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Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Victims.

When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as “master of the psychological thriller” (People). Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something “real dead . . . buried in your marsh.” The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it’s a prank, but when a young woman’s body turns up in L.A.’s Bird Marsh preserve no one’s laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city’s under siege to an insidious killer. Milo’s first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

The murdered women are prostitutes–except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh’s grim tableau.

Conveniently–perhaps ominously–Selena’s blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate’ s jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo’s instincts and Alex’s insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man’s past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers–about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike–plunging even deeper into the murky marsh’s enigmatic depths.

Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.’s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don’t come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.

Bones is classic Kellerman–relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.

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`A fast-paced hunt for a mass killer with a gruesome sideline in trophy taking.'
-- CRIME FILE, Mike Ripley

`Kellerman does not shy away from the nastiness of human nature - which comes into play in a horrid way at the gripping climax' -- EVENING STANDARD


`Kellerman does not shy away from the nastiness of human nature - which comes into play in a horrid way at the gripping climax'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345495136
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (14 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001652HUO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of talk, not a lot of action 2 May 2009
If you haven't read an Alex Delaware novel before then don't start here. Go back to the early books and read one of those. Bones is not the best example of this series, although it's a perfectly pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable episode in the life of an LA psychologist who spends most of his time moonlighting as special consultant to the Police.
The plot of Bones sounds promising: there's a string of dead bodies which turn up in a protected marshland, missing a hand. There's a choice of obvious suspects, a tangle of interlocking lives and possible plots, a 'special investigations' unit headed by Delaware's chum Milo, and the occasional trick-cyclist observations of the good Doctor himself which used to be central to the core of these books.
Overall, this is a solid police procedural which determinedly plods through the possibilities to unravel a reasonably intriguing mystery.

But the weight of the series almost seems to have drowned out any pace to the action. There are some very long passages of endless discussion of what might be happening, over every meal which is lovingly described. Earlier novels used to be all about the mind games, all about the inner workings of the crimials and how the affected their victims. Bones lacks much of that: it reveals very little about the inner self of a serial killer. It's mainly about a successful psychologist playing at detective, who spends as much time admiring his pet dog as he does unravelling the human psyche.

So this is one for the faithful, I think. Not unpleasant to read but I really don't know if I'd bother with the next. The earlier books in this series are just so much better...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard work 7 Jan. 2009
I agree with the above reviews. In fact, although I have previously been a Kellerman fan I'm not even sure I am going to be able to finish this one.

Alex seems a shadow - someone following the investigation around, occasionally speaking, occasionally going to ask some questions of his own. There is no psychology role for him. Not that I like psychology, but what's the point of the protagonist who is a psychologist if all he's going to do is act like the junior cop on the team? He simply doesn't have a function or thoughts of his own.

Milo doesn't seem much like Milo any more, either. I'm trying to avoid the use of the word 'cardboard' here, but it's difficult.

Yes, Kellerman does list what everyone's wearing (not new). It's one of my pet hates and in the writer's book of how not to do it. The dialogue and some of the narrative is very stilted, too. So much so that in places I have to re-read bits and try and work out what he means.

There have as yet been no gripping plot twists (I'm 2/3 of the way through). They haven't consulted anyone on why only the right hands may have been removed, or why the bodies were all facing East. It's all a fairly tedious gradually putting (weird) names to bodies and finding out nothing else except that each victim had at some point been seen with a bald man. I don't see that this justifies them pursuing the only bald man in the story. It may all become clear of course...if I get that far.

On a positive note, there hasn't been any dreary sex in this one.

I dare say that Alex's life will be hanging by a thread at the end, as usual. I can understand why. I'm starting to feel like shooting him myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bone dry 19 July 2009
It's hard to believe that if a new writer presented this book for publication it wouldn't be met with polite rejection. The plot is clichéd, the pacing is sluggish and in the end you're left thinking " so that was what was going on, how drab" .
With serial killer books that whole "point" of the book is some kind of insight into the killers world. The only thing you get to see in this book are a few wooden characters shuffling around a grey lifeless plot.
If this was a school report would say past good work has been let down be a suddent lack of commitment from Jonathan.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I hate to admit it: I like to read books about serial killers. The abnormal psychology that drives them provides a new perspective on what every day life is all about. This book begins as such a classic, involving lots of weirdness (hands chopped off, bones kept as souvenirs, bodies facing east, burials of prostitutes in a nature sanctuary, the Bird Marsh) . . . but tails off from there. The book's redeeming feature is that Jonathan Kellerman takes the time to make some of the new characters interesting, complex, and likely to surprise the reader.

Alex Delaware also has a bigger role to play than in several of the recent books in the series, especially in acting like a good guy.

The book's main weakness is that much of the plot hinges on the police having not done enough investigation to find out what all of the related parties look like. That seemed like a big miss. As a result, I was left feeling dissatisfied with the book at the end . . . especially after the motive for murder became clear, despite its strong beginning.

Unless you feel like you need to read every word that Jonathan Kellerman wrote about Alex Delaware, you could skip this book and not miss any important developments in the on-going characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodish murder story in the Alex and Milo series
Starting with the discovery of finger bones in bag of junk accidentally acquired in buying a storage unit followed by the discovery of the bodies of prostitutes, one hand missing,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Bought as a present
Published 4 months ago by Mylohsmum
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Up to his usual standard
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Linda V. Fogler
5.0 out of 5 stars Bones Alex Delaware23
Really really enjoyed this story. Did not guess the end. Loved all the twist and turns the story took....would recommend this to others
Published 19 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Kellerman never disappoints
Had to catch up on 4 years of Alex Delaware - still books you can't put down & are easy to read without being too convoluted
Published 22 months ago by Jillikins
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great
I just love the Alex Delaware novels and this is a great one in the series. Always a twist, compelling read. I couldn't put it down.
Published on 13 Jun. 2013 by Tmwpowell
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather a Subdued Story by Alex Delaware Standards
Bones is an interesting enough story, not overly fast moving, but with a well thought out plot. The pace picks up somewhat as we head towards the climax, but I would not describe... Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by Brett H
5.0 out of 5 stars Bones - Jonathan Kellerman - Thrilling
If you like your thrillers with body parts positioned in various ways, when found then this is one for you! More a puzzle as to why? Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by Alessi Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
A very quick and easy transaction. The product was as stated and up to standard.
Published on 1 Nov. 2010 by Mrs. N. Sanghera
5.0 out of 5 stars The final epiphany does not save the bleakness of teh situation
The plot of this thriller, the whole thriller actually is seen through the eyes of a psychologist or maybe psychiatrist, or any level in-between, who is associated to a team of... Read more
Published on 3 Dec. 2009 by Jacques COULARDEAU
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