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Blood Test [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Dr. Alexander Davenport, a child psychologist in Los Angeles, is called in to evaluate the case of a leukemia patient whose parents want to discontinue chemotherapy. When the boy disappears from the hospital and his parents are found dead, the only leads are the boy's sensual older sister and a holistic-meditative cult called The Touch. Davenport's search for the child takes him to a small town near the Mexican border where he finally unearths the dark secrets kept by the boy's family and the townspeople. He also uncovers drugs and group sex in the commune and survives a few harrowing attempts on his life. (Particularly well-drawn is a failed assassination at the tale's end, which has intriguing mythic echoes.) As in his praised first novel, When the Bough Breaks, Kellerman draws on his experience as a clinical psychologist to enrich and broaden his considerable storytelling talents. Imbued with a vivid sense of place and featuring a strong supporting cast, including Milo Sturgis, Davenport's burly gay detective friend, this second adventure points happily toward an Alex Davenport series. Paperback rights to NAL.
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"A suspenseful thriller whose solution lies in the darker recesses of the human soul." -- The Wall Street Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (July 6 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VPWYA0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FRUITFUL VENTURE Jan. 29 2002
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Alex Delaware is still on a high from having successfully solved a series of interlocking mysteries from "As The Bough Breaks." In this installment, set in 1986, Alex must beat the clock to save a 5-year-old boy with treatable cancer.
The boy, Heywood "Woody" Swope appears to be the one normal foil for his reclusive, fruit obsessed parents and hostile 20-year-old sister, Nona. Named for an apple, Annona Blossom Swope is described in almost feral terms.
Matters come to a painful head when Woody is kidnapped from the hospital. The boy's parents and sister also disappear, and Dr. Alex Delaware is immediately in pursuit of this mysterious family.
Dr. Delaware and his long time friend, Officer Milo Sturgis travel down some very seedy and unsavory roads in Southern California. A cult called the Touch is high on the list of suspects. Members of the cult would visit Woody's family in the hospital and were bringing fresh, organic fruits. A doctor who sympathized with the Touch was high on the list of suspects as were a disgruntled male model/escort who worked with Nona at a messenger/escort service.
The clever detective work and the chapters detailing Dr. Delaware's expose of the Touch and their compound, a converted monastery in the fictitious border town of La Vista make for very compelling reading. The theme of bearing fruit is rampant throughout the book and is very effectively used. Dr. Delaware's live in girlfriend, the selfish and tiresome Robin is barely mentioned in this story, which is also good. I never cared for her.
Questions still abound. Where are the Swopes? And what of Woody? How was the Touch involved? And what of the doctors who worked at the hospital where Woody was being treated? A well crafted mystery that will certainly leave a lasting impression.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much filler June 23 2013
By LeeAnn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I poured through all 19 Kindle volumes of Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus series before I read the first of Jonathan's, then this one, Blood Test. The first of his books (When the Bough Breaks) was thrilling and captivating. It took until the 78% mark on my Kindle before Blood Test reached the point of captivating. The first 77% was filled with too much banter, too many descriptions of who was wearing what colour and how many plants were in front of the building. The whole plot until 78% of the way through could have been summed up into 5 pages. The end was good though, and I am comitted to reading the whole series, so here I go onto #3.Blood Test
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3.0 out of 5 stars ALEX DELAWARE DOES CHINATOWN Nov. 7 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Kellerman's interpretation of the California Hardboiled Detective novel as pioneered by Dashiell Hammett. All of the usual elements from that style ranging from a MESSED UP CHICK to a DARK FAMILY SECRET to GANDIOSE DESIGNS are dutifully included in this episode, plus the usual elements of Kellerman's writings. Kellerman's ghoulies aside, he fails to offer any fresh insights or do anything interesting with the new types of charcaters that this genre brings. This would have been more enjoyable if he made major events less dramatic and more probable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still practicing Oct. 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You immediately realize that this is an early Delaware novel. It seems as if Kellerman was still practicing then. He did not create the convincing characters we can find in his later novels when he wrote this book. And the plot is a little heavy, too. The climax is somewhat forced and improbable and comes before the actual ending, which is too transparent and obvious. We know exactly what is coming. Nevertheless, the book is quite a good read, a simple thriller, not too demanding, and it cannot cope with later novels by Kellerman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second novel test Aug. 12 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kellerman takes it, and passes it with ease.
The book is original and ingenious. The solution is very clever and very shocking. He builds a story with characters you care about and events you just can't fathom. He unfolds it gradually, at great pace.
Writing is nothing special as to quiality, but its enjoyable prose and Delaware is a likeable and well drawn characters. Shame not to see Robin again this time round.
Great mystery novel, great solution. Unexpected and shocking, very effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Kellerman!!!!! Nov. 26 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kellerman is a master of mystery and suspense; he just cannot write a bad book!!!
In this edition of the series, it is a case psychologist Dr Alex Delaware has never encountered before. Five year old Woody Swope is sick, but that is not the REAL problem.
It is his parents.
They refuse to any treatment that could save their child.
Alex embarks on a mission to convince the Swope's-only to discover they have boplted from the hospital-and taken their ill son.
Worse, the motel room where they were staying is empty , except for a shocking bloodstain.
The Swopes and their ill son have disappeared into the corrupt shadows of the city.
Now Alex and his homicide investigator friend Milo have no choice but to pursue them. They have entered a realm where drugs, fantasies, and sex are for sale.
Kellerman has scored another touchdown with this book and those that enjoy suspense with a twist, enter Kellerman's world if u dare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After a slow start, a good read April 23 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are many good things about this novel, the second book in the Alex Delaware series. For starters, the reader really gets to know Alex better in this book and he's beginning to grow on me. The core plot is dandy and the resolution is a page turner. And, while Alex is based in Los Angeles, much of the action takes place near the Mexican border in an interestingly twisted imaginary town called La Vista.
The weakest point of the book is an virtually unrelated divorce plot which absorbs way too much of the first half of the book. Likewise, the horticulture sections needed some serious editing.
Bottom-line: A solid entry in the Delaware series, which in turn is a solid but not spectacular series. After two books, Alex has yet to break new frontiers or do anything that hasn't been done before. Maybe in the next book....
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