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Monster (Alex Delaware) [Paperback]

Jonathan Kellerman
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2 April 2009 Alex Delaware (Book 13)

A corpse is found in a car trunk. The victim was a twenty-five-year-old would-be actor called Richard Dada. He had been sawn in half. Eight months later, the body of Claire Argent, a psychologist at a hospital for the criminally insane, is discovered. She was mutilated in the same, horrific way.

Detective Milo Sturgis is put on the case and, when the incoherent ramblings of a patient locked up in a mental hospital for the criminally insane begin to make terrifying sense, he calls on psychologist Alex Delaware to help him delve into the muddy waters of insanity.

Can Alex and Milo unravel this dark web of family secrets, vengeance and manipulation in time to stop further killing?

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755342879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755342877
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,323 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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Consulting psychologist Alex Delaware has a novel approach to crime solving: he uses his training to unlock the secrets in the minds of the victims and jiggles the clues he finds there until the right scenario emerges. So when Alex's LAPD buddy Milo finds the hacked-up body of a woman psychologist named Claire Argent in an abandoned car trunk--the second such murder in eight months--Alex heads for her place of employment: the Starkweather State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

One of Argent's patients at Starkweather is Ardis "Monster" Peake, imprisoned for the unbelievably brutal murders of his mother and the family she worked for, including a small child and a baby. There is at least one eerie similarity between the mutilation of their bodies and Argent's: in all the bodies, the eyes were taken or destroyed. But Peake, diagnosed as schizophrenic and psychotic, is a well-behaved vegetable due to a steady diet of Thorazine, and he hasn't left the hospital since his incarceration 15 years before. How is it, then, that Claire Argent's assistant, Heidi Ott, swears she heard Peake say, "Dr. A. Bad eyes in a box" soon after he hears only the bare fact of her death? And why does Alex find Peake so empathetic, in spite of his violent past and chillingly vacant mind? When other mutilated bodies turn up, Alex and Milo begin to suspect that the real monster is very much at large. Like Kellerman's 12 previous Alex Delaware mysteries, Monster builds to a big, teeth-clenching bang and ends with some very satisfying surprises. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form 19 May 2001
By A Customer
I've read all the Alex Delaware stories up to and including Monster. I held off reading Monster for a while having found the previous few novels a bitter disappointment. For me, Monster marks a stunning return to form. The numerous disparate elements of plot kept me enthralled and were pulled together wonderfully for the end.
There is little development of the characters of Delaware and Milo Sturgis, but after all that Kellerman has put them through in previous novels, I think they deserved a case that didn't involve them being tortured, abducted, nearly killed or the victim of arson.
I throughly enjoyed Monster and will not wait so long before tracking down the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent psychological thriller 25 Sep 2006
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Unlike most of the other reviewers here, I really enjoyed this book and thought it intelligent and thought-provoking. I've never read any other books in the series and am not really a fan of this kind of throw-away fiction but didn't find it either derivative or formulaic. Perhaps because most of the action takes place either in the minds of the protagonists or in the past, other people found it dull - it's certainly not all shoot-outs and chases but I liked it all the more for that. The focus is on the minds and mind-set of the people involved which it makes it creepy, compelling and realistic: from the parents of the female victim to the past history of the town where a family was massacred, we're in the territory of human emotions rather than high-octane action.

The writing's not great stylistically and I did have to ignore the gratingly bad scenery descriptions but that apart this was unputdownable and I read it in 2 sittings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing effort from psychologist Kellerman 12 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Having read and enjoyed all previous Alex Deleware books, which get better the more times you read them, I was disappointed in his latest book "Monster" While all the main characters Alex, MIlo and Robin were there I felt that there was no logical reason for Alex to be involved with this particular case other than the use of the long tern schizophrenic as one of the main characters. Ardis Peake's involvement with the murders of two people while incarsarated in Starkweather hospital leads down many a blind alley until the truth finally becomes apparent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars time to retire Alex Delaware me thinks.. 10 May 2000
Jonathan Kellerman wrote one of the best thrillers I have ever read in my life, the Butcher's theatre. Unfortunately none of his subsequent books have quite lived up to its promise, and nowadays the sight of a new Kellerman novel only sends me running for the bookshop if the name Faye is in front of it. The Alex Delaware books are competent but uninspiring, ; they are also becoming less of a challenge to read - I polished this one off in a few hours. Don't know if I'll be able to work up the enthusiasm to tackle anymore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars He's written better! 17 Jan 2001
By A Customer
I've read all Kellerman's books, and this one just didn't have the tension or depth I was hoping for. We already know Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis,the leads, from previous books, but I feel every book with them should help me know them better. But in Monster, they just happened to be involved - it could have been anyone. An easy read, but rather formulaic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A series maybe running out of steam? 16 April 2000
By A Customer
Alex Delaware is on the track of a deranged serial killer (is there any other kind?). Sadly, Delaware has maybe been after the bad guys of LA for too long and the books are losing their freshness. If you can't spot the baddy the first time the character appears, maybe you're reading in the wrong genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this series of books, I find them easy to read but also have good plots and twists and turns
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 16 Sep 2012
By Moon
Format:Kindle Edition
Another well written and intriguing Kellerman novel, with it's main character Alex Delaware adding the all insightful view of a psychologist, giving an insight into how damaged the human psyche can be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Delaware
One of the more testing Delaware novels- don't start with this one, but for veterans of the good doc, this book will be the enjoyable puzzle, filled with incisive dialogue and... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by oneleggedpig
1.0 out of 5 stars Monster
The worst Alex Delaware thriller so far. Dull, flat characters. Plenty of talk and very little action. Readers will have it all worked out long before Delaware and Milo do. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2009 by Rich
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable - just
'Monster' is the kind of book that reads like the narration of a tv cop show. I kept expecting the next words to be: "My name's Friday, I'm a cop. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2006 by Kate Harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars When you read this put the TV on to keep you awake.
This is the first Kellerman book I have read. Unless I can be convinced otherwise it is likely to be the last. I found this book to be one long bore. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2006 by G. M. Buchanan
1.0 out of 5 stars Could do better !!!!
The truly great authors have the ability to take you on a rollercoaster ride of twists,turns and heartstopping moments with hardly a chance to catch your breath..... Read more
Published on 13 May 2006 by Mr. K. S. Chambers
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather formulaic
Delaware and Sturgis have been colourful protagonists over the years, but "Monster" indicates that they might have run their course. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad, but...
I read most of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware thrillers in one summer a few years ago around the time of the paperback publication of Survival of The Fittest, and looked... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment, easy to follow
Really enjoyed this book, it's great if you enjoy the pshycological aspect of serial killing and unlike some audio books, the characters are easily distinguishable. Read more
Published on 18 July 2000
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