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Mystery (Alex Delaware) Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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"Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--"Los Angeles Times" "The latest of Kellerman's nail-biting thrillers, set in the dreamy world of Hollywood. This time, the dream turns into a nightmare."--"The Star-Ledger"" ""Kellerman is a powerhouse.""--Library Journal"
About the Author
Jonathan Kellerman is the No. 1 international bestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, THE BUTCHER'S THEATRE, BILLY STRAIGHT, THE CONSPIRACY CLUB, TWISTED and TRUE DETECTIVES. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored DOUBLE HOMICIDE and CAPITAL CRIMES. With his son, bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored the first book of a new series, THE GOLEM OF HOLLYWOOD. He is also the author of two children's books and numerous non-fiction works. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar and Anthony Awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico and New York.
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He has a indisputable flair for verbal exchanges and conversations but FAR too much detail of routes travelled by each character.
As usual: there is a constant regurgitation of the 'facts' with different interpretations - which is clever ..... but annoying.
With so many characters: I kept losing track of who-was-who; but persevered until the convoluted (and unbelievable) ending.
This is by far the best Jonathan Kellerman book I've read in while, and like a true junkie, I have them all. I loved how the there was more banter between Milo and Alex than there has been in a long time because that has been sorely missing from his books of late. Also, I loved the fact that Alex brought Robin along for a stakeout because ever they broke up and she told him she had a problem with him not sharing much about what he does in his professional life it makes sense for her to take an interest. Plus, her insights are fresh and in general this just seemed more like the Kellerman I fell in love with and whose books comprise two whole shelves of one of my books cases. I actually chuckled at a couple of places and I haven't done that in a while, so I have to say that Kellerman fans will be pleased. The only down side I can say is that it did drag a little in the middle and while it may not have been edge of your seat thrilling it was a finely turned novel.
In this entry to Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, Dr. Delaware and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis are back and in top form as they investigate the murder of an unidentified woman. Delaware is particulary drawn to the case because he and his lover, Robin, saw the victim in a bar only hours before she died.
As in almost all of the Delaware books, Kellerman's suspects and witnesses (as well as most of the other minor characters) are so skillfully presented most readers would be able to pick them out of a line-up and give an accurate assessment of their personalities -- if they weren't fictional. And the characters are truly interesting, too, although, as almost always, Rick, Milo's life partner, and Alex's Robin take second place to the murder investigation and the relationship between the two investigators. (Be warned that if you're looking for characters who are always in danger, who fight with their fists every few pages, and who grab and down a bottle of Scotch at every opportunity, this book is probably not for you.)
Sturgis and Delaware, as indicated in another review, make interviews look almost too easy, but they've been working together for so many years, they'd have to be very slow learners not to become increasingly better at what they do.
The plot is entertaining and pulls in the reader as layers of the "mystery" are revealed. A sub-plot, which involves a child and a dying woman, might have been awarded a few more pages, but is probably a realistic depiction of the time a real Alex Delaware would expend on the case.
Much of the dialogue between Milo and Alex is snappy and clever, as might be expected between two intelligent, old friends who know each other well. In fact, as a long-time admirer of this series, I look forward to each entry in the series so I can enjoy the company of characters I think of as my old friends.
And, really, be honest now. How can a reader resist Milo, a character who "arrived freshly shaved, hair slicked, wearing his version of haute couture: baggy blue suit bought for a funeral ten years ago, white wash-'n'-wear shirt, discouraged blue tie, black-leather oxfords in lieu of the colorless boots"? And who can resist an author who can write that sentence?