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The Clinic: An Alex Delaware Novel Kindle Edition

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Former child psychologist Jonathan Kellerman brings us the 11th installment in the reliable series featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware. Here Delaware teams up again with his old friend Detective Milo Sturgis of the LAPD to investigate the brutal murder of Dr. Hope Devane. Her bestselling book about how men victimize women made her famous; did it also lead to her death? As Sturgis and Delaware begin probing into the details of her life, they find more and more secrets and slowly close in on a killer filled with hate. As usual, Kellerman combines convincing psychological portraits with good dialogue and a plot that coils to a tense finish.

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Kellerman is at his page-turning best in his latest Alex Delaware adventure (after The Web), an investigation into the savage stabbing murder of Hope Devane, a psychology professor and celebrity author. The LAPD, unable to solve the case after three months, reassigns it to Lieutenant Milo Sturgis. Milo calls on his friend Alex, a compassionate, astute psychologist, for insight into the victim, who had a seemingly routine academic career and marriage until writing a pop-psych relationship book. Delving beneath the veneer of Hope's life, Alex uncovers possible enemies: a man with whom she clashed on a TV talk show; students brought before her committee on sexual harassment; patients at a beleaguered women's health clinic where she volunteered. Further questions are raised about the victim's relationships with her doctoral supervisee Casey Locking; about the fertility specialist, from whom she received hefty consultation fees; about her sex life; about a shadowy link to an organized crime figure and the murder of a Las Vegas call girl. Each new avenue of investigation leads Alex and Milo to a dead end until they reach back into Hope Devane's childhood, which reveals links to the present that provide the shocking answer to the puzzle. Kellerman may not be a great stylist, but his serpentine plot and cast of mysterious characters grip the reader to the final page. Major ad/promo.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3424 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345540190
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFN92
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 14 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very riveting, compelling mystery. Alex Delaware is called in to determine the psychological aspects of the murder of author Hope Devane. A veteran of the talk show circuit, brilliant psychologist and scholar, Hope Devane was the survivor of maternal abuse. Married to a remote, aloof scholar who is not too different in temperament from herself, Devane continues teaching, writing and appearing on talk shows.
One of Devane's latest capers may have been the catalyst for her murder. She created a kangaroo court in a local college ostensibly to protect women from date rape. She badgers the girls to come forward and one stupid girl named Cindy protects and declares love for her attacker, one Ken Storm, Jr. He threatens her, pushes her out of his car and forces her to fend for herself one night. Even after Storm becomes involved with prostitutes and other violent behavior, silly Cindy defends him. The other women involved in the kangaroo court hearings demand that the men in question be prosecuted. In reading the transcrips of the hearings, one can't help noticing how Devane and her panel of "kangaroos" press the women to press charges and show an antagonism towards men in general.
Delaware probes deeper, and, like a carbuncle, discovers many festering layers beneath the surface. He uncovers an abortion clinic, shady family connections, murder, extortion and theft. Each mystery is a segue to the next and the multiple conclusions are always several steps ahead of the reader.
I thought this was an excellent thriller.
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 14 2001
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This is a very riveting, compelling mystery. Alex Delaware is called in to determine the psychological aspects of the murder of author Hope Devane. A veteran of the talk show circuit, brilliant psychologist and scholar, Hope Devane was the survivor of maternal abuse. Married to a remote, aloof scholar who is not too different in temperament from herself, Devane continues teaching, writing and appearing on talk shows.
One of Devane's latest capers may have been the catalyst for her murder. She created a kangaroo court in a local college ostensibly to protect women from date rape. She badgers the girls to come forward and one stupid girl named Cindy protects and declares love for her attacker, one Ken Storm, Jr. He threatens her, pushes her out of his car and forces her to fend for herself one night. Even after Storm becomes involved with prostitutes and other violent behavior, silly Cindy defends him. The other women involved in the kangaroo court hearings demand that the men in question be prosecuted. In reading the transcrips of the hearings, one can't help noticing how Devane and her panel of "kangaroos" press the women to press charges and show an antagonism towards men in general.
Delaware probes deeper, and, like a carbuncle, discovers many festering layers beneath the surface. He uncovers an abortion clinic, shady family connections, murder, extortion and theft. Each mystery is a segue to the next and the multiple conclusions are always several steps ahead of the reader.
I thought this was an excellent thriller.
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 14 2001
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This is a very riveting, compelling mystery. Alex Delaware is called in to determine the psychological aspects of the murder of author Hope Devane. A veteran of the talk show circuit, brilliant psychologist and scholar, Hope Devane was the survivor of maternal abuse. Married to a remote, aloof scholar who is not too different in temperament from herself, Devane continues teaching, writing and appearing on talk shows.
One of Devane's latest capers may have been the catalyst for her murder. She created a kangaroo court in a local college ostensibly to protect women from date rape. She badgers the girls to come forward and one stupid girl named Cindy protects and declares love for her attacker, one Ken Storm, Jr. He threatens her, pushes her out of his car and forces her to fend for herself one night. Even after Storm becomes involved with prostitutes and other violent behavior, silly Cindy defends him. The other women involved in the kangaroo court hearings demand that the men in question be prosecuted. In reading the transcrips of the hearings, one can't help noticing how Devane and her panel of "kangaroos" press the women to press charges and show an antagonism towards men in general.
Delaware probes deeper, and, like a carbuncle, discovers many festering layers beneath the surface. He uncovers an abortion clinic, shady family connections, murder, extortion and theft. Each mystery is a segue to the next and the multiple conclusions are always several steps ahead of the reader.
I thought this was an excellent thriller.
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This is the first Kellerman book I've read. If it is representative of his other works, which the other reviewers appear to indicate that it is, perhaps it will be my last. Kellerman's characters are shallow and are cardboard cut outs. We really don't know anything about Alex Delaware or Milo Sturgis or even care. Some characterization is given to the victim and suspects, but not much there either. Kellerman attempts to move the plot along with some crime witness interviews and speculation by Delaware -- unfortunately, neither creates suspense or excitement. His description of places and things sometimes have more depth than his characters. At times I forced myself to keep reading and turning the pages just so I could get to the end. Unfortunately, even there, the ending was completely improbable and not worth the wait. This is one of those "mindless" books and stories that is okay, if you don't have anything else to read or do. The book is certainly not "great" even for its genre (or even close to it). I think that Patricia Cornwell tells a much better story with characters who have a lot more depth. Although not all of her books are 5 star material either, to me her books are more compelling than The Clinic.
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