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Title: The Murder Book (An Alex Delaware Novel) [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Story Oct. 28 2002
What an awesome book! It was also nice to get a little history on Detective Milo Sturgis. Keep up the good work! Can't wait for the next book! Maybe that one will resolve the issues between Alex and Robin.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milo is in, Spike and Robin out. June 12 2004
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I enjoyed this Delaware story more than most of them, maybe because I'd quit reading them for a while. With Robin and Spike out of the picture, and the added focus on Milo Sturgis' early years as a police officer, The Murder Book offers new insight to this series.
The mystery itself is engaging --- a violent unsolved case, one of Milo's first homicide investigations, comes back to haunt the detective via The Murder Book. It all ends with a lot of drama and secrets revealed, just like a great book should.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner, TERRIFIC plotted whodoneit May 1 2004
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I sat up all night and read this one in a single 'sitting'. Could not put it down. Very well written. I am new to Mr. Kellerman's work, and have also read Cold Heart which I read in two sittings (had work to do -- smile), and am buying more of his work. As good as the Raymond Chandler and P.D. James books for sure. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Feb. 25 2004
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Another Alex Delaware book, and that series continues to be
interesting and thought-provoking.
This time, a detailed book of gruesome photos shows up in Alex's
mailbox, and he is shocked to see such detailed crime-scene
photos, some stretching back many years, while others seem
recent. He puzzles over why anyone would send him such a book,
so he has to show it to his detective-friend, who suddenly recognizes one of the photos of his very first murder-victim.
And Milo has to admit that case was never solved, and he tells
about how he and his partner were transferred off the case very
soon, and how that case seemed to disappear from police concern.
Since that case is 20 yrs old, both men have a difficult time
figuring out what they are supposed to do, but both start thinking and questioning, and the further back they go trying to
unravel the mystery, the worse it becomes.
Milo's police career suddenly seems threatened, and both men are
warned off further investigation of the case of the young girl
who was murdered in brutal circumstances.
But they key to the mystery is far back in time, and they keep
uncovering some bizarre connections with moneyed businessmen
and their spoiled-brat children, and they can't quite drop their
Very entertaining, and the only bump in the minds of some readers will be the very liberal, always-forgiving nature of
these men, when some of their forgiveness seems so unlikely.
Real cops and real investigators of the truth would have a much
more difficult time forgiving and forgetting than Alex and Milo
do, so that attitude calls for some extra open-mindedness.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Defenestrate this book Feb. 16 2004
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That's what I did once I had finished it. Unfortunately, I live on the first floor, but wished that I lived on the tenth so that the book (and all of its hollow stereotypically characters) could have the time to contemplate how it had misused my time before it was dashed to pieces. A pack of dingoes to rend it completely, Bradbury's firemen to burn the kerosene soaked pieces and multiple horesemen to carry the remaining ashes to the four corners of the globe would have been an even sweeter revenge. This book stands for everything that readers hate about best sellers and must have been karmic punishment. Rather than read the book, please take several Percoset and five tumblers of Jack Daniels. The synaptic loss will be equivalent and if you never wake up, no big deal. The only reason that I finished it was to see how bad it could get. My reaction is mentioned in the "review" title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Annother fine Kellerman offering! Jan. 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel delivers in every way! It starts with a hook that makes you simply HAVE to turn the pages. The character development is as always with Mr. Kellerman, superb! As in any series, it is always great to revisit "old friends" in terms of the main characters, and learn new things about them. This book has a great beginning, middle and end...what more can you ask for? I don't give out plot information in my reviews, I only say that this book is definitely a must-have for any Kellerman fan or any suspense novel fan as well. Kudos to Kellerman!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Book Dec 16 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is really bad. The author goes out of his way with descriptors--to the point where I'm really bored. In fact, mid-way through the book, I came to expect long paragraphs of mindless adjectives. Even when the characters are developed, there's STILL long diatribes about what they're thinking. Hey Kellerman, give us readers some credit for having a little imagination of our own. (Does he include all the description, so he can sell it to Hollywood??)
Definitely "pass" on this one....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Delaware with Extra Milo Oct. 23 2003
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Let me start by saying that if you like the Alex Delaware series, you're going to like this book. All the elements are there: observant Alex, spinning his theories; the psychologists'-eye view of the universe; adult characters warped by childhood traumas. In addition, the book takes the series onto new ground. More than ever, we see Alex's weaknesses, both through his own eyes as he surveys the damage he's wrought to his relationship with Robin, his long-term love, and through those of his detective friend Milo, who serves as an alternative viewpoint character. We also see Alex contrasted to a superbly caring older psychologist named Bert-a colorful character who sees only magenta, black, and white, and who's appeared in at least one prior book.
But I can't give this book five stars, even though I myself am a professional fiction writer who owes a debt to Kellerman. There are two moderately large problems.
The first of the large ones is the decision to use Milo as an alternative viewpoint character. A book told entirely from Milo's viewpoint would be very interesting. But this one alternates Alex's first-person point of view with Milo's third-person viewpoint. It's an interesting experiment but inherently doomed. First-person POV weds the reader solidly to a single character. However interesting Milo's POV is (and he's a great viewpoint character), the switch from Alex is jarring. Kellerman is boldly attempting to break free of the mold he's cast for himself, but the mold is too strong.
The second problem is the Murder Book of the title. Other reviews have explained what it is, so I won't repeat. Suffice it to say that it's an extremely indirect attempt to communicate a message to Milo, via Alex.
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