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The Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jonathan Kellerman
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Oct 1996 Alex Delaware Novels
The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the  terrifying disease that causes parents to induce  illness in their own children. Now, in his most  frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove  that a child's own mother or father is making her  sick.

Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones  is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet  her parents rush her to the emergency room night  after night with medical symptoms no doctor can  explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and  deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of  devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex  Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him  that one of them may be a monster.

Then  a physician at the hospital is brutally murdered.  A shadowy death is revealed. And Alex and his  friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis have only hours  to uncover the link between these shocking events  and the fate of an innocent child.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553563521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553563528
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,952,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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, 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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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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description

Alex Delaware, The Crime Reader, returns in Devil's Waltz - a compulsive novel from Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a chilling mystery (the twist - the protagonist is a child psychologist) about parents suspected of harming their baby. It is a completely engrossing book -- I started to read it at a world-class resort in Hawaii, and I saw very little of the resort! After finishing Devil's Waltz, I read most of the other books in the series (there are quite a few) and I already have "EYES" looking for his next one!

It is brilliant to have the main character be someone OTHER than a cop or a jaded P.I.!! Having now read most of the books in the series, I am delighted by the development of all the leading characters across the years of the series. This book, I think, is still my favorite, though.

Kellerman is really skillful at maintaining continuity and evolving their personalities at the same time. I strongly suggest reading the whole series. I hope Mr. Kellerman never tires of Alex Delaware (the psychologist).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but no more 15 Mar 2009
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Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of Jonathan Kellerman and have read a good number of the Alex Delaware books and while I didn't think one is all that bad I found it a bit of a slow starter. In fact it probably took about 300 of the 500 or so pages to really come to life. If you haven't read one of these books before then this isn't the best to choose as an introduction as it might put you off buying any more which would be a shame.

The most disappointing thing about this book (I've got the 2008 reprint) was the number of typo errors I found, there must have been about ten. I don't know if Headline no longer employ proof readers but whatever the reason this needs sorting out as this shodiness doesn't do their reputation any good at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sloooow starter!! 13 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the 3rd book I read of the Delaware series. I was very unentertained with the introduction. I think if the introduction would have been shorter it wouldn't have been so easy to put it down in the beginning. When the climax finally arrived it held my interest the rest of the book. I hadn't heard of Munchausen syndrome by proxy before so that helped keep my interest. This book has you playing detective in your own mind while you read only to find out in the end that you better keep your day job. It was written good on the terminology lingo, you didn't yearn for a medical dictionary to be able to pronounce the lingo. It is a good book if you can force yourself to keep reading during the introduction.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling look into the mind of 18 Nov 2000
Format:Paperback
A couple are thrown into turmoil because of the suffering of their little girl. They have already lost one child, and it looks like they may lose Cassie as well. She spends more time in hospital than out. The doctor is thinking the worst, but needs an independent assessment to back up her findings. The only problem is that Cassie's Grandfather is the Chairman of the Board at the hospital. All the evidence points to the fact that someone is deliberately hurting her, and the finger is being pointed at Cassie's mother. Read it .. it's worth the time.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent psychological thriller 18 Nov 2000
Format:Paperback
A couple are thrown into turmoil because of the suffering of their little girl. They have already lost one child, and it looks like they may lose Cassie as well. She spends more time in hospital than out. The doctor is thinking the worst, but needs an independent assessment to back up her findings. The only problem is that Cassie's Grandfather is the Chairman of the Board at the hospital. All the evidence points to the fact that someone is deliberately hurting her, and the finger is being pointed at Cassie's mother. Read it .. it's worth the time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 19 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Sometimes when you read a number of books by the same author, you know that you will be disappointed. There always seems to be one book written for commercial reasons. But with Jonathan Kellerman that hasn't been the case. The Devil's Waltz is really well written, a strong story line, and sub-plots arising from beneath the surface. It keeps you guessing right up until the end. Well worth reading.
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