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Compulsion (Alex Delaware Series #22)

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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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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Typical Kellerman, good and consistant. Characters were present and performed well.

    Typical Kellerman, good and consistant. Characters were present and performed well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2008

    Its a good book

    I liked this book but it seemed like something is missing.Maybe it needs more of a story line. It seems like his charecters dont fit in with the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    This was a book my boyfriend was reading...and when he put it do

    This was a book my boyfriend was reading...and when he put it down, I picked it up and took it on one of our beach trips.
    This was my first Alex Delaware novel, and I must say, I found the storyline and characters intriguing. This may not be classic literature, but is a very entertaining novel. It kept my interest from start to finish. I will definitely be reading more of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Please read it!

    Great book and great author.

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