Victims

Victims

An Alex Delaware Novel

Book - 2012
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Unraveling the madness behind L.A.'s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction's #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman's universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims --Kellerman at his razor-sharp, harrowing finest.
 
Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn't a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment-turned-charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind--a blank page bearing a question mark--seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.
 
Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft--and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable--and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. "This one was different," Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345505712
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 25 cm.

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Very interesting read. Some of his characterizations are annoyingly shallow but overall a captivating read.

cinseg1 Sep 28, 2015

I hadn't read a novel by J.Kellerman in awhile. I really enjoyed reading a murder mystery. Solid and engrossing, it had me hooked from the start.

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dahsom
Feb 22, 2013

Returned about 10 days ago at Milwood branch

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librarianatlarge
Nov 26, 2012

Not Kellerman's best effort. The plot was too convoluted and far fetched. I kept loosing interest.

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jennybeast
Aug 05, 2012

Just another thriller by Jonathan Kellerman – another grisly set of murders, another convoluted plot. No huge surprises here, but a pretty good plot twist and the enduring empathy for damaged children that Alex Delaware a decent character to follow.

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bookpusher
Jun 23, 2012

A little gory, but a really good mystery. I really enjoy the Alex Delaware novels, although I think I prefer Milo to Alex! ;)

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Magnifico1969
Apr 05, 2012

Another book in the popular series that pits L.A. detective Milo Sturgis and pyschologist Alex Delaware against the never-ending weirdness, that is Homicide in Los Angeles.
The books are getting farther "out-there" with the premises and circumstances that make the crimes unique.
Given the fact that real life crimes are getting more poplular on the internet, the rule is: The stranger, the better! In this respect, the dynamic duo are just solving murders, and a lot of the plots in a 15 to 20 book series have become mundane or worn-out, so it has to get stranger!
All in all, a good book, with seemingly unrelated serial murders of the nastiest kind, needing to be connected and solved.
My only beef is that there was very little mention of Alex's girlfriend, Robin, who is hardly mentioned at all.
A good book in a long running detective-series.

mikeyppl Mar 06, 2012

I really wasn't impressed with this book. The storyline never really cauught on with me. I think that his wife Faye Kellerman with her Lazarus series is the much better writer at this point.

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