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Self-Defense: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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From Publishers Weekly

Returning in top form, Kellerman's semi-retired psychotherapist, Dr. Alex Delaware, who was introduced in When the Bough Breaks (1985), traces a young woman's dreams back to crimes committed 20 years earlier. A few months after serving on an L.A. jury that finds a landscape laborer guilty of a series of grotesque mutilations and killings, Lucy Lowell is beset by a recurring nightmare in which she, as a youngster, watches three men bury a young woman in the woods. Referred to Alex by Milo Sturgis, the LAPD detective in charge of the serial killer case, Lucy proves a game and eager patient, leading the psychologist into a past that centers around her father, a monumentally egotistical literary lion who had sponsored the writing career of a notorious ex-con at a California art colony in the '70s. Still warmhearted and earnest, Alex, in his ninth appearance, has lightened up some as he has aged, showing a readier humor and more chutzpah (e.g., posing as a writer-named Sandy Del Ware-to infiltrate closed Hollywood circles) as he facilitates Lucy's exploration of the past. With its nicely orchestrated twists, Kellerman's plot will keep readers guessing right up to the well-prepared resolution. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Psychologist and amateur sleuth Alex Delaware, who saved the day in last year's best-selling Bad Love (LJ 10/15/93), helps a woman whose repressed memories may solve a murder.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3126 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034554014X
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFN8S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Delware book so far June 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. Previously, "Bad Love" And "Private Eyes" had been favourites, but now this one in his great series has usurped both absolutely. These few books after "Private Eyes" seem to have achieved a greater maturity than some of his earlier ones, and it benefits them very well, lifting from five star great reads to ive start great books. He is [occasionally] able to create characters who seem so real and normal but have such great psychological depth that they are absolutely fantastic. In any other novel they might be dull, but because of Kellerman's probing and analytical style that become 3D and interesting.
The plot here is basically summarised thus:
Alex Delware is treating Lucy Lowell, having been referred to him by his friend Ilio Sturgis, a police Detective. Lucy was a juror in the trial of a vicious serial killer, and helped to put him away. Now, the horrid details of his killings are disturbing her, coming back to haunt her.
But, then, something far more sinister emerges during her therapy...She has been having a disturbing recurring dream - which Alex thinks is likely to have been stimulated by memories awoken by events of the trial - about a young girl, alone in the woods, a secret witness to three men disposing of the body of a young woman...
It's a cracking plot, it really is. Kellerman builds it up so that it's all very satisying. It weaves in and out of itself like a complex tapestry. The pace is absolutely perfect, and the reader is compelled to keep returning eagerly to the book after having put it down.
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The best thing about Kellerman's novels is the experience as a psychologist he brings to his writing. He creates characters who have complex motivations and surprising, often unguessable behaviors -- just like real people. This may seem an absurdly obvious compliment, but when you consider how often other writers rely on 2-dimensional, stock characters, Kellerman's gift becomes more impressive. The character of Lucy in this novel -- the girl haunted by nightmares -- is so fascinating that I continued to read, as much to learn about her mind and feelings as I did to learn about "what happened" in the mystery. Both were eminently satisfying and thought-provoking. Also, in this book, Milo Sturgis gets to add another facet to his well-drawn, sympathetic character: the unwitting crush-object of a girl who doesn't know his orientation. Kellerman keeps finding new ways to explore his characters' rich lives. The intriguing plot of this book, with its central device of recurring dreams and repressed memories, is a particular treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good story, Oct. 14 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
but not nearly as good as several other Jonathan Kellerman books I have read. This one is interesting as it really gets into some pyschology.
Dr. Alex Delaware breaks away from his usual work and takes on a private patient... a young woman, Lucy. She had been on jury duty full of horrible and frightening details and she is now suffering from a very troublesome dream.
As Alex works with her he begins to wonder if her dream stems from a childhood memory and he starts to dig deeper. He finds out that Lucy has had a very difficult and sad life.
This mystery novel takes us into con-men's games, pay-offs and multi-murders. Plenty of people have things to hide and Alex and Milo uncover them. At one point Alex's life is on the line!
Happy reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alex Delaware is a great character! March 26 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Alex Delaware novel and it was a very fast and enjoyable read! The idea of the dream haunting Lucy and then the dream was something that actually happened to her years ago was very interesting. I will definitely read more of Kellerman's novels. I hope they are all as good as this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book April 12 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the fourth Alex Delaware novel I have read and it is as good as the others. Kellerman's books are extremely intelligent and well written. The novels are analytical rather than action oriented, with good, sometimes brilliant characters
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5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE PAGE-TURNER April 17 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Just when I was to set the book down, another twist comes up. Then I find myself turning 20 or so pages on and on. Kellerman makes you flip pages through the night and read so much you'll wake up with big eyebugs. ehehehe. Wonderful.
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