Killer (Alex Delaware Series #29)

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After thirty-five riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes.
 
The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one ...

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

After thirty-five riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes.
 
The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.
 
Nothing would please Alex more than to be free of the ugly spectacle known as Sykes v. Sykes. But then the little girl at the center of the vicious dispute disappears and Alex knows he must work with longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis, braving an obstacle course of  Hollywood washouts, gangbangers, and self-serving jurists in order to save an innocent life.
 
Killer is Kellerman—and Delaware—at their finest.

Praise for Killer
 
Killer is well plotted and paced. . . . One of [Kellerman’s] best.”—Bookreporter

“As usual, the rapport between Alex and Milo is a show-stealer, and longtime fans . . . will love the well-executed flashbacks to Alex’s professional past.”Booklist
 
“Kellerman kicks this one up to a whole new level.”RT Book Reviews

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman
 
“Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller.”People
 
“Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning.”—The New York Times Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
Dr. Connie Sykes, the owner and operator of a lab that tests for sexually transmitted diseases, shows up at Alex Delaware's office and threatens him in the powerhouse opening of bestseller Kellerman's 29th novel featuring the L.A. psychologist (after 2013's Guilt). Sykes leaves Delaware unscathed, for the time being. In one of the author's better plots, flashbacks chart the events that led to the terrifying encounter. A judge impressed by Delaware's objectivity and expertise persuaded him to serve on a court-appointed panel to provide evaluations in child-custody cases. Sykes was a plaintiff in one. Childless, she insisted that her 16-month-old niece be placed in her care, and that the girl's mother, Sykes's own sister, was not a fit parent, but Delaware's assessment proved fatal to her hopes for custody. The aftermath of the office confrontation results in murder. Kellerman's own experience in the field makes him well suited to describe a psychologist's work without either dumbing it down or resorting to excessive jargon. (Feb.)
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Praise for Killer
 
Killer is well plotted and paced. . . . One of [Kellerman’s] best.”—Bookreporter

“As usual, the rapport between Alex and Milo is a show-stealer, and longtime fans . . . will love the well-executed flashbacks to Alex’s professional past.”Booklist
 
“Kellerman kicks this one up to a whole new level.”RT Book Reviews

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman
 
“Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller.”People
 
“Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning.”—The New York Times Book Review

Library Journal
09/15/2013
Psychologist Alex Delaware pooh-poohs a death threat uttered by Beverly Hills physician Constance Sykes, whose efforts to obtain legal custody of her baby niece were blocked by Alex's testimony in court. But according to LAPD buddy Milo Sturgis, a hit has been taken out on Alex. And then Sykes is found slain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345505750
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Series: Alex Delaware Series , #29
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 8,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

Biography

"I like to say that as a psychologist I was concerned with the rules of human behavior," Jonathan Kellerman has said. "As a novelist, I'm concerned with the exceptions." Both roles are evident in Kellerman's string of bestselling psychological thrillers, in which he probes the hidden corners of the human psyche with a clinician's expertise and a novelist's dark imagination.

Kellerman worked for years as a child psychologist, but his first love was writing, which he started doing at the age of nine. After reading Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer novels, however, Kellerman found his voice as a writer -- and his calling as a suspense novelist. His first published novel, When the Bough Breaks, featured a child psychologist, Dr. Alex Delaware, who helps solve a murder case in which the only apparent witness is a traumatized seven-year-old girl. The book was an instant hit; as New York's Newsday raved, "[T]his knockout of an entertainment is the kind of book which establishes a career in one stroke."

Kellerman has since written a slew more Alex Delaware thrillers; not surprisingly, the series hero shares much of Kellerman's own background. The books often center on problems of family psychopathology—something Kellerman had ample chance to observe in his day job. The Delaware novels have also chronicled the shifting social and cultural landscape of Los Angeles, where Kellerman lives with his wife (who is also a health care practitioner-turned-novelist) and their four children.

A prolific author who averages one book a year, Kellerman dislikes the suggestion that he simply cranks them out. He has a disciplined work schedule, and sits down to write in his office five days a week, whether he feels "inspired" or not. "I sit down and start typing. I think it's important to deromanticize the process and not to get puffed up about one's abilities," he said in a 1998 chat on Barnes & Noble.com. "Writing fiction's the greatest job in the world, but it's still a job. All the successful novelists I know share two qualities: talent and a good work ethic."

And he does plenty of research, drawing on medical databases and current journals as well as his own experience as a practicing psychologist. Then there are the field trips: before writing Monster, Kellerman spent time at a state hospital for the criminally insane.

Kellerman has taken periodic breaks from his Alex Delaware series to produce highly successful stand-alone novels that he claims have helped him to gain some needed distance from the series characters. It's a testament to Kellerman's storytelling powers that the series books and the stand-alones have both gone over well with readers; clearly, Kellerman's appeal lies more in his dexterity than in his reliance on a formula. "Often mystery writers can either plot like devils or create believable characters," wrote one USA Today reviewer. "Kellerman stands out because he can do both. Masterfully."

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Jonathan Kellerman:
"I am the proud husband of a brilliant novelist, Faye Kellerman. I am the proud father of a brilliant novelist, Jesse Kellerman. And three lovely, gifted daughters, one of whom, Aliza, may turn out to be one of the greatest novelists/poets of this century. "

"My first job was selling newspapers on a corner, age 12. Then I delivered liquor, age 16 -- the most engaging part of that gig was schlepping cartons of bottles up stairways in building without elevators. Adding insult to injury, tips generally ranged from a dime to a quarter. And, I was too young to sample the wares. Subsequent jobs included guitar teacher, freelance musician, newspaper cartoonist, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, research/teaching assistant. All of that simplified when I was 24 and earned a Ph.D. in psychology. Another great job. Then novelist? Oh, my, an embarrassment of riches. Thank you, thank you, thank you, kind readers. I'm the luckiest guy in the world.

