Self-Defense (Alex Delaware Series #9)

Self-Defense (Alex Delaware Series #9)

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by Jonathan Kellerman
     
 

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Dr. Alex Delaware doesn't see many private patients anymore, but the young woman called Lucy is an exception. So is her dream. Lucy Lowell is a special referral made by Alex's friend Los Angeles police detective Milo Sturgis. A juror at the agonizing trial of a serial killer, Lucy survived that trauma only to be tormented by a recurrent nightmare: a young child in the…  See more details below

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Dr. Alex Delaware doesn't see many private patients anymore, but the young woman called Lucy is an exception. So is her dream. Lucy Lowell is a special referral made by Alex's friend Los Angeles police detective Milo Sturgis. A juror at the agonizing trial of a serial killer, Lucy survived that trauma only to be tormented by a recurrent nightmare: a young child in the forest at night, watching a strange and furtive act. Now Lucy's dream is starting to disrupt her waking life, and Alex is concerned. The power of the dream, its grip on Lucy's emotions, suggests to him that it may be the repressed childhood memory of something very real. Something like murder. For Alex and his patient, a session of hypnotic regression to the fourth summer of Lucy's life will be the start of a journey as fascinating as it is frightening... And when Lucy begins insisting that someone is trying to kill her, Alex must use all his skills as both psychologist and sleuth to find out whether her fears are self-induced. Or whether a flesh-and-blood killer is desperate to eliminate a witness to a homicide - and the doctor who's unlocked a Pandora's box of secrets. With its haunting images and riveting pace, Self-Defense is super entertainment from today's most darkly imaginative, consistently surprising author of psychological suspense.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kellerman's latest thriller, in which a case of recovered memory may hold the clue to an unsolved murder, spent seven weeks on PW's bestseller list. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Psychologist and amateur sleuth Alex Delaware, who saved the day in last year's best-selling Bad Love (LJ 10/15/93), helps a woman whose repressed memories may solve a murder.
From the Publisher
“Kellerman at his best.”—USA Today
 
“Satisfying . . . suspenseful.”—Playboy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345458834
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Alex Delaware Series, #9
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.91(h) x 1.13(d)

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From the Publisher
“Kellerman at his best.”—USA Today
 
“Satisfying . . . suspenseful.”—Playboy

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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