In bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman's thrilling new blockbuster, psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware is in the cross-hairs of a vengeful killer after a baby goes missing.
Well-used to elevated emotions, psychologist Alex Delaware shrugs off a death threat from beautiful Beverly Hills physician Constance Sykes, whose attempt to secure legal custody of her baby niece is thwarted by Alex's forthright report to the court. Alex plays down the threat until LAPD's Milo Sturgis rushes to his side with the shocking word on the street: a hit has been taken out on him.
But while Alex may be in grave danger, it won't be from the Beverly Hills doctor. Connie is soon discovered, brutally slain. When her sister Cherie and the baby disappear, apparently on the run, Alex's search for answers leads him to aged rockers, charming homeboys and even Machiavellian judges. As dark secrets are peeled away, and a cruel system churns relentlessly through family lives, Alex seeks to stop a vicious killer and save a child from a life of nightmares... or worse.
About the Author
Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher's Theatre, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted And True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide And Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children's books, and three volumes of psychology. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico. Their four children include the novelists Jesse Kellerman and Aliza Kellerman.
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Comments about Killer:
I love all of Jonathan Kellerman's books but a few recent ones have been only good, not terrific. This one hit's the terrific in my book.
Firstly Kellerman describes the family court legal system in a very open and personable way and it has many correlations with those in Australia. It is essential to the plot that we know all about this. Gives a good insight into the system. Then he get's to the characters. Of course there is Alex Delaware and this one is mostly about him although Milo is there, it is Alex as the central protagonist.
Secondly, the scenario he sets is a real one, one that readers can empathise with - two estranged sister, very different in personality, in court over custody of the less financially stable sister's young daughter.
Thirdly, and what I always love about this series, is that you travel with Alex in this thinking on what's happening. Sometimes this can get complicated and I've been know to get a little lost. Not this time. It's a clear path although not always a straight one.
I loved this one and rate it as one of Kellerman's best.
Series: Alex Delaware
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 11th February 2014
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1