@00000327@@00000373@NEW YORK TIMES @00000155@BESTSELLER @00000041@bull; 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@00000065@s preeminent practitioner of saber-sharp storytelling.@00000133@@00000341@ @00000341@ 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@00000065@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.@00000065@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@00000065@s broken life.@00000341@ @00000341@ At the same time, Alex is caught up in another quest: the search for Zelda@00000065@s missing son. And when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighborhood, worry turns to terror.@00000341@ @00000341@ 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@00000065@s brilliant mind is challenged as never before--and his determination grows to see a killer caged and the truth set free.@00000341@@00000341@@00000327@Praise for @00000373@Breakdown@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@ @00000327@@00000373@ @00000155@@00000133@@00000341@ @00000041@ldquo;This is a book you should not miss. . . . A master craftsman at the top of his game . . . one of his best to date.@00000041@rdquo;@00000327@@00000373@--Bookreporter@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@@00000341@ @00000041@ldquo;Gripping . . . an exhilarating masterclass in the art of plotting, suspense, characterization and brilliant mind games.@00000041@rdquo;@00000327@@00000373@--Blackpool Gazette@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@ @00000341@ @00000327@Praise for Jonathan Kellerman@00000133@@00000341@ @00000341@ @00000041@ldquo;Jonathan Kellerman@00000065@s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.@00000041@rdquo;@00000327@@00000373@--Los Angeles Times@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@ @00000373@ @00000155@@00000341@ @00000041@ldquo;Kellerman doesn@00000065@t just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre.@00000041@rdquo;@00000327@@00000373@--Detroit Free Press@00000155@@00000133@
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman writes razor-sharp novels that cut to the quick. Now comes Motive, which pits psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis against a vicious criminal mind--the kind only Kellerman can bring to chilling life. Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit cant keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that dont get solved--and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end--one even Alex Delawares expert insight cant explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case--because theres always a next one. This time the victim is Ursula Corey: a successful, attractive divorcée whos been gunned down--not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of perp: the dead womans business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think theyre zeroing in on the most likely suspect, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of the unsolved Hennepin murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the specter of a serial killer on a mission, whose twisted method is exceeded only by his manipulative and cunning madness. Dont miss the excerpt of Jonathan Kellermans The Murderers Daughter in the back of the book! Praise for Motive In Kellermans capable hands, the journey is as much a pleasure as arriving at the destination. Theres the interplay between old friends Delaware and Sturgis, the exploration of L.A. environs, and the omnipresent food, which briefly dulls the appetite of even well-padded Sturgis. This thirtieth in the series is one of the best. -- Booklist The crafty plot of Edgar-winner Kellermans thirtieth novel featuring L.A. psychologist Alex Delaware will even keep genre veterans guessing. . . . The twists are both shocking and logical, and the byplay between the leads entertaining. -- Publishers Weekly Praise for Jonathan Kellerman Jonathan Kellermans psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix. --Los Angeles Times A master of the psychological thriller. --People The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes. --Forbes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the creator of the acclaimed Alex Delaware series comes a tour de force standalone novel that illustrates perfectly why Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller ( People ). A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches--perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Graces harrowing past returns with a vengeance. Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Graces renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses--a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep. An evil she thought shed outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness shed long ago fled. Praise for The Murderers Daughter [A] taut thriller . . . with the richness and resonance of literary fiction. --Washington Independent Review of Books A stunning page-turner with a truly fascinating femme fatale at its fast-beating heart . . . packed with ingenious, razor-sharp plotting, mesmerizing mind games and nail-biting suspense. --Yorkshire Evening Post A tight, fast-paced narrative [with] a brilliant, kick-ass heroine. --Library Journal Kellerman doesnt let off-the-charts genius Grace become one-dimensional. Her backstory and challenge to fit in, even into adulthood, are an engaging part of this satisfying mystery, which, though billed as a stand-alone, could certainly make a spin-off series. -- Booklist An amazing tale of survival and adaptability in the face of neglect and murder. -- RT Book Reviews Praise for Jonathan Kellerman Kellermans psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix. --Los Angeles Times Kellerman doesnt just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre. --Detroit Free Press
In an upscale L.A. neighborhood, a backyard renovation unearths an infants 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 doctors 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. Praise for Jonathan Kellerman Jonathan Kellermans 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 Alex Delaware returns in this ingenious and breathtakingly good psychological thriller. Not since Jack the Ripper has there been such a gruesome crime scene. One look at the victim's apartment turned charnel house is enough for Milo Sturgis to summon The Crime Reader. But even Alex Delaware's skills may be stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion...with no apparent connection between them. 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. This one will haunt The Crime Reader's waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.
