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3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak with a twist or two, September 20, 2009
This review is from: Time Bomb: An Alex Delaware Novel (Alex Delaware Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the first Jonathan Kellerman thriller I've read. It seemed to bog down pretty early and I was not captivated by the hero, Alex Delaware, as he was trying to help traumatized kids while several mysteries swirled around him. There's a lot of dark historical events in the hero's research into key figures in the mystery. No one turned out to be an escaped Nazi living in Argentina, but for a while you wonder.

Later, there are many twists which I won't reveal. The problem is they are not convincing. One twist in particular is absolutely unbelievable in the real world since 1900.

The book has a retro feel as the characters keep racing to make that call on a land line -- sometimes a tapped land line. No cell phones back in the day.

Frankly, too, the book was pretty darn steamy -- probably a page-turner device. Of course, that torrid relationship has a "the lady or the tiger" ending.

I had just raced through two Michael Connelly thrillers which were faster moving -- The Lincoln Lawyer and his earlier Echo Park (Harry Bosch)

Probably reading the involving Connelly novels right before this set the bar a little too high. (And I happened to read this particular title; it may well be one of Kellerman's less inspired pieces, whereas I've heard that Echo Park is one of Connelly's best.)

Kellerman constructs a plot twist with lots of verbiage and back story, hoping you'll buy into it. Connelly just throws surprises at you effortlessly. While it may seem K's method will work better, it doesn't.

I hope reading a more current Kellerman work will be more satisfying.
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