Breakdown (Alex Delaware Series #31)

Breakdown (Alex Delaware Series #31)

by Jonathan Kellerman

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Breakdown (Alex Delaware Series #31) by Jonathan Kellerman

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jonathan Kellerman has been universally hailed as the master of psychological suspense, and the blockbuster new thriller featuring Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis confirms his status as today’s preeminent practitioner of saber-sharp storytelling.
 
Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware meets beautiful and emotionally fragile TV actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son, Ovid. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. Shortly after Zelda’s release, an already sad situation turns tragic when she is discovered dead on the grounds of a palatial Bel Air estate. Having experienced more than enough of L.A.’s dark side to recognize the scent of evil, Alex turns to his friend LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis for help in finding out who ended Zelda’s broken life.
 
At the same time, Alex is caught up in another quest: the search for Zelda’s missing son. And when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighborhood, worry turns to terror.
 
As Alex struggles to piece together the brief rise and steep fall of a gorgeous, talented actress, he and Milo unveil shattered dreams, the corruption of a family, and a grotesque betrayal of innocence. With each devastating revelation and damning clue, Alex’s brilliant mind is challenged as never before—and his determination grows to see a killer caged and the truth set free.

Praise for Breakdown
 
“This is a book you should not miss. . . . A master craftsman at the top of his game . . . one of his best to date.”—Bookreporter

“Gripping . . . an exhilarating masterclass in the art of plotting, suspense, characterization and brilliant mind games.”—Blackpool Gazette
 
Praise for Jonathan Kellerman
 
“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.”—Detroit Free Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345541420
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Series: Alex Delaware Series , #31
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 98,539
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 7.51(h) x 0.98(d)

About 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, True Detectives, and The Murderer’s Daughter. 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 Golem of Hollywood and The Golem of Paris. 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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

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Breakdown (Alex Delaware Series #31) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Alex Delaware series, and I really enjoyed the first 15 or so; then the series started to get kind of stale, and it seemed like the author was phoning it in, with silly plots and less interesting charascters. I've seen that happen with other series that started out strong and then got stupid or boring when the author ran out of ideas (I'm looking at you, Patricia Cornwell). Now for the last few Delaware books, Kellerman seems to have gotten his mojo back; plots are more interesting and characterization has improved. I think one of Kellerman's strengths has always been his vivid and pithy descriptions of settings and characters in the books, and this book has that in spades. Keep up the good work and I will keep buying the Alex Delaware series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reliably interesting Alex Delaware novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is a flawless example of how a pro builds mystery toward a superb denouement in a mystery book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out slowly, but it takes off. Another great read by Kellerman. Interesting and different story line. It also presents the complicated problems of the mentally ill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very poor example of JKs work;confusing and too much story for the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all of the Alex Delaware novels. This is one of the best.
rumisshuggs More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by net galley and in exchange for a honest review. Kellerman is one of my go to authors because I enjoy the author's writing style and genre. While most of Kellerman's books are can't put down I have found that his books are becoming mediocre. Dr. Alex Delaware is called on by a friend of his to check out a little boy by the name of Ovid because his mother, Zelda is a little off centered. Several years pass and Alex receives a phone call from a mental hospital informing him that Zelda has been transferred there and his name came up. Alex goes to see her and finds out that she has been living on the street. There is no sign of her son Ovid. A few days later Zelda is found dead in someone's backyard. The search is on to find out what really happened to Zelda and her son, Ovid. Alex calls in his dear friend Miles to help him since along with Zelda being found dead there are a few housekeepers missing from the neighborhood. There are some ups and downs in the book but the author ties everything up at the end.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
An obsession about a long-ago examination of a five-year-old boy leads Dr. Alex Delaware and his detective friend and associate, Lt. Milo Sturgis into investigating a series of bizarre murders. Originally, Alex was asked by a psychiatrist buddy to judge whether the child was sufficiently cared for by his mother, who was under treatment. At the time, it was determined everything was OK, but now, five years later, the mother is found dead by poisoning. Then, three additional murders occur in nearby locations, similarly the result of poisoning, leading Alex and Milo in a wild investigation. Only the apparent question of whether all are related has to be answered, but there are more surprises in store. As is customary in the series, Dr. Delaware’s professional training always comes to bear, as does Sturgis’ detective skills. As the pair work to reach a conclusion, the author brings it home with an unusual denouement. Recommended.
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DJNWA More than 1 year ago
I am a long time Kellerman fan, and have read all of his Alex Delaware books. My impression of this latest, is that the author has become very cynical and condescending in his portrayal of the LA scene, which provides so much writing fodder. It was tiresome, although the story line was better than some of his in the recent past. I know the need churn out for the publisher and the public, but maybe a step back would be good. I want to love Dr. Delaware, not think of him as a condescending and pompous person who is better than the rest of us, and above it all.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did anyone else purchase this for their nook and the book is totally blank.
Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
Arguably Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors, and for this reader rightly so. One would be hard pressed to find a more prolific or well read writing family than the Kellerman’s - I remember with pleasure bestseller Double Homicide that Kellerman co-authored with his novelist wife, Faye, and his son Jesse is also a best selling writer. Of course, his Alex Delaware series has been read by millions, and his 31st in the series Breakdown is another stay-up-late read. Perhaps most know that Kellerman is a clinical psychologist which adds considerable authenticity to his creation of Alex Delaware - one more reason for me to look forward to reading more about the good doctor. With Breakdown Dr. Delaware is asked to evaluate Ovid, the five-year-old son of an emotionally troubled TV actress Zelda Chase. Years later Delaware meets Zelda again when much to her distress she is committed following a strange incident. When she is released tragedy occurs - she is found dead on a luxe Beverly Hills estate. Delaware seeks the help of his friend LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis in finding out what actually happened to Zelda. Little did the two know what they would be facing - the body of a second actress is found, and then there is the death of an actress who was a star in past decades. Could these deaths be connected? Actor John Rubinstein delivers an excellent reading as the chills and thrills mount. The combination of Delaware and Sturgis has been compared to Watson and Holmes. Terrific listening!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little hard to follow .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also seem to have only a blank Nook book.