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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.
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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.
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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: 3/2/2004
  • Series: Alex Delaware Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to numerous bestselling tales of suspense (which have been translated into two dozen languages), including his acclaimed Alex Delaware novels; The Butcher’s Theater, a story of serial killing in Jerusalem; and Billy Straight, featuring Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor. His new novel is The Conspiracy Club. He is also the author of numerous essays, short stories, and scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, have four children.

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Not quite as good as the first two

    While I loved the first two books in this series, I simply liked this one. To me, the characters just felt shallower in this one or something. I felt more in tune with Alex, Milo, Robin, etc. in the first two. In this third book, I almost felt like there was an imbalance between the amount of story Kellerman wanted to tell, and how much room he had left for character development. I also felt like some of the psychology and psychiatry analysis drug out a little, at least for someone like me who's not in either field, so I got bored.

    Overall, I still enjoyed the book, just not as much as the first two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Thriling but not the excitement of most of his reads.

    I love this series. They generally get hou and you cant put the book down, not this time. Milo and Alex didnt wirk closely with each other. It went back to a time Alex taught school age children. A call for help and he is off to help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    My First and the Best....So Far!

    This was my first Jonathan Kellerman book and it had me stuck to each and every page! I felt invested in each character (including the killer). I look forward to reading more of his work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    Keeps you guessing

    A great read. I often find mysteries predictable, but in this one I wasn't quite sure of anything. I had lots of ideas, but nothing solid. I was thrilled with the way it all came together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Another good one.

    I liked the part where Alex was suggesting that therapy would be good for Milo so he could work out his issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Go to the edge of nowhere. Thats the one

    ~A

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Must read!

    If you like mystery/thrillers, you'll definite enjoy this. A lot of twist and turns and surprises!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Jonathan Kellerman

    Terrific author...don't why I haven't discovered him before.

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    Posted March 17, 2012

    Guskwt

    Boo noot the best

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Smashing Mystery Tale.

    This was a great psychological thriller. Like the rest of Jonathan Kellerman's mysteries. I loved the story alot, it totally had my attention. But the only dislike about this audio read was that the narrator was same fellow John Rubenstein. His narration makes a great persona for Alex & Milo. This guy Adams didn't quite do it for me. Or at least in my opinion. The story was excellent to still follow along.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    Disappointing

    Not one of his best. Slow read.

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