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

Jonathan Kellerman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Kellerman's latest thriller, in which a case of recovered memory may hold the clue to an unsolved murder, spent seven weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1995 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: #32,645 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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5.0 out of 5 stars NIGHTMARE SEQUENCE Feb. 14 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lucy Lowell is literally living a nightmare. Her mother died when she was a child, her brother became a drug addict and her father, a disgusting, vile recluse was an aging 1960s flower child. He is singularly foul in appearance, hygiene (he is incontinent and wheelchair bound) and speech. He lives a reclusive life with a private nurse, bitter about having to provide skilled nursing care.
A serial killer invades Lucy's life. A disgusting creature, not too different in temperament from her father, the killer mutilates people and befouls their bodies. Lucy had to sit on the jury of this case.
She has recurring nightmares about these issues and Dr. Delaware is called in to investigate. He unearths a series of murder, extortion and mistaken identity cases. Each mystery is a segue to the next and in this book, the conclusion is plausible and satisfactory. Another positive note is that Robin, Delaware's live in girlfriend has more or less receded to the background. I never cared for Robin and never felt she contributed to any of the Alex Delaware stories in any meaningful way.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Positive reviews are from the author himself ! July 12 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've picked up this book at an airport just before heading off to the beach - it looked like a light read with the added bonus of being a "psychological thriller." And from that perspective, it met my expectations. However, the whole book is no more than a written version of a cheap crime chapter from a TV show from the 1970s (like Kojak, Baretta, or Miami Vice). Silly dialogues and the usual stereotypes abound (e.g., the tough-talking, swearing police detective). The twists in the story are no more than people doing or being at the end what they were not supposed to be doing or being.
The other reviews here in Amazon (all of them positive) are impossible to believe, and can only be assumed to be written by either the author himself or the publisher!
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "The Clinic"...
...but still a pretty good read. Very unexpected twist right at the end to what was an extremely psychological story. Recommended book, but not as highly as "The Clinic".
Published on Feb. 18 2000 by Spock
5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE PAGE-TURNER
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. Read more
Published on April 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on the edge of my seat novel!
I read this book in one night.I couldn't put it dow
Published on April 8 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Alex Delaware is a great character!
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... Read more
Published on March 26 1999 by
4.0 out of 5 stars My first try -- good choice
This is the first Jonathan Kellerman book that I have read. It was very hard to put down. I'm always excited to find a good author--- I will definitely try more of his books
Published on Aug. 19 1997 by
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
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. Read more
Published on April 12 1997
5.0 out of 5 stars Delaware thrills again....
I thought this book was well written with awesome characters and a great plot. The storyline kept me on my toes, and had a great twist to it, will keep the reader guessing... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 1997
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