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Devil's Waltz: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kellerman's psychologist/sleuth Alex Delaware nimbly executes tricky steps of his own when called in to consult on the mysterious ailments afflicting a baby being seen at his training hospital in Los Angeles. In his seventh appearance (after Private Eyes ), Delaware is in top form, carefully pursuing the possibility that 21-month-old Cassie Jones may be the victim of Munchausen's Disease by Proxy, a complex syndrome in which a parent, usually the mother, secretly causes the symptoms that endanger the child. That Cassie is the only grandchild of the hospital's new CEO, a corporate hotshot who has demoralized the staff with cutbacks and a new administration of "paramilitary types," adds political twists to the case's knotty psychological aspects. After a doctor involved in computer research is murdered in the hospital parking lot, Delaware calls on his friend Milo, a gay LAPD homicide cop currently serving as an input clerk. They link an earlier murder to the hospital and then key into a secret federal investigation, all the while trying to keep Cassie safe. With familiar characters, including Delaware's woodworking girlfriend Robin, and some well-developed new ones, notably the hospital's thuggish security head and an uptight pediatric nurse, Kellerman steadily turns up the suspense, reserving some surprises to spring near the end of this intricate tale, the best of recent Alex Delaware stories.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- This psychological mystery centers on a disorder called Munchausen Syndrome, in which a primary caregiver--usually the mother--inflicts harm upon her child in order to focus attention on herself as a concerned parent. The suspicion of this crime alerts Dr. Stephanie Eves to consult with her long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Alex Delaware, a retired child psychologist. So begins Devil's Waltz . Cassie Jones, daughter of devoted parents and beloved granddaughter of the hospital's financial savior, suffers from a variety of medical symptoms, made all the more alarming by the earlier SIDS death of her brother. As Dr. Delaware begins to unravel the mystery of Cassie's continuing medical traumas, he uncovers two related murders and a web of hospital intrigue. A surprise ending makes readers want to re-read the novel to see what clues they have missed. Fans of Alex Delaware will not be disappointed in his latest adventure.
- Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1880 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 20 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBF7XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Nov. 17 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sound multi-dimensional mystery. Solidly consistent to the series. Very enjoyable, kept my interest throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IS THERE A DOCTOR AVAILABLE? Oct. 29 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One-year-old Cassandra has been hospitalized repeatedly. She appears to be thriving in the hospital, but once she is returned home, problems crop up. Her loving mother dotes on her and almost never leaves her side.
The question of Munchausen by Proxy is seriously investigated. Is baby Cassie being injured and made ill by her mother so she, Cassie, will receive extra attention from hospital personnel? Is someone in the hospital harming the baby? Is Cassie just naturally susceptible to illnesses? These are the questions that keep the story moving and readers riveted. Cassie is an interesting baby; her father is an heir in a family known to have acquired their wealth by hard work. She is a member of the "nouveau riche," and money is certainly a possible motive regarding her frequent hospitalizations.
Dr. Delaware once again makes the rounds to crack the Case of the Sick Baby and related cases. This is truly an excellent mystery and avid Dr. Delaware fans won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't. I highly recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly Fascinating July 5 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Excellent book! In my opinion this is one of the best Kellerman books I have read. "Devil's Waltz" is disturbing in that there are actually people out there that will hurt their child for attention. This novel opened my eyes. There are some very sick people in the world. Kellerman writes "Devil's Waltz" with a few different mysteries all tied up together. Just when you think Alex might get this thing solved... something else happens and twists everything around! The ending was great and did surprise me somewhat. I enjoyed learning about munchausen syndrome by proxy -terrible, yet fascinating. I recommend this book enthusiastically. It is quite fascinating. I neither slept nor ate much while I was reading this book... I could not stop reading!!!!!! In a word: Gripping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like this writer! Feb. 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked the characters and loved the ending. I think you'll agree. Give it a try.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT AM I MISSING? Dec 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Alex Delaware novel and I don't understand why Kellerman has such a following. While I found the premise of the story, Munchausen by proxy, interesting, I was frustrated by the overwriting. Take a hundred and fifty pages from this book and you still have the same story.
There is too much unnecessary detail. Conversations go on and on and on to no end.
Kellerman seems to have a need to force every social issue into his story regardless of whether it is part of the story or not.
Does he always write like this or did I just pick the wrong book to test the waters?
I did not find the book thrilling,suspensful or mysterious. Just tedious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually 4 1/2 stars.... Aug. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A disturbing novel and a parent's worst nightmare!!!
Kellerman is the obvious choice to pen this plot. A child who is sick or parent's compelled to make their child sick? That sums up this novel in a nutshell and to give more away would be criminal!!
Jon weaves magic as he displays his usual smooth flow, vivid charcterizations, and superb narrative voice to turn in another stellar book every parent should go out and purchase.
Keep 'em coming, Kellerman! Two thumbs way way up!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised March 11 2002
Format:Hardcover
I am an avid reader, and I guess I just assumed if this author was good, I would have read him by now. Well, this book was the first I have read by Kellerman, and I had a hard time putting it down! Not one of those books where you can guess "who done it" about half way through. This one keeps you guessing 'till the end. I know that there are several other "Alex Davenport" (the main character) books by Kellerman, and I am anxious to read them all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A subtle thriller July 15 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Who says thrillers are only good when there is a lot of action and a breathtaking climax? If you want to be convinced of the contrary, read this novel. Kellerman shows in this book that he is a real and genuine psychologist and an expert author. He wrote a pageturner that is soft and subtle and, nevertheless, you cannot lay this book down. You work yourself into the mystery with the characters, and Dr. Delaware is at his best here, with a splendid Milo at his side. The sick characters are so weird, but so credible, that it takes a super writer to present this novel and its complicated plot with the expertise that is shown here. A remarkable book by an author I like better and better.
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