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Time Bomb [Hardcover]

Jonathan Kellerman
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Oct. 11 1990
The cheerful chaos of a California schoolyard is shattered one autumn day by gunfire. No children are hurt, but a sniper is shot down - and psychologist Dr Alex Delaware is called in to help the kids cope with the trauma. Then comes another stunning surprise: the identity of the sniper. And Delaware is intrigued by the chance to explore intimately the forces that created such a twisted personality. But as he becomes more deeply involved, he discovers an ever-widening net of malice has been cast - one that reaches far beyond the school compound, and which may already have claimed innocent lives...TIME BOMB is a masterpiece of psychological suspense which shocks...and shocks again.
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From Publishers Weekly

After a sniper opens fire at an elementary school in an L.A. suburb, LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis calls in his friend, child psychologist Alex Delaware (seen last in Silent Partner ). None of the children is hurt, but the shooter, a young woman named Holly Burden, is killed by the bodyguard of one of two politicos visiting the school. While helping the kids overcome the trauma of the shooting, Delaware becomes involved with the edgy, dedicated principal, Linda Overstreet. He also agrees to Holly's father's request to do a "psychological autopsy" to clear his daughter's name. As racist-motivated vandalism at the school accelerates, Milo discovers that a black friend of Holly's was recently killed by police; then one of the politicians is gunned down. Alex's life is threatened as he traces events to a revival of the German American Bund and an unexpected political alliance with roots in an explosion of 20 years earlier, echoed in the fiery resolution here. Kellerman's meticulously constructed thriller, while leaning hard on the anti-Semitic component of its plot, again demonstrates how well the role of sleuth fits that of therapist; Alex, a little lost without former girlfriend Robin, speaks with a a unique, convincing voice. 150,000 first printing; Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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YA-- Kellerman provides his fans with yet another of his exciting tales centered on Dr. Alex Delaware, psychologist/sleuth. Set in California, the book opens with a near massacre in a schoolyard. In this intricately plotted story, the hero is challenged to locate a cleverly disguised villain from a collection of normal and not-so-normal suspects. The rapid pace carries readers into a world of politicians who are more than they seem to be on the surface, families that dysfunction in spectacular ways, and suspicious characters with murky and unusual pasts. In his examination of political extremism, the author touches on an issue that is both timely and thoroughly fascinating. Although the psychoanalytical aspect occasionally becomes a bit overbearing--minor characters using professional-level terminology, for example--the overall effect is engrossing. A minor love theme is played out, and a spectacular and violent climax pulls the disparate threads of the story together. Kellerman's fans won't be disappointed.
- Carolyn E. Gecan, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria,
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars another fine entry Nov. 13 2002
this is another fine entry in the series. it has an interesting, original and engrossing plot. it is well-written, with some fine characters. there are lots of twists, and the mystery goes a lot deeper than it at first seems...
however, there is getting to be a slight problem with this series. many of the books are about 50 pages too long, and Alex Delaware, while a very likeable protagonist, at times does tend to get rather dull...I think this series would be much more sucessfull if it were to be written in the third rather than first person. taht way we could have more than jsut AD's perspective, and it would make for slightly more varies reading. And in a series with night on 15 entries, variation is something you need.
very enjoyable book, i would reccomend to almost anyone looking for a good mystery. you don't need to have read the rest of the series, either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE CLOCK IS TICKING..... Jan. 30 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
towards the final detonation! A sniper has just opened fire on a school playground, creating trauma and mayhem. She was shot to death before she could claim any child casualties.
She? Yes. The mysterious woman who opened fire a propos of nothing had secrets begging to be revealed. Dr. Delaware and his sidekick Officer Sturgis travel down some seedy side streets before they unmask the sniper's identity and reason for opening fire. The attacker's father enlists the aid of the duo, requesting that they do a psychological portrait of his slain daughter. As the men delve deeper into their work, they uncover a Pandora's box of ugly secrets and are left with the question of who was REALLY a victim the day of the shooting?
On the plus side, Alex develops a new romantic partner, principal Linda Overstreet. A tough Southwesterner, she provides more class than Robin ever did. She also appears to be much brighter. She has an interesting psychological background including "cops and music." It would have been wonderful if Robin had been ushered out the door for good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Kellerman does it again! April 3 2000
By Megan
I got Time Bomb for Christmas and I could not put it down, it was so good, I would stay up late, not wanting to stop. Jonathan Kellerman is the master of psyschological thrillers. Here is a little about the story.
When Alex Delaware gets a call from his friend, LAPD homide detective, Milo Sturgis, he is asked to come down to a school which as been targeted by a sniper, and help the kids. When he gets there, he finds that the details are sketchy and all that he learns is that the sniper has been killed without hurting anyone. Milo tells him that the sniper was a girl, nonviolent, and had mental difficulties. Now, Alex has to figure out, was the sniper a killer, or just another victim?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dynamic amateur sleuth! April 9 1997
By A Customer
On my way to the theater I had some time to kill. I stopped in the Wal-mart and browsed their bargain bin of books. The price I paid for Time Bomb was a steal. I have read everything by the author since and have started reading his wife's works also. Alex Delaware is an original, a reluctant detective who happens to be a brilliant child psychologist. His friend Milo goes against all the stereotypes as a macho gay detective who isn't afraid to buck the system in the name of justice. The ending was totally unexpected but plausible. Kellerman has a winner with his series. I am currently reading The Clinic
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