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Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel [Hardcover]

Jonathan Kellerman
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Feb. 28 2012 Alex Delaware Novels
Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims—Kellerman at his razor-sharp, harrowing finest.
 
Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet 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 cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.
 
Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, 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 honed his craft—and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. “This one was different,” Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.

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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Victims Oct. 13 2012
By L. D. Godfrey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format: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 FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars book May 16 2014
By Beverly
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I havn't read the book yet but I really like the author and all the books I've read of his are real good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kellerman Sept. 25 2013
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Maybe I'm getting tired of reading him, but this was an OK book but not great. More of a used buy than a new one.
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