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Over the Edge (An Alex Delaware Novel) Kindle Edition

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The third novel to feature child psychologist Alex Delaware begins with a desperate, garbled phone call from former patient Jamey Cadmus, genius of record and heir to a construction fortune. The next day, Jamey is accused of the Lavender Slashings, a series of grisly homosexual murders that have rocked Los Angeles. The teenager's lawyer asks Alex to examine Jamey's recent history with the hope that a plea of diminished capacity will protect Jamey from a prison sentence. Though soon fired, Alex continues his investigation, motivated by the compassion and intelligence previously demonstrated in When the Bough Breaks and Blood Test. Tracing the rocky road of Jamey's emotional development, Alex crisscrosses L.A., moving from Beverly Hills mansions to biker cabins, from the old Haight district to mountain canyons, with stops at the U.C.L.A. medical library, the high-security section of the L.A.P.D. jail and some exquisitely appointed legal offices. Aided by his friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis, Alex ignores warnings to stay away from the case and begins to discern an ominous pattern in Jamey's family history, connecting esoteric South American hallucinogens, a massively irresponsible real-estate scam and the ageless human motivations of revenge and greed. The first two Alex Delaware books were very good indeed. This one, more complexly plotted, more richly psychological and filled with convincing financial and pharmacological details, is the best yet. Paperback rights to NAL; Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA Kellerman, a contemporary master of psychological thrillers, has created a story of building suspense about a psychotic teenage boy, Jamey Cadmus, who is accused of six murders. Dr. Delware, local psychologist, receives a late night phone call from Jamey, drawing upon him to help defend the teenager. The plot slowly unravels and the conspiracy of Jamey's family to create his madness is revealed. Readers will be drawn into this suspenseful drama by vivid descriptions of a psychotic, details of family greed, and the hope for the teenager's sanity. Susan Penny, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1686 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (July 6 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WQAZ3G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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When Dr. Alex Delaware is woken up in the middle of the night by an incoherent, frantic call from a former patient, he suspects that not all is well with the world. Things take a decided turn for the worse when said patient is found in the midst of a bloody murder scene, what appears to be one of a long series of sexually-motivated murders. Thrown into the middle of the fray by his desire to find the truth out about his patient, Dr. Delaware once again must put his experiences as psychologist and a sleuth to the test.
The third of Jonathan Kellerman's Dr. Alex Delaware novels, readers will find a cast of familiar characters amongst the throngs of the new and the suspicous. In addition to the good doctor himself, we also have the return of Detective Milo Sturgis as well as luthier and love interest Robin. The familiar characters are comforting, because the rest of the cast of characters are a frantic mess of psychological problems which leaves the reader dizzy.
I found the pacing and the character development in this book to be odd, and somewhat off. It's nothing that I can really quantify, but something didn't feel quite right throughout the work. That being said, Kellerman has once again produces a psychological thriller that is compelling and leaves a couple of bits of mystery left until the end, even for those who can unravel the threads of the tale before the denouement.
Definitely worth reading if this is your genre, though I still find Kellerman's first Alex Delaware novel (When the Bough Breaks) to be my favorite in the series thus far.
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By A Customer on April 4 2001
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Okay, I have been reading a lot of Kellerman's books lately (4 in the past three weeks) and like a lot of other mystery novels, they are compulsively readable. But am I the only one who thinks his plots are just TOO conveniently convoluted? In this book and Monster as well there are plots that go back 40 years that conveniently spring up just in time for Delaware to dig them up. Why does everything have to be soooooooo complicated all the time? Why can't it just be interesting? Part of the fun of having a shrink sleuth character would be in examining WHY people behave the way they do but this often just becomes a plot device. Still, a great series but it could be so much better!!!
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I have been reading all of the Alex Deleware books in order and actually had a hard time finding this one. The story intself will keep you interested. There is A LOT of technical jargon and big words used when talking about different types of drugs. If you can get past all that and get the main point it is a nice little book. Not one of his best but he is still better then most authors.
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By A Customer on Jan. 20 2004
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Having also read THE BUTCHER's THEATER, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, and BLOOD TEST, this book has only encouraged me to read more of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware. Although it moves slowly at first, the story is rich in detail and characters, and the plot develops very intellegently. Milo Sturgis cas become more complicated and more likeable at the same time, although Robin, Alex's girlfriend, seems irrelevant. Everyone other character emerges as a possible suspect, if even only for the reason that they are all psychologically a little OFF. Certain parts read like a psych textbook, that's true, but it's only at a point that research becomes very important in the discovery process of the case. This should only seem fascinating if you've been paying attention, and if you are, you might be able to figure it out only a step ahead of Dr. Delaware, whou doesn't actually get it all until the end, anyway. Altogethor, I thought this was a terrific advancement of the series, and I can't wait to read SILENT PARTNER.
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 17 2001
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Dr. Alex Delaware's world is jolted by a surprise telephone call from a former client. Jamey Cadmus, 17, was part of a pilot project of highly gifted adolescents 5 years earlier and Dr. Delaware was a consultant for that project.
Jamey, disoriented and confused, calls Delaware from a private hospital in the California Canyons. He is kidnapped from his room and it falls to Dr. Delaware to investigate the hospital and Jamey's tangled family tree.
Set in 1987, Dr. Delaware makes numerous references to the university project that accepted Jamey in 1982, when the boy was nearly 13. He uncovers a questionable family history, a web of murders and corrupt developers in the canyons. Jamey, by now found and incarcerated in the County Jail, tries to, in his own incoherent fashion tell Dr. Delaware what he knows about the series of cases.
Robin has a more prominent place in this story. Although I never cared for her, the one thing that annoyed me in this book was one scene where Delaware greeted her, "shushing her with a kiss." To me, the "shushing her with a kiss" was simply a way of shutting her up. That act sounded as if he had no use for her opinions or anything she ever said and smacked of chauvanism. Delaware was plainly far more cerebral than Robin ever was and I felt that single act was to underscore his mental superiority to her, not unlike Jamey's mental superiority prior to his breakdowns. The theme of glass houses is revisited throughout this story.
This is truly an outstanding work. Readers are taken on some very painful, bumpy roads through the seamy, seedy parts of Southern California and encounter some equally seamy, seedy characters.
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