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Compulsion (Alex Delaware Series #22)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

COMPULSION is a typical Dr. Delaware police procedural

Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and Los Angeles Police Department detective Milo Sturgis have collaborated on several cases before (see THE MURDER BOOK, RAGE and GONE). They are currently working together on several homicides that seem to have no link except that the cu...
Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and Los Angeles Police Department detective Milo Sturgis have collaborated on several cases before (see THE MURDER BOOK, RAGE and GONE). They are currently working together on several homicides that seem to have no link except that the culprit apparently obsessively enjoys driving luxurious black cars and there are no obvious motives for what seems like random assaults on women.----------- Still the few early clues lead Alex and Milo into several directions in the greater LA area and surprisingly to a cold case disappearance of a child in New York City sixteen years ago. As they begin to find the key tie that binds the homicides and leads to the serial killer¿s motive, Alex and Robin are back together, but both wonder how long this time.-------------- COMPULSION is a typical Dr. Delaware police procedural anchored by likable recurring characters working a strong investigative thriller. The story line focuses on what is justice as Alex and Milo slowly find and follow clues. Fans of the series will appreciate the latest tale as the killer¿s OBSESSION becomes gradually understandable to readers and to Alex, who learns some life lessons applicable to his relationship with Robin.------------ Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Compulsively readable, but not terribly original

'Compulsion' is one of Kellerman's stronger recent entries in his Alex Delaware series because it doesn't suffer from the implausibilities that marred the last few. However, it does seem to conform to a template that could maybe use some shaking up: a series of murders ...
'Compulsion' is one of Kellerman's stronger recent entries in his Alex Delaware series because it doesn't suffer from the implausibilities that marred the last few. However, it does seem to conform to a template that could maybe use some shaking up: a series of murders take place and we follow Delaware and Sturgis from one clue to another, stopping off for frequent status meetings between the two along the way. It's a good template, but a template nonetheless. The only thing that saves this from becoming 'ho-hum' after 22 books is that the two leads are so likable and interesting, and we love hearing them talk. I liked the Manhattan detour in 'Compulsion,' and feel the series would benefit from a few more surprises like it. The author is obviously a great storyteller, who fashions complicated plots with engaging characters, and Kellerman/Delaware fans will surely not be disappointed with 'Compulsion.' Also recommended: 'A STRANGER LIES THERE' - this crime novel won the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery.

posted by Anonymous on March 26, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    yuk

    I ordered this in large print- dissappointing print size- hard to read. Book is disorganized and boring- never stop a book a 3rd of the way through- but now after reading other reveiws and knowing it's not just me- I'm stopping

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    Don't Bother

    Johnathon Kellerman's books used to be good. They are going from bad to worse. I couldn't finish it. If this was his first or second attempt at writing I do not believe he would be able to get it published. This book is worse than the last one and it was terrible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    Another Dud from Kellerman!!

    There was a time that Kellerman produced interesting, involving thrillers that combined plausible plots with complex characterizations. However, the past 10 books or so in the Alex Delaware series have ranged from merely adequate to truely awful. This one falls into the latter category. Where is the tension? How can a writer with so many books published continue to create such poor dialogue? When the most interesting pages of a thriller are about Delaware's dog and fish you know something is amiss. He keeps churning these things out year after year but never improves. The most interesting character has always been Milo Sturgis but even he seems dull in this latest mess. Robin might as well move out considering how little attention she's given and Kellerman has even managed to make New York seem dull. I would like to think that Kellerman can't write any worse than this but I've read his novellas and know that he actually can plummet further. I read on his website that he has contracted to write 10 more Delaware thrillers. Let's hope that he puts more effort into his work in the future and spends less time farting around on his website. Save this series by focusing on a Milo storyline that doesn't involve Alex. Please don't try another Petra Conner book as Kellerman has no ability whatsoever to create believeable female characters. This is for those who are serious fans of the series and newcomers would be wise to go back and start with 'When the Bough Breaks' and 'Blood Test'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 9, 2011

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