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Rage: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware stars again after playing second fiddle to Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor in last year's Twisted. It's been eight years since Alex provided a psychiatric evaluation of two teenagers, Troy Turner and Rand Duchay, who confessed to abducting and killing a two-year-old girl. Troy is now dead, murdered in prison, and Rand has been released—and he promptly calls Alex to tell him he has some important information. Alex agrees to a meeting, but Rand's not where he said he'd be; shortly thereafter he's found dead. Kellerman always fashions fiendishly complicated cases, both literally and psychologically, for Alex to unravel, and this one is no different. During the course of the investigation, he and longtime pal L.A. police lieutenant Milo Sturgis encounter a host of wayward children, a foster family from hell, infidelities that have to be charted to be kept straight and a serial killer who's the exact opposite of the genre's usual madman slasher but just as deadly. The action occurs mostly in the calculating brains of the two detectives as they turn and sift evidence piece by piece, working every angle until they finally come up with a coherent picture. It's an impressive piece of detection, and readers who enjoy watching the delicate untangling of a Gordian knot–like plot will find this one a winner. (May)
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It has been eight years since two-year-old Kristal Malley was brutally murdered by two young teenage boys, and Alex Delaware has pushed his role in the drama out of his mind. Then a phone call from one of the boys, Rand Duchay, now released at age 21, brings the sad, sordid circumstances back. When Rand is found murdered--with Delaware's phone number in his pocket--the cops come knocking, in the person of Delaware's friend, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis. Delaware and Sturgis take on the familiar roles of compatriots in crime solving, as they try to determine if Kristal's murder has any bearing on Rand's death. Before they can figure that out, though, they must slash their way through a morass of lies, abuse, and dirty secrets, which envelop nearly everyone involved in the original tragedy. There's less suspense here than in some of Kellerman's past Delaware novels; Alex and Milo spend a great deal of time swapping theories in the kitchen, in the car, and at restaurants, methodically piecing together gossamer-thin trails of evidence. But there's still enough surprise along the way to keep things interesting, especially at the close, when both Delaware and Sturgis face a moral quandary with which readers will sympathize. Less action, more substance for Kellerman fans. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1729 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345535146
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 24 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK4RM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
really enjoy the Alex Delaware series
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others June 16 2005
Format:Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman's books. This said, I was a bit disapointed with Rage. The overall story was good. But the ending left me wondering. What really happened? Did I miss something? There was a lot of theories put forth by the main characters, Alex Delaware and his friend Milo. Throughout the story, they speculate as to what was going on but the ending leaves it without proof of... well, anything.
I also was upset about the developments brought forth in Alex's love life. I don't want to spoil it for readers but it felt funny, the way things went.
SO, I would read it if you are a die-hard fan. Don't buy it in hard cover... You can wait for the paperback! If this is your first novel by Kellerman, don't give up. It's been better!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment awaits May 21 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed all of the artist's other books. This one reads as if the last 20% was written by someone else.

There are all kinds of parts of the story that are unresolved at the end of it- including missing people and missing motives.

The last page kind of sums up a short list of some of the missing information and thengoes " oh well, I guess we will never know." What kind of a whodunit is that?

Even the subplot with the girlfriend is poor. She seems shallow and unbelievable.

I read the other review and being a die-hard fan I got it anyway so I will make my summary stronger.

Even if you are a die-hard fan ( or perhaps especially if you are ) don't get this book. Only disappointment awaits you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Alex Delaware Novel Sept. 25 2006
By Thriller Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think Jonathan Kellerman is an underrated writer. He's been writing thrillers for over twenty years, and I still enjoy his novels and his writing style. RAGE is his nineteenth novel featuring his primary hero, Dr. Alex Delaware. I found the book enjoyable, but minor.

This novel is essentially a murder mystery involving the death of a young child, and the repercussions that follow. The first third of RAGE is actually pretty stellar, a first-rate whodunit. Kellerman does a good job describing the initial crime and Delaware's role in the subsequent court proceeding. As always, the dialogue and characterization is well done.

Unfortunately, the novel goes downhill after the first 100 or so pages. The remainder of the book consists of Alex and his cop friend Milo investigating a series of grisly new murders that are potentially related to the child's death. This leads to an increasingly convoluted storyline that I eventually found confusing.

Furthermore, there is too much boring dialogue between Alex and Milo speculating about about who committed the crime. Most of this dialogue only serves to slow down the narrative pace of the book. Also, when the killer's identity is finally revealed, his motive for the crime is absurd -- pure over-the-top insanity. No rational explanation is given for such psychotic behavior. To me, this is just lazy plotting on the part of Kellerman.

