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The Conspiracy Club: A Novel (Kellerman, Jonathan) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
When his passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, young psychologist Jeremy Carrier is left emotionally devastated, haunted by his lover’s grisly demise—and eyed warily by police still seeking a prime suspect in the slaying.
 
“An unnerving, highly cinematic plot . . . [Kellerman has] headed off into different terrain . . . with striking success in this . . . quick-witted outing.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
To escape the pain, he buries himself in his work at City Central Hospital—only to be drawn deeper into a walking nightmare when more women are murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn. As the suspicion surrounding Jeremy intensifies, the only way for him to prove his innocence and put his torment to rest is to follow the deadly trail of a modern-day Jack the Ripper.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Kellerman re-invigorates a number of tried-and-true mystery conventions in this gripping, intricately plotted, non-Alex Delaware stand-alone novel of psychological suspense. A psychologist at City Central Hospital, Jeremy Carrier, is attempting to put his life back together after the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Jocelyn, when he is approached by elderly Dr. Arthur Chess with an offer of friendship. Jeremy, still too traumatized by Jocelyn's death to attempt even the most casual of relationships, initially rejects Chess's solicitation. After further conversation, he accepts an invitation to an elegant dinner at a very private club with Chess and five other older men and women of high intellectual and social rank, all of whom have an extreme interest in crime and the nature of evil. Just as a halting, tentative rapport with fellow doctor Angela Rios begins to develop, Jeremy receives the first in a series of mysterious, anonymous messages. By piecing these messages together with other clues from Dr. Chess, he comes to understand that someone is trying to point him toward the killer of his beloved Jocelyn and a number of other local women. Kellerman is a master at building character and slowly unfolding events, divulging just the right amount of information. Jeremy uncovers more murders, both past and present, and eventually realizes he's had everything wrong from the very beginning. Savvy mystery readers will not be surprised that the likable Jeremy finally comes to the correct conclusions and identifies the killer, earns the respect of his elderly friends and the love of his new lady.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Readers devoted to Alex Delaware may miss the L.A. psychologist, who has entertained them with more than a dozen mysteries. But not for long; Kellerman's Jeremy Carrier has a lot of similarities to his literary precursor, including his profession. Unlike Delaware, thirtysomething Carrier isn't in private practice, but his occupation still gets him inside people's heads. Unfortunately, it's his own emotional state that needs leveling out. Still reeling from the brutal murder of his girlfriend, for which he's long been under suspicion, Carrier is barely able to attend to his patients let alone handle his own grief and anger. Then four things happen: he meets attractive Dr. Angela Rios; he's invited to dine with an odd group, each of whom, he eventually learns, has suffered an unresolved loss; he begins receiving strange articles in his office mail; and murders bearing a definite similarity to his lover's horrific death begin happening again. It's a bit of a chore to get past Jeremy's angst at the outset, but once Carrier catches on to the clues, things move along much faster. The best part, though, is the end: just when you think Carrier has it figured out, there's one last odd twist. Suspend disbelief and follow along. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • File Size: 3798 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345540247
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 25, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJEL0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Rate Read with a Great New Protagonist November 26, 2003
Format:Hardcover
The first Jonathan Kellerman book I ever read did not feature Alex Delaware. It was a novel titled THE BUTCHER'S THEATER, and though I read it almost 15 years ago, I can still remember passages of that book as if I had read them yesterday. I've read almost all of Kellerman's fiction since that time, including every Delaware novel, so I approached THE CONSPIRACY CLUB with some mixed feelings. I was slightly disappointed that this was not going to be another Delaware novel. But Kellerman's work, whether it involves Delaware or not, is so uniformly excellent that a deviation from his normal characterization would almost certainly be interesting.
Now, having spent a day or so reading THE CONSPIRACY CLUB, I can tell those of you who are diehard Delaware fans that, if you skip this excellent novel because Alex Delaware is not in it, you are cheating yourself. And if you're not already a fan of Kellerman, THE CONSPIRACY CLUB is the key to becoming one. Notwithstanding my familiarity with Kellerman's work, I felt as if I was discovering a debut novel by a new author who had studied at the feet of the masters and was channeling them.
The book is excellent in every way. The characters are unforgettable, the dialogue is witty when it should be and dark when appropriate. The plotting is so intelligent yet straightforward that you'll walk away from this great novel feeling smarter than you did when you first picked it up.
