9 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
Book 11 of 30 in the Alex Delaware Series

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Former child psychologist Jonathan Kellerman brings us the 11th installment in the reliable series featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware. Here Delaware teams up again with his old friend Detective Milo Sturgis of the LAPD to investigate the brutal murder of Dr. Hope Devane. Her bestselling book about how men victimize women made her famous; did it also lead to her death? As Sturgis and Delaware begin probing into the details of her life, they find more and more secrets and slowly close in on a killer filled with hate. As usual, Kellerman combines convincing psychological portraits with good dialogue and a plot that coils to a tense finish.

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Kellerman is at his page-turning best in his latest Alex Delaware adventure (after The Web), an investigation into the savage stabbing murder of Hope Devane, a psychology professor and celebrity author. The LAPD, unable to solve the case after three months, reassigns it to Lieutenant Milo Sturgis. Milo calls on his friend Alex, a compassionate, astute psychologist, for insight into the victim, who had a seemingly routine academic career and marriage until writing a pop-psych relationship book. Delving beneath the veneer of Hope's life, Alex uncovers possible enemies: a man with whom she clashed on a TV talk show; students brought before her committee on sexual harassment; patients at a beleaguered women's health clinic where she volunteered. Further questions are raised about the victim's relationships with her doctoral supervisee Casey Locking; about the fertility specialist, from whom she received hefty consultation fees; about her sex life; about a shadowy link to an organized crime figure and the murder of a Las Vegas call girl. Each new avenue of investigation leads Alex and Milo to a dead end until they reach back into Hope Devane's childhood, which reveals links to the present that provide the shocking answer to the puzzle. Kellerman may not be a great stylist, but his serpentine plot and cast of mysterious characters grip the reader to the final page. Major ad/promo.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553089226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553089226
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't tell you what urban legend without giving away part of the plot, and I wouldn't want to do that and ruin your enjoyment of reading this excellent book. This book compared favorably with Michael Connelly's style of detailing the step-by-step process of investigating a crime and following up the leads. It was a real page turner, and a book I had a hard time setting down. I highly recommend it. The twists the investigation takes at the end will amaze and thrill you.
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When Detective Milo Sturgis is handed a cold case, he asks his pal Dr. Alex Delaware to help him out. Psychology professor Hope Devane had just written a very controversial best-selling book about gender roles in society when she was brutally murdered three months ago. The assumption was an enraged reader killed her and there are no leads. When Milo and Alex start digging, though, they discover that the good Doctor Devane may have had a secret life and several suspects emerge.

Alex goes snooping again - he never learns. Well, actually, he learns quite a bit - he is so duplicitous - Milo's influence, no doubt. We see quite a bit of Milo in this one, which is always good. We see him trying to be gentle with tiny college girls - not as successful as his attempt to be intimidating to high-priced lawyers. We see him go undercover as a soap opera producer and we see him speeding in his lover's Porsche. (Fun times).

Alex's new house is finally finished and he, his girlfriend Robin and the pooch are moved in. I don't like the new place as much as I did the original - and I think Alex agrees. But there is a studio out back for Robin, so she can work from home now so when all is said and done, it's good to be home.

I did find myself wondering just how Alex figured some of this one out, but I guess once they knew where to look, it was all a matter of public record. The bad guy in this one is a real piece of work, but still, you can't help but feel a certain sympathy. He was a creep before hand, but what was done to him ... shocking.
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The Clinic is the first Kellerman book I have read. Just finished it, and am left wondering why Kellerman didn't follow up on the whereabouts of the doctor (Cruvic). Is there no justice for him? Overall, the plot had a steady pace and makes the reader want to know the next link in the chain of evidence/next character's role in the mystery. I look forward to the next Kellerman and would recommend The Clinic as a first-time crime/mystery read.
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I purchased this novel nearly ten years ago. At the time of the purchase, I did not realize that it was a series. So, this book lay gathering dust on my bookshelf, until one day I completely ran out of novels to read. I picked it up, and I was captivated after the first few pages. I didn't want to start the book without reading the ones prior. Fortunately, Jonathan Kellerman is a good enough writer to write a series that does not have to be read in order!

This novel-The Clinic-is one of the most fast paced that I've ever read. I could not put this book down for the life of me. I had to know the who's, the when's, why's, and how's that were so skillfully placed! There are so many twists and turns to keep the reader interested, and so much information into the lives of the characters. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good novel, especially one that is just as much of a mystery as it is a suspenseful thriller!
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After Reading The Web, I promised myself I would never read Jonathan Kellerman again. I broke my promise to myself when I picked up The Clinic, and I guess I'm glad I did. While this book is not a return to the greatness of the earlier Alex Delaware novels, at least it's a step in the right direction. If not for a completely unrealistic ending, I would be giving this book four stars. Kellerman does a great job of building up the mystery and unfortunately the payoff falls flat. Let's hope that this book marks the beginning of a new start for this series and that The Web was only a misstep.
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I found it almost impossible to put this book down. When I wasn't reading it I was probably thinking about it! This is a great book... very interesting... but amazingly not one of Kellerman's best! The story line is fascinating and I like the main character Alex, and his friend Sturgis a lot. They are funny and real. Pyschology is very interesting to me and Kellerman provides a lot of it!
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I enjoyed this book but unfortunately at the very end I was informed in the credits that this is an ABRIDGED book. I called the publisher and they confirmed that despite not having a label saying it was abridged it in fact was. I informed Amazon of the issue but they continue to advertise this as unabridged. Be warned.
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This is my first Kellerman and I will say that I will go on reading others. As a graduate student at UCLA , I delight at some of Kellerman's dry humor and attitudes towards the strange/ twisted life in the academia and life in the tinsel town LA that I am familiar with. Oh plus I am interested in child psychology, i.e. probing into how childhood experiences may affect adult life, so I like that aspect in Delaware's investigation. The plot has promises and it is resolved quite adequately, but I am a sucker for a tight plot with NO loose ends so in that sense THE CLINIC still falls short of my standards. I think Kellerman introduces too many characters and plots that do not have anything to do with the main solution. So the phletora of facts and characters end up looking contrived, as if they are add-ons to "throw" the reader away from the main clues. Having said all that, I would definitely vote for this one effort of Kellerman rather as opposed to any of Cornwell's mysteries combined (Now, SHE is the real Queen of Mess and Tangles). Well, onto the next book...
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