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Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware, #7) Hardcover – 2003

4.5 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
Book 7 of 30 in the Alex Delaware Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Headline (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 034546379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345463791
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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By V. VanCamp on July 5, 2001
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Excellent book! In my opinion this is one of the best Kellerman books I have read. "Devil's Waltz" is disturbing in that there are actually people out there that will hurt their child for attention. This novel opened my eyes. There are some very sick people in the world. Kellerman writes "Devil's Waltz" with a few different mysteries all tied up together. Just when you think Alex might get this thing solved... something else happens and twists everything around! The ending was great and did surprise me somewhat. I enjoyed learning about munchausen syndrome by proxy -terrible, yet fascinating. I recommend this book enthusiastically. It is quite fascinating. I neither slept nor ate much while I was reading this book... I could not stop reading!!!!!! In a word: Gripping!
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Another classic from Kellerman! Kellerman's psychologist/sleuth Alex Delaware nimbly executes tricky steps of his own when called in to consult on the mysterious ailments afflicting a baby being seen at his training hospital in Los Angeles. In his seventh appearance (after Private Eyes ), Delaware is in top form, carefully pursuing the possibility that 21-month-old Cassie Jones may be the victim of Munchausen's Disease by Proxy, a complex syndrome in which a parent, usually the mother, secretly causes the symptoms that endanger the child. That Cassie is the only grandchild of the hospital's new CEO, a corporate hotshot who has demoralized the staff with cutbacks and a new administration of "paramilitary types," adds political twists to the case's knotty psychological aspects. After a doctor involved in computer research is murdered in the hospital parking lot, Delaware calls on his friend Milo, a gay LAPD homicide cop currently serving as an input clerk. They link an earlier murder to the hospital and then key into a secret federal investigation, all the while trying to keep Cassie safe. With familiar characters, including Delaware's woodworking girlfriend Robin, and some well-developed new ones, notably the hospital's thuggish security head and an uptight pediatric nurse, Kellerman steadily turns up the suspense, reserving some surprises to spring near the end of this intricate tale, the best of recent Alex Delaware stories.
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Fantastic book on Munchausen's by Proxy. I'm a psychology student in an advanced program and this book was recommended to me when we were studying Munchausen's. It's very accurate and well researched as well as being the typically well written book by Kellerman. Highly recommended.
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As a tremendous fan of Kellerman and his protagonist, child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware, I found this book's premise to be promising - munchausen syndrome by proxy, the intentional injuring of a child by the parent(s) (or sometimes nurses) to gain attention. Although the book loses a little steam compared to his previous books, especially for those who have never met the main characters, the simple idea that a plot can be suspenseful without involving a medical examiner or a detective or a lawyer makes his books not only necessary, but instantly refreshing.
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This was definitely NOT my favorite Alex Delaware story. Kellerman spent way too much time 'waltzing' back and forth with amazing array tof possible candidates for who done it. After a while I started to feel like I was less and less invested in knowing at all and finally had to admit that I really didn't care who was poisoning the poor kid. I seriously contemplated throwing in the towel and moving on to another book, but alas, I hate to 'not finish' what I start, so I persevered. The ending was helpfully credible but never removed my overall dissatisfaction with a tedious story.
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A typical Jonathan Kellerman novel. I loved it. Anyone who follows the Alex Delaware novels will be just as pleased with this book as well. For new reader's of the Alex Delaware novels I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series rather than in the middle.
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A disturbing novel and a parent's worst nightmare!!!
Kellerman is the obvious choice to pen this plot. A child who is sick or parent's compelled to make their child sick? That sums up this novel in a nutshell and to give more away would be criminal!!
Jon weaves magic as he displays his usual smooth flow, vivid charcterizations, and superb narrative voice to turn in another stellar book every parent should go out and purchase.
Keep 'em coming, Kellerman! Two thumbs way way up!!!
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I have read many of Kellerman's "Alex Delaware" novels, and they are always a great read. The character development is excellent, and the stories never fail to hook me and keep me reading for hours. There are a few recurring characters that I always look forward to finding in the story.

I love mystery novels, and Kellerman's are wonderful.
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