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True Detectives: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Jonathan Kellerman’s gripping novels, the city of Los Angeles is as much a living, breathing character as the heroes and villains who roam its labyrinthine streets. Sunny on the surface but shadowy beneath, this world of privilege and pleasure has a dark core and a dangerous edge. In True Detectives, Kellerman skillfully brings his renowned gifts for breathless suspense and sharp psychological insight to a tale that resonates on every level and satisfies at every turn.

Bound by blood but divided by troubles as old as Cain and Abel, Moses Reed and Aaron Fox were first introduced in Kellerman’s bestselling Bones. They are sons of the same strong-willed mother, and their respective fathers were cops, partners, and friends. Their turbulent family history has set them at odds, despite their shared calling. Moses—part Boy Scout, part bulldog, man of few words—is a no-frills LAPD detective. Aaron, sharp dresser and smooth operator, is an ex-cop turned high-end private eye. Usually they go their separate ways. But the disappearance of Caitlin Frostig isn’t usual. For Moses, it’s an ice-cold mystery he just can’t outrun, even with the help of psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis. For Aaron, it’s a billable-hours bonanza from his most lucrative client. Like it or not, Moses and Aaron are in this one together–and the rivalry that rules them won’t let either man quit till the case is cracked.

A straight-arrow, straight-A student from Malibu, Caitlin has only two men in her life: her sullen single father and her wholesome college sweetheart, who even the battling brothers agree seems too downright upright to be true. Reluctantly tag-teaming in a desperate search for fresh leads, Moses and Aaron zero in on Caitlin’s white knight as their primary “person of interest,” hoping that, like most people in L.A., he has a secret side.

But they uncover more than just a secret as they descend into the sinister, seamy side of the City of Angels after dark, populated by a Hollywood Babylon cast of the glamorous and the damned: a millionaire movie director turned hatemongering eccentric; a desperate Beverly Hills housewife looking for an exit from the fast lane; a heartthrob actor being eaten alive by personal demons; a hooker who’s probably seen it all . . . and might just know too much. And at the center, a dead young woman whose downward spiral and brutal end loom over Moses and Aaron like an omen of what may come to be if the dark end of the street claims another lost soul.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

PI Aaron Fox and L.A. cop Moe Reed, interracial half-brothers who played minor roles in 2008's Bones, take center stage in bestseller Kellerman's routine 24th Alex Delaware novel. When Fox, who used to work for the LAPD, looks into the missing-persons case of 20-year-old Caitlin Frostig, he runs into conflict with Reed. The brothers end up pursuing some predictable lines of inquiry, checking out Rory Stoltz, Frostig's college boyfriend, as well as links to a filmmaker, Lem Dement, who's suspected of domestic abuse. More A-list connections surface after the investigators learn Stoltz was the personal assistant for actor Mason Book, whose rumored suicide attempt came shortly after Frostig's disappearance. The strains between Fox and Reed don't generate much heat, while the pacing and writing aren't up to Kellerman's best. Hopefully, Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis, relegated to cameos, will be back in their usual starring positions next time. (Mar. 24)
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From Booklist

Instead of the usual Delaware/Sturgis investigative duo, Kellerman returns to two new crime solvers, stepbrothers who appeared briefly in last year’s Bones. Though both are sons of cops, they couldn’t be more different. Biracial Aaron pulls in a sweet six figures as a PI, which allows him to indulge in Ferré shirts and Magli shoes; younger Moses, a forthright, muscle-bound blond, does things by the book for the LAPD. Childhood rivalries, misunderstandings, and different personalities have kept them at odds throughout their lives. Then, suddenly, they find themselves working on the same case: the disappearance of a young college student. Competitors at first, the brothers gradually become a kind of team, each one adding bits and pieces to a sprawling case that morphs into something completely different from what it was to begin with—involving a washed-up celebrity, an abusive Hollywood director, a drug pusher, a couple of prostitutes, and a missing baby. Kellerman continues to play fast and loose with his plotting, but everything eventually comes together here, with a few surprises. What’s best, though, is seeing Kellerman step outside of the all-too-familiar he relies on in the Delaware novels and introduce a couple of characters that have the potential to take his work in fresh directions. --Stephanie Zvirin

