Guilt (Alex Delaware Series #28)

Guilt (Alex Delaware Series #28)

by Jonathan Kellerman
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Guilt (Alex Delaware Series #28) by Jonathan Kellerman


In an upscale L.A. neighborhood, a backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. Soon thereafter, in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case. Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
Don’t miss the excerpt of Jonathan Kellerman’s Killer in the back of the book!

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman and Guilt
“A solid, poignant tale of violence against the innocent . . . cool, brisk and polished.”—The Washington Post
“Action-packed . . . Kellerman proves he can keep readers entertained and engrossed in a story that keeps them on the edge of their seats to the final page.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“Certainly one of [Kellerman’s] best offerings to date . . . Do not miss this one.”Bookreporter
“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times
“The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes
“Jonathan Kellerman’s novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit.”—Orlando Sentinel
“Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.”—Detroit Free Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345538819
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Series: Alex Delaware Series , #28
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 20,677
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty 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. 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.


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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Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fits the series. Creepy story but kept with the Kellerman's interesting cast of characters. Book was worth the money.
Lady-Lexie More than 1 year ago
Oh Jonathan ~~~ what happened?? I've been reading Jonathan Kellerman's books for 20 (?) years now and rarely have I come across a book I did not like. Guilt is without a doubt the worst book he's ever written! Am thinking he should stick to painting. It took me at least 200 pages to even get into it a bit. Still couldn't tell you the plot. It was so hard to keep reading it; was like reading a puzzle!?! Even his star character, Milo, was certainly not up to par. A complete waste of paper. Maybe the time has come to leave it to your wife and children. At least Faye turns out a decent mystery and always well written. I can only say ~~~ this was a book of nothing; totally disjointed. Sorry, Jonathan, b ut had to be truthful.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Kellerman just keeps on ticking in his 28th book about forensic psychologist Alex Delaware! Although Alex's role in this book wasn't so much the main character as the 'go-to' guy for Milo Sturgis, his long-time friend and LAPD Investigator. Through the years and books, the dynamics have changed, Milo has grown to be the main character with his own strong personality and way of doing things while Alex is now a consultant. Their interaction has remained well-done, though! The story starts with the skeletal remains of an infant long dead being dug up during a backyard renovation. Within a day, in a local park, another infant's remains are found near the body of a young nanny who has been shot, 'execution' style. Further investigation finds she is not the only nanny to be killed or is missing. Getting to the bottom of this mystery is not a straight line, we find our heroes working with theories and little else. The author has added enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until those final pages! Filled with emotional details, past histories and characters that you either love or find annoying, Jonathan Kellerman did a good job of putting me in the story, in the scenes. His style as a mystery writer has remained one that I enjoy! This edition was provided by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review Let's's the 28th novel in the Alex Delaware series. I think it rocks, honestly. The main characters are Alex Delaware (duh) and Milo Sturgis, Milo is the detective that Alex helps out on occasion (in every single book - *giggle*). There was much more tension between Alex and Milo in this book. In the last novel Alex had saved Milo's life, add to that all the extra footwork Alex put into this one that the captain noticed and commented on while criticizing Milo. We also got to see a few of Alex's buttons get pushed. He had a rough childhood and it's really colored his life as an adult. But basically Alex is a retired child psychologist. He did the hardest work for years, working with children with terminal illness, usually cancer. He had invested wisely, so now he works when he wants too. Yeah, I'm jealous. lol I love these novels because it's like reading an episode of Law and Order. I don't have to worry about the kids seeing it, they don't read over my shoulder yet. It has all the crime, tension and interpersonal drama that one could ask for. Being that it's a series, it includes the loves of both Alex and Milo. "'She didn't die pretty.'" "An outraged activist might call that blaming the victim. Anyone with homicide experience would call it logic." Hey all, did you know that Milo is a gay lieutenant who is basically given free reign to solve whatever he wants because he has the highest solve rate ever? It's a good thing, because being gay in a police department can't be easy. Kudos to Mr. Kellerman for including that bit of reality in this series.
mklbjk More than 1 year ago
A decent read but not up to his usual standards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not impressed. Way too slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading JK since 1983 and believe that "Time Bomb" is the best Delaware installment yet. Since then the books have been passable but quickly became repeatative. I could not tell you the plot of any of them since 2000! But my main disappointment is how stale all of the players are. They never change or grow nor do their lives ever develop. It's like they live in a bubble: Alex still lies to Robin and she still plays along; Milo is still emotionally volatile with no clear direction in life and no apparent plans for a family life with Rick; Alex's family are all ghosts, Milo's too and even Robin's. It feels like JK is milking this series dead because of how deeply boring and stagnant the characters have been. Borrow don't buy this one. Forgettable. Again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to par for Kellerman. Kept skipping pages...boring...too much meandering. Frustrating read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to par. I'm a hugh fan of Alex and Milo, but couldn't get into this one. I read the first 115 pages, then skipped to the last chapter to find out who did it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All authors have their ups and downs with books but I must say that JK has waaaaaaay more ups than downs. His previous novel was terrific and while this one wasn't quite as good I can honestly say that the man can't write a bad book. I think that Alex and Milo are 2 of the most interesting and complex "buddy teams" out there and make every JK novel just a little different, in a great way. I ALWAYS buy his books without even reading a sample and will be devastated when he retires!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Loved the characters for the suspects! The end when they get the killer is great. Kellerman shines a light on our society that is enlightening & thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible!!!! Had 50 pages left three days ago - have 30 pages left now. Kellerman should feel 'guilty' writing such nonsense. Boring!!!! Kept waiting for the book to get better - it didn't. Plot is Thin, Thin, Thin!!!! Oh, yeah, what plot?!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has become boring if Milo is so smart why does he need know it all Alex. Robin is boring Get rid of Alex and Robin and just keep Milo. He is most exciting character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed. Up to his usual high standards
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tended to meander. Dialogue seemed disjointed & confusing. Usually enjoy J.K. books but this was far from interesting. Was not a "can't put it down" kind of book. Gave up on chapter 40 and skipped to the end for some sort of closure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does not stay on tract. Story goes wandering around
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I have read several of this series. Iam not diapointed by the team of Alex and Milo. It seems to be an unusual relationship.between the two of them but they seem to compliment each other. I will continue reading about these two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really bad....thin plot,,so much dialog that goes nowhere,boring characters......just BAD!!!!
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I usually am hooked in a few pages. Not this time. Not up to his standards. Put book in recycle half way thru.