Crime Scene

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Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A former star athlete turned deputy coroner is drawn into a brutal, complicated murder in this psychological thriller from a father-son writing team that delivers “brilliant, page-turning fiction” (Stephen King).

Natural causes or foul play? That’s the question Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Figuring out motives and chasing down suspects aren’t part of his beat—not until a seemingly open-and-shut case proves to be more than meets his highly trained eye.

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor, done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert’s life.

What emerges is a history of scandal and violence, and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed. Walter Rennert, it appears, was a broken man—and maybe a marked one. And when Clay learns that a colleague of Rennert’s died in a nearly identical manner, he begins to question everything in the official record.

All the while, his relationship with Tatiana is evolving into something forbidden. The closer they grow, the more determined he becomes to catch her father’s killer—even if he has to overstep his bounds to do it.

The twisting trail Clay follows will lead him into the darkest corners of the human soul. It’s his job to listen to the tales the dead tell. But this time, he’s part of a story that makes his blood run cold.

Praise for Crime Scene

“You could drive yourself crazy trying to figure out who wrote what. . . . But whoever came up with the fine line, ‘When I meet new people, they’re usually dead,’ should pat himself on the back.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A terrific book . . . Put Crime Scene at the top of your reading pile.”Bookreporter
“A character-driven, intricately plotted whodunit . . . Mystery readers will devour the book and look forward to the next father and son collaboration.”—Press Republican

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399594625
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Clay Edison Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 36,740
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty 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 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.
Jesse Kellerman won the Princess Grace Award for best young American playwright and is the author of Sunstroke, Trouble, The Genius (for which he won the 2010 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle), The Executor, and Potboiler (for which he was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel). He lives in California.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1949

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in psychology, University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1974

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Crime Scene 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was ok, but too, too much description making the reading tiresome! BIG DISAPOINTMENT!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to really get into the story and then it seemed like it just ended. It felt too much like a knock off of the Alex Delaware character to me, i would have preferred the main character to be more unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was all over places with characters not there best I. Have read all their books this is my first rating
Anonymous 3 months ago
Ihave read all of Jonathan's Delaware books and love them . This book was difficult for me to finish. Too much rambling
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good collaboration story by father and son team. Clay Edison is a deputy coroner and trained police officer. He and his partner are called to the scene to collect the body of a deceased male. Upon arrival at the home of the deceased they are met by the daughter of the dead man. She immediately accuses an unknown person as being responsible for her father's death. She states that her father did not fall but was pushed down the steps by some individual who has killed in a like manner before. Clay is somewhat intrigued by this premise and seeks additional information. Soon is knee deep in an investigation of murders committed years ago. This leads to the interesting tale and exoneration of a convicted killer. All in all, a good read with a cameo appearance by Dr. Alex Delaware.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This novel, a joint effort by the Kellermans, pere et fils, is said to be the first of a new series featuring Clay Edison, a deputy sheriff in the coroner’s office, as the protagonist. It is a sort of crime story mixed in with a lot of psychology. Edison seems to be a compulsive sort of guy who can’t let go. The job of a deputy sheriff is to rule on whether a death is natural or has some other cause. When he went to pick up the body of Walter Rennert, it appeared to be an open-and-shut case, and the autopsy proved he died of a heart attack. But Rennert’s daughter tells Edison her father was murdered, contrary to the evidence. So, instead of closing the case, he keeps it open and undertakes an investigation way beyond his duties, leading him far away from approved procedures, even looking into previous apparently unrelated deaths. Meanwhile, he becomes more and more involved with the daughter. This is a hard novel to follow and, for a Kellerman effort, relatively slow reading. Even a cameo appearance by Dr. Alex Delaware does nothing much to help. Let’s hope any follow-up overcomes this concern. Nevertheless, it is an interesting plot, and the novel is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always like the characters in Kellerman novels. Capable but very human, determined but with their own lives and issues. Good story and important subject.
abmorris More than 1 year ago
great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by father and son!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not like Jesse Kellerman and found this book to read as another of his did. In all of Jonathan Kellerman 's books they hold my attention . This did not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding The shopper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Below average.
Ei0914 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan and love the Delaware characters - but this one left me feeling disappointed --- none of the characters were developed enough -- granted it's the first book - but it didn't leave me feeling like I wanted more. Was just meh... I will read future books because I want to give this new young man a chance - but it just didn't meet my expectations.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Crime Scene” by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman is a look at police procedure crime thriller written from a different perspective, that of a coroner. Clay Edison has worked in the Alameda County Coroner’s for five years. Clay’s days are filled with the ordinary and the very unordinary. “Crime Scene” is written as a first person narrative by Clay, and this strategy delivers an interesting and insightful look at Clay’s feelings and at the events that surround him. He talks to the readers as he talks to himself. The dialogue and responses within the story reflect the characters as Clay interacts with them. Geography, problems, questions, feelings, and scenarios are as Clay sees them and makes judgments about them. People weave in and out of Clay’s daily life. Clay’s job haunts him; it lives with him. The work clings to him. He thinks about the dead everywhere he goes. He is not haunted, but he is never quite alone. Every time Clay is called to a location, he is about to ruin someone’s day. Someone is dead, by natural causes or by homicide, but dead. With a click of a button he decides which it is. One case nags at him, presents an underlying question. The case is not even a “homicide” that he feels compelled to solve; it is just that his mind will not let this case go. While trying to resolve this accidental death of an elderly man, he discovers a tangled web of deceit, loyalty, buried secrets, and murders. Secrets from the past creep into the present, and old cases become entangled with recent events. Nothing is really as is appears at first. “Crime Scene” is an interesting new look at crime fiction. It is not a typical murder mystery. There is no graphic violence, no revolting accounts, just regular people doing a distinctly unpleasant job. I was “connected” with Clay and his quest throughout the book. I have read other books by the Kellermans, and this is one of the best. I was given a copy of “Crime Scene” to review by Ballantine Books, NetGalley, Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman, and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this to everyone.