Over the Edge (Alex Delaware Series #3)

Over the Edge (Alex Delaware Series #3)

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by Jonathan Kellerman
     
 

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Jonathan Kellerman's masterpiece of suspense comes to life in this tale of murder and deception. When six young prostitutes are found strangled in Los Angeles, an investigation begins that takes the reader on a wild journey of twists and turns involving powerful families and close friends.  See more details below

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Jonathan Kellerman's masterpiece of suspense comes to life in this tale of murder and deception. When six young prostitutes are found strangled in Los Angeles, an investigation begins that takes the reader on a wild journey of twists and turns involving powerful families and close friends.

Editorial Reviews

John Gross
Mr. Kellerman is one of the ablest mystery writers to have emerged in recent years, and ''Over the Edge'' is as sleek and high-powered a performance as its predecessors. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The third novel to feature child psychologist Alex Delaware begins with a desperate, garbled phone call from former patient Jamey Cadmus, genius of record and heir to a construction fortune. The next day, Jamey is accused of the Lavender Slashings, a series of grisly homosexual murders that have rocked Los Angeles. The teenager's lawyer asks Alex to examine Jamey's recent history with the hope that a plea of diminished capacity will protect Jamey from a prison sentence. Though soon fired, Alex continues his investigation, motivated by the compassion and intelligence previously demonstrated in When the Bough Breaks and Blood Test. Tracing the rocky road of Jamey's emotional development, Alex crisscrosses L.A., moving from Beverly Hills mansions to biker cabins, from the old Haight district to mountain canyons, with stops at the U.C.L.A. medical library, the high-security section of the L.A.P.D. jail and some exquisitely appointed legal offices. Aided by his friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis, Alex ignores warnings to stay away from the case and begins to discern an ominous pattern in Jamey's family history, connecting esoteric South American hallucinogens, a massively irresponsible real-estate scam and the ageless human motivations of revenge and greed. The first two Alex Delaware books were very good indeed. This one, more complexly plotted, more richly psychological and filled with convincing financial and pharmacological details, is the best yet. Paperback rights to NAL; Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate. (April 23)
School Library Journal
YA Kellerman, a contemporary master of psychological thrillers, has created a story of building suspense about a psychotic teenage boy, Jamey Cadmus, who is accused of six murders. Dr. Delware, local psychologist, receives a late night phone call from Jamey, drawing upon him to help defend the teenager. The plot slowly unravels and the conspiracy of Jamey's family to create his madness is revealed. Readers will be drawn into this suspenseful drama by vivid descriptions of a psychotic, details of family greed, and the hope for the teenager's sanity. Susan Penny, Houston Public Library
From the Publisher
“STARTLING . . . CHARGED WITH SUSPENSE. THIS ONE IS SIMPLY TOO GOOD TO MISS.”
—STEPHEN KING

“HARROWING . . . The work of a novelist of uncommon insight and storytelling skill.”
—Los Angeles Times

“HIGH-POWERED . . . Alex Delaware is no ordinary psychologist. . . . He is also a born detective.”
—The New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345466624
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/02/2004
Series:
Alex Delaware Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than three dozen 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. With his son, bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored the first book of a new series, The Golem of Hollywood. 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.

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Brief Biography

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

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