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Bad Love: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest Dr. Alex Delaware novel, after Devil's Waltz , follows the child psychologist on an intricately plotted, murder-strewn course that started 20 years earlier when he was on staff at a Los Angeles children's hospital. Recently, Alex has become the target of ominous threats: weird laughter over the phone, a fish from his pond cruelly skewered, a tape of a child's voice repeating the words "bad love . " Initially he ties the threats to his work with two young sisters whose father, in prison for the murder of their mother, is claiming visitation rights. But Alex also remembers the phrase "bad love" was used by a child psychiatrist honored at a 1979 symposium he cosponsored at the hospital. A file search by his LAPD pal Milo Sturgis connects the phrase to two LA murders five and three years ago; inquiries by Alex reveal a surprisingly high death rate among speakers at the symposium. After more murders and harsher threats, the trails converge in a confrontation with a psychotic killer. Kellerman constructs his plot as adeptly as Robin Castagna, Alex's live-in lover, builds her prized guitars, but the decades-past motivation, the tangled connections among victims and Alex's peripheral association with the murderer foster a clinical detachment from the story's events. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Spine-chilling screams, followed by a childlike chant that includes the words "bad love, bad love," appear on a tape sent anonymously to Alex Delaware, the financially independent, Los Angeles-based child psychologist and amateur sleuth who has starred in seven previous Kellerman novels, beginning with When the Bough Breaks ( LJ 3/1/85). Delaware's pal, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, recalls that recently a man shouted "bad love" after killing his therapist in a clinic. After some research, the psychologist remembers that he was coerced into serving as cochair of a less-than-successful 1979 conference honoring analyst Andres de Bosch, who espoused a theory of maternal good love/bad love. Starting from these seemingly unrelated past events, the two men pursue one tenuous lead after another to a surprising conclusion. The prolific best-selling author keeps the reader involved through some rather fantastic plot turns. Delaware fans will be looking for this title. BOMC main selection.
- V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3273 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345539028
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFN9M
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Delware entry May 7 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The cassette tape arrives one morning in a plain brown wrapper with no return address. Alex Delaware, curious, puts it cautiously into his tape player, and a nightmare opens up before him. There is a long, soul-tearing scream, and then a child chanting the phrase, "Bad love, bad love, don't give me the bad love."
Shortly after, he receives a mysterious phone call, and then confronts a cruel act of vandalism against him, and is forced to admit that someone, for some twisted reason, has him in their sights.

He desperately searches his memory for recognition of the phrase "bad love", and eventually links it to a symposium he attended many years ago, dedicated to the work of child psychologist Andres de Bosch. Puzzled about how this could possibly link back to his taunter, Alex tries to get in contact with some of the other delegates, and discovers a chilling and random series of deaths amongst them.
This is the best Delaware book so far (I am slowly but dedicatedly making my way through the series.) It contains everything that makes Jonathan Kellerman books good. Plenty of psychology, his characters, his probingly analytical writing style (which, I must admit now, doesn't serve actions too well) and possibly the best plot he's dreamt up so far. Existing fans will love it, and newcomers to the series would do well to start at the beginning (When the Bough Breaks) and just look forward to this gem.
Kellerman's plotting is fluid, original, and moves at very good pace. It's also wonderful to witness Alex as he tries to work his way into the twisted and distorted logic of a killer and find even hints of a possible motive. The only times when this book falls down are when, occasionally, his prose seems too detached, and there are a couple too many characters. Otherwise, this is an excellent addition to a good series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Murderous Plot" Dec 4 2002
By Mayra
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the novel, Bad Love, the author, Jonathan Kellerman, has successfully created a haunting atmosphere with carefully determined, murderous plot. It begins when the main character, Alex Delaware, a well acclaimed child psychiatrist, receives an unusual package in the mail: " The postmark was four days old, recorded at the Terminal Annex. Curious, I took the tape into the living room, slipped it into the deck, and sank back onto the old leather couch. Click...A human voice. Screaming. Unbearable pain. A terrible incoherence that went on and on... Then a new voice. Soft. High-pitched. Nasal. A child's voice: Bad. Love. Bad love. Don't give me the bad love (Kellerman, 12)." This is significant because the phrase "bad love", has been connected to a serious of mysterious deaths. Dr. Delaware dismisses the tape as a sick joke, 'til he receives more disturbing threats. He begins to investigate what "bad love" is and discovers more than he wants to know. Alex's paranoia is credibly built into real and explicable fear as he delves deeper into the truth. And if Alex fails to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker's mind games, he will the next to die. Where it not for the story line, this book would have been terrible. But successfully, the author has persevered in creating the murderous plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kellerman always delivers a great story... April 2 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My wife has been bugging me to check out Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series for some time. She thought that my insatiable habit of reading mystery novels would be satisfied by Mr. Kellerman's work. (my mystery favorites include the entire Perry Mason run, as well as Robert Crais' Elvis Cole novels) She was correct, I am now a huge fan, and I highly recommend them to you!
