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Silent Partner: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Intense July 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD... Feb. 11 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
That leads right into another series of mysteries!
Dr. Delaware, Kellerman's famous literary psychologist/sleuth literally walks into a mystery. He accepts an invitation to a party and reconnects with a former flame, one Sharon Ransom.
Sharon has a backlog of mystery in her life. Her story is by far and away the best telling of the cliche good/evil twin theme. It did provide a refreshing approach to the tired good/evil twin routine. To add even more mystery into the pot, Sharon is one third of a set of triplets!
It is up to Dr. Delaware to locate the other two sisters, one of whom was severely developmentally delayed and institutionalized. In tracking down Sharon's elusive past, he uncovers a Howard Hughes-like figure, a black market baby ring, scandals galore including murder. This book is layers of mysteries -- for each mystery discovered, several more lurk beneath the surface.
I enjoyed this book, although I did feel the story was implausible. I thought the Howard Hughes like character, the conclusion and the early lives of Sharon and her sisters was unbelievable. The conclusion was rather unsatisfactory. One was never really quite sure who the guilty party in the final confrontation really was.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex and involving Jan. 29 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 psychologist with whom he had a fling some years previously.Drawn to her despite many misgivings, he is caught up in a web of lies, deceit and intrigue which culminates in several gruesome murders.The plot involves a now deceased, but sinister mega-millionaire who is a direct copy of Howard Hughes, complete with dirty beard, long fingernails and all of his unattractive anal retention habits. The story becomes more and more involved, using identical twin sisters, mentally retarded carers and a Svengali-like therapist who controls Sharon.At times I was saying"hurry up and get on with it" but, in all, an entertaining read.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just my guess but
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2001 by Andrew K. Galloway
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. 7 2000 by Sheena
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought that this was one of Kellerman's greatest books
From the beginning of the book until the end, the suspense killed me. The story of the good/bad twin was excellent. I also love following his romance with Robin. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The very Best of the Alex Delaware Series!
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 1999 by alarkins@earthlink.net
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