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A Cold Heart: An Alex Delaware Novel Kindle Edition

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In Cold Heart, the latest thriller from bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, Dr. Alex Delaware picks up on clues missed even by his closest friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. Leave it to this canny shrink to figure out that the only thing two otherwise unconnected murder victims have in common (they're both artists making comebacks after early career burnouts) may hold the key to their deaths. Even for Alex, this unlikely link is a stretch, especially since Baby Boy Lee was stabbed outside a nightclub and Julie Kipper was bludgeoned in the bathroom of an art gallery. But when a concert pianist dies on the eve of his greatest triumph, Alex is sure that the murders are not only the work of the same killer but also connected to the unsolved slayings of a Boston ballerina and an L.A. rock singer. By an even greater coincidence, two of the victims were tangentially involved with Alex's former lover, Robin Castagna, which provides the good doctor a few well placed paragraphs to ruminate on what went wrong in their romance as well as rescue her from the serial murderer who's targeted her as his next victim.

As usual, Kellerman manages to make even a far-fetched plot like this one ring true, but after 17 Alex Delaware mysteries, his series protagonist holds few surprises for the reader, who longs for something to shake Dr. D. out of his smooth complacency. Losing Robin didn't do it--maybe the new woman in Alex's life will. --Jane Adams

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In Cold Heart, the latest thriller from bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, Dr. Alex Delaware picks up on clues missed even by his closest friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. Leave it to this canny shrink to figure out that the only thing two otherwise unconnected murder victims have in common (they're both artists making comebacks after early career burnouts) may hold the key to their deaths. Even for Alex, this unlikely link is a stretch, especially since Baby Boy Lee was stabbed outside a nightclub and Julie Kipper was bludgeoned in the bathroom of an art gallery. But when a concert pianist dies on the eve of his greatest triumph, Alex is sure that the murders are not only the work of the same killer but also connected to the unsolved slayings of a Boston ballerina and an L.A. rock singer. By an even greater coincidence, two of the victims were tangentially involved with Alex's former lover, Robin Castagna, which provides the good doctor a few well placed paragraphs to ruminate on what went wrong in their romance as well as rescue her from the serial murderer who's targeted her as his next victim.

As usual, Kellerman manages to make even a far-fetched plot like this one ring true, but after 17 Alex Delaware mysteries, his series protagonist holds few surprises for the reader, who longs for something to shake Dr. D. out of his smooth complacency. Losing Robin didn't do it--maybe the new woman in Alex's life will. --Jane Adams


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3453 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345540220
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (April 29 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBF7XO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A COLD HEART by Jonathan Kellerman
I want to preface this review by saying that this is only my second novel in the entire Alex Delaware series. My first and only Jonathan Kellerman book was read ten years ago; it was a book titled BAD LOVE, also an Alex Delaware series. I enjoyed that book, and there is no excuse why there was a gap of 10 years between that book and A COLD HEART. My excuse is that I was only reading a book a year at that time, and therefore did not even know there was a series built around this character.
A COLD HEART features, of course, psychologist Alex Delaware, who helps solve crimes with his detective friend Milo Sturgis, who works for the LAPD in homicide. The two of them find themselves involved in a series of crimes that seem to be centered on a common theme: the victims are somehow related to the arts. The clues are vague, and there does not seem to be an obvious connection to any of these crimes.
Alex, Milo, and detective Petra O'Connor (who was introduced in BILLY STRAIGHT) work together to find the serial killer. Clues point to one young adult, a loner named Kevin Drummond, but some of the clues don't add up. It isn't until the very end that the reader, and Alex and the detectives figure out who-done-it. A side story about Alex and his ex-girlfriend Robin also ends up connected to the serial killer, with an exciting finish as they figure out who the murderer is.
I enjoyed A COLD HEART as much as I enjoyed BAD LOVE. From the amazon reviews I have read here, I was probably at an advantage since I have not read the entire series of books, and therefore did not find this one "tired". It was all "new to me". I did have a problem with the new character introduced in this book, Eric Stahl, who I thought at one point of the book was the killer. I am going to guess he may be used as a continuing character in future books. I will find out soon enough.
And on that note, I do recommend A COLD HEART.
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Format: Hardcover
This installation of Kellerman's series on Alex Delaware has
to be the best of the bunch. His usual book is full of complexity
that most readers enjoy, but this one brings to full light the
additional work and personality of detective Petra Connor, who,
along with long-time pal detective Milo Sturgis, work with Delaware's psychological insights to find the killer of rising
artists.
At first, no one notices the connection among a handful of murders, which have happened in different districts, and even
far-flung jurisdictions, but someone finally notices that a series of
killings have involved victims who were all either rising young artists, or long-suffering artists finally on the brink of success.
But who would want to kill such a diverse bunch of artists, including a concert pianist, a blues guitar player, a drugged, out-of-control modern singer (who is more of a screamer, really), and
others who never knew each other and who never traveled in the
same circles, either artisticallly or physically?
The story realistically involves some false starts and phony leads, all of which the police (and Alex) must pursue, so the reader can
share the real frustration of police and detective work which requires them to work with insufficient information, reluctant witnesses and outright liars while trying to track down a relentless
killer who is getting more bold and lethal.
All the characters are fully developed, and the author has made
each of them interesting to the point where we want to know more
about them and to share their thought processes.
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Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book and I thought the story was great, much better than some of the author's more recent ones like Flesh and Blood, Dr. Death. We had plenty of action, interesting characters, characters from other novels by the author, and new characters that show promise. Putting Alex in a new relationship is also refreshing. The plot was intricate, and I didnt guess who the killer was until Milo and the others did. Kellerman must read these reviews, because he cut out a lot of the monotonous and pointless driving around LA, Alex mooning over Robin, descriptions of what the dog and the fish were fed for dinner, and so on. The book never dragged, and the ending had a few surprises and a good set up for the next novel. The reason I didnt give this 5 stars was because it contained a horrible gaffe that is really inexcusable. The 1920s blues artist on page 185 was Blind Lemon JEFFERSON, not Blind Lemon Jackson! This kind of carelessness with details tends to taint the author's credibility somewhat.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent Alex Delaware novel. It has pathos, the breakup of the lovely, artistic Robin and Dr. D; it has confusuion in new loves, for both, it has great dialogue between the angry Petra and the new Eric; it has just the hint of things to come without readers being able to say "I knew it!"; and of course it has 'murder most foul' and not one and not two and not three but four reasonable perps.
When we have a series that has withstood the test of time, Crais' Elvis and Joe, Parker's Spenser and Hawk come to mind, there's bound to be an occasional letdown. Some authors like Lehane merely stop, saying, inter alia, "I don't want to do these folks anymore." (I kind of miss Patrick and Angie.)
But we as readers can't have it both ways. The alternative to us knowing every nuance of the protagonist(s) (this is #17 for Alex and Milo) is cessation. I don't want that; I'll take the once-in-awhile predictable storyline.
This isn't it. Someone is killing the artists, blues musicians, dancers, potters, painters, and the only clue in a limited field is that the victims appear to have won it all, lost it all, and are making a comeback.
Great dialogue, nice characters, good dose of unpredictability. Highly recommended. Five stars. Larry Scantlebury
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