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A Cold Heart: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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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


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345452550
  • 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  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a series, comparisons are misleading Feb. 10 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars FREEZE AND READ THIS BOOK! Jan. 24 2004
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an extraordinarily well written and well crafted mystery. Kellerman has once again outdone himself.
A brilliant guitarist has been found stabbed to death in an alley. The only witness cannot provide an adequate description of the killer.
A young punk rock wannabe star is also murdered. Her connection to Dr. Delaware other than a heated verbal exchange is that his then live in love Robin built a guitar for her.
Several more people are murdered - a ballerina in Boston; a musician in Southern California; a homeless woman and possibly others. A young writer whose whereabouts cannot be accounted for seems a likely suspect; his e-magazine is rife with nihilism and 1980s style punk fueled venom some 20 years later. Delaware, his friend LAPD Homicide Detective Milo Sturgis and two Sturgis' colleagues, Petra Connor and Eric Stahl make for a very unlikely quartet indeed.
The quartet work in separately and in pairs (Delaware/Sturgis and Connor/Stahl) tracking down all possible leads. What if any connection could there possibly be to a homeless woman and a group of artists living in different parts of the United States? The e-magazine leads the sleuths to a small private university where its creator graduated; a trip to the university fails to uncover any possible leads or links.
Who killed these people and why? Once again, Jon Kellerman has presented a masterpiece of a mystery with plenty of plot twists to keep readers riveted. His use of names and descriptions is clever; for example, a minor character aptly named Christian BANGSley is described as "Beatle mopped." I loved that. I also liked Dr. Delaware's new girlfriend Allison. Robin more or less was relegated to a minor role and I didn't like it when she tried to seduce Dr.
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Format:Hardcover
We read every Kellerman (even his wife Faye!) novel that comes out, but didn't notice at first that this was another police-helper, psychologist Alex Delaware story. Indeed, detective Petra Conner returns (from "Billy Straight") with a new and quite mysterious partner, and we presumed the unfolding murder plot would be a second entry in that series. Lo and behold, a couple of chapters later, Milo Sturgish (Delaware's buddy) catches a murder weird enough he calls in Alex to help. Alex soon develops the theory that the killing was related to Petra's homicide, along with a few other unsolved cold cases from across the country, and so we're off and running with his 17th outing. The (weak) similarity that the victims were aspiring artists (from various fields of endeavor) on the brink of success added little or no compelling interest or suspense to the goings-on.
It seems Kellerman has had difficulty in his last three or four efforts generating the kind of zest present in his earlier works that featured crimes involving children, Alex's true specialty as a professional (as is author Dr. Kellerman in real life). His mooning over lost love Robin is way beyond old, and a new love interest in this one does little to defray that nonsense. The strange actions of Petra's new partner provided almost more mystery than the mystery did -- and we really didn't understand why Milo, a competent cop, was posed as so goofy in this one. Lastly, by the time the pros decided whodunit, we readers had all figured it out.
We've heard Kellerman's next outing will feature an entirely new character; that's good news in our judgment. Fine writing skills, never a problem here, are just not enough to carry off more Delaware machinations. We suggest he go back to his original practice and let us all get on with life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot Sept. 14 2003
Format:Hardcover
Either Jonathan Kellerman cut down a bit on his endless Los Angeles road map, or his plot was a cut above the rest, because I really got involved in this book from page 1, and forgot to be annoyed at the endless mention of street names.
In this yarn, Dr. Alex Delaware, still raw from his breakup with Robin, is in a new relationship and helping his friend Milo Sturgis in a new case--somebody is murdering people in the art world. And not just painters--It seems the murderer is targeting anybody who has just had a break. Thus, longtime bluesman Baby Boy, in obscurity for decades and suddenly once again in the spotlight, is found gutted in a filthy alleyway. A promising young pianist who finally makes his public debut is found seemingly dispatched. An up-and-coming ballet dancer in Boston is given the same treatment: Is she part of the same picture? And what is going on in the head of the perp?
Figuring that out is where Alex comes in, as always. He struggles to put together a viable profile as the murders keep on coming. And in the process, he meets with a whole collection of bizarre people who could only live in Los Angeles.
Adding to the pleasure of the read is the return of Petra Connor, Milo's sometime colleague and a primary on this case. Petra's been given a new partner, the silent, spooky "man in black," Eric Stahl. This guy is so weird I spent half the book thinking HE was the murderer. Alex's ex Robin is also part of the plot--she knew Baby Boy--enough to be mentioned on the liner notes of one of his CDs. And then there's Alex's new love interest, the lovely shrink Allison, who has to used all her skills to overcome the feelings Alex still has for his former love.
All in all, a satisfying book. I recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fast read - very enjoyable
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. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Ratmammy
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but Still a Good Read
Petra Connor returns in this Alex Delaware novel, this time helping Milo and Alex track a serial killer who murders artists on the rise. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by K. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Psycho murders
LAPD Homicide detective Milo Sturgis involves his friend, criminal psychologist Dr.Alex Delaware inwhat seems to be a case of serial murders where artists and musicians are killed,... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Beverley Strong
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Point in Series
As it is published, I purchase, save, and reread each Kellerman.
It's fiction; it's his vision/talent/genius. But the serial murder schtick was carried too far. Read more
Published on April 30 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I've bought and read Kellerman's whole Alex Delaware series, but this is one I truly regret spending the money on. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best
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... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by bill runyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Kellerman makes a great comeback...
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. Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by lisatheratgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars I Miss Spike!!!
I always enjoy reading an Alex Delaware book but the author made a huge mistake breaking Alex and Robin up (I thought that even with all their trials and tribulations they were... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an okay read for the series.
I've been following the Delaware series for a while now, and while I don't think A Cold Heart measures up to The Murder Book, I think it was an okay read. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Sheena
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad to see someone else not so thrilled with kellerm
I am sooo sick of Jonathan Kellerman and Alex Delaware. YES, he always describes Robin's hair as looking like grapes and YES he always goes on about how good looking and rich Alex... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by Emily
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