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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 March 26, 2008

    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 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    just ok

    to me this book was slow paced and did not have much of a plot. i just finished it today. i had never read anything by this author but i had saw reviews on his other books and saw also that he was a 'best seller' author. therefore i was disappointed in this book. i may try to read some of his other books and give him another chance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    Not up to par

    I have all of Jonathan Kellerman's books in the Alex Delaware series. This one just doesn't seem up to par. It seems like he didn't really have a strong story line and just lengthened it to make a novel,. Usually there are twists and surprises in all of his Delaware novels. This one was flat from the beginning.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Not his greatest

    I have read all of his books and couldn't wait until this one came out. Very disappointed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    CD/abridged/Thriller: I'm giving the story three star, but I'm

    CD/abridged/Thriller: I'm giving the story three star, but I'm giving John Rubinstein five for his narration. In the abridged version, I felt that the story was really lacking and empty. Finding the killer was unrewarding and his motives, though never really understood anti-climatic. Milo is wonderful as always, but that has more to do with John Rubinstein's narration. It's worth a listen to for only John Rubinstein's narration. I'm a little bias and think John Rubinstein is the best narrator I've ever heard.

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