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Capital Crimes [Paperback]

Jonathan Kellerman , Faye Kellerman
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25 Sep 2007
Internationally bestselling husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crimes, a gripping pair of original crime thrillers.

Some of progressive state representative Davida Grayson’s views have made her unpopular. Although her foes are numerous no one suspects that any buttons Davida might push could evoke deadly force.
But now Davida lies brutally murdered in her office, and Berkeley homicide detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Isis must unravel Davida’s complex, before the killer pulls off a repeat performance.

Baker Southerby was a child prodigy performer. But something leads him to become a Nashville cop. His partner, Lamar Van Gundy, is a would-be studio bassist who earned himself a detective’s badge. As part of Nashville PD's elite Murder Squad, they catch a homicide that’s high-profile even for a city where musical celebrity is routine.
Capital Crimes is page-turning, psychologically resonant suspense–just what we’ve come to expect from two of the world’s most successful crime writers.

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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (25 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034546799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345467997
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 11 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239,922 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 tense and gripping drama from international bestselling thriller writers Faye and Jonathan Kellerman working together --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Faye Kellerman is the author of the brilliant thriller of 1920s Munich, STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS, the hugely successful Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus thrillers, an earlier non-series thriller, MOON MUSIC, and a historical novel, THE QUALITY OF MERCY. Jonathan Kellerman has written numerous bestselling tales of suspense including the Alex Delaware novels, as well as non-series books including THE CONSPIRACY CLUB and TWISTED. Faye and Jonathan Kellerman live in Los Angeles; they have three children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent double-novel 19 July 2007
'Capital Crimes' is the second collaboration from the Kellermans, with two brand-new stories from best selling authors Jonathan & Faye.

The first of the two is called "My Sister's Keeper" which is based in Berkeley. Homicide detectives Barnes and Iris are called to investigate the murder of legislator Davida Grayson - a high-profile politician who is lobbyist for stem cell research and is also gay. As the detectives probe further, they find that there was trouble not only in her political life but also in her private life and that someone has been digging into her past life.

Not a bad story, but a fairly slow one. There are way too many characters (all of whom are suspects) for such a short story. It briefly features one of Faye's main characters from her solo novels, Pete Decker, who helps the detectives out for a small portion of the investigation. This adds a little more familiarity for anyone who has read one of Faye's books before.

Overall, the Berkley side of this book is an enjoyable read that can be read and finished fairly quickly. Not the most memorable of stories but still one where you won't guess the killer right until the end.

In the Nashville story, titled "Music City Breakdown", John Wallace 'Jack' Jeffries, a legendary musician, is in Nashville for a benefit concert. Before he can take to the stage, he is found dead from a vicious stab wound. The detectives assigned to the case, Southerby and Van Gundy, assume at first it's just a random street crime. But as the investigation continues, and the pressure mounts, they discover that the brutal slaying is linked to dark secrets in Jack's past: secrets which have put a killer on his trail.

Nashville is definitely the better of the two stories in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather Dull 27 Jun 2007
I read only the 'Berkeley' part. I thought this was going to be a thriller. Instead it was little more than a pedestrian description of a murder inquiry. However, two stars for not using the phrase 'yellow legal pad'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars murder stories 5 July 2011
This is a book with 2 stories written by a husband and wife team.The wife is the primary author in one and the husband in the other.
Both are murder stories taking place in Berkeley and Nashville.There are 2 detectives in each story and there are many similarities between the two tales.
I did not like how the book was presented-one upsidedown so the book had 2 front covers.The gimmicks are not necessary and do nothing to enhance quite good stories.
The wife-Faye-is the much better story teller and should publish on her own
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Their detective story style is quite close to what TV is producing today more and more. Detective stories are under the influence of their main competitor and client. But the written form is less dependent on images and what is visible, and on the other hand more dependent on what can be expressed with words. There generally is less technical scientific police talk because it is gibberish to normal people and on TV it is mostly visible stuff, machines and labs and gloves and etc, with some gibberish on top that does not need to be understood since the setting tells us it is technical and scientific. On the other side the two authors try to get into the more psychological and social dimensions of the characters and both are good at it. It is feasible and believable. The characters seem to be articulate and logical, even when they get out of hand and become criminal. The last point about their style on which I would like to insist is the fact that the rhythm of the stories is also quite normal. No excitement, no excessive speed. Life is following a normal pace even though there has been a crime. This enables us to develop some kind of insight and the authors plan on us following a certain line now and then and their suspense building technique is to bring us into blind alleys all the time. Then the two stories both deal with public figures, one with a state representative in Berkeley, California and the other with a rich though mostly retired rock star moving to Nashville, Tennessee for one charity concert. In the first case the situation is made more complex by the fact that this representative, a woman, is also a lesbian and is fighting for some stem cell research, which leads us into the various minority groups against these questions, the religious bigots and the extreme right. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to snuff for either author 30 Nov 2006
By Robert Busko - Published on
You would think that when you pair up two bestselling and award winning authors the likes of Jonathan and Faye Kellerman that the result would be a sure fire runnaway success. Capital Crimes, their long awaited collaborative book is a huge disappointment. Uninspired, and limp, the book provides two novellas that are among the most forgettable stories of 2006. Its almost as though they each provided a dull story so that their characters could shine. Trust doesn't work.