With scores of millions of books in print, translation into two dozen languages, and one of the most popular heroes in contemporary fiction to his name, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman is the unequivocal yes'>#8220;master of the psychological thrilleryes'>#8221; (People). In his newest novel Kellerman delivers a tour de forceyes'>#8211;poignant, dark, and chillingyes'>#8211;that illuminates a shadowy world where impulse rules. Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessivecompulsive symptoms. Now, at nineteen, she still seems older than her yearsyes'>#8211;but her problems go beyond hypermaturity. Patty Bigelow, Tanyayes'>#8217;s aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delawareyes'>#8217;s help. The doctor recalls Patty as a selfless E.R. nurse struggling to raise a child on her ownyes'>#8211;a woman seemingly incapable of the yes'>#8220;terrible thingyes'>#8221; she has admitted. But for Tanyayes'>#8217;s peace of mind, Delaware agrees to investigate, and he enlists LAPD detective Milo Sturgis in the search for the phantom victim of a crime that may never have occurred.Armed with only the vaguest details, psychologist and cop follow a trail twisting from L.A.yes'>#8217;s sleaziest lowrent districts to its overblown mansions, retracing Patty and Tanyayes'>#8217;s nomadic and increasingly puzzling life to the doorsteps of a sulen heroin addict; a randy realestate broker; and a brilliant, enigmatic physics student. Suddenly a very real murder tears open a terrifying tunnel into the past, where secretsyes'>#8211;and bodiesyes'>#8211;are buried. As the tension mounts, Delaware and Sturgis uncover a tangled history of desperation, vengeance, and deathyes'>#8211;a legacy of evil that refuses to die. Dramatic, actionpacked, and filled with the psychological detail that only Jonathan Kellerman can provide, Obsession is a whodunit, a whydunityes'>#8211;and something unique: a diditevenhappen? This is Kellerman at his heartracing best.From the Hardcover edition.
Psychologist Alex Delaware is stunned when Rand Duchay, one of his patients, whom he has been treating since his release from prison for the killing of a young boy as a teenager, asks for a meeting to confide a dangerous secret to him, only to turn up dead before their arranged rendezvous, a murder that could hold the key to horrifying secrets from the past. Reprint.
The shocking suicide of a young Los Angeles cop and the brutal murder of a diplomat's daughter lead psychologist Alex Delaware, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, and Israeli police inspector Daniel Sharavi to expose an unthinkably cruel killer who defends his bloody deeds in the name of science.
Investigating the case of a lovers' lane murder of a pair of college students, Homicide Lieutenant Milo Sturgis enlists the help of Alex Delaware. As the two peel back layer upon layer of deception, they encounter shocking truths that extend way beyond the slaughter of two young lovers.
Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past. And in Jonathan Kellerman’s New York Times bestseller Billy Straight she took the lead in the desperate hunt for a teenage runaway stalked by a vengeful murderer. Now the complex and wryly compassionate Petra is once again at the center of the action, in a novel of cunning twists and pageturning suspense.Lifeless bodies sprawl in a danceclub parking lot after a brutal L.A. driveby. Of the four seemingly random victims, one stands out: a girl with pink shoes who cannot be identified–and who, days later, remains a Jane Doe. With zero leads and no apparent motive, it’s another case destined for the cold file–until Petra decides to follow her instincts and descends into a world of traveling grifters and bloodthirsty killers, pursuing a possible eyewitness whose life is in mortal danger.Finding her elusive quarry–alive–isn’t all Petra has on her plate: departmental politics threatens to sabotage her case, and her personal life isn’t doing much better. If all that wasn’t enough, Isaac Gomez, a whizkid grad student researching homicide statistics at the station house, is convinced he’s stumbled upon a bizarre connection between several unsolved murders. The victims had nothing in common, yet each died by the same method, on the same date–a date that’s rapidly approaching again. And tha leaves Petra with little time to unravel the twisted logic of a cunning predator who’s evaded detection for years–and whose terrible hour is once more at hand.“Why is it so hard to put down a Kellerman thriller?” asks Publishers Weekly. “It’s simple: the nonstop action leaves you breathless; the plot twists keep you guessing; the themes . . . are provocative.” Those in need of still further proof that “Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form” (Los Angeles Times Book Review) need look no further than Twisted.From the Hardcover edition.
The brutal killings of a young couple--the troubled Gavin Quick and an unidentified female victim impaled by a metal spike--draw LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware into a suspenseful search for a cold-blooded killer and into a confrontation with a popular celebrity psychologist with a penchant for privacy. Reprint.
San Francisco homicide detectives must sift through long-buried secrets to uncover the killer of a controversial activist, while in Nashville, detectives investigate the murder of retired music legend John Wallace "Jack" Jeffries.
Psychologist Alex Delaware and L.A.P.D. detective Milo Sturgis investigate the bizarre case of two students whose claims of abduction are revealed to be a hoax, a case that takes an odd turn when one student is found murdered and the other vanishes.
Juliet Kipper, a gifted painter, is strangled in the LA gallery where her first solo has opened to critical acclaim and the murder investigation is taken on by Milo Sturgis. The investigation points to a gruesome, sadistic pattern of death that takes Milo into the dark side of the art world.
Over the course of twenty acclaimed novels of suspense, most recently The Murder Book and A Cold Heart, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman has pitted psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware against adversaries as disturbed and dangerous as Delaware is clever and compassionate. Now in Kellermanyes'>#8217;s gripping new novel, a different hero will hold the reader spellbound: a dedicated young psychologist, unschooled in the ways of violent crime and incalculable evilyes'>#8211;until his life is irreversibly touched by both . . . and he is thrust into a chilling hunt for a twentyfirstcentury Jack the Ripper.When his brief, passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, Dr. Jeremy Carrier is left emotionally devastated, haunted by his loveryes'>#8217;s grisly demise and warily eyed by police still seeking a prime suspect in the unsolved slaying. To escape the pain, he buries himself in his work as staff psychologist at City Central Hospitalyes'>#8211;only to be drawn deeper into a waking nightmare when more women turn up murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn Banks . . . and the suspicion surrounding Jeremy intensifies. Now, the only way to prove his innocence and put his torment to rest is to follow the trail of a cunning psychopath.Spurring on Jeremyyes'>#8217;s investigation is Dr. Arthur Chess, an enigmatic pathologist who specializes in examining the dead, but harbors a een fascination with the darker deeds committed by the living. Arthurdraws Jeremy into an unexpected friendship, and into the confidence of a cryptic society devoted to matters unknown and unspoken. When he suddenly slips away, Jeremy is left to contend with an onslaught of anonymous cluesyes'>#8211;and the growing realization that a harrowing game of cat and mouse has been set in motion.But who besides Jeremy is playingyes'>#8211;and who is making the rules? Before the killer strikes again, Jeremy races to connect the disturbing puzzle pieces being fed to him. Yet his search for answers only seems to yield more questions. And deepening the mystery is the undeniable presence of someone watching it allyes'>#8211;and guiding Jeremyyes'>#8217;s investigation from behind the scenes. As the game intensifies, Jeremy must decide if a secret ally is setting him on the right path . . . or a sadistic enemy is setting him up for a fate far beyond even the most twisted imagination. From the Hardcover edition.