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Victims: Alex Delaware 27 [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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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 Victims - a compulsive novel from Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079SU1U0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,810 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans will not be disappointed 12 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
Over the years I've waxed and waned on Kellerman novels. Overall they are well-constructed, the author obviously knows his stuff but I got to a point where the perpetual grinding out of such gruesome crimes kind of got to me a bit and I didn't rush to read them as I once might.

So I was pleasantly surprised that I found this one so enjoyable. It is a fairly horrific scenario - unimaginably horrid crime scenes, inexplicable acts of man's inhumanity to man, but written in a compelling way that makes you want to know who did such a thing and why. All the usual elements are there: the usual characters (Milo, Petra, Moe, Shaun) and the tried-and-tested unravelling of the crime : research victims, visit relatives, find dead-ends, unusual links between them, Milo given grief by the Powers that be etc. But overall this leads to a pleasing and logical story with not a little bit of pathos in there. I agree with other reviewers that Kellerman is back on form.

So - if I enjoyed it so much , why only 4 stars?

Publicists take note: the epithet of "The Crime Reader" irritates me beyond reason. It is not referred to in the books and only appeared fairly recently on the covers. Will someone in Kellermans publicity team please drop this immediately as it adds nothing.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form 2 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like a number of his other fans, I've found the last few of JK's books rather weaker than his early output - still very enjoyable, but somehow not quite measuring up to the best of his work. With Victims, Kellerman proves that he still has what it takes. I read it in a day (the same day I received it), and just couldn't put it down. I think Kellerman is at his best when he concentrates more on the psychological aspects of crime, as he does to such superb effect in three of my favourite titles: Over the Edge, Bad Love, and Monster. Victims has some of the elements of all three (no spoilers here, though), yet it is far from being simply a re-hash of earlier work. As always, Kellerman paints vivid word-pictures of both settings and characters with a few well-chosen descriptive words (having read all his books, I now feel as if I know LA intimately, without ever having been there). However, like the good story-teller he is, he lets the dialogue tell the actual story: we get to know the characters through their words just as much as through their actions. And he is not afraid to let his main protagonists, Alex and Milo, be upstaged a little by Alex's girlfriend, Robin, whose flash of insight sets them on the right path to making sense of a series of gruesome yet apparently random murders. Nor is he afraid to let us see how much dealing with monsters takes its toll on people like Alex and Milo. Kellerman never 'dumbs down': he treats his readers as intelligent people capable of understanding that some monsters, no matter how terrible their actions, do also deserve our compassion - and that is no mean feat.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kellerman... Classy and Cool 3 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Finished this off in a day so there is no doubt that it is utterly readable. If you haven't come across Kellerman before you are in for a treat with this book. The writing is stylish, the characters compelling and the plot gripping. I admire Kellerman's determination to ensure that the story doesn't cut corners... one dimensional 'baddies' are boring and banal and you will not find them in this book. If I have one very small criticism it would be that I would have liked a little bit more of the 'why'... I accept that sometimes this is not possible and we are left with unanswered questions (probably a good thing as it makes us think) and being 'spoon fed' is no fun but in the case of one of the main antagonists we really don't have any information at all and that didn't work particularly well for me. Overall though this is a vastly entertaining book and as stylishly cool as Kellerman always is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going mental 8 Aug 2012
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*Victims* is an ingenious, sophisticated and harrowing psychological thriller which takes us into the darkest depths of a human mind so brutal and so lethal that even the most hardened detectives are shocked and sickened by the series of gruesome killings described in this new episode of the "Crime Reader".

Clinical psychologist and best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman turns crime writing into an art form. He doesn't waste too much time in character introspection or other narrative decoration, but plunges us readers straight into the gripping action, with twists and turns, excellent police procedural detail and emotional rides - making *Victims* an utterly satisfying experience. The author blends the addictive rhythms of the classic crime novel with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition, interspersing the ingredients with style, intelligence, logic and compassion.

I can't stay away from Kellerman... and why should I? I'm a veteran fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to his best 17 April 2012
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After being a Kellerman/Alex Delaware fan since the first book, i have to say that i had felt that the last few Alex Delaware books had got a bit tired.
However, this new book reverses the trend. A good story, well written - found it hard to put down.
'Victims' is Kellerman back at his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Each one as good as the last 10 April 2013
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I have been a Jonathan Kellerman fan since the first one I read, way back when and am pleased to say that this is as good as anything he has ever done. The story is well paced and plotted, with interesting if not always sympathetic characters and plenty of twists to keep the reader hooked and guessing. Readers who enjoy Sue Grafton, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais and other writers of crime will really like this and I would definitely recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this as I do most of his books
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Linda V. Fogler
4.0 out of 5 stars back to his old best
After a few formulaic offerings, JK is back doing what he does best !! Couldn't put this one down, loved it !
Published 3 months ago by Moira G
5.0 out of 5 stars Used but first class
The book arrived on time and in first class condition. What a treat for a Bank Holiday which has turned cold - a rattling good read which is absorbing and being delivered to my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. M. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Victims
An enjoyable read, as always.
Not the best, but had me gripped from the start. And I do enjoy when the other characters we know are thrown into the mix, as we get to see Milo... Read more
Published 4 months ago by jenny blick
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Have read nearly all this authors books, but the last few have been very much the same technique, they used to keep you guessing, alas no more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doodle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Another fab read in the series or to read alone. Alex and Milo keep me hooked , always twists in the plot to make you think. Well done again .
Published 7 months ago by Moro
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
I do not know how I managed to see this book till the end. The characters are dull, the plot was average at best since it was very typical and unoriginal, and to top it all off the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amon.E.Mus.
5.0 out of 5 stars Victims
"Victims" is another cracking great read from Jonathon Kellerman. I was gripped from page one. Slightly gorier than it's predecessors but a well written, thrilling read.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Forensic Psychological Thriller with Police Procedural Elements
VICTIMS is another entry in the well-known Alex Delaware series of crime novels, written by #1 New York Times bestselling American author Jonathan Kellerman. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars Always brilliant!
Kellerman always delivers the best! I have never been disappointed yet, and can recommend him to anyone who wants to be gripped!
Published 9 months ago by Wendy
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