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Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel by [Kellerman, Jonathan]
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“A genuine page-turner . . . The comfortable banter that has helped make Delaware and Sturgis such durable crime-story heroes is as rapid-fire, keen, and wryly funny as ever, and the mystery they aim to solve is certainly not routine.”


“Jonathan Kellerman’s novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit.”
–Orlando Sentinel

“The characters are rich, the story’s well-plotted and you won’t stop reading.”
–Boston Herald


“The denouement accelerates to breathtaking, heart-pounding speed.”
–Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Sharply written and well-paced.”
–Entertainment Weekly


“[An] adrenaline-fueled read.”

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Victims.

When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as “master of the psychological thriller” (People). Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something “real dead . . . buried in your marsh.” The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it’s a prank, but when a young woman’s body turns up in L.A.’s Bird Marsh preserve no one’s laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city’s under siege to an insidious killer. Milo’s first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

The murdered women are prostitutes–except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh’s grim tableau.

Conveniently–perhaps ominously–Selena’s blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate’ s jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo’s instincts and Alex’s insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man’s past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers–about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike–plunging even deeper into the murky marsh’s enigmatic depths.

Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.’s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don’t come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.

Bones is classic Kellerman–relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Oct. 14 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001652HUO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
When a body is discovered, via anonymous tip and openly displayed in a marsh near LA, the strangest thing about it is the missing right hand. Shortly thereafter, three other bodies are discovered - also missing hands.

Then a man who goes to auctions for the contents of storage units finds a carved box containing small bones. Polished bones, like a treasure. The bones turn out to be human hands.

Detective Milo Sturgis and his sidekicks, along with Dr. Alex Delaware, the psychologist who frequently consults for the LAPD, all team up to search for what now appears to be a very disturbed killer.

Almost immediately, the first victim's connection to a wealthy family, whose musical prodigy child is a student of hers, leads to the pursuit of the caretaker, who has gone missing. Or is he hiding?

Most of the fun in the story is following the clues as the assorted team of "detectives" pursues the connections and where they lead.

Like most of Kellerman's Alex Delaware stories, this one is told with Alex as the first-person narrator - this technique lends itself to understanding how his clever mind works, as he sorts through the clues and speculates about the possibilities. We also are privy to a bird's eye view of his personal life, including his long term relationship with Robin.

These segues into the lighter moments of Alex's life, including his friendship with Milo Sturgis, help to lighten what could otherwise be a very grim tale.

And not at all surprising is the final revelation as to the motives and nature of the perpetrator/s - after all, the art of misdirection has been at play throughout the circuitous path to resolution.

Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel is another must-read for Kellerman fans.

By Laurel-Rain Snow
Author of "Web of Tyranny", etc.
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Format: Hardcover
I hate to admit it: I like to read books about serial killers. The abnormal psychology that drives them provides a new perspective on what every day life is all about. This book begins as such a classic, involving lots of weirdness (hands chopped off, bones kept as souvenirs, bodies facing east, burials of prostitutes in a nature sanctuary, the Bird Marsh) . . . but tails off from there. The book's redeeming feature is that Jonathan Kellerman takes the time to make some of the new characters interesting, complex, and likely to surprise the reader.

Alex Delaware also has a bigger role to play than in several of the recent books in the series, especially in acting like a good guy.

The book's main weakness is that much of the plot hinges on the police having not done enough investigation to find out what all of the related parties look like. That seemed like a big miss. As a result, I was left feeling dissatisfied with the book at the end . . . especially after the motive for murder became clear, despite its strong beginning.

Unless you feel like you need to read every word that Jonathan Kellerman wrote about Alex Delaware, you could skip this book and not miss any important developments in the on-going characters.
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By Brett H #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 14 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bones is an interesting enough story, not overly fast moving, but with a well thought out plot. The pace picks up somewhat as we head towards the climax, but I would not describe it as a page turner.

The characters who we have come to know and love from previous adventures, Milo and Alex Delaware, seem strangely anonymous this time round. Milo is there, but you get no real feel for his character, and, whilst some of the story is told by Alex in the first person, his involvement is rather limited in terms of its effectiveness. In fact the police investigation does not seem very incisive at all and even towards the end Milo is busy chasing red herrings in a rather blinkered fashion.

We get to meet two new characters, Moses Reed and Alex Fox who are half brothers and are about as different as chalk and cheese, but again, you learn little about them. Moe is working with Milo but seems a very dour character with a sense of humour failure, whilst Alex is a private eye and former policeman whose main characteristic is that he is rather flash. You can see that these two could be the basis of a really interesting book, but having read the sequel, True Detectives, I can definitely say that this was not a promise fulfilled and if you have not read it, I would advise you not to as you will probably be disappointed.

So, to summarise, this is a perfectly readable book by Jonathan Kellerman. Certainly not his best, by a fair margin, but nonetheless an acceptable enough tale. However, if you have read previous Alex Delaware stories you may well feel, as I did, that it really does not do justice to the characters we are familiar with.
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 5 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the best pairings in detective/suspense novels returns in the 23nd (!) novel in this series from Jonathan Kellerman.

Psychologist and police consultant Alex Delaware and LA police Lieutenant Milo Sturgis are back together to solve one of their darkest cases yet.

A young volunteer at a marsh sanctuary receives an anonymous call telling him to look for something dead in the marsh. The call is dismissed as a prank. That changes when a young woman's body is found - in plain view. A search dog discovers three more bodies, submerged in the marsh. These women are all prostitutes, but the first body found is that of a piano teacher. Are they connected? Is the marsh the dumping ground of a serial killer? Will he kill again? Can they find him before he does? Milo and Alex's investigation leads to unexpected places.

Lots of plot twists and turns will keep you turning pages. The banter between Milo and Alex is always witty and entertaining. A new character is introduced, Moses, a young rookie Homicide detective. I found him to be an engaging addition and hope he returns in future books. In the past Alex's girlfriend Robin played a more significant role. She seems to have been relegated to deciding dinner selections. Milo's boyfriend Rick is another character I'd like to see more of. Kellerman is a clinical psychologist and his character's insight and dialogue have the ring of authenticity.

Jonathan Kellerman is on my list of favourite authors and I was not disappointed with Bones. My only disappointment was finishing it too quickly! I'll be waiting for #24!
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