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Time Bomb (Alex Delaware) [Paperback]

Jonathan Kellerman
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10 July 2008 Alex Delaware (Book 5)

You're living on borrowed time...

A sniper opens fire on a crowded Californian schoolyard but is killed before any children are harmed. When the sniper's identity is revealed, a media frenzy erupts. Why would they want to take innocent lives?

Psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to help the kids cope with the ordeal but is drawn into investigating the motives of the would-be assassin. Alex soon finds himself on a bloody and twisted trail into the world of political extremism from which there may be no way back...

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755342895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755342891
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,571 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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'Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying' (Sunday Telegraph)

'High-octane entertainment' (The Times)

'Exceptionally exciting' (New York Times)

'Ingenious and horrifying' (The Sunday Times)

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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delaware Takes On The Far Right 23 Jun 2007
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
"Time Bomb" is Jonathon Kellerman's fifth Alex Delaware novel wnd was first published in 1990. Delaware is a psychologist based in LA who earns his living as a consultant - largely working with the courts and the police.

Alex is contacted at the book's beginning by Milo Sturgis, his trusty pet detective from the LAPD. There's been a shooting at the Nathan Hale Elementary School, in Ocean Heights - thankfully none of the children have been hurt. However, Milo feels that it would be a good idea for Alex to come down and help the kids work through the aftermath. The school had been in the news relatively recently : suffering from a siginificant drop in pupil numbers, it had started admitting inner city kids. This has caused a problem for for certain people, as the majority of these kids are Latino - broken windows, racist graffiti on the school walls...even pickets at the school gates. This `problem' has brought two local politicians to the school - State Assemblyman Samuel Massengil and City Councilman Gordon Latch - who had opposing views on the presence of the kids. It's believed that Massengil - who was far from happy about the kids attending the school - may have been the target.

The would-be assassin, a young woman called Holly Lynn Burden, was killed by one of Latch's men. The police can only guess as to who she intended to hurt, though the most ovious target would have been Massengil. This leap has also been made by LAPD's anti-terrorist department, which means that Milo's time on the case is going to be very limited). However, Alex is subsequently given an alternative line of inquiry when he is approached by Holly's father - who is convinced she wouldn't have been capable of acting in this manner.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Alex Deleware fans this book is boring 5 Aug 2003
Starts off well and ends reasonably well but in the middle are 300 pages of tedium. Sorry but this book is overly long and did not hold my interest. I struggled to finish it but did so on a matter of principle and so that I could review it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Explosive but only in parts 2 Sep 2010
This is my first foray into the works of Jonathan Kellerman and let me make it clear I will read more of his output in future.
The Alex delaware chararacter and his Decective cop buddy, Milo Sturgis, make an intersting team.
Dr. Alex Delaware is a psychologist/sleuth and JK writes very well about a subject he knows extremely well.
The action is set in California where a sniper is shot before committing an act of carnage at a local school.
The history of the school is laced with many issues and is seen by some quarters as a place of little hope.
In this process of developing this story Alex Delaware is recruited by the Sniper's father to help unravel the reasons for what happened and exonerate his "child" in this potential nightmare killng spree.
It continues at a fast pace and the journey takes into the murky side of Politicians a number of clearly dysfunctional individuals and the Nazi Party!
There is romance thrown, in but not in a schmaltzy way.
The final denouement is worth the wait but it misses the full 5 star treatment for a couple of reasons.
JK drags out this book at times beyond what an author might feel is his/her artistic rights.
Although I enjoyed it there was a degree of inplausabilty in some aspects sof the plot which were a bit of a stretch for me.
However there was enough there to encouarge me to go out and buy a couple more of his Delaware books which I look forward to reading with eager anticipation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Alex Delaware 3 Dec 2013
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A standard Delaware story with familair charachters many twists in the plot reaching a conclusion that is cleverly concealed for three quarters of the book
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