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Bones (Alex Delaware Series #23)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

WELL WORTH THE READ!

Alex is back, and this is one of his better books, BONES. When one body is found in a protected wetland, oddly, with a hand missing, the chase is on. Within a short time, more bodies missing hands have been located in the same marsh. All the bodies face east and all exc...
Alex is back, and this is one of his better books, BONES. When one body is found in a protected wetland, oddly, with a hand missing, the chase is on. Within a short time, more bodies missing hands have been located in the same marsh. All the bodies face east and all except the latest one were prostitutes. Apparently, a serial killer is stalking LA, and Alex and Milo are in pursuit.
The characters in "Bones" are memorable, including an environmental fanatic, a genius child set to inherit a mind boggling fortune, a smarty rich teenager so awful even his mother can barely stand him, and, I kid you not, a fifty year old prostitute. It's entertaining. It's quick. It's one not to miss.

posted by 148253 on October 30, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not great, not too bad

A mysterious caller to Save the Marsh tells the young "volunteer" doing community service at the marshlands that a body is on the premises and doesn't tell anyone right away. After the brother of one teen's friend call the police to report said fact, a body of a young, ...
A mysterious caller to Save the Marsh tells the young "volunteer" doing community service at the marshlands that a body is on the premises and doesn't tell anyone right away. After the brother of one teen's friend call the police to report said fact, a body of a young, gifted piano teacher to a wealthy child prodigy is found with her right hand cut off. Soon three more skeletons are found on Save the Marsh property. They are determined to be female. A man attending an auction buys a beautiful box in which are human bones. Intriguing plot, but poor execution.

Kellerman devotes an entire chapter developing the buyer of the box only to have this character to make a cameo appearance later in the novel. The reader is bombarded with the teen volunteer's usage of the F word throughout the story and even devotes a whole chapter to it, wonderful.not! Immediately the investigation focuses upon the hapless, somewhat disabled caretaker of the Vander estate, and I mean focused to the point that Milo Sturgis (is he gay?), Moses Reed, and Delaware almost exclude everyone else. When the skeleton's were identified as long missing female prostitutes, psychologist Alex Delaware should have pointed the two detectives in another direction, though he does investigate a couple of leads himself.

No red herrings here, unfortunately for an avid mystery reader. Even the dialogue was confusing. All of the characters sounded the same except Fox and Simone Vander The side story of Reed and his bi-racial brother, Aaron Fox, as well as the identity of the prostitutes' killer kept me reading. My introduction to Joseph Kellerman reminded me of James Patterson, good plots, bad dialogue, the hard deadline forced poor execution of a very promising plot.

posted by Molinarolo on September 4, 2009

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  • Posted November 4, 2012

    highly recommended

    you must check it out.

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