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Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel Kindle Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Length: 434 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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'Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying' -- Sunday Telegraph 'High-octane entertainment' -- The Times 'Exceptionally exciting' -- New York Times 'Ingenious and horrifying' -- The Sunday Times

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“With his latest, [Jonathan Kellerman] not only brings his ‘A’ game but also ratchets it up a notch or three. . . . Victims will keep you up at night.”—Bookreporter
 
Acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up meticulously arranged in such a gruesome murder scene? One look prompts LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his expert in homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion—with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a chilling cry for help from a tortured, savage soul. To end the bloody spree and prevent citywide panic, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once learned his craft. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, a portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.
 
“Expertly crafted, judiciously paced and echoing with larger social concerns.”—The Star-Ledger
 
“The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes

Includes an excerpt of Jonathan Kellerman’s Guilt.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3966 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Feb. 28 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00564GOM8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By L. D. Godfrey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 13 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
`Victims' by Jonathan Kellerman was one of his better novels. His last few books I have found a tad disappointing. I have been reading Kellerman since he hit the shelves way back when. Like all authors with books featuring the same principle characters, some you like better than others. But I have been so disappointed in Kellerman that I now wait until the paperback comes out. I figure if the guy is going to disappoint me then it will be at paperback prices rather than hardcover price. This novel followed the same plot line that Kellerman has used from the start. Homicide Det Milo Sturgis comes up with a case involving homicidal maniac(s), and calls psychologist Dr.Alex Delaware. The plot includes some interesting characters, with some interesting quirks. Kellerman writing is to the point and the plot moves along at a good pace. There are some slow spots, not a page turner, but `Victims' was a solid read. It was certainly better than some he has written.
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"It is in my power to do you harm, . . . ." -- Genesis 31:29 (NKJV)

If your stomach becomes queasy from reading about gruesome events, Victims will turn you off.

If you like police procedurals that are deeply based in psychological roots for a crime, Victims will be quite appealing.

The book's main weakness is that the resolution of the story comes at such a rushed pace that it doesn't really take full advantage of the opportunities to build and to release tension. I also didn't think that quite enough clues were dropped in advance to alert readers to a major subplot.

I don't know about you, but I was getting tired of Alex Delaware mainly being in the books because Milo Sturgis seems to be averse to driving around alone. There are real issues here for Dr. Delaware to address, and his perspective and background significantly contribute to the plot.

I feel more than a little encouraged that this series could be in the process of improving. That would be excellent!
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I've read most of his Alex Delaware series and this was perhaps the weakest. Way too much murder and gore. Also Alex was mere window dressing rather than a principal protagonist. I also get tired of criminals the writer tries to make more gruesome than you could possibly imagine. That's a fallback position for a weakish plot. On the plus side, the dialogue is good and there are a number of god one-liners.
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For a series, this book doesn't follow the typical formula. The characters are developed enough to make them believable but not tedious. I found this book entertaining with enough twists to keep my attention between reading sessions.
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