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Evidence: Alex Delaware 24 [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Early one morning a foreman shows up at the building site of a mega-mansion. Proceeding up unfinished plank steps, he arrives at the master bedroom. There, lying on a blanket, are a man and a woman, stabbed and bludgeoned to death.



Who are the lovers? Why have they chosen a construction site for their late-night tryst. Is the double murder simply a horrific example of wrong-place, wrong-time? Or were the victims stalked? And will the outrage be repeated?



Alex and Milo are called in but, as they struggle to make their way through the alternative universe that is the domain of the impossibly rich, they discover a scheme rooted in deception and evil beyond even their imaginations.



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'The expected unexpected twists are embedded in a tale of real texture: every character, no matter how minor is given a life of their own - and the cat-and-mouse interviews led by Sturgis as he tries to nail a suspect are nothing less than superb' (Evening Standard)

'It's always a pleasure to read Kellerman, who injects his fast-paced psychological thrillers with enough humour and authentic glimpses of LA life to leaven his often grisly themes' (Daily Mail)

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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'The expected unexpected twists are embedded in a tale of real texture: every character, no matter how minor is given a life of their own -- and the cat-and-mouse interviews led by Sturgis as he tries to nail a suspect are nothing less than superb' -- Evening Standard 'It's always a pleasure to read Kellerman, who injects his fast-paced psychological thrillers with enough humour and authentic glimpses of LA life to leaven his often grisly themes' -- Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1266 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345522168
  • Publisher: Headline (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755342704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755342709
  • ASIN: B002VHI8I6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another topnotch alex delaware mystery 25 Oct. 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It's always a pleasure to begin a new story with a familiar lead character that has always appealed (this is Kellerman's 24th Alex Delaware novel). Readers/listeners know what to expect, and in this case it's an extremely well crafted crime novel that leaves us in suspense until the last page. A great deal of the enjoyment in an Alex Delaware novel is the friendship and working relationship between Delaware, a consulting psychologist, and Mike Sturgis, an LAPD homicide detective. Their verbal exchanges as the two dig in to solve a crime are thought provoking and entertaining.

Kellerman knows how to pen an attention grabbing and keeping opener - with Evidence the bodies of a young couple are found, obviously they've been murdered and were left in a ghoulish embrace. They're discovered by a night watchman doing routine rounds through a "rich-idiot neighborhood." The site is a half-finished house that would rival a castle when completed. The male half of this post mortem placement is Desmond Backer, an architect who when still breathing would have hated the kind of structure he's found dead in. Desmond, it seems also had a way with women - better said his way with women as he's described as one who "jumps anything with ovaries." Clearly as dead as Desmond is a young woman who is not immediately identified.

One female Desmond had not been able to charm was his ex-boss, Helga Gagman, who sorrows not at all upon hearing of his untimely death. Milo and Alex soon have a long list of suspects that eventually narrows and places them in mortal danger. There are clues leading to eco-terrorism, a multi-level conspiracy, and all manner of evil doings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit run of the mill! 2 Feb. 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love Mr Kellerman's books. I enjoy the chemistry between Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, but in the last few books the the storylines seem to run out of steam! It's a shame, the writing is still superb, but the mystery has gone and the action of previous books has disappeared. It's not as bad as James Patterson as far as plots go, but the edge that was once here is no longer!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Stale 4 Dec. 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We all know these books wouldn't work without the dialogue between Alex and Milo.
That said, I totally agree with the review that pointed out that Alex had no purpose in this book, just following Milo around. His home life with Robin and
the dog was about as dull as it gets. Throw in a weak plot and characters nobody cares about and it turns out to be just a stale read. Bring back the best like the one I really liked being "The Murder Book".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story with a twist 3 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Though not as thrilling as Kellerman's past works, Evidence is an insightful and entertaining book to read. He brings the dangers, horrors and insights to the reader in a manner that attest to his writing skills. The twists in the plot comes out right and the way the threads are laid out leading to the finale is great. Reminds me of Triple Agent Double Cross. The characters are equally fascinating and revealing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Utilize the Usual Suspects 21 May 2012
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"Evidence," (2009), clocks in as the 24th Alex Delaware novel (after Bones) by New York Times bestselling American mystery author Jonathan Kellerman. Although, as many reviewers have pointed out, Delaware serves no apparent function here, he's seemingly just along for the chit chat as veteran Los Angeles homicide cop Milo Sturgis solves the case. The book, as most, if not all the series, is set in Los Angeles, where it explores areas and tells stories that are a long way from the La Brea tar pits or the tour of Universal Studios. In an immense, vulgar half-built mansion in Holmby Hills, one of the tonier Los Angeles neighborhoods, ex-cop Doyle Bryczinski, sidelined by a leg injury, now a watchman stumbles onto the bodies of a young couple who have been murdered and left in a shocking ritualistic embrace. The male victim is easily identified as tending-to-green architect Desmond Backer, widely considered catnip for women; the female victim is harder to place. Construction had halted on the Mcmansion two years earlier, and ownership can be traced only to a now-defunct holding company in Washington, D.C. Theories abound: the site owners were Arabs, Asians, Muslims; the killings were vengeance; the victims were eco-terrorists; the deaths are linked to the disappearance of a Swedish or Swiss woman years before.

Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He is a clinical psychologist and has published more than 30 bestselling crime novels, including The Butcher's Theater,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wigged Out! 20 Feb. 2011
Format:Paperback
Decided to write this review without reading the ones that went before. Will be interesing to see how they tally...

On the plus side. The presence of Robin, the Koi and the dog are kept to a minimum. And no remarks about Milo's pock-marked face, grey sideburns, bunions or flab either. Kellerman seems to be showing more restraint than usual!!

On the negative...the wig scene? Oh, puh-leeze. Talk about predictable. As for Milo making up the end tale and not getting a thing wrong. Yes, Officer, I did it!! Bunkum!!!!

Otherwise, it was like slipping on a comfortable pair of old slippers. Warm and reassuring. Not Kellerman's best but not his worst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great as usual
Published 1 month ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
given as a present
Published 5 months ago by MR RODERICK BOUCHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read by Jonathan Kellerman
Published 7 months ago by MRS DOROTHY DAVIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
Kellerman never fails to disappoint. Each instalment featuring Delaware and Sturgis is like catching up with old friends. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Betty Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
It was not the best of Jonathan Kellerman .He seemed to be a bit bored with the story, as I was
Published 16 months ago by jane
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 17 months ago by Jillikins
4.0 out of 5 stars Great detective read.
Another great instalment in the Alex Delaware series.
Highly recommended for detective/murder mystery fans.
Another murder in LA to be solved.
Published 17 months ago by Teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars As expected
Much as I expect from a Kellerman book, east reading, just right for a quick dip now and again, especially in the long evenings..
Published 24 months ago by Mr. D. D. Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this series of books, I find them easy to read but also have good plots and twists and turns
Published on 18 Mar. 2013 by swills45
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not the best.
I love the Alex delaware character so this book was alright but lacked some of the punch of previous novels. Read more
Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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