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When the Bough Breaks (An Alex Delaware Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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“Suspenseful . . . neatly spun, fascinating.”—Philadelphia Daily News
“Grab yourself a copy soon!”—Los Angeles Times

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In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr.  Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry.  Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and  sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when  he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific  Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but  they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old  Melody Quinn.

It's psychologist Dr. Alex  Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret  buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister  shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex  discovers that the mystery touches a shocking  incident in his own past.

This connection is  only the beginning, a single link in a  forty-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable  evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it  claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1391 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345540212
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (July 6 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent..... one of the best July 8 2014
By Val
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read many of Kellermans newer novels...& decided to go back & read some of his older ones.... Am I glad I made that move.... This book was awesome... I had a g
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5.0 out of 5 stars NEATLY WRAPPED PACKAGE Jan. 30 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This mystery starts and ends as a very neatly tied bow on the package. There are no loose ends.
Psychologist Alex Delaware and his sidekick, Officer Milo Sturgis crack their first cases together as a sleuthing duo. A Dr. Morton Handler is killed and the only person with keys to unlock that first mystery is 7-year-old Melody Quinn. An overmedicated child, Melody lives with her single mother in a run down apartment with a ban on children. Fearful of being evicted, Melody's mother feeds her tranquilizers and reduces Melody into a druggy stupor.
Dr. Delaware is called in to consult with Melody and take the first step in cracking a Chinese box of mysteries. His detective trail takes him from Southern California to Washington State. He and Sturgis discover a child-porn ring, murder, deception and extortion. The end is a tad anticlimatic because all the loose ends are neatly tied up with a perfect bow.
I didn't care for Dr. Delaware's live in girlfriend, Robin. An accomplished luthier, Robin is described as fiercely independent. She does some pretty inane things, though. I didn't like it when she wore a picture of Lassie around her neck to atone for offending Alex. I thought that was stupid. I never really cared for Robin in the first place.
Note the names: Handler, for the psychiatrist. Handler of psyches and in his case, matters less than wholesome or above board.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for suspense lovers! Jan. 11 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
4 ' Stars! ~ This is the very first of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels, one that I read years and years ago. I thought I might enjoy reaquainting myself with this incredible character while gardening thanks to the my ipod shuffle and an audiobook. I'd forgotten how gritty and sometimes graphic the Delaware books were, but none the less, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Alex is a character we can all root for. It was great meeting up with Milo and Robin again too. If you love supense thrillers, and have not yet tried a an Alex Delaware novel by Jonathan Kellerman, you must give these a try. They are must reads!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sort of like Shag Carpet Jan. 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's really sort of a trip back in time reading this much of it probably worked pretty well in 1985 when this was written but the translation in 2004 doesn't quite make it. Trendy young Dr. Delaware, age 33, drives a Cadillac Seville and when it's disabled he rents a "boxy Japanese car". Lot's of amusing things crop up like that in this book which actually made me sort of nostalgic. I had to go listen to old Hall & Oates LP's to re-visit "Say It Isn't So" and "Maneater" again! It also has a central convention of the 80's that I'm currently sick to death of...struggling,impoverished minorities-Good Guys, White, affluent successful Christian Men who conspire-Bad Guys. Honestly, this formula is more stereotypical than "The Butler Did It" used to be. If you spot a successful white guy early in a story, especially if it's suggested that he's a Christian, he's probably the bad guy. If Kellerman wrote this book in 2004 it probably couldn't get's way too formulaic! Consequenly a big part of my dislike of this book is because of this. It doesn't stop there however...many reviews here suggest that Jonathan Kellerman is a great writer. I think he's marginal at best. I think these characters are really pretty shallow and the whole idea of this psychologist single handedly solving crimes and beating up bad guys twice his size is goofy. Delaware points a gun at central villians on 2 separate occasions in the story and they admit to everything but their shoe size. Try to imagine Patrick Kenzie or Harry Bosch pointing a gun at a bad guy and having said bad guy collapse and outline every last element of the crime in great detail. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars My first by this author..... Dec 31 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first book by this author so I will have to be fair.. It is well written but very predictable.... It dragged on a bit in some areas, but I did manage to finish the book... I am still up in the air about trying another book of his... After reading several other reviews I notice that my complaint was very similiar to that of other reviewers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Actually 3 1/2 stars.... Aug. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of the series and it is a decent read, but at times looks like a first novel. It drags a bit but like I have said before Kellerman is not capable of writing a bad book. His average one's are better than 50 percent of what is being published today!
Kellerman does a superb job of detailing a 7-year old who is the possible only witness to a crime and her down-and-out mother, who should take parenting classes. I won't give away much, but this shows enough to get u hooked on Kellerman, Delaware (the main character), and Milo (his friend). A worthy debut!
Kellerman exhibits charcterization, smooth storytelling, and fantastic plotting. The only draw-back is lengthy conversations and parts that are a little slow. Nothing to convince u NOT to PURCHASE the BOOK!
Good job, Jon!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Next Please
This guy is a good writer. I was completely into the first 80 pages of this book. His characters and relationships are well developed in the beginning and I was ready for another... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002 by djbrkns
4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Dr. Alex Delaware.
Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware seems to have it all. A beautiful home, a loving woman, a luxurious car, and retirement in his early thirties. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2002 by Mary J. Alderdice
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive debut
This is my first book by Kellerman. And i was very impressed. It's a very good debut novel. The plotting is tight and the writing is sharp. Read more
Published on June 22 2002 by RachelWalker
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put it Down
I picked up this book on a whim at a flea market, and felt I was being a little morbid picking up a book about child abusers. I quickly fell in love with Dr. Read more
Published on May 9 2002 by Lori F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I thought that this book was one of the best that I have ever read. The author does a great job of making the beginning interesting, and it drew me in right away. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002 by BOBBY BIGGS
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buildup to a one-two punch ending
Kellerman spins a pretty good yarn in the inaugural novel to the "Alex Delware/Milo Sturgis series. Read more
Published on July 12 2001 by Eric M. Saczawa
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to the long running Delaware series
It only took fifteen years, but I finally got around to starting the Alex Delaware series. I'm sorry I waited so long. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2000 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
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