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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (29 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755374460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755374465
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,702 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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"Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--"Los Angeles Times" "The latest of Kellerman's nail-biting thrillers, set in the dreamy world of Hollywood. This time, the dream turns into a nightmare."--"The Star-Ledger"" ""Kellerman is a powerhouse.""--Library Journal"

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An ingenious, intriguing and breathtakingly good novel from the world's number one psychological thriller writer

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Eyeh Asher on 8 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading Kellerman and his Delaware psycho-thrillers for about 20 years now, and haven't tired yet. Of course, he's had his ups and downs, some stories being better than others, and lately losing some luster - but this one is excellent.

The author is well into his third decade of writing (i.e, check his Deception, Compulsion, The Conspiracy Club, The Butcher's Theatre, et al.), and while I always find a comfortable familiarity with each of his books, I'm also pleased to see that he avoids the formulaic plotting that a lesser talent would have succumbed to by this point - apart from his fixation on meticulously listing what everyone's wearing as soon as they enter the scene (there must be a psychological explanation for this... OCD? eh, eh, eh).

So, anyway, MYSTERY is one of Kellerman's best works to date, with his two main characters - consultant psychologist Delaware and LAPD Detective Sturgis - meeting and greeting all types during the course of a difficult investigation into the gruesome murder (face blown off and other diverse mutilations) of a girl part of an online dating circuit. The pair follow a trail of secrets and deception in a plot that truly keeps you on your toes, with all the cyberspace ingredients so dramatically current in the area of online adult dating and depressing sex commerce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda in the Fens on 1 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I agree with the other reviewers in that this is a good, if not great, Alex and Milo story. Always fun to catch up with them. I loved the idea of Milo considering Facial dermabrasion even if he doesn't mean it. Don't! You're lovely just as you are!
Anyway, worth mentioning that the Kindle version has double spacing between paragraphs. Given the quite small screen size on a Kindle this means I am paging more than I expect to and it kind of ruins the illusion that I am still reading a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
An OK mystery about the murder of a call girl and her involvement with a sugar daddy with themes relating to family secrets and conspicuous wealth thrown in for good measure all set in LA. When the call girl is first noticed by Clinical Psychologist Alex Delaware in a hotel on its closing night then turns up with her face blown off Alex suspects that it's not a simple murder but something altogether more involved and together with Milo Sturgis , a lieutenant in the LAPD , they set out to solve the case. Sounds good but it's not a book you can't put down rather one you read if you've got a spare half hour then pick it up later. This is the second book I've read by this author but I won't worry if I don't read any more as I find his style a bit plodding.
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By Joe Fajerman on 5 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
I have always been quite a fan of Kellerman's Milo and Alex stories, but this time I found myself reading it in parallel with Frank Tallis' Mortal Mischief. They are curiously identical in plot. They both figure an inexplicable crime with a dedicated police officer and a psychologically inclined sidekick (or the other way round), on the trail of a killer.
While the first story is in 21st C New York, the other is in 19th C Vienna. In the second story, the psychologist is Max Lieberman who is a disciple of Freud, and he has regular meetings with Freud. I was really enjoying the wit in the Kellerman book, until I got to the final denouement which was so convoluted I lost the will to comprehend. The Tallis book is equally witty and it has Freud during the time he wrote Humour and the Unconscious. telling jokes! Both psychologists are brilliant at interpreting clues, but at the end of the stories, I thought that Kellerman had blown it. When it came to the confrontation between the killer and the psychologist, Lieberman was the clear winner.
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By johnverp on 20 Oct. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is quite a good read. The mystery element is well-developed and had me thinking. So Kellerman had me invested early and didn't detour with his writing. But it would be too much to say this was an outstanding mystery as it sort if goes where a lot of others before it have gone.

It was my first time with the pairing of the gay cop, Milo, with the psychologist who seems to get involved in the cases Milo is working on without having an official role. This unusual set-up made the plot reasonably interesting, but Kellerman doesn't otherwise do a great deal with his characterisations.

I wasn't knocked out by this book, but it was very readable and will have me going back for more by the author. 7/10
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
"And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT" -- Revelation 17:5 (NKJV)

An accidental encounter places Alex Delaware in the middle of a murder investigation, one that involves the ugly underbelly of the "beautiful life" in Southern California. As a result, he has a bigger role to play, there are more and more relevant psychological insights to share, and more realistic reasons for Alex to be involved with Milo Sturgis in the investigation into a brutal slaying.

I thought that most of this book was better plotted than many of the recent offerings in this series. The red herrings were more plausible and intriguing . . . and the resolution of the mystery was more unexpected than usual. A bit of the ending was hard to swallow, but I had enjoyed what led up to the resolution enough for that not to trouble me too much.

Some of the dialogue is extremely witty in making social commentary about the "culture" of those with the most toys. I also appreciated the heavy dose of irony that Jonathan Kellerman used to indicate his views about those who don't care who gets hurt . . . as long as they get what they want.

I also enjoyed the many images that were conjured up to provide atmosphere of the sort that used to make the noir detective and crime novels about Hollywood so appealing.

Nice work, Dr. Kellerman!
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