- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Bantam (February 15, 1990)
- ASIN: B007117DDS
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
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When Alex Delaware gets a call from his friend, LAPD homide detective, Milo Sturgis, he is asked to come down to a school which as been targeted by a sniper, and help the kids. When he gets there, he finds that the details are sketchy and all that he learns is that the sniper has been killed without hurting anyone. Milo tells him that the sniper was a girl, nonviolent, and had mental difficulties. Now, Alex has to figure out, was the sniper a killer, or just another victim?
She? Yes. The mysterious woman who opened fire a propos of nothing had secrets begging to be revealed. Dr. Delaware and his sidekick Officer Sturgis travel down some seedy side streets before they unmask the sniper's identity and reason for opening fire. The attacker's father enlists the aid of the duo, requesting that they do a psychological portrait of his slain daughter. As the men delve deeper into their work, they uncover a Pandora's box of ugly secrets and are left with the question of who was REALLY a victim the day of the shooting?
On the plus side, Alex develops a new romantic partner, principal Linda Overstreet. A tough Southwesterner, she provides more class than Robin ever did. She also appears to be much brighter. She has an interesting psychological background including "cops and music." It would have been wonderful if Robin had been ushered out the door for good.
As usual, if there is food, kisses or wine you can find Robin. She makes a brief appearance with deli sandwiches and wine and the requisite kiss. I'm tired of Robin and how she and Dr. Delaware spend the majority of their time involved with food in some form or fashion.
Even worse, there's very little genuine suspense; Alex Delaware faces no danger in this story until maybe the last 80 pages of the book. The plot is also too convulted, to the point of straining credulity. The identities and schemes of the book's villains, for example, are downright ridiculous.
In the end, this novel is a slow-paced bore. In particular, the dialogue in TIME BOMB is very poor and stilted -- too many conversations where characters give long, pretentious speeches instead of talking like real people. I also thought that Delaware came across as pompous and arrogant in many of these scenes, too much of a know-it-all for my tastes.
Kellerman's a very decent writer, but his plotting skills are highly uneven. If you've never tried him before, my advice is to read his earlier novels such as WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, SILENT PARTNER and OVER THE EDGE. Those novels have better structured plots, and are far more enjoyable reads.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always a treat to read --- I love series! This book has many twists and turns - very complicated. Honestly, I tried to read this series in order - but find myself now, out of... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Hey, Teach
Granted, this is early Kellerman, but even so, compared to his later work this book is an unholy mess. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jack Of Clubs
Another well written Alex Delaware novel. Alex is called in initially by his friend Milo to deal with students at the Hale School where there was an incident. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald Couture
Enjoy the writing but his stories get to convoluted, especially by the end and a rush to tie all 50 ends together.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
From beginning to end I wanted to just keep turning the pages to see what was going to happen. Just enough love interest for Alex. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Duke Dog
Well-written, excellent character development, and a twisting, turning plot(s). A great mystery, and another excellent Alex Series' mystery. Loved a new romance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by anderson-hendrickson