Kellerman's Delaware series features a rich cast of characters, intelligent plot lines, and just the right amount of drama, comedy, and suspense. The main characters of Alex, Robin, and Milo (and to a lesser degree, the dog Spike) become familiar friends, whose adventures are compelling and exciting. Kellerman finds a good mix in advancing the story through detailed descriptions of characters or locations as well as engaging dialog. His ability to sweep you up in the action is reminiscent of Tom Clancy's roller coaster plots. I find that when I get to the last third of the book, I must keep reading to the end because I can't put it down!
I have two regrets regarding Kellerman, however. The first is that I did not read his stuff sooner. The second is that I did not read them in order. If you decide to read Kellerman's novels, read them in chronological order, and your enjoyment will be even greater!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked on Kellerman!!!! July 12 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bad Love was my first Kellerman book. I picked it up at a garage sale a couple of years ago. Needless to say when I was finished with it I was searching the bookcase for more of his. I had a hard time putting it down. I liked the style of writing, it kept my interest. It had a lot of characters and sometimes I had to think on which one was which, but it keeps your mind going. I fell in love with Delawares friendship (Milo), romance (Robin) and his own get up and go. I don't know if I found the book so good due to the fact that is was my first Kellerman or because it got me hooked on him. I think after reading 4 books of his that I picked the right one to read first. I liked Kellerman's style of writing, the introduction, climax and ending were all equal and made it very hard to put down. When I finished it I gave it to a friend and now she is on her 4th book of his, needless to say her hubby is not to happy with me. LOL You will be hooked on Kellerman's books after you read this one!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another addictive Thriller....
Highly recommend Bad Love to anyone who loves suspense from start to finish.... Will not disappoint....
Thx Jonathan Kellerman for a great read....
Published 7 months ago by Val
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Love, Okay Book
Not a bad read. This is the third Kellerman book I've read. I had trouble believing the plot in this one. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by kiki-knows-best
5.0 out of 5 stars BAD LOVE; GOOD BOOK
I have read a couple of Kellerman's books and I really liked this one. Kellerman has a knack for pulling you into the mystery until you too are rubbing your hand over your face in... Read more
Published on April 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Darn you Kellerman, for making me lose so much sleep!!
As always, I picked up a Jonathan Kellerman novel and began to read. Hours later, still sitting in that same spot, I knew I was hooked!! Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by Michael in Helena, Alabama
4.0 out of 5 stars Murderous plot
In this novel Alex Delaware himself is the object of a murderous plot. At the beginning the threats are vague and Delaware's fear somewhat ridiculous, but when the reader learns... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2002 by Peter Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Love, Great Novel!
I don't usually read mysteries...What I've read before has been too easily solved (by me) about halfway thru. Read more
Published on June 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Alex Delaware Adventure!
Kellerman in BAD LOVE pens another story in the life of child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. This time the story is intriguing, and will make the hair on the back of your neck... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2002 by Brendan Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Love is a GREAT book!
'Bad Love' starts off tame enough, but after a few chapters I was engrossed and intrigued. I love Rover/Spike the dog. He is so lovable. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2001 by V. VanCamp
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Love
My first time reading anything by this author and also my last. This book was so not interesting and it was also boring. Read more
Published on July 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster
As a new fan to Jonathan Kellerman Books i am Hooked big time. I got my first 3 books Silent Partner, Devils Waltz and Bad love at a garage sale for the bargan price of $10 for the... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2001 by sharon
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