THE CONSPIRACY CLUB introduces Dr. Jeremy Carrier, a young staff psychologist at City Central Hospital in an unnamed Midwest city. Carrier is carrying around a boatload of grief since his passionate but all-too brief affair with a nurse named Jocelyn Banks was abruptly ended by her kidnapping and brutal murder.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened here? March 3, 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Kellerman is best known for his Alex Delaware novels, and rightfully so. When an author wants to break from a popular character, there's always the possibility of scepticism from the readers. Some authors are able to make this work (Jeffrey Deaver, for example). Others fall flat, as Mr. Kellerman has on this one. I honestly don't know what happened here. This is perhaps the slowest paced novel I've ever read from a veteran author. How this ever got past his agent or editor I'll never know. You are well over halfway through the book before anything happens, and I'm not exaggerating here in the least. It's almost like following someone's boring life with morbid curiousity for a while, waiting for something to go wrong. The ending, when it mercifully comes, isn't worth the build up. The Conspiracy Club from the book's title really doesn't do anything that a single character couldn't have done. It's like this is a novel he'd written years ago but put away and suddenly he had a deadline and had to grab it. The potential for a great story was here, but it would have meant losing the first half of the book and starting from there. I look forward to his next novel, but I hope it'll be back to his old standard of great storytelling.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read. November 26, 2003
By Nick G
Format:Hardcover
Dr. Jeremy Carrier is a psychologist at City Central Hospital. Jeremy spends all his time at the hospital, mostly to forget the painful memories of his relationship to nurse Jocelyn Banks. Jocelyn and Jeremy didn't break up, Jocelyn was murdered and her killer still roams free.
As Jeremy is struggling to get on with his life a new string of murders rocks the hospital...murders committed in the same fashion as that of Jocelyn, and Jeremy is the prime suspect.
Trying to clear his name and catch a killer, Jeremy begins his own investigation which leads him to a dark secret being kept within the hospital's walls, and as more information is found out he is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a diabolical killer.
`The Conspiracy Club' starts off slow and picks up speed about half way through. The first half of the novel is a character development study with some medical drama thrown in for good measure. The second half kicks in with the murders and the action that leads up to a satisfactory climax. This novel is well written and easy to read, as you would expect from Jonathan Kellerman, but the thriller aspects come into play a little too late into the novel to compare it to some of his best work.
Jonathan Kellerman has introduced a new character (Jeremy Carrier) in a novel that could have been explosive...the plot is very interesting, the characters are all likable and the plot twists do surprise, but...Kellerman takes too long to get things cookin and when they do the novel ends.
Fans of Jonathan Kellerman and his Alex Delaware series will welcome the introduction of the new character but will only be mildly satisfied with this new novel.
Nick Gonnella
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still Disappointed December 26, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've been a long-time fan of Jonathan Kellerman and have noticed his books steadily declining regarding plot, interest, and entertainment value. I was hoping "The Conspiracy Club" would bring him out of the rut he seems to have fallen into, but for me, this book only proves he has run out of motivation or has become bored with writing.
I am beginning to wonder when the publishing world will grow tired of continually feeding to the reading world mundane works from formerly best-selling authors (i.e. Cornwell, Patterson, Clancy, Kellerman, et.)and instead focus on more talented, unknown authors. Come on, New York, listen to the readers who are expressing their opinions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A different kellerman than I have come to know
Must be one of his first books. I have long enjoyed the adventures of Dr Delaware. This book was very different. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martha Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars ... were a little hard to get through - but enjoyed the mystery
First few chapters were a little hard to get through - but enjoyed the mystery.
Published 6 months ago by Montine Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kellerman's... Jonathan, Faye and now ...
The Kellerman's ... Jonathan, Faye and now their son (though I haven't read any of his novels) have been favorites for over a decade. Read more
Published 8 months ago by William S Hogate
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another compelling Kellerman novel.
Published 8 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
Fresh and unexpected with an honest view of a therapists' insecurity but complete dedication to his patients and finding the bad guy
Published 9 months ago by bufferzone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good read. This is a well paced, interesting thriller.
Published 9 months ago by Michael A. Voltero
3.0 out of 5 stars A Kellerman Thriller
Another of Kellerman's exciting and fast moving stories. He is one I usually can't stop reading until I finish and this was definitely a good one..
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Nell Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars great creshendo
Twists and turns were kept me riveted. This was a terrific read and I would recommend it to mystery readers.
Published 9 months ago by mkpreads
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Deviation from the Alex Delaware Novels
I've read a lot of Jonathan Kellerman, and I always hesitate to deviate from his Alex Delaware novels. They're solid fare and I like the characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by GAE-LYNN WOODS
2.0 out of 5 stars HeadlinesKjust ok.
to loosely connected. I did not get the connection between the storyline and the intellectual group that he was associated with. Maybe my fault.
Published 10 months ago by Ray Pinto
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More About the Author

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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