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Over the Edge [Mass Market Paperback]

Jonathan Kellerman
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Book Description

Mar 2004
When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before—and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn’t five years ago. And when he peers into a family’s troubled history and Jamey’s brilliant, tormented mind, the psychologist puts himself at the heart of a high-profile case. Because Alex knows that in a realm of money, loss, and madness, something terrible pushed Jamie over the edge—or else someone is getting away with murder.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345466624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345466624
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,807,756 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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'Over the Edge is a compulsive page-turner...filled with insight, charged with suspense, and laced with just enough humour to make the whole thing sparkle. This one is simply too good to miss' (Stephen King)

'Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying' (Sunday Telegraph)

'High-octane entertainment' (The Times)

'Exceptionally exciting' (New York Times)

'Ingenious and horrifying' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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Alex Delaware, The Crime Reader, returns in Over the Edge - a compulsive novel from Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense.

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read 15 Aug 2001
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I very much enjoyed this book, the plot centred around a cry for help from an ex-patient. This is no normal young man, but a precocious young genius who is almost a totally unsympathetic character. He is arrested for a series of murders committed whilst in a psychotic state.
The plot unfolds in timely fashion, and if you are anything like me you will have made a couple of wrong guesses before the final denouement.
A nice change from the beautiful wide eyed little children Alex Delaware seems to find himself protecting. I was also pleased that he didn't get too involved in confronting the perpetrators, avoiding the final confrontation scene which is played out so often, with the hero taking on the villain single handed and ending the book terribly injured, but having survived (yawn).
Interesting, enjoyable and well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over The Edge 13 Mar 2009
As you may already know this is the 3rd in Jonathan Kellermans long running Alex Delaware series. It starts with one of Alex's ex-patients, a troubled young man believed to be suffering from schizophrenia, contacting him after escaping from the mental hospital he was being held at. It leads to an unforunately long winded story of family secrets, corrupt businessman and the deranged mentally handicapped that usually bring something extra to Kellermans stories.
This one however seemed to fall a bit flat for me, too long considering the slow pace. I'll definately continue this series having been impressed with the previous books; When the Bough Breaks & Blood Test. And kudos must go to Kellerman for his amazing prose and character descriptions which really are a driving force for the series.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I have now read about 5 of Jonathon Kellerman's books and I am yet to be disappointed by one. Over the Edge is sharply written and completely compeling. I read it in two days straight over a rainy weekend and experienced that sense of loss and sadness when a really good read is finished. The book starts with an ex-patient of Alex's calling for help in the middle of the night. The boy is later found at the scene of the latest in a long line of slasher serial murders with a knife in his hand. He is now completely psychotic or is he?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 16 Aug 2014
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I have read many Alex Delaware novels previously but out of sequence, I have now decided to read them chronologically. Kellerman has created a fantastically gripping tale and although I guessed part of the ending (the clues were there if you looked) it did not disappoint. Kellerman integrates his
psychological training and experience so well into his literature that at times I wonder where Delaware begins and Kellerman ends!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition Poor - Buy a Paper Copy 13 Feb 2014
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I am not reading these books in the order they were written. This is the 14th I have read, and if I were ranking them in order of enjoyment, it would be ... number 14. That's not to say it's a bad book - it's not - it is just not as brilliant as the others. It's possible that part of my reading pleasure was marred by reading a truly awful kindle edition. Words are split into two, three or even four parts - psy ch o logists - or two or three words are run together. There is some form of error on almost every page. I would still recommend it, but I would advise you to get a paper copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Book - 4 Star Presentation 10 Jan 2014
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I have long been a fan of the Dr Delaware books by Jonathan Kelland and having a Kindle is giving me the chance to collect the whole series from the beginning. The books are great, psychologically based crime with enough human interest about Dr Delaware himself, his partner and friends and way of life and, of course, a satisfactory conclusion to the story. So, a 5 Star book but only a 4 Star rating for the Kindle edition because of one really annoying typographical error - long words are constantly split into two by having a space inserted in the middle, eg. inter national.
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