The Web Hardcover – Jan 1 1996
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Another gripping Alex Delaware novel from Kellerman, the king of psychological suspense and author of ten successive New York Times bestsellers. The setting is tropical but the atmosphere is sinister as Delaware probes the secrets of a wealthy scientist/philanthropist and unleashes an uncontrollable chain of violence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
His 11th adventure takes Southern California psychologist/sleuth Alex Delaware to a remote Pacific island where hidden evils of the past and present are gradually, harrowingly, brought to light. While his L.A. house is being renovated, Alex, his guitar-making lover, Robin Castagna, and their doted-upon French bulldog, Spike, depart Malibu (home base in the most recent Self-Defense) for a four-month stay on the island of Aruk, where Alex has agreed to help Bill Moreland, a doctor who has lived and worked there since the end of WWII, organize his decades' worth of notes. Aruk, not far from the Bikini atoll, has only the look of paradise. While sorting through Moreland's files, which are stored near the eccentric doctor's extensive spider "zoo," Alex learns of the recent mutilation death of a young local woman, with its suggestions of cannibalistic ritual. Another Moreland guest dies while flying over the island's off-limits U.S. Navy base; a sleazy U.S. senator, once in the service with Moreland, visits the island on a base-closing mission. Then a second local woman is gruesomely murdered, and a member of Moreland's staff is charged with the crime. Adroitly blending arachnophilia and psychological suspense, Kellerman leads Alex and Robin through a maze of coded messages before they finally unearth Moreland's island secrets and the political wrongdoings linked to them. Series fans may miss LAPD detective Milo Sturgis as Alex abandons his beloved koi for reef-dwelling tropical fish, but loyal familiars and Kellerman newcomers alike will turn these pages compulsively. Major ad/promo.
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Top Customer Reviews
From day one Moreland seemed like he had many secrets and he liked to play games with using quotes which at the time didn't make sense. But once Alex confronts Moreland that's when it all just makes sense. What Moreland does is just awkward. But he means to do good even when it affects him, physically and mentally. overall it was a good book
Alex and his girlfriend, Robin, have been invited to Aruk by Dr Bill Moreland. Moreland, who has gathered a great deal of clinical data in his time on the island, wrote to Alex requesting his assistance in organising and analysing it. Moreland proposes working on the biological aspects of it, with Alex focusing on the psychological aspects. The benefits to Alex include a very nice salary for the duration of the research and, hopefully, joint authorship of a number of journal articles - or possibly even a book.
Aruk is officially part of the Mariana Commonwealth and a self-governing US territory. It is also a very divided island. Moreland lives on the island's leeward side, near Aruk town - the windward side is home to Stanton, a US naval base. The Navy has also blocked the southern beach road, after sailors were blamed by some for the murder of a local girl. This has caused some ill-feeling on the island and has also had a damaging effect on the island's economy. Unfortunately for the Aruk, it's not the last suspicious death the locals will see...
Moreland lives on a 700-acre estate which was originally built by the Japanese and used as their official headquarters when they controlled the island. McArthur forced them out during WW2 and established an American presence. Moreland bought the estate from the government when he left the Navy in 1963 - he had been stationed at Stanton himself.Read more ›
I found the story to be exceptionally preposterous as a murder/crime story. Kellerman seems to be writing from far beyond his experience, making up details and descriptions from his imagination rather than from fact or experience. One glaring example is when he has his main characters put on swim fins on the beach and then wander into the surf- -if you've ever tried this yourself, you probably still have the bruises to show for it, and won't forget to wait until you're well into the water to put the fins on next time you go snorkeling. Kellerman also manages to place McArthur at the battle of Saipan during World War II, among other gaffes. But worst is the entire premise of Delaware's trip to the island. Supposedly, Delaware, a psychologist who is notable enough to have stories printed about him in the popular press, receives a request to collaborate on a research and writing project with an unknown medical doctor who has lived on an obscure island in the South Pacific for years. The M.D. doesn't have any particular theories or hypotheses in mind that he is working on. Instead, he has some 40-50 years of unorganized records (from patients whom he has never sought consent to involve or use their records in a research project), and he expects Delaware to come out to the island and sort through the records on the off chance that there might be something worth publishing.Read more ›
At first the work seems pretty easy and the opportunities for recreation such as snorkelling quickly make Alex and Robin think they have made a pretty good decision. Giant spiders, insects, death and disgusting locals quickly make them question their decision as does bits of information Alex keeps discovering about their host and employer Dr. Woodrow. There is a cannibal serial killer living on the island and the town folk resent what is going on up in Knife Castle.
Needed another chapter at the end finalising the Ben character, as the situation is not answered involving him but apart from that, if this is a good price buy it.
Most recent customer reviews
Of all the books that I have read of Kellerman this is the one that didn't interest me like the other one. It has some suspense in it but not as much as the others. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
This is an extremely quiet, moody book that builds interesting characters in an interesting setting, but doesn't allow much to happen to them. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2002 by Richard A. Lovett
This is not Kellerman's grand mastrpiece he was aiming for, but still a decent and enjoyable read! The premise is really original and could have been developed better, but hey cut... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by Darren Jacks
After reading Jonathon Kellerman's "Priviate Eyes" I got a good taste of what kind of wounderful books this man writes. But give me a break! Read morePublished on Dec 2 2001
Having just finished Over The Edge, I can't believe the same author wrote The Web. This book lacks the intensity and drive I've come to expect from Kellerman. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2001 by Anna Klein
This book was absurd. There was no '0' or that's what I would have given it! A silly premise and an equally silly ending - totally low-rent and beneath the author. Read morePublished on June 23 2000 by Dee Jay
I was leary of starting this book after reading the reviews on this web-site but I sailed right threw it. I found it a relaxing easy read. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 1999