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Silent partner Unknown Binding – 1990
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I cannot believe a person in his right mind would do things Dr. D. does, over and over again, sticking his nose into business that should never had become of his concern. I don't care if some people he bullies are bad people and deserve bad treatment, but dealing with witnesses or suspects is NOT his responsibility and he has no rights to do so. So, I guess the whole concept of Delaware series is wrong, for me at least.
He is extremely arrogant; his critiques of everybody and everything become quite vexing after reading couple of these novels.
Much was said about unnecessary descriptions of what EVERY PERSON that appears on the pages is wearing; even those that make just a single appearance!
An out-of-the-ordinary investigator
Alex is not your average sleuth. Still in his 30s, he’s retired from his professional practice. He lives on income from investments. He owns a showcase home in the L.A. hills, drives a flashy car, and is in a romantic relationship with a woman named Robin who is widely sought after as a masterful guitar-maker. Occasionally, he takes on an assignment as an expert witness in a child custody case for a lawyer named Mal Worthy. Just as often, he finds himself caught up in complex criminal cases that involve his friend, a gay LAPD Detective Sergeant named Milo Sturgis. Though Milo enters into each investigation, it’s Alex who does the heavy lifting. This is the cast of continuing characters in Kellerman’s long-running series of thrillers.
Childhood trauma and dueling psychologists
In Silent Partner, the fourth novel in the series, Alex finds himself in conflict with Paul Kruse, a rival psychologist whom he considers a fraud and a pornographer. Unfortunately, the rival has just been named chair of the psychology department because of his access to millions in donations. To compound the problem, Kruse is the faculty adviser to one of Alex’s former lovers, Sharon Ransom, whose body has just been found in her home, apparently a suicide.
As Alex undertakes an investigation to learn the circumstances surrounding Ransom’s death, he becomes progressively more involved in the intrigue surrounding Kruse’s appointment. Along the way, he uncovers tragic secrets in the lives not just of Sharon Ransom but of other key characters in the case.
Silent Partner is an outstanding psychological thriller, grounded in professional expertise, plotted with great skill, and imbued with suspense from beginning to end.
Recommended that you slog through it if you are an Alex Delaware fan (fills in some interesting facts about Alex's past), but I would not read it as a stand-alone book.
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