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Silent Partner: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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Stricken with guilt over the suicide of a former lover, child psychologist Alex Delaware is driven to understand the circumstances that led to her death. "Kellerman bares a dark, brooding side of his appealing series' detective in this complex tale of guilt, greed and expiation," commented PW.
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"A  complex and haunting story of tangled personalities,  deeply buried family secrets, and of violence lying  thinly under the surface ... Hits the reader  right between the eyes." -- Los Angeles  Times Book Review


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2221 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FI9TUFO
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 20 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJDBQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex and involving Feb. 1 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of a series of books which features Dr.Alex Delaware, a young, handsome and wealthy psychologist. At a rather ritzy party, he meets Sharon, an incredibly beautiful young psychologist with whom he had a brief fling some years previously. Drawn to her despite many misgivings, he is caught up in a web of lies, deceit and intrigue which culminate in several gruesome murders. The plot involves a now deceased but sinister mega millionaire who is a direct copy of Howard Hughes, complete with matted beard, long, filthy fingernails and all of his unattractive anal retention habits. The story becomes more and more involved, using identical triplet sisters, mentally retarded carers and a Svengali like therapist who controls Sharon. At times I was muttering"hurry up and get on with it" but, in all, an entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex Psychological Thriller Jan. 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Psychologist / Detective, Alex Delaware, is invited to a party for a Los Angeles sex therapist, thrown at an elaborate mansion. He ignores the invitation. But soon his curiosity gets the better of him. After all, it'll be nice to see how the other half lives. But soon, Alex runs into someone from his past, Sharon Ransom. Someone whom he was deeply in love with, but who left him without a moment's notice more than a decade earlier. Sharon now seems jumpy and nervous about something. What, Alex doesn't know. But he plans to find out, as he makes a lunch date with her. One that never happens, as she is found dead the next day. The cause, an apparent suicide. Alex knows better. Driven by his own guilt over Sharon's death, he decides to find out what really happened to her. His detective work takes him on a journey through some of California's richest areas, and most powerful people, and into the minds of many people, where childhood terror is still lurking.
This was my first Jonathan Kellerman book, and I am very pleased with the results of it. Kellerman is a strong writer, who builds up an enticing plot, and interesting characters from the get-go, and makes you want to find out who the culprit of the novel is. Alex Delaware is an enjoyable character, if not a bit gloomy sometimes, who takes you into the minds of many people, both young and old. Fans of Stephen White will enjoy Kellerman's way of weaving a story together, that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. A must-have.
Erika Sorocco
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best! Aug. 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was my introduction to Dr. Alex Delaware and to Jonathan Kellerman's books. That was so many years ago but it is still the best of his works to date, in my opinion. I have since read every book ever written by Jonathan Kellerman and most of the ones written by his wife, Faye Kellerman, but this remains my favorite. I am still waiting for him to top it. I do enjoy his Alex Delaware novels over the ones he has written with someone else as the main character. All of his mysteries are interesting, but for some reason, I tend to be able to "bond" more with Alex Delaware, he seems more "real" to me. "Butcher's Theater" was very good also, but having the locale in Israel sort of messed that one up for me, though it is an excellent story/mystery, and I loved the characters in it, but they seemed more suited to Faye Kellerman's books, being all Jewish. I just didn't like the foreign locale. So far, though, "Silent Partner" is the winner for best mystery and story, as well as for the most surprises in a novel! C'mon Jonathan, let's see you top this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just my guess but Jan. 27 2001
Format:Paperback
I feel this is probably one of Mr Kellerman's first novels. And I thought it was a great modality to gain insight into the id, ego and superego, which I, as an engineer continue to grapple with as I continue to observe and try to understand human nature. Well, at least it helped me to understand my wife a little better (chuckle).
But, even if the reader were reading merely for the surface pleasure, this book certainly meets Raymond Chandler's observation, in that it would be enjoyable even if you found the last fifty pages missing. Albeit, a little tedious.
Actually, I kind of wish that Mr Kellerman would steer back a little toward that which he knows best, namely human behavior. Isn't that why so many readers read in the first place? I truly believe that accounts for the general public's interest in crime stories, fiction and non-fiction alike. More or less taking a look at the extremes to better understand the middle where the majority of us stand, sometimes wondering, "What the heck is going on?". Walker Percy hinted at this when he said something like, "It's easier to find out about a star ten light years from earth than it is to find out about yourself."
I have read most of Mr Kellerman's novels and he has become one of my favorites.
Best to all,
Andy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very Best of the Alex Delaware Series! Sept. 22 1999
Format:Paperback
I have read all of the Alex Delaware books by J. Kellerman to date, and am eagerly awaiting his next, but "Silent Partner" is the first one I read, and it was such good reading, it made me want more of this interesting character! I have since read all his fiction novels, and love them all, but still think "Silent Partner" the best. So many odd twists and turns, not even the best arm chair detective can anticipate the plot. It held my attention from first word to the last, and I hated to see it end. It was the book that hooked me on Jonathan Kellerman novels. You find yourself wishing that you knew Alex Delaware as a real person. But it is the mystery that captivates and keeps us interested.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like the way he writes.
Published 1 month ago by Zarina D Geddes
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Can get a little drawn out in a few areas, but won't disappoint... Keep reading to A real surprise ending.....
Published 4 months ago by Val
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Intense
I enjoyed the book. It was somewhat different from others in the series. The several sub_plots were a little hard to follow but did come together, more or less, at the end.
Published 17 months ago by Michael F. Hammell
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex and involving
This is one of a series of books which features Dr.Alex Delaware, a young, handsome and wealthy psychologist. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Beverley Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strong
This is another very strong entry in his Delaware series. Reading them in order, i now find myself liking this book and Over the Edge, my previous favourite, equally. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2002 by RachelWalker
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Readers who know other Jonathan Kellerman novels may be just a little bit disappointed. This one is on the one hand pretty simple as far as the action is concerned. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by Peter Werner
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
This mystery is easy to get into, but hard to get out of! Kellerman keeps digging this mystery hole... Read more
Published on July 5 2001 by V. VanCamp
4.0 out of 5 stars THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD...
That leads right into another series of mysteries!
Dr. Delaware, Kellerman's famous literary psychologist/sleuth literally walks into a mystery. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2001 by BeatleBangs1964
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected A'tall...
Well, even though the alex Delaware series has me hooked, 'Silent Partner' wasn't what I expected it to be.... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2000 by Sheena
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