Save your money and time and pass this one up.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to their usual standards 27 Nov 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Jonathan and Faye Kellerman are novelists, and in Capital Crimes, they have teamed up to write together again. Their first team effort was Double Homicide.

Capital Crimes is really two suspense novellas set in two different cities and feature cameos of characters from their popular suspense novels.

My Sister's Keeper is set in Berkeley where Peter Decker makes an appearance. California state representative, Davida Grayson is a lesbian and activist. She has also been murdered. Grayson had been threatened for her support for stem-cell research. Was it her politics or her personal relationships that resulted in her death by a gunshot?

Music City Breakdown is set in Nashville and features Alex Delaware. Jack Jeffries is a rock legend who left retirement to perform for charity. His body was found in a ditch, his throat slashed. The detectives on the case have their own connection to the music industry and are determined to solve the murder.

This book is not up to the 'hype' the Kellermans normally receive when they have a novel published. It feels like they had an idea, 'slapped' it together and said, "It's a good little money maker." The stories don't have much of a plot, seem hurried and forced. Only true, die-hard fans will appreciate this book. Then again, maybe not.

Armchair Interviews says: If you've never read anything by the Kellermans, this is not the book to start with. You'll be disappointed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Worthless 12 Oct 2008
By Hopeless Bibliophile - Published on
I had read several books by either one of the authors; some of them were very good, some were OK, others less exciting. I also read their previous joint novella effort, which I enjoyed. So, when I saw this in the bookstore, I bought it, and looked forward to reading it. What a bitter disappointment! This book is supposed to be a thriller and/or a mystery, but it lacks any thrills, and the characters and situations are so pedestrian, unexciting and humdrum, they completely failed to interest me. I couldn't care less for the victim, the police officers and investigators, or the suspects. The dialog between characters is incredibly boring and uninspired; judging from the first 90 pages of the first novella (I could not stand more of this manure-literature!) all the characters have IQs not exceeding the mid, double digits, and most of them are so racist, sexist, and/or intellectually challenged, I would not want to spend (waste...) even a minute of my life with any of them. Or, reading about them.
In summary, if you think you want to read a good mystery, this is definitely NOT it. This pathetic book is not worth your money or your time. Actually, I believe all the copies of this book should, if possible, be recycled to benefit from their most important ingredient: paper pulp.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A capital crime indeed 24 Jan 2007
By Edith C. - Published on
I am a great fan of Jonathan Kellerman, but have not read anything by his wife. This book overall was a great dissapointment to me. The stories seemed forced and pushed together with plot lines that just didn't seem to get there. Perhaps each writer realized that they didn't have enough for an entire book, so they conceptualized this idea. The poignant ending of "Music City Breakdown" would have been much better, I feel, integrated into the story. On the whole, a ho-hum read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for fans of the Kellerman duo 3 Dec 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
"My Sister's Keeper". California state representative and lesbian rights activist Davida Grayson ignores all the threats to dispatch her to hell from rival politicians and the fundamental right as she loudly supports stem cell research. However, someone carries out the threat and kills her in her Berkeley office. Berkley homicide detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Isis investigating the shooting death seeking a motive by focusing more on her love life rather than her vocal political enemies.

"Music City Breakdown". Nashville homicide detectives Baker Southerby and Lamar Van Gundy investigate the murder of rock superstar Jack Jeffries, stabbed to death. They quickly uncover the fact that the victim was a patient of police psychiatrist Dr. Alex Delaware so they consult with him to learn more about Jeffries in order to find a motive.

Fans of Faye Kellerman's LAPD detective Peter Decker and Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series will enjoy this pair of novellas though their respective recurring heroes play minor roles with neither of the lead homicide detective teams quite as solid. Still both tales are fun as readers will enjoy this dose of DOUBLE HOMICIDE from the Kellerman duo.

Harriet Klausner
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