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Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel Hardcover – Feb 28 2012

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Feb. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345505719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505712
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 31 2012
Format: Hardcover
"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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By Ronald E. Dines TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 4 2013
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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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