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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (Oct. 11 1990)
  • ISBN-10: 0356195678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356195674
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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By Beverly on May 16 2014
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I've started to read this book and so far it is suspenseful enough to keep on reading can't wait for the next chapter
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 30 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on June 23 2007
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"Time Bomb" is Jonathon Kellerman's fifth Alex Delaware novel wnd was first published in 1990. Delaware is a psychologist based in LA who earns his living as a consultant - largely working with the courts and the police.

Alex is contacted at the book's beginning by Milo Sturgis, his trusty pet detective from the LAPD. There's been a shooting at the Nathan Hale Elementary School, in Ocean Heights - thankfully none of the children have been hurt. However, Milo feels that it would be a good idea for Alex to come down and help the kids work through the aftermath. The school had been in the news relatively recently : suffering from a siginificant drop in pupil numbers, it had started admitting inner city kids. This has caused a problem for for certain people, as the majority of these kids are Latino - broken windows, racist graffiti on the school walls...even pickets at the school gates. This `problem' has brought two local politicians to the school - State Assemblyman Samuel Massengil and City Councilman Gordon Latch - who had opposing views on the presence of the kids. It's believed that Massengil - who was far from happy about the kids attending the school - may have been the target.

The would-be assassin, a young woman called Holly Lynn Burden, was killed by one of Latch's men. The police can only guess as to who she intended to hurt, though the most ovious target would have been Massengil. This leap has also been made by LAPD's anti-terrorist department, which means that Milo's time on the case is going to be very limited). However, Alex is subsequently given an alternative line of inquiry when he is approached by Holly's father - who is convinced she wouldn't have been capable of acting in this manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker on Nov. 13 2002
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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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