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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From the New York Times bestselling author, a thrilling novel in the Alex Delaware series about a psychotic teenage boy accused of six murders.

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author, a thrilling novel in the Alex Delaware series about a psychotic teenage boy accused of six murders.

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before—and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn’t five years ago. And when he peers into a family’s troubled history and Jamey’s brilliant, tormented mind, the psychologist puts himself at the heart of a high-profile case. Because Alex knows that in a realm of money, loss, and madness, something terrible pushed Jamey over the edge—or else someone is getting away with murder.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451609844
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Series:
Alex Delaware Series , #3
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
12,449
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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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Over the Edge 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Awesome!
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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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If you like mystery/thrillers, you'll definite enjoy this. A lot of twist and turns and surprises!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific author...don't why I haven't discovered him before.
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Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
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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