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.
In a host of consecutive bestsellers, Jonathan Kellerman has kept readers spellbound with the intense, psychologically acute adventures of Dr. Alex Delaware–and with excursions through the raw underside of L.A. and the coldest alleys of the criminal mind. Rage offers a powerful new case in point, as Delaware and LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis revisit a horrifying crime from the past that has taken on shocking and deadly new dimensions. Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they kidnapped and murdered a younger child. Troy, a remorseless sociopath, died violently behind bars. But the hulking, slowwitted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age twentyone, he’s emerged a haunted, rootless young man with a pressing need: to talk–once again–with psychologist Alex Delaware. But the young killer comes to a brutal end, that conversation never takes place. Has karma caught up with Rand? Or has someone waited for eight patient years to dine on icecold revenge? Both seem strong possibilities to Sturgis, but Delaware’s suspicions run deeper . . . and darker. Because fear in the voice of the grownup Rand Duchay–and his eerie final words to Alex: “I’m not a bad person”–betray untold secrets. Buried revelations so horrendous, and so damning, they’re worth killing for.As Delaware and Sturgis retrace their steps through a grisly murder case that devastated acommunity, they discover a chilling legacy of madness, suicide, and multiple killings left in its wake–and even uglier truths waiting to be unearthed. And the nearer they come to understanding an unspeakable crime, the more harrowingly close they get to unmasking a monster hiding in plain sight.Rage finds Jonathan Kellerman in phenomenal form–orchestrating a relentlessly suspenseful, devilishly unpredictable plot to a finale as stunning and thoughtprovoking as it is satisfying.From the Hardcover edition.
No one conducts a more chilling, suspenseful, thoroughly engrossing tour through the winding corridors of criminal behavior and the secret chambers of psychopathology than Jonathan Kellerman, the bestselling “master of the psychological thriller” (People). Now the incomparable team of psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis embark on their most dangerous excursion yet, into the dark places where risk runs high and blood runs cold.It’s a story tailormade for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor. The details of the nightmarish event are shocking and brutal: The couple was carjacked at gunpoint by a masked assailant and subjected to a horrific regimen of confinement, starvation and assault. But before long, doubts arise about the couple’s story, and as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax. Charged as criminals themselves, the aspiring actors claim emotional problems, and the court orders psychological evaluation for both. Michaela is examined by Alex Delaware, who finds that her claims of depression and stress ring true enough. But they don’t explain her lies, and Alex is certain that there are hidden layers in this sordi psychodrama that even he hasn’t been able to penetrate.Nevertheless, the case is closed–only to be violently reopened when Michaela is savagely murdered. When the police look for Dylan, they find that he’s gone. Is he the killer or a victim himself? Casting their dragnet into the murkiest corners of L.A., Delaware and Sturgis unearth more questions than answers–including a host of eerily identical killings. What really happened to the couple who cried wolf? And what bizarre and brutal epidemic is infecting the city with terror, madness, and sudden, twisted death?From the Hardcover edition.