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Time Bomb Unknown Binding – February 15, 1990

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Paperback
I got Time Bomb for Christmas and I could not put it down, it was so good, I would stay up late, not wanting to stop. Jonathan Kellerman is the master of psyschological thrillers. Here is a little about the story.
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?
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towards the final detonation! A sniper has just opened fire on a school playground, creating trauma and mayhem. She was shot to death before she could claim any child casualties.

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.
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I've enjoyed other Jonathan Kellerman novels, but I thought TIME BOMB was a real dud. This book is probably twice as long as it needs to be, with endless descriptions and ruminations that add nothing to the plot. Put simply, TIME BOMB is one of those novels that could have used a good editor. This might have been a decent novel if it was 150 pages shorter.

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.
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Time Bomb's plot is very well assembled, all the facts fall together amazingly. Nothing from the sleeve, pure logic. The story evolves thrillingly and I found myself reading at 4am. Delaware is so real, so ordinary, you get to know him well and feel with him. Kellerman's detailed descriptive adds to the atmosphere and gives a feeling of being standing right there. What I haven't been able to do is give a face to Milo Sturgis, though he is a wonderful character. This is the 5th Kellerman book I read, and definitely look forward to reading the rest.
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Although the basic plot is fascinating and the characters are interesting, I got bored about half way through and gave up. I stopped enjoying the book because it was filled with too much unnecessary detail that didn't move the story along. I would like to know how it ends, but not enough to warrant the time plodding through facts that I can't remember and don't want to remember.
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Reading this book, which is taking me a LONG time to finish, sparked me to look at Kellerman's Book List to see where it fit in his chronology of Alex Delaware novels. When I saw that it was his 5th, some things made sense. By the time, Kellerman had 4 hit novels under his belt. My guess is that he probably began to flex his power as author by neglecting (or being unwilling to receive) editorial input. This is BY FAR the weakest of the AD novels, and this is coming from a pretty big fan. There are pages and pages of uninteresting and irrelevant accounts of conversations and events that smack of an author's hubristic desire to have every word he's written included in the final version. As a result, this is a stilted, unrelenting bore. If you are new to Jonathan Kellerman and the wonderful Alex Delaware novels, do yourself a favor and avoid this one.
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