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Therapy: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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Book Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Behind the yellow crime-scene tape, a brutal tableau awaits. On a lonely lovers’ lane in the hills of Los Angeles, a young couple lies murdered in a car. Each victim bears a single gunshot wound to the head. Though the female remains unidentified, her male companion has a name—Gavin Quick—and a troubled past that had landed him on a therapist’s couch.
 
“Labyrinthine twists, excellent pacing, and hard-boiled, swaggering dialogue.”—The Washington Post
 
It’s there, on familiar turf, that psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware hopes to find vital clues. And that means going head-to-head with Dr. Mary Lou Koppel, a celebrity psychologist who fiercely guards the privacy of her clients . . . alive or dead. As Delaware follows a chain of greed, corruption, and betrayal snaking hideously through the profession he thought he knew, he’ll cross into territory even he never dreamed of treading.

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


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From Publishers Weekly

In this audio adaptation of Kellerman's newest thriller (after The Conspiracy Club), psychologist Alex Delaware and his partner, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, tackle a gruesome lover's lane murder. The story is packed with a full list of suspects and witnesses, including a supercilious television shrink whose practice employs two other equally loathsome therapists. Stage and screen performer Rubinstein takes all their measures in stride, smoothly shifting genders, emotions and attitudes. In one instance, he subtly provides a self-styled pacifist karate instructor with barely checked anger, and in another, he lends a sleazy sex club entrepreneur just a hint of humanity. The highlight of his performance, however, is his dead-on interpretation of the seemingly odd-coupled best friends, Delaware and Sturgis. Having narrated numerous Kellerman audios, Rubinstein has developed distinctive vocal profiles for the urbane Delaware and the gruff-voiced, emotional Sturgis. It would be hard to imagine anybody else giving voice to these vivid characters.
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From Booklist

"Sometimes anxiety and fear make me feel alive." That's psychologist Alex Delaware's take on life and, by extension, his rationale for assisting his LAPD pal Milo Sturgis with the various criminal investigations that come across his desk. Lucky for fans of this long-running and wildly successful series, that's pretty often. This time the crime, the murder of a couple of twentysomethings parked in a secluded spot, is exceptionally vicious. When Delaware and Sturgis investigate, they discover one of the victims was associated with a celebrity psychologist. Therapy emerges as the key to the mystery after the psychologist and another of her patients turn up dead, but there's a tangled mess to unravel before it's clear precisely how it plays a part. As the investigation widens, numerous gritty secrets come to light and a deliciously complicated solution unfolds. As in most Delaware novels, it's the manipulation of circumstance that drives the story, and though the plot here shoots off in some unexpected directions, Kellerman shrewdly manages to bring everything together by the end; there's even a nifty surprise. And, of course, it's all neatly delivered in Delaware's urbane yet casual voice. Thumbs up yet again for the ever-popular Kellerman. Stephanie Zvirin
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  • File Size: 1813 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345475666
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 20, 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1LFQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed May 14, 2004
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Format:Hardcover
Psychologist and Police Consultant, Alex Delaware is back to help Homicide Detective, Milo Sturgis investigate the killing of two young adults murdered in a Lover's Lane type setting. The fact that a metal spike, along with a gunshot wound, impaled the woman indicates more than a routine killing. The woman remains unidentified, but the young man turns out to have had a personality change due to a recent car accident. He was seeing noted celebrity psychologist, Dr. Mary Lou Koppel, for his problems. Through the investigation, another similarly murdered patient of Dr. Koppel's comes to light. Before long, Dr. Koppel herself is found murdered. The killings seem to be linked; and Alex and Milo work to find what how.
I usually love the Alex Delaware series and this one started out well enough, but about half way through the book, it turned deadly dull. The characters were not likable and I could just not care what happened to any of them. It was bad enough that the plot was uninteresting, but it turned ridiculous as well. Alex Delaware's personal story was hardly explored at all. First time Alex Delaware readers will be at a loss to know anything about his backstory even though his girlfriend and ex-girlfriend both make an appearance in the story.
First half of the book was perhaps 4 stars and the second half 2 stars for an average of 3 even though it pains me to rate one of my favorite authors so low.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best August 24, 2004
Format:Hardcover
THERAPY by Jonathan Kellerman

August 24, 2004

THERAPY is Jonathan Kellerman's latest Alex Delaware novel. In this novel, Alex and Milo Sturgis are on a mission to figure out the connection between a murder that has just occurred in Beverly Hills, and one that happened previously and left unsolved. The victims of the first murder are a man and a woman, found shot and stabbed in a car parked outside a Beverly Hills home. It almost appears to be a sexually motivated murder, judging by the positions the couple was left in at the murder scene. The male victim was seeing a therapist, Mary Lou Koppel, and that is where the investigation begins. The previously murdered woman was also found in a sexual position, and is later found to have been going to therapy as well.

