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Evidence (Alex Delaware Series #24)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This is one of Jonathan Kellerman's best works in the long running serie

In Los Angeles Doyle is hired to watch over the Borodi property where a mansion remains empty. It is a tedious job as nothing ever occurs until he finds the corpses of a man and woman posing as if they were making love when they died.

LAPD homicide cop Milo Sturgi...
In Los Angeles Doyle is hired to watch over the Borodi property where a mansion remains empty. It is a tedious job as nothing ever occurs until he finds the corpses of a man and woman posing as if they were making love when they died.

LAPD homicide cop Milo Sturgis accompanied by consulting psychologist Alex Delaware look at the crime scene. The woman remains a Jane Doe, but her companion possesses an ID in the name of Desmond Backer. The pair tracks down Des' boss Helga Gemein, the head of a disbanding architectural firm. She states that the late Becker was promiscuous; a fact backed up by his sister who says he left $50,000 in her rented storage room. They also discover that the Borodi property belongs to Prince Tariq Asman who went by the name Teddi and is the brother of the island nation Sranil. There are rumors that Teddi fled to his island home after killing a woman. The body of the Jane Doe is identified by Des' sister as her late brother's friend Darlene Fredd. When the mansion they were killed in is torched, Miles and Alex easily theorize that the homicides and arson are linked, but neither can figure out by who or what while a deadly predator watches them connecting the dots one at a time.

This is one of Jonathan Kellerman's best works in the long running series as Alex narrates so that the audience sees the investigation through his filter, but Milo is actually the star. He fights the stereotypical uncooperative toads in the road (his superiors, the FBI and foreign VIPs) to obtain the information he needs to solve the case. EVIDENCE is a cerebral entertaining police procedural in which the hero's approach seems credible leading to reader satisfaction as Milo and Alex work an enthralling complex whodunit.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 17, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A little disappointing

I don't recommend this book. In it, Alex Delaware acts as if he's Milo's assistant. He seems always at Milo's beck & call. There is no feeling that he has a private practice (even though he mentions that he turned down an offer of full-time work with the LAPD because h...
I don't recommend this book. In it, Alex Delaware acts as if he's Milo's assistant. He seems always at Milo's beck & call. There is no feeling that he has a private practice (even though he mentions that he turned down an offer of full-time work with the LAPD because his own practice was so much more lucrative and in one scene he tends to his billing). There's no real reason for Alex, the ostensible protagonist of Jonathan Kellerman's series, to even be involved in this story--he makes little contribution except to drive Milo around and occasionally provide him with food to eat.

Please bring back the plots where this child psychologist uses his training & expertise--and maybe interactions with his current or previous patients--to help solve the case.

posted by 3493806 on May 5, 2010

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Alex Delaware

    Alex Delaware is Jonathon Kellerman's best character. The suspense keeps coming. I love the love between him and Milo Sturgis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Griping!Exciting!

    One of those books you can't put down. Jonathan Kellerman's intense writing style and well written characters keep you intrigued throughout the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Another goodie

    Kelleerman has a style you can't beat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Kellerman does it again

    Kellerman has done it again. He manages to take characters that we know well (Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis) and keep them fresh and interesting. The use of a psychologist working in conjunction with the gifted detective is different than most of the thriller novels in the market. And the twists and turns keep this a page turner untill the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    same old stuff

    hey if you are into this alex delaware series, you will be neither
    surprised or disappointed.
    It has gotten too standard/formula writing.
    Fun to escape and read familiar characters and plot line.
    Worth reading.
    Hope in the future some newer more interesting plot/character
    twist can be developed.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    Even Strange for L.A.

    Alex and Milo manage to find another killer even stranger than the usual Los Angeles psychopaths. The story is an open commentary on environmentalism as much as it is a murder mystery. The events are not dramatic, but they are unusual enough to keep your interest. The characters are also extreme and unique. The story moves along at a sluggish pace but it eventually gets there. Unfortunately, we require a tearful confession and a detailed explanation from the killer to understand what happened. Interesting if you like abnormal psychology, but you may like others in the Alex Delaware series better.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Kellerman does it again.

    One of his best works! I've loved reading about the cases that Dr. Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis team up on. Delaware's insight and Sturgis' cynicism feed off each other. Once you start reading this one, it's hard to put down!

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    ANOTHER TOPNOTCH ALEX DELAWARE MYSTERY

    It's always a pleasure to begin a new story with a familiar lead character that has always appealed (this is Kellerman's 24th Alex Delaware novel). Readers/listeners know what to expect, and in this case it's an extremely well crafted crime novel that leaves us in suspense until the last page. A great deal of the enjoyment in an Alex Delaware novel is the friendship and working relationship between Delaware, a consulting psychologist, and Mike Sturgis, an LAPD homicide detective. Their verbal exchanges as the two dig in to solve a crime are thought provoking and entertaining.

    Kellerman knows how to pen an attention grabbing and keeping opener - with Evidence the bodies of a young couple are found, obviously they've been murdered and were left in a ghoulish embrace. They're discovered by a night watchman doing routine rounds through a "rich-idiot neighborhood." The site is a half-finished house that would rival a castle when completed. The male half of this post mortem placement is Desmond Backer, an architect who when still breathing would have hated the kind of structure he's found dead in. Desmond, it seems also had a way with women - better said his way with women as he's described as one who "jumps anything with ovaries." Clearly as dead as Desmond is a young woman who is not immediately identified.

    One female Desmond had not been able to charm was his ex-boss, Helga Gagman, who sorrows not at all upon hearing of his untimely death. Milo and Alex soon have a long list of suspects that eventually narrows and places them in mortal danger. There are clues leading to eco-terrorism, a multi-level conspiracy, and all manner of evil doings.

    Only with the stunning conclusion do we fully realize the intricacy of Kellerman's careful plot and it all makes sense - but, we never could have figured it out for ourselves!

    Tony Award winner John Rubinstein is the long running narrator of the Delaware series, and rightfully so as he reads with an actor's trained voice and total immersion in his material. It's not always easy to effectively voice a conversation between two men and make each character immediately identifiable but Rubinstein pulls this off without a hitch.

    - Gail Cooke

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