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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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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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 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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    Kellerman keeps up his status of my favorite story writer

    I had given up on "mystery" stories, until I found Kellerman. He provides all the great aspects of great thrillers without the Mickey Spillane silly "tough guy" images.
    I have read every available Kellerman, and find them all to be of the finest quality in this genre. Keep it up!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    An outstanding Johnathan Kellerman tale.

    This story was awesome. It was a great, fast paced read. The book was super thrilling page turner. Alex & Milo are at it again with solving an interesting odd crime. Johnathan Kellerman never lets me down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 16, 2013

    Great one.

    I liked the part where Sean's hair wasstaying in place at the scene.

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