The Conspiracy Club Hardcover – Large Print, Nov 25 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Kellerman re-invigorates a number of tried-and-true mystery conventions in this gripping, intricately plotted, non-Alex Delaware stand-alone novel of psychological suspense. A psychologist at City Central Hospital, Jeremy Carrier, is attempting to put his life back together after the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Jocelyn, when he is approached by elderly Dr. Arthur Chess with an offer of friendship. Jeremy, still too traumatized by Jocelyn's death to attempt even the most casual of relationships, initially rejects Chess's solicitation. After further conversation, he accepts an invitation to an elegant dinner at a very private club with Chess and five other older men and women of high intellectual and social rank, all of whom have an extreme interest in crime and the nature of evil. Just as a halting, tentative rapport with fellow doctor Angela Rios begins to develop, Jeremy receives the first in a series of mysterious, anonymous messages. By piecing these messages together with other clues from Dr. Chess, he comes to understand that someone is trying to point him toward the killer of his beloved Jocelyn and a number of other local women. Kellerman is a master at building character and slowly unfolding events, divulging just the right amount of information. Jeremy uncovers more murders, both past and present, and eventually realizes he's had everything wrong from the very beginning. Savvy mystery readers will not be surprised that the likable Jeremy finally comes to the correct conclusions and identifies the killer, earns the respect of his elderly friends and the love of his new lady.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Readers devoted to Alex Delaware may miss the L.A. psychologist, who has entertained them with more than a dozen mysteries. But not for long; Kellerman's Jeremy Carrier has a lot of similarities to his literary precursor, including his profession. Unlike Delaware, thirtysomething Carrier isn't in private practice, but his occupation still gets him inside people's heads. Unfortunately, it's his own emotional state that needs leveling out. Still reeling from the brutal murder of his girlfriend, for which he's long been under suspicion, Carrier is barely able to attend to his patients let alone handle his own grief and anger. Then four things happen: he meets attractive Dr. Angela Rios; he's invited to dine with an odd group, each of whom, he eventually learns, has suffered an unresolved loss; he begins receiving strange articles in his office mail; and murders bearing a definite similarity to his lover's horrific death begin happening again. It's a bit of a chore to get past Jeremy's angst at the outset, but once Carrier catches on to the clues, things move along much faster. The best part, though, is the end: just when you think Carrier has it figured out, there's one last odd twist. Suspend disbelief and follow along. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
of a departure for him, in that he usually writes about his
hero Alex Delaware and his odd pal, Milo, who operate in
the psych and homicide world of L.A. The best of those stories
usually grab your attention and move at a fast, complex pace.
Here, Kellerman does give us a different perspective with his
hero a Ph.D psychologist working in the psych unit of a hospital
in an unnamed city. Dr.Jeremy Carter's life falls suddenly into
new depths when his beautiful girl friend is found murdered,
and the details of her death are so gruesome the detectives
won't talk about them to anyone.
And, of course, since there are few clues, the hidebound police
detectives suspect the boy friend, Jeremy, and they try to work
him into the murder.
Jeremy tries to build a new life, but it is a slow, painful
process; then he meets another beautiful young woman, and they
move toward a more intimate friendship. But he can never forget
his earlier girlfriend and her fate, but the police still won't
tell him anything, but they are obviously losing interest in
what is becoming an old case.
Then Jeremy is suddenly befriended by an older man on staff,
who is a pathologist, and the older doc invites Jeremy to a
dinner, which turns out to be very mysterious indeed. The
handful of participants are all older, seemingly wealthy, and
they have something secret in their past, which they hint of
but never detail.
The pathologist then disappears, and Jeremy begins receiving postcards from around the world, and about the same time, someone is slipping into his interoffice mail copies of bizarre
articles in medical journals.Read more ›
First, I read one Kellerman novel several years ago so I had no opinions on this author when I got this book. Even at 370 pages, this is a quick read.
Dr. Carrier is a pschyciatrist at a big city hospital. His girlfriend has recently been murdered. Dr. Authur Chess befriends him and at the same time Carrier begins receiving strange packages and notes leading him to clues about various killings and killers.
This book is from the point of view of Dr. Carrier. It covers his relationships with his patients, coworkers and new girlfriend Angela.
The unique part of this book is there is absolutely no forshadowing or hint of what is to come. You read about everthing as it happens to Dr. Carrier. Nothing much happens in the book, but you do get to follow Dr. Carrier's journey as he is slowly lead on a path that could lead answers or more death.
The Conspiracy Club of the title not really part of the book, yet its existence does leave a few unanswered questions. Those aren't really relevant to this review.
I enjoyed this book, and might actually give Kellerman's books another shot after not being impressed with his first one.
Most recent customer reviews
This is now my third book by Jonathan Kellerman and it is my favorite. It had a great plot that offered intrigue and suspense. Read morePublished on June 25 2013 by Diana E. Young
I was a big fan of Jonathan Kellerman, that was until this book! A see-through plot and "the Club" was just bizarre to say the least. Read morePublished on March 30 2005 by KIM M MACDONALD
This is the best novel Kellerman has written in a long time. It has less gore and more mystery. I love having to follow the trail of nuggets left by the older physician for the... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
Many reviews here stated that this novel by Jonathan Kellerman not as good as his other novels with Alex Delaware as a main character. I disagree. It's just different. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Vahania63
I too have been a great Kellerman fan, and have read all his books. But this one is bad, and not just because it isn't Alex Delaware or because it has little if any real plot. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by hanger on cliffs
This is the first J. Kellerman book I've read. Other reviews will inform you better about the plot itself. My small contribution will focus on the story's degree of suspense. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by UrbanDixie
I have not or cannot finish reading this book. It is soooo slooow and seems to be going nowhere and I don't really care about Jeremy at all. Why is that? Read morePublished on April 25 2004
As tired as I've gotten of Alex and Robin's love trials, I couldn't help but miss that dysfunctional and self-important duo while reading "Conspiracy Club. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Dangle's girl
At last something else besides boring Alex Deleware. The writing is better, the plot more interesting and for now more interesting new characters. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by W. P. Strange
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