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Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel (Alex Delaware Novels) Hardcover – March 30, 2010
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Deputy Chief Weinberg assigns LAPD Lt. Milo Sturgis a particularly sensitive murder case at the outset of bestseller Kellerman's smooth if routine 25th Alex Delaware novel (after Evidence). Elise Freeman, a teacher and tutor at exclusive Windsor Preparatory Academy in Brentwood, is found dead in her Studio City apartment in a bathtub full of dry ice. Despite Elise's having left a DVD accusing three fellow teachers at the academy of repeated sexual harassment, Weinberg wants (for personal reasons) the investigation to involve the school as little as possible. As usual, psychologist Alex Delaware takes an active role in the investigation, which finds the victim had lots to hide. A boyfriend, students, teachers, and administrators are all anxious to keep those secrets hidden—and at least one of them is willing to kill again. Milo and Alex form an odd but effective duo as they trade banter and insights while sorting out the lies and deceptions. (Apr.)
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When Milo Sturgis, the LAPD homicide detective, catches a particularly tricky case, he naturally turns for help to his good friend and frequent partner, psychologist Alex Delaware. At first it looks like a straightforward suicide: a woman records a message on a DVD and then kills herself. But the facts are all wrong. The DVD isn’t a suicide message; it’s an accusation against some of her colleagues at an elite prep school. In addition, the victim’s home computer is missing, and she died by being submerged in dry ice, a particularly slow and painful means of death, hardly a common suicide method. Milo and Alex think it’s murder, and there’s no shortage of potential suspects—the victim’s colleagues, her boyfriend, and others—but, as usual, getting to the heart of the matter requires plenty of investigation and a certain amount of danger. The Delaware novels follow a pretty straightforward formula, but that’s OK: Delaware and Sturgis are engaging characters with whom fans enjoy spending time, as will devotees of Stephen J. Cannell (for the L.A. setting and the procedural aspects), Ridley Pearson (for the cop-psychologist team), and Mark Schorr (for the psychologist as amateur sleuth). --David Pitt
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Same old, same old characters in "Deception"; Dr Alex Delaware - a free-lance child psychologist - and Milo Sturgis - a LA police detective usually assigned to tough cases. And the murder case of Elise Freeman was indeed tough. Found frozen in ice in her own bathtub, the victim had a plethora of prospective killers. After following a red-herring DVD where Freeman has named three fellow teachers at an ultra-exclusive LA prep school as possible suspects if she is found dead, Sturgis and Delaware run into obfuscation on the part of the administration when attempting to deal with the teachers and students at the school. After all, it's spring time and the powers-that-be don't want the school's reputation hurt just when the Ivy's are deciding on admissions for the school's seniors. Toss in money - a whole lot of it - and influence - a whole lot more of it - and you've got a hard-to-solve murder. Freeman's murder is succeeded by at least two more until Delaware and Sturgis put it all together and solve the crime. Now, as with most of Kellerman's work, the characters are sort of cardboard, but Kellerman makes the book good reading by use of snappy dialogue.
Kellerman seems to publish an Alex Delaware novel every year. I've read them all and felt a few years ago that they were getting stale. Somehow, Kellerman has refired his imagination and the last few books have been good reading.
What I do miss from Kellerman's latest books, are Alex Delaware's psychologist insights. The main protagonist is now Milo Sturgis and Alex has become his sidekick. I did enjoy the books more when it was the other way round.
In Evidence a school teacher is found dead in an apparent suicide, but things are not as straight forward as they initially seem. Milo and Alex uncover the layers to find the real killers.
The kind of book you can read in one sitting.
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