"I paint, I play the guitar, I like to hang out with intelligent people whose thought processes aren't by stereotype, punditry, political correctness, etc. But enough about me. The important thing is The Book."

More fun facts:
After Kellerman called his literary agent to say that his wife, Faye, had written a novel, the agent reluctantly agreed to take a look ("Later, he told me his eyes rolled all the way back in his head," Kellerman said in an online chat). Two weeks later, a publisher snapped up Faye Kellerman's first book, The Ritual Bath. Faye Kellerman has since written many more mysteries featuring L.A. cop Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus, including the bestsellers Justice and Jupiter's Bones.

When Kellerman wrote When the Bough Breaks in 1981, crime novels featuring gay characters were nearly nonexistent, so Alex Delaware's gay detective friend, Milo Sturgis, was a rarity. Kellerman admits it can be difficult for a straight writer to portray a gay character, but says the feedback he's gotten from readers -- gay and straight -- has been mostly positive.

In his spare time, Kellerman is a musician who collects vintage guitars. He once placed the winning online auction bid for a guitar signed by Don Henley and his bandmates from the Eagles; proceeds from the sale were donated to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

In addition to his novels, Kellerman has written two children's books and three nonfiction books, including Savage Spawn, about the backgrounds and behaviors of child psychopaths.

But for a 1986 television adaptation of When the Bough Breaks, none of Kellerman's work has yet made it to screen. "I wish I could say that Hollywood's beating a path to my door," he said in a Barnes & Noble.com chat in 1998, "but the powers-that-be at the studios don't seem to feel that my books lend themselves to film adaptation. The most frequent problem cited is too much complexity."

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    1. Hometown:
      Beverly Hills, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 9, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in psychology, University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1974
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Frustration with Barnes & Noble Nook New Releases

    This has nothing to do with the book. I wish I could read it on my Nook. I preordered and BN charged my credit card. It is now after 4PM and the new book is still not available on my nook. This is not the first time that BN has done this with new releases.

    26 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    People are ridiculously picky and whiny.

    As usual this JK novel was as good as ever. The reader who said that this wasn't really a novel made me chuckle. What is it then? It is either a novel or non-fiction. Granted, when an author has written 29 novels, some will be clunkers and others will be terrific. When in doubt about reading a prolific author, wait awhile and ask for opinions from friends or librarians. And if a comma annoys you, just stop reading this author. Maybe you should read Patricia Cornwell instead; then you'd really have something to whine about. I stopped reading her redundant, repetitious clunkers ten books ago.
    This novel? Keep bringing us more Alex and Milo with their witty, intelligent banter.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Lately, it seems as if Kellerman is bored with his Alex Delaware

    Lately, it seems as if Kellerman is bored with his Alex Delaware series. Again, with this book, Killer, the plot has much potential, but I wouldn't call it a "novel". It's an easy, quick read, not a very in-depth story, formulaic, and fairly predictable. I'm left with the feeling that the author has gotten lazy and is just short of "phoning it in". Jonathan Kellerman is so much better than this, and I wish he would return to the writer he used to be.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Great Story

    Really liked the story. Liked new characters too. Only thing is the Robin character, somehow annoying & one dimensional. How about she takes a hike & Milo & Alex finally get together where they belong.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Very goog read

    Good as usual. Enjoy Alex and Milo on their adventure. Liked it alot. Kat

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Mr. Kellerman seems to be going downhill. This book eased up ju

    Mr. Kellerman seems to be going downhill. This book eased up just above the tree line, hovered there for most of the book, and then gently came back down. It was like ho-hum. I had to take a break in the middle and read another book. Then after finally finishing, I read Robert Crais's new book and felt even more adamant that I'll have to put Mr. Kellerman on the back burner for a while.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Far from Kellermans better work

    Flat tale rendered with little enthusiasim. Kellerman continues to misuse the comma and it just sets my teeth on edge. Has he never heard of the semi colon? Or of the idea of breaking an unwieldy sentence into two or more smaller ones?

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    As always, Kellerman gets you from the beginning. Describes characters and places so you feel like you there. A book you don't want to put down until you get to the final chapter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Another excellent book by Jonathan Kellerman

    I highly recommend this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    Highly recommend. Good read as usual.

    I just recommend this book as well as any of his books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    A good Alex Delaware book

    I enjoy this series of books. This one was a little anticlimactic a the end but another good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Great book to read.

    Jonathan Kellerman has done it again with Alex Delaware. Such twist and turns as always with his books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    highly recommend

    I always love reading Jonathan Kellerman - book is worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Highly highly recommend

    This is a good mystery that one can not put down. The rapport between the characters is excellent. I always look forward to Alex Delaware novels. I don't know if I would recemmend this for a formal book discussion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Kill fawn please

    Stalk her and then kill her at mary shelley result one. Let her kits stay alive

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Assasaination

    Put requests here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Not good

    Awful what has happened to kellerman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Not up to usual standards

    I found this book to be poorly written. It seemed as if it was written quickly and without much thought. I have enjoyed books by this author in the past, but after this one I may not read any more of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Great easy read. I would like to see more Milo. Not his best but

    Great easy read. I would like to see more Milo. Not his best but I would recommend it to anyone that reads mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    A Good Read

    I enjoyed Killer. I did feel that the ending was a bit contrived, however.

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