Saturday, March 8, 2014

Killer by Jonathan Kellerman


The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant, Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child-custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.

Nothing would please Alex more than to be free of the ugly spectacle known as Sykes v. Sykes. But then the little girl at the center of the vicious dispute disappears, and Alex knows he must work with longtime-friend Detective Milo Sturgis, braving an obstacle course of Hollywood washouts, gangbangers, and self-serving jurists in order to save an innocent life.


I normally don’t review best-sellers like Killer, because they don’t need a boost in sales from reviewers like me, but when you pull a book off the Net Galley website, you’re required to review it. Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware books are among the books I would recommend to new authors who want to write series. I believe I first picked up a book somewhere in the middle and then went back to the beginning—not because I felt I’d missed anything, but because I liked it. I read every book in the series and then waited for each book to come out until I got too busy with my own books, editing jobs, my review site, and the Marketing for Romance Writers Newsletter to read much for pleasure. I’m not sure how many Delaware books I’ve missed, but when I picked up Killer, it didn’t matter. Each book stands on its own as books in a series should.

What can I say about a master storyteller who just gets better with each book he writes? Mr. Kellerman drew me back into Dr. Delaware’s life on the first page of Killer, and kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole book. It was so nice to revisit Alex, Milo, Alex’s girlfriend Robin, and their French bulldog, Blanche. And I can’t believe I’m saying this two weeks in a row, but I didn’t know who did it until Mr. Kellerman revealed it. I usually figure these things out at least half way through, but he threw in enough red-herrings that I truly did not know who the Killer was.

Length:  353 Pages
Print (Hardcover):  $28.00
Print (Paperback Lg. Print):  $28.00
Kindle:  $12.99
Audible (Unabridged):  $26.95

Thanks for visiting. RIW


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