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A Cold Heart (Alex Delaware Series #17)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Disappointing story

    I've read all the Alex Delaware series and this one was just disappointing. The disappointment is a toss-up between the actual plot and end of the relationship of Alex and Robin. I know lots of people think Alex's new love interest, Allison Gwynn (first appeared in The Murder Book), is better suited for Alex, but I honestly believe Robin provided a calm and peaceful anchor for the craziness in Alex's world. So, breaking up the Alex/Robin relationship seems to have ruined the plot of this book. The strength of character I've always admired with Alex has been shot since he can't seem to decide who he really wants - Robin or Allison. After being with Robin for over a decade, it just seems so sudden for him to give up and not fight for her. Allison is too much like Alex and the chemistry just doesn't seem to be there. I mean, does a man really want to be with someone exactly like him? After being a faithful reader of the Alex Delaware stories, I'm sad to say that Jonathan Kellerman has lost a reader in me. If anyone knows how I can write a letter to the author, please e-mail me and let me know how. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Time to Dump Delaware, JK!

    I have been reading this series for years, and I'm hoping this book is the last gasp. The basic plot premise is good - artistically talented people are getting murdered. However, Alex's nonstop angst over his old love Robin and the start of his new love Allison is getting borrrrrrrring, and constantly brings the story to a thudding halt. The author tries to validate their tiresome presence by bringing them both into a contrived and completely ludicrous damsel-in-distress scene at the end. The good Dr. Delaware's taste in women is so clueless that he doesn't see that Petra Connor, the police officer, is a woman with more depth and character than the plastic Barbies he is anguishing over. And please spare me any more scenes of his pal Milo's revolting eating habits! The mystery's solution holds few surprises, and by the time I reached it I didn't much care anyway. J.Kellerman needs to drop the old yawn-inducing characters and develop a new series with Petra and her enigmatic partner Eric Stahl. Maybe Dr. Delaware could have a cameo role. Just make sure he leaves his love life at home - please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    NOT UP TO PAR

    An overall avid reader of many styles and authors, Kellerman has always been one of my favorites. I felt I could always look to him for a good read. Not so, this time. I would normally complete one of his novels within a day or two, yet, this time, I was forced to return it, uncompleted, to my library after the 7-day checkout limit on this high-demand book. A RARE for me. Not able to leave a book half-read, I checked it out again a few weeks later (hoping it was only my own mood that soured my reading and not the book). Again, not so. I did choke it down, though, but it certainly left a lot to be desired. Gone was that spine-tingling suspense I was used to getting when reading one of Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. In it's place was a slow read that I certainly had no trouble putting down (just the opposite, in fact). I look forward to his next novel, though in hope that it will be a great improvement upon this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    FAR FROM THE BEST

    I HAVE READ ALL OF KELLERMAN'S BOOKS AND THEY ARE USUALLY PAGE TURNERS. I HAD TO FORCE MYSELF TO FINISH THIS ONE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Froze my Heart

    The latest novel by Kellerman is about a psychotic who murders up-and-coming artists and the detectives who hunt the killer. Along the way, we're introduced to many new faces in the Alex Delaware series, and many of those faces fade away as quickly as they came. Then, later in the book, Kellerman injects these people in that we have no recollection of! The plot was intriguing, but towards the end it seemed to just stop. There were many points of interest in the novel that Kellerman left hanging open for the reader to fill in the blanks. A Cold Heart started out as a fast-paced story until, like his other novels, it delved too deep into the intricacies of the human mind. I'm more interested about the 'who' in a 'whodunit' and not the 'why.' Johnathan Kellerman is a gifted writer, but he needs to spend more time evolving his STORY, not the life in which he lives that he portrays on to pieces of paper.

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