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When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware, #1)

When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware, #1) Description:

In the first Alex Delaware novel Dr Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry Among his specialties were fraud extortion and sexual manipulation Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment The police have no leads but they do have one possible witness seven year old Melody Quinn It s psychologist Dr Alex Delaware s job to try to unlock the terrible secret buried in Melody s memory But as the sinister shadows in the girl s mind begin to take shape Alex discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past This connection is only the beginning a single link in a forty year old conspiracy And behind it lies an unspeakable evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim Melody Quinn

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

Deception (Alex Delaware, #25)

Deception (Alex Delaware, #25) Description:

Her name is Elise Freeman and her chilling cry for help comes too late to save her On a DVD found near her lifeless body the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a long ordeal of abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors But even more shocking is the revelation that the offenders like their victim are teachers at one of L A s most prestigious prep schools Homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy and if ever he could use Dr Alex Delaware s psychological prowess it s now As the scandal conscious elite close ranks around Windsor Prep Alex and Milo push to expose the dirty secrets festering among society s manor born But while searching for predators among the privileged Alex and Milo may be walking into a highly polished death trap

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Time Bomb (Alex Delaware, #5)

Time Bomb (Alex Delaware, #5) Description:

Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more explores the corruption of California and produces a novel of complex characterizations and nonstop suspense Scythe sharp a great good read i Daily News i i New York i br br By the time psychologist Dr Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was done A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground but was gunned down before any children were hurt br br Though a time bomb is ticking away at the heart of this novel readers will forget to watch the clock once they begin it i Chicago Sun Times i br br While the TV news crews feasted on the scene an Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children he couldn t escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle What was the identity behind the name and face a would be assassin or just another victim beneath an indifferent California sky br br Virtually impossible to put aside until the final horrifying showdown i People i br br Intrigued by a request from the sniper s father to conduct a psychological autopsy of his child Alex begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence neglect and loss Then suddenly it is more than a pattern it is a trail of blood In the dead sniper s past was a dark and vicious plot And in Alex Delaware s future is the stuff of grown up nightmares the face of real human evil br br A meticulously constructed thriller i Publishers Weekly i

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

Victims (Alex Delaware, #27)

Victims (Alex Delaware, #27) Description:

Unraveling the madness behind L A s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction s bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance Kellerman s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition For the compelling proof look no further than i Victims i Kellerman at his razor sharp harrowing finest br br Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene By all accounts acid tongued Vita Berlin hadn t a friend in the world but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau One look at her apartment turned charnel house prompts hard bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs Alex Delaware But despite his finely honed skills even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion yet with no apparent connection among the victims And the only clue left behind a blank page bearing a question mark seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges br br Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims Meanwhile Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable and an evil soul at its most unspeakable i This one was different i Alex observes at the start of the case This one will haunt his waking life and his darkest dreams long after its end

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Silent Partner (Alex Delaware, #4)

Silent Partner (Alex Delaware, #4) Description:

At a party for a controversial Los Angeles sex therapist Alex encounters a face from his own past Sharon Ransom an exquisite alluring lover who left him abruptly more than a decade earlier Sharon now hints that he desperately needs help but Alex evades her The next day she is dead an apparent suicide Driven by guilt and sadness Alex plunges into the maze of Sharon s life a journey that will take him through the pleasure palaces of California s ultra rich into the dark closets of a family s disturbing past and finally into the alleyways of the mind where childhood terrors still hold sway

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

Dr. Death (Alex Delaware #14)

Dr. Death (Alex Delaware #14) Description:

A brutalized corpse discovered in a remote region of the Hollywood Hills plunges psychologist detective Alex Delaware into a landscape of rage and madness as he struggles to solve this most baffling of homicides br br To some Eldon Mate was evil personified Others saw the former physician as a saint But one thing was clear Dr Death had snuffed out the lives of dozens of human beings and now someone had turned i him i into a victim When Mate is found mutilated in a rented van harnessed to his own killing machine Delaware is asked to aid his old friend homicide cop Milo Sturgis in the hunt for the death doctor s executioner But Alex harbors secrets of his own that threaten to derail the partners friendship as well as the increasingly complex investigation With page turning suspense and vivid portraits of L A s darkest side perennial bestseller Jonathan Kellerman s latest tale of psychopathology taken to the extreme delivers an unforgettable journey into the most sinister corners of the human mind

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Mystery (Alex Delaware, #26)

Mystery (Alex Delaware, #26) Description:

Few know the city of Los Angeles the way bestselling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living breathing character in all its glamour and infamy That storied history of fame seduction scandal and murder looms large in Mystery as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting shadowy whodunit that s pure L A noir and vintage Kellerman br br The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitu s for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening But even more poignant is a striking young woman alone and enigmatic among the revelers waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy Alex can t help wondering what her story is and whether she s connected to the silent black suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel br br Two days later Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade s insights about a grisly homicide To Alex s shock the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last br br But with a mutilated body and no DNA match she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life And even when a tipster s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo s best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

The Murder Book (Alex Delaware, #16)

The Murder Book (Alex Delaware, #16) Description:

In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller Now in Kellerman s most compelling and powerful novel yet L A psychologist detective Alex Delaware confronts a long unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality an ice cold case whose resolution threatens his survival and that of longtime friend homicide detective Milo Sturgis br br The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death but when Milo views the book he is immediately shaken by one of the images a young woman tortured strangled and dumped near a freeway ramp This was one of Milo s first cases as a rookie homicide cop a vicious killing that he failed to solve because just as he and his training partner began to make headway the department closed them down Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth and over the years he managed to forget Or so he thought br br Now two decades later someone has chosen to stir up the past As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago their every move is followed and their lives are placed in jeopardy The relentless investigation reaches deep into L A s nerve centers of power and wealth past and present While peeling back layer after layer of ugly secrets they discover that the murder of one forgotten girl has chilling ramifications that extend far beyond the tragic loss of a single life br br A classic story of good and evil sacrifice and sin i The Murder Book i is a gripping page turner that illuminates the darkest corridors of the human mind It is a stunning tour de force

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Monster (Alex Delaware, #13)

Monster (Alex Delaware, #13) Description:

Dr Alex Delaware muss den brutalen Mord an einer Gef ngnispsychologin aufkl ren Die Ermittlungen f hren ihn zur Arbeitsst tte des Opfers wo ein gef hrlicher Psychopath unter h chster Bewachung einsitzt der mit Medikamenten voll gepumpte Ardis Monster Peake Dessen Stammeleien scheinen den Mord an der Psychologin prophezeit zu haben F r Delaware und Milo Sturgis vom Los Angeles Police Department ist dies nur eine von vielen r tselhaften Spuren

Rating: 3.46 out of 5