The connection between the two is rather flimsy until Dr Koppel herself gets murdered. There is definitely a link between all three, and it is up to Alex and Milo to find out the connection.

I've only read a handful of Alex Delaware novels, and I have enjoyed them all, but this one was the least favorite so far. I found myself losing interest during parts of the novel, which were filled with a lot of political rhetoric. I didn't think there was a need to go into that much detail in a novel such as this. A few paragraphs would have sufficed. I also was not happy with the ending, feeling that there were some unanswered questions that could have been resolved. All in all, however, I do recommend THERAPY but for new fans of Jonathan Kellerman, I suggest starting with one of his older novels.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Alex Delaware should sell stock in Google.

It seems like in the last few book, most of his investigative break through have come from running some poor schmuck's name through the Internet search engine to find out about the most intimate details of a person life. In one funny turn of events he actually says he needs to do some old fashion leg work, so what does he do. He turns to an old friend who is an expert at discovering government funding. How does she do it? By searching computer databases.

Therapy is the latest yarn by Jonathan Kellerman. Once again he returns to his safe ground. A first person dominated tale from the perspective of Dr. Alex Delaware, a California Psychologist. This time, Dr. Delaware is helping his friend, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis, investigate the brutal slaying of two young lovers found parked in a convertible. One of these young lovers was the recent victim of a traumatic brain injury and was seeing a celebrity shrink.

As the investigation moves on, it is discovered that this isn't the first patient of this celebrity shrink to be murdered using this M.O. Eventually, the psychologist herself is murdered. What follows is a complex tale involving strippers, the Rwandan Tutsi genocide, Medicare fraud, prison reform, secret government officials and real estate deals. The Plot becomes so complex that it guarantees a bit of an anti-climatic ending.

For the most part, the book is fast paced and fun to read. Unfortunately, Kellerman's choice to write solely in the first person again prevents a lot of character development. His previous Delaware novel included third person accounts from Sturgis and his female LA Detective Petra, and these changes of pace in the story telling really rounded out the story.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Your Basic Kellerman May 27, 2004
Format:Hardcover
If you like Jonathan Kellerman, you'll like this book--but some of the author's most annoying traits are rife in this particular outing, and they frankly drove me crazy.
First, the plot: Therapist Alex Delaware teams up with his police pal Milo Sturgis to help solve what seems at first to be a run-of-the-mill double murder: a young couple have been murdered while parked on a lovers' lane. But these murders are particularly and horribly brutal. The woman has not only been shot, but skewered with an iron bar. It's a big case of overkill, and a little digging unearths a particularly nasty underbelly to the murder and its aftermath.

As Milo and Alex dig into the multiple webs that surround this murder and its motive, the plot gets increasingly difficult, so that the reader has to stop more than once to unravel the latest string and put it in context. I know the author meant that to reflect the puzzle that the two are trying to solve, but it stopped me cold more than once.
And the other thing that stopped me cold many, many times was the endlessly intricate narration of streets and routes that Kellerman affects in each of his books. I grew up in LA. The streets are all real, and I know most of them. So when he says, "I drove down Robertson to Pico," I know exactly what he is talking about, and I have to stop reading to visualize it. This time out, he actually gets into the minute details of a neighborhood in which I grew up, and we're talking streets, hills, even foliage. WHY does he do this? Does anybody in the entire world need to know the in-depth "Mapquest" routing of every ride that Delaware takes? It's gone from simple author quirk to something so annoying that it takes away from each and every book he writes, and this one truly is the worst.
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Published 2 months ago by Ann B. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read.
Read a bit slow in too many places. Otherwise, a good read.
Published 2 months ago by Ann HM
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wows a from Kellerman
Love this man's writing, it just never disappoints.
Published 3 months ago by C. G. Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading!
Jonathan Kellerman never disappoints!
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Twist I never saw coming and I'm pretty good at who done its! Excellent job of creating the unassuming character....never would've guessed!
Published 3 months ago by James sokolowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy is another great read
I really like reading Kellermans mysteries. Fun to read, move easily in a complicated set of circumstances.
Looking forward to the next book.
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once again it was hard to read the entire book. too many characters again. too wordy. I don't care about the color of their clothes, etc. Read more
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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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