To make matters worse, the ending of this novel is surprisingly weak and open-ended, and left me heavily dissatisfied. Given the rather horrid behavior detailed in this novel, I was hoping for an ending that supplied more closure.

This book is a decent mystery novel, but if you're new to Kellerman, my advice is to skip this novel and begin with his earlier work, such as WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over Mature Sept. 3 2005
By Peter Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A good crime novel needs to be well tethered in time and place, as well as steadily developing its central characters.

I'm not sure that Jonathon Kellerman is any longer doing this. His Los Angeles is only cursorily sketched in this latest novel, and there's next to nothing which locates it in the early 21st Century rather than, say, ten years earlier. A half hearted sub-plot strongly hints at a change in Alex's love life, but like the plot as a whole this depends on excessive co-incidence.

I don't think the plot convinces on other levels. Rather too much flash back, an inordinate amount of speculative dialogue between Milo and Alex, and the precipitate conclusion all diminish satisfaction. The minor characters are not established as effectively as in early novels, partly because they take less part in the narrative, which is chiefly propelled by the dialogue between the two main protagonists.

Kellerman writes well, as usual, with only an occasional over-straining after effect. He continues obsessively to describe every item of clothing worn by every character, which is wearing, and one has to wonder at the memories of Alex and some other characters.

All in all, I was disappointed. The fruit is rotting on the vine.
38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his best in a while May 26 2005
By M. S. Butch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I look forward to all the alex delaware books, but some are better than others, and this one is very good. Other reviewers have described the plot; I will just say that it was pleasurably twisty. About a third of the way through the book I thought the solution was obvious, and I was disappointed, but I was wrong!

A minor flaw is that the book ended too abruptly. It needed a little more of a wind-down.

SPOILER ALERT!

There is a hint toward the end of the book that Alex and Allison may be heading for a split and Robin may reappear...Mr Kellerman, if you read these reviews, DON'T DO IT. While one criticism I would level at all of the Alex D. books is that the two female love interests do not have very well-developed characters, as far as they go, Allison is preferable. Robin is kind on whiney.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dr. Delaware novels may be getting back on track July 12 2005
By Beth Cholette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been a fan of Kellerman's for some time now and have read all of his books; I particularly enjoy the Alex Delaware series, especially since I'm a psychologist myself. However, like many other reviewers, I've felt that Kellerman had started to lose his touch in some of the most recent Dr. Delaware books; it seemed that he was recycling similar themes or incorporating ideas that were so far-fetched as to go beyond the boundaries of poetic license. Happily, RAGE is an improvement, and it gets back to the heart of what makes these books so engaging: the suspense-ladden storyline combined with the relationship between Alex and his police detective (now lieutenant) friend, Milo Sturges.

Here, Alex and Milo are trying to solve the murder of a mentally challenged young man who himself was accused of murder eight years before, a case in which Alex acted as a consultant. As always, the process of solving this mystery leads Alex and Milo to speculate about other connections and links to the crime. Unlike in some of the previous Dr. Delaware novels, however, the conjectures seem to follow from the evidence at hand, making the plot more believable. On the other hand, I was a bit disappointed in the book's ending, as the conclusion did not provide definitive answers to many of the questions raised throughout the story. Still, I enjoyed this book and look forward to finding out where Alex's adventures might take him next, including in terms of his love life.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific Dr. Delaware thriller May 25 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Los Angeles, the call surprises Dr. Alex Delaware because he had no idea that Rand Duchay was God forbid free; a frantic Rand pleads with Alex to see him immediately. Alex agrees thinking back eight years when then thirteen years old Randolph and his friend almost fourteen years old Troy Turner abduct and killed twenty-five months old Kristal Malley. Alex was the psychologist who dealt with the teen murders. Not long afterward someone at the Chino CYA camp for juvenile defenders killed Troy.

Alex arrives at the meeting place, but Duchay fails to show up. Surprised, Alex, who is to meet his beloved in New York tomorrow, informs Police Lieutenant Milo Sturges about what happened. The cop mentions a murder victim who turns out to be Rand. Is this a revenge killing perhaps the baby's father whose rage was obvious when the state cut a deal with the defense, an idle act, or someone insuring the truth of the infanticide never surfaces?

RAGE is a terrific Dr. Delaware thriller that grips the audience when Alex recalls (in a flashback) the heinous crime and the reactions of the two teens who committed the murder. Alex is super in this novel especially his asides such as fearing Rand will find another dominant personality to coax him along for a deadly ride. The who-done-it is well designed so that readers know that everyone involved just about believe Duchay deserved death including to a degree Milo and Alex, but they overcome their personal disgust while seeking the killer. Fans of the series will be elated with Jonathan Kellerman's latest tale.

Harriet Klausner
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