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When the Bough Breaks (An Alex Delaware Novel) by [Kellerman, Jonathan]
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"An engrossing thriller... this knockout of an  entertainment is the kind of book which establishes a  career in one stroke." -- New York  Newsday

"Suspenseful,  neatly spun, fascinating." -- Philadelphia Daily  News

"Grab yourself a copy soon."  -- Los Angeles Times

  "An exceptionally exciting thriller!" --  The New York 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: 1850 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (July 6 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was the first book I read by Kellerman, and I still feel it's his best. The author spins a well-woven drama, with important characters and a steady build. It was at times difficult, but really more sad, only because of what happens to a child. The tale is gripping. It got me hooked on Alex Delaware novels. I've read most of them since reading "When The Bough Breaks". If you haven't read any of Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels, and read but one, make it this one. Then you'll find you've made a liar out of yourself. It'll hook you.
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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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Kellerman spins a pretty good yarn in the inaugural novel to the "Alex Delware/Milo Sturgis series." It's no wonder the series has gone on to become one of the most popular mystery/psychological series in fiction today.
In this one, the two cross paths for the very first time when Deleware, the psychologist, does some counseling for victims of a child molester, as part of city (L.A.) grant. Sturgis is a detective who was on the case about the child molester.
The mental stress of being a psychologist eventually drives Deleware to early retirement (he's only 33!); luckily, he's got enough money saved up to last him a while until he figures out what his next career move will be. Shortly after that, Sturgis asks for his help in a new case, because it involves a little girl who may have witnessed a double murder, but she's not saying much. Sturgis thinks that Deleware could be the right man to get something out of the girl, and suggests that Deleware work as a special psychological consultant to the LAPD. And a team is born!
The girl still doesn't say much, but other clues lead Deleware to a very disturbing discovery. His connections in the psychiatric community of L.A. and knowledge of certain psychiatric practices prove very useful, so useful he does most of the work. He finds the murders to be linked to some other recent murders in very curious ways.
I don't want to reveal to much about the ending, let's just say there are a lot of suprises, and Deleware's discoveries will shock the city of L.A., and bring down some of the city's most powerful: judges, doctors, lawyers, and more.
The last three or four chapters were very good, I think that's what a book should do: save the best for last, build to a climax with some suprises along the way.
His characterizations of some of the more evil people were strong. It may not be the best you've ever read but will likely hold your attention!
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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. There aren't many that can claim the bounties that Dr. Delaware has in his life. However, all is not well with Dr. Delaware. With a psyche still scarred by the horrors brought to his doorstep by a lonely and sick man, Alex finds himself adrift, simply existing and not really living.
That is, until his friend and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis comes to him and asks for help. Milo is working a double homicide case, and the only witness they have at this time is Melody Quinn, a quiet, troubled, 7-year-old girl. Milo wants Alex to dust off his couch and talk to Melody. Little did Alex know that this simple favor would set off a chain of events that would have dire consequences on his life.
This is the first of Jonathan Kellerman's highly popluar Dr. Alex Delaware series, and I can see why this first book has led to many more. Dr. Delaware is an interesting character with several different - and often conflicting - aspects to his personality. Milo Sturgis, the slovenly LAPD Homicide detective with a heart of gold and unique personality foibles all his own is Alex's co-star, and is a fascinating character in his own right.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and look forward to reading the further adventures of Dr. Delaware.
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