Compulsion (Alex Delaware Series #22)

Compulsion (Alex Delaware Series #22)

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Compulsion (Alex Delaware Series #22) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
carbolt More than 1 year ago
I had given up on "mystery" stories, until I found Kellerman. He provides all the great aspects of great thrillers without the Mickey Spillane silly "tough guy" images. I have read every available Kellerman, and find them all to be of the finest quality in this genre. Keep it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a let down! It was a good thing I purchased the abridged version of this CD book because it was Bor...ing. The plot, the characters, etc. were weak, perdictable. The author seemed to need to fulfill a contract for his publisher, hence, this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Compulsion' is one of Kellerman's stronger recent entries in his Alex Delaware series because it doesn't suffer from the implausibilities that marred the last few. However, it does seem to conform to a template that could maybe use some shaking up: a series of murders take place and we follow Delaware and Sturgis from one clue to another, stopping off for frequent status meetings between the two along the way. It's a good template, but a template nonetheless. The only thing that saves this from becoming 'ho-hum' after 22 books is that the two leads are so likable and interesting, and we love hearing them talk. I liked the Manhattan detour in 'Compulsion,' and feel the series would benefit from a few more surprises like it. The author is obviously a great storyteller, who fashions complicated plots with engaging characters, and Kellerman/Delaware fans will surely not be disappointed with 'Compulsion.' Also recommended: 'A STRANGER LIES THERE' - this crime novel won the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and Los Angeles Police Department detective Milo Sturgis have collaborated on several cases before (see THE MURDER BOOK, RAGE and GONE). They are currently working together on several homicides that seem to have no link except that the culprit apparently obsessively enjoys driving luxurious black cars and there are no obvious motives for what seems like random assaults on women.----------- Still the few early clues lead Alex and Milo into several directions in the greater LA area and surprisingly to a cold case disappearance of a child in New York City sixteen years ago. As they begin to find the key tie that binds the homicides and leads to the serial killer¿s motive, Alex and Robin are back together, but both wonder how long this time.-------------- COMPULSION is a typical Dr. Delaware police procedural anchored by likable recurring characters working a strong investigative thriller. The story line focuses on what is justice as Alex and Milo slowly find and follow clues. Fans of the series will appreciate the latest tale as the killer¿s OBSESSION becomes gradually understandable to readers and to Alex, who learns some life lessons applicable to his relationship with Robin.------------ Harriet Klausner
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
This story was awesome. It was a great, fast paced read. The book was super thrilling page turner. Alex & Milo are at it again with solving an interesting odd crime. Johnathan Kellerman never lets me down.
Joe-Mig More than 1 year ago
Typical Kellerman, good and consistant. Characters were present and performed well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ordered this in large print- dissappointing print size- hard to read. Book is disorganized and boring- never stop a book a 3rd of the way through- but now after reading other reveiws and knowing it's not just me- I'm stopping
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnathon Kellerman's books used to be good. They are going from bad to worse. I couldn't finish it. If this was his first or second attempt at writing I do not believe he would be able to get it published. This book is worse than the last one and it was terrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was a time that Kellerman produced interesting, involving thrillers that combined plausible plots with complex characterizations. However, the past 10 books or so in the Alex Delaware series have ranged from merely adequate to truely awful. This one falls into the latter category. Where is the tension? How can a writer with so many books published continue to create such poor dialogue? When the most interesting pages of a thriller are about Delaware's dog and fish you know something is amiss. He keeps churning these things out year after year but never improves. The most interesting character has always been Milo Sturgis but even he seems dull in this latest mess. Robin might as well move out considering how little attention she's given and Kellerman has even managed to make New York seem dull. I would like to think that Kellerman can't write any worse than this but I've read his novellas and know that he actually can plummet further. I read on his website that he has contracted to write 10 more Delaware thrillers. Let's hope that he puts more effort into his work in the future and spends less time farting around on his website. Save this series by focusing on a Milo storyline that doesn't involve Alex. Please don't try another Petra Conner book as Kellerman has no ability whatsoever to create believeable female characters. This is for those who are serious fans of the series and newcomers would be wise to go back and start with 'When the Bough Breaks' and 'Blood Test'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
to me this book was slow paced and did not have much of a plot. i just finished it today. i had never read anything by this author but i had saw reviews on his other books and saw also that he was a 'best seller' author. therefore i was disappointed in this book. i may try to read some of his other books and give him another chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of his books and couldn't wait until this one came out. Very disappointed
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Jonathan Kellerman's books in the Alex Delaware series. This one just doesn't seem up to par. It seems like he didn't really have a strong story line and just lengthened it to make a novel,. Usually there are twists and surprises in all of his Delaware novels. This one was flat from the beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but it seemed like something is missing.Maybe it needs more of a story line. It seems like his charecters dont fit in with the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book my boyfriend was reading...and when he put it down, I picked it up and took it on one of our beach trips. This was my first Alex Delaware novel, and I must say, I found the storyline and characters intriguing. This may not be classic literature, but is a very entertaining novel. It kept my interest from start to finish. I will definitely be reading more of this series.
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I liked the part where Sean's hair wasstaying in place at the scene.
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/abridged/Thriller: I'm giving the story three star, but I'm giving John Rubinstein five for his narration. In the abridged version, I felt that the story was really lacking and empty. Finding the killer was unrewarding and his motives, though never really understood anti-climatic. Milo is wonderful as always, but that has more to do with John Rubinstein's narration. It's worth a listen to for only John Rubinstein's narration. I'm a little bias and think John Rubinstein is the best narrator I've ever heard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and great author.
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