Private Eyes (Alex Delaware Series #6)

Private Eyes (Alex Delaware Series #6)

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by Jonathan Kellerman
     
 

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is eleven years since seven-year-old Melissa Dickinson dialed the hospital help line for comfort—and found it in therapy with Alex

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is eleven years since seven-year-old Melissa Dickinson dialed the hospital help line for comfort—and found it in therapy with Alex Delaware. Now the lovely young heiress is desperately calling for the psychologist’s help once more. Only this time it looks like Melissa’s deepest childhood nightmare is really coming true.
 
“A page-turner from beginning to end.”—Los Angeles Times
 
Twenty years ago, Gina Dickinson, Melissa’s mother, suffered a grisly assault that left the budding actress irreparably scarred and emotionally crippled. Now her acid-wielding assailant is out of prison and back in L.A.—and Melissa is terrified that the monster has returned to hurt Gina again. But before Alex Delaware can even begin to soothe his former patient’s fears, Gina, a recluse for twenty years, disappears. And now, unless Delaware turns crack detective to uncover the truth, Gina Dickinson will be just one more victim of a cold fury that has already spawned madness . . . and murder.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
But my goodness! What a very dry meal of cliche without cream or sugar Mr. Kellerman does serve up in the process. His psychobabbly dialogue has the pace of a 78 r.p.m. record played at 33. There isn't a setting in the book that isn't overdescribed or a character who isn't overdetailed. . . maybe the point of "Private Eyes" is simply to entertain? Well, if the mere unscrambling of a complicated scramble is to your taste, then this novel is a multi-course banquet. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kellerman devises a psychologically complex, highly satisfying plot in this latest mystery (after Time Bomb ) to feature child psychologist Alex Delaware, although we wait too long for the best parts and although Delaware, his love life on hold, seems less emotionally present than in previous cases. Harvard-bound, 18-year-old heiress Melissa Dickinson, whom Delaware had successfully treated for anxiety 10 years earlier, calls him with concerns about leaving her wealthy mother, an agoraphobe. Years before Melissa's birth, Gina Dickinson Ramp had been disfigured by acid thrown for never-revealed reasons by a former lover, now out of prison and back in town. Widowed for many years, recently remarried and making progress in her own intensive therapy with a noted husband-and-wife team of behaviorial psychologists, Gina is still fragile. When she disappears, Melissa enlists Delaware's help and that of his friend, Milo Sturgis, on leave from the LAPD (for having slugged, on TV, a homophobic superior). Kellerman deftly handles the strings of his plot, keeping in question the plight of Gina and the identities of those wishing her ill, until final events make what came before seem inevitable. A brief reunion with his former lover Robin will leave readers hoping for a reconciliation in Delaware's next appearance. 150,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Vividly realistic . . . explores the subject with haunting emotional power.”—Playboy
 
“Spellbinding suspense . . . unforgettable.”—Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345463746
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/20/2003
Series:
Alex Delaware Series , #6
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
27,281
File size:
3 MB

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From the Publisher
“Vividly realistic . . . explores the subject with haunting emotional power.”—Playboy
 
“Spellbinding suspense . . . unforgettable.”—Houston Chronicle

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.

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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Private Eyes (Alex Delaware Series #6) 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, I would highly recommend this book. I love how you almost feel that you know the people within the book and can picture them in your mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Kellerman does not disappoint. This novel is exceptional Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis. When a former patient comes to see Delaware with concerns about her mother, and whether the fragile woman can bare the daughter's eminent departure for college, Alex is drawn in again into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The mother is a former actress turned recluse. A terrible attack, years before, left her scarred, emotionally and physically. Unfortunately before the good doctor can check it all out-the woman disappears. Vintage Kellerman. I was on the edge of my seat, turning pages as fast as I could, unable to put it down!
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
AUDIO/ABRIDGED: First, John Rubinstein did a great narration, he always does. This one is part of the Alex Delaware series, very early on. A teen, who was Alex's patient 11-years earlier for anxiety, comes to see Alex when she dreads going off to school. He mother has a phobia of leaving the house and soon disappears. It was only three discs and I did feel like I was missing a few things. Milo is wonderful, as usual and you hear the first of Alex and Robin briefly getting together. I did have problems with how Alex finds the murderer's lair, but I was listening to it in my car. The end was far-fetched and I was glad it ended quickly. Otherwise, it was okay.
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I liked the part where Aalex was reunited with Meissa and they got caught up on everything that had happened.
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I just finished reading Private eyes. Kellerman's style is to be overly discriptive of people and places he's writing about but I've learned to skip over some of that and find it hard to put down his books. I would definitely recommend his books.
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