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When the Bough Breaks : Alex Delaware Series : Book 1 - Jonathan Kellerman

When the Bough Breaks

Alex Delaware Series : Book 1

Paperback Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9780755342815
Number Of Pages: 448

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Alex Delaware steps into darkness in this shocking thriller

From the internationally bestselling Jonathan Kellerman comes an explosive thriller featuring the legendary psychologist Alex Delaware.
Seven-year-old Melody Quinn is the only witness of a horrific double murder but she can't or won t talk about what she saw. Child psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to try and get through to her and to the truth of what happened that night. But it soon becomes clear that Melody isn't just traumatised by the murders. Alex is only too aware that LA is a city which spawns ugliness.
But is he prepared for the seemingly bottomless pit of perversion and violence that he s about to uncover?

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. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.

Industry Reviews

A gruesome novel psychodrama of depravity and organised vice...assured skill and horripilating effect - Observer

Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying - Sunday Telegraph

High-octane entertainment - The Times

Exceptionally exciting - New York Times

Ingenious and horrifying - The Sunday Times

ISBN: 9780755342815
ISBN-10: 075534281X
Series: Alex Delaware
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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Jonathan Kellerman

About the Author


Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children. He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post-doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA.

IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation (plastic bubble units) on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families. The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world. Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine. Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan's former students, continues to break ground.

Jonathan's first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980. One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD.

In 1985, Jonathan's first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller. BOUGH was also produced as a t.v. movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel. Since then, Jonathan has published a best-selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year. In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN (1999.) Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children.

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