Product Details

  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755359739
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars who's doing his writing these days? April 9, 2009
By Pat
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The Jonathan Kellerman writing style has changed so much, I suspect someone else ghost wrote this book. I can barely wade through the metaphors and slang to figure out what he's saying. It's really awful. Can't imagine whoever wrote this stuff thinks it's clever, but I bet they do. J Kellerman just dropped off my favorite authors list and probably off my future purchases list. And, by the way, the story just goes nowhere.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not One Of His Best. April 2, 2009
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This tale is complicated by lots of characters with the two main ones brothers who don't trust each other: one a private detective, the other a police officer, both working on the same case. I had a good bit of trouble keeping track of which brother knew what, had done what, told the other one what. I found it very confusing. Far too many descriptions of "fashion" clothes worn by the private detective...who cares? And there just seemed to be too many characters for the plot, some not at all well developed. Kellerman has written a lot of good, enjoyable novels; I don't find this to be one of them.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 3, 2009
I am a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman, and I really, really wanted to like this book. I just could not get into it. I actually stopped reading after about 1/3 of the book because I found myself feeling that reading it was a chore rather than a pleasure. I found I just could not make myself care about the characters. They do not appeal to me at all. The plot just did not capture my interest and I agree that it seemed overly complicated. I imagine authors sometimes get tired of writing about their usual characters but please don't use your faithful readers as guinea pigs for poorly thought experiments.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars True Detectives April 11, 2009
By Meg
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This is not the author's best book; in fact, it may be his worst. It's overly convoluted and there are so many characters orbiting around that I have not come to care what happens to any of them. If you have already purchased it, sell this one back and try to recoup your investment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing April 17, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a longtime fan of J. Kellerman. This book lacks the taut plotting, deep character development, or the real-life tensions across class and education (e.g. as between Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware). I almost didn't finish it. The name-dropping re fashion and cars was cheap and distracting. The plot is a mish-mash with no central organizing theme. A real disappointment to a decades-long fan of this terrific writer. A heavy edit; a strong hand in making the plot work; exision of name dropping would make it much stronger. Still a fan, but now a bit wary.

Leigh Star
Santa Cruz, CA
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Truly forgettable April 28, 2009
Early Kellerman books were intelligent, well developed and fast paced ~ very different than his more recent offerings. In "True Detectives" he devotes more print and effort to describe food, clothing and sibling sparring than substantive content. It is rare that I set a book aside after reading only half of it, but this was one that merited the decision. Thin plot, shallow characters and too much pseudo-clever bantering to be taken seriously. Note for the editor: if you are going to advertise Purell, do not have your characters using it in 1979 ~ years before it was even invented.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Upsetting... July 12, 2009
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This was really upsetting. I waited so long for this book...pre-ordered and was all I could think about. I adore J.K., I've devoured every book, but I have to guess that this was not written by J.K. (or written when he was on something maybe?) It was such a tough read...I stuck with it thinking it had to get better, it never did. Just too complicated, too many characters (who didn't matter), I did not care about the brothers or their relationship (what was the point)... it was just stupid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre story line and characters (2.5 *s) May 26, 2009
Thirty-something private detective Aaron Fox, son of Darius Fox a black LAPD policeman gunned down years ago, and the younger Moe Reed, son of Darius' white patrol partner, and, strangely enough, Aaron's mother, also white, making Aaron and Moe half-brothers, have never been able to overcome their rivalries towards each other. But it is precisely these highly unusual, if not confusing, family dynamics that are brought to the fore when Moe, a LAPD homicide detective, and Aaron, hired by a well-to-do Russian employer who is curious about the distress of one of his employees, are coincidentally both tasked to find a young college student Caitlin Frostig, now missing for 15 months.

The case at first seems to involve little more than rechecking facts and again shelving it. There were no apparent complications in Caitlin's life: she was a homebody and good student with an equally mild-mannered boyfriend. But the two brothers, operating mostly independently, start finding cracks in this wholesome scenario. From the boyfriend's drug-dealing the case expands with ties to fading and flailing Hollywood types, prostitution, street lowlifes, Christian fundamentalism, abusive relationships, and even the staged and brutal death of a good looking hooker.

The contrast between the brothers is a constant backdrop. Some may disagree, but Aaron with his GQ mentality and ambition is the more appealing character; gauged by success, there is no debate. However, there is little attempt to understand the interplay among the brothers; little more than convenient tolerance is evidenced when required. Likewise for the remaining characters: all are minimally sketched with no particular appeal. The plot has more busyness than complexity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Kellerman always delivers
Published 3 days ago by marlene kraham
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I really enjoy Jonathan Kellermans' books. I was looking for more of the traditional novel. Not one of his best
Published 25 days ago by libby
4.0 out of 5 stars good telling
holds your attention. ending wrap up this time was different and from an outside source-read it to find out for yourself
Published 1 month ago by William E. November
2.0 out of 5 stars A SLOW READ
I was disappointed in this Kellerman novel, not as interesting as others. Usually, I am eager to finish the book -- this one, I quit reading and put aside numerous times as it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Messerly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis - but stil a good story
Jonathon Kellerman is best known for his crime mysteries featuring Alex Delaware. In fact, when I checked this book out at the library, I just naturally assumed it was another... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cameron Wiggins
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the plot? Takes such a roundabout way to get to anything that...
I can honestly say that this is not one of Kellerman's best. In this book, the two main characters are family members, Aaron and Moses. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Ruetz
5.0 out of 5 stars great
If you haven't read any of these books, then start with the first and keep on reading till you have to wait for the next
Published 5 months ago by msbetty
5.0 out of 5 stars True Dectives: A Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
A good book with minor characters from his last book as the main characters this time. Not as gripping as his other books. A good fast read.
Published 5 months ago by Dorothy Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.
New characters in this story, first introduced in Bones, I'm not sure about them yet. Story line is the same, just 2 different people working independently on the same crime. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shelley MacKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the plot
I enjoyed the brainstorming that was included in the plot to solve the case. Plus, the book had two plots at the same time - the case that needed to be solved and the relationship... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alan Thatcher
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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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