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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st Paperback Printing edition (10 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074726502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747265023
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children. 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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A Cold Heart is one of the more interesting recent outings for Jonathan Kellerman's psychiatrist detective Alex Delaware, simply because he is caught up in a police investigation as much by his general helpfulness as his specific knowledge.

A series of killings of promising artists on the brink of breakthroughs or comebacks raises the spectre of a killer motivated by a desire to keep people he admires from commercial compromise--the obsessive interest in the case of a young fanzine editor makes him an instant suspect. Alex's cop friends Milo and Petra find themselves caught up in making sense of deaths in a number of artistic and academic milieux in which they are fishes out of water and Alex moves as if born to them--as indeed in some ways he is.

This is an older, more battered Alex than in some of the smugger Delaware adventures--his perfect relationship with lover Robin has come to an end and he is having difficulty either accepting that or moving on; he knew two of the victims here, a blues guitarist and an obnoxious punk singer for whom Robin did some work, which brings murder closer to home than he likes it. As always, this is a smart, slightly conventional LA thriller in which the legwork of cops is as important as the insights of their tame genius. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Strong insights into the quirks of human and criminal behaviour (Guardian)

Filled with insight (Stephen King)

Coolly intelligent (GQ)

A sense of humanity and justice (Publishers Weekly)

An alert eye for detail (New York Times)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "fawltymac" on 27 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
As the latest in a long line of Alex Delaware novels, this one is neither adventurous or new in providing anything more to our insight or understanding of Alex and/or Milo. The story starts off kind of slow and, for me at least, the murder(s) sounds kind of uninteresting. In addition, as the culprit is slowly unveiled, I kept thinking "and...so what?"
Having said all this, I'm still a sucker for Kellerman's Delaware novels, found it well written and thought the introduction of, his ambivalence toward and growing closeness with his new love interest was handled believably and well. His continued interactions with Robin are unsettling to him and spark the story along.
Meeting Petra Conner for the first time (I didn't read Billy Straight) was okay. She makes a nice foile for Alex and Milo and brought a different kind of energy to the plot.
While certainly not a great book like When the Bough Breaks, Bad Love or Monster, it's certainly not as bad as the The Clinic (possibly one of the worst books I ever read). If you like Alex, you won't be disappointed. If you're going to read Kellerman for this first time, don't start with this book; begin at the beginning with When the Bough Breaks and get to know him, Milo and Robin before picking this one up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 30 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the first Alex Delaware novel that I have read and it could so easily be my last. I have heard that some of the earlier titles in the series are excellent, by the 17th they are not.
'A Cold Heart' follows a homicide investigation into the deaths of numerous up and coming artists from different disciplines. The case is seen through the actions of several police workers as well as the psychiatrist Alex Delaware.
The story is extremely tedious with little emotion being given to the characters. I could not have cared less about following these people through a long winded case. Not only has the author failed to engage me but the final pages try to make up for the rest of the boring book by suddenly turning on the action.
This book is a lesson on how not to write a paced thriller. I will give Kellerman one more chance – if the next book is as poor as this one he is off my list of novelists to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "gracie-baby" on 11 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
After reading Flesh and Blood, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another of Jonathan Kellerman's books. A lover of crime thrillers, this one certainly had me guessing until right at the end. Some great twists in the story led to a good read. A great follow-up to Flesh and Blood
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Format: Paperback
I've read several of Kellerman's Alex Dellaware novels and they're all good reads. I must admit that I find him a little smug when talking about Dellaware in the first person but that doesn't detract from the development of the plot.

On this occasion there are initially two seemingly unrelated murders and the development of the story cleverly brings different suspects into the frame. It builds well and whilst the murders are solved (as always) there is an intriguing little lose end deliberately left hanging.

This is Kellerman at his best but if you are new to his work, start with the earlier work as this rather assumes you know about Dellaware's relationship with some of the other central characters and the book is better if you do.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail on 17 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
~I am an avid reader of Kellermans books and after reading The Cold Heart I feel this is by far one of his best.
This book again sees the return of our faithful friends Alex Delaware and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and also the return of Det Petra Connor who was introduced to us in Billy Straight. The plot involves the murders of an up and coming artist and singer amongst others and its up to the trio ( along with petras strange new partner ) to find out whos behind it.
This book includes~~ lots of twists and turns and an explosive final few chapters where lives are in danger.
Kellerman justs gets better with every book!!!!!!!!!~
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By peasly on 17 April 2007
Format: Paperback
A series of murders, first seemingly unlinked has been occurring, apparently
at those who are blessed with talent..

I enjoyed this book the most as it contained all three (plus one) of the
regular characters. You get to see things from each characters unique
perspective.. The Psychologist, two Police Detectives (different places),
and the ex Soldier..

It started of a bit slow but after a few chapters in i couldn't put it down
(really i was awake all night..!). There are lots of twists to keep you
interested until the end..

After reading this i found some of the other 'Alex Delaware' books to
be not as gripping or that held my attention for very long..

Excellent read..
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