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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (21 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075534281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755342815
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A gruesome novel psychodrama of depravity and organised vice...assured skill and horripilating effect' (Observer)

'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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The first Alex Delaware novel, When the Bough Breaks, is vintage Jonathan Kellerman and full of psychological suspense.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jax on 10 April 2007
Format: Paperback
I had previously read some of the later Alex Delaware books and decided to start at the beginning of the series to find out the history of Alex, Robin & Milo. It was well worth it - these books are a great read and When the Bough Breaks provides the history of Alex's medical background, how he first meets Milo and the beginning of their friendship, and also his initial romance with Robin. Well worth the read. Go and buy it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A B on 10 Feb. 2010
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I've read most of the Alex Delaware novels in the past so it's a bit strange to finally read the first one in the series. I now know how Alex and Milo first met and how Alex has the time and money to devote his life to solving murders. Not that this has ever stopped me enjoying the books that followed but it's nice to know!

It's actually quite an enjoyable novel and certainly was a good start from Kellerman. If I'm honest I think the newer books are generally better but I guess when you've had twenty five of practice you wouldn't expect otherwise.

What I did find interesting about this book is that it shows how much the world has moved on in the last twenty five years. Back in 1985 carrying out research meant a visit to the library and if you needed to make a phone call you needed to find a phone booth. How on Earth were crimes solved without the internet and 'cell' phones? If you want to know then read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tokyogaz on 26 Mar. 2010
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I've read most of the other Alex Delaware novels, so getting to this book relatively late in the game was interesting. Would it match up to the general standard of the other books?

The answer to that is a thunderous YES. The writing may be slightly less polished and slick, but it is still a well written book, and the plot is thrilling and sickening in equal measure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2011
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I have read a number of Alex Delaware books over the years and enjoyed them. Hence I was prepared for a real treat with this book as it is here that we meet Alex, Milo and Robin for the first time.

When the Bough Breaks does not disappoint. Jonathan Kellerman is a skilful writer and the descriptive passages which go with the action give the reader a real impression of the scenes he is portraying. If I had any criticism I think that the balance between description and action is just a little out of kilter in favour of the former. I think that in later books the author developed his style and got this balance about right. Having said that, the plot is intricate, interesting and well put together as Alex finds himself in conflict with a particularly unpleasant group of people.

Hard to believe this was first published as long ago as 1985 with the, perhaps slightly less appealing title of Shrunken Heads! The book does not feel dated, but as a sideline it is interesting to spot the period features. For a start virtually no computers so poor Alex has to sift through reams of paper records. Also references to Datsuns (the old trading name of Nissan), a Rolodex, and someone's record collection! However, this does not in any way detract from this tale.

So to summarise, this is a book where the action moves along at a pace which is sufficient to maintain interest and keep you turning the pages. Quite an enjoyable read.
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Like a couple of the other reviewers, I read this out of sequence having read a number of the Delaware/Sturgis books prior to this. It really doesn't make that much difference in what order you read them, though it is interesting to get a little of the history behind relationships.

Like most of Jonathan Kellerman's books, it is well written with sufficient pace to keep interest going. The characters are well drawn and quirky enough to create curiosity as to how they interact with others - the psychologist with too much time on his hands - the gay police detective. The plot is well thought through with a satisfying number of red herrings.

At times the hero, Delaware's foolhardiness can become a little irritating, and seems to be the writer's tool for creating tension and thrills. Fair enough, but would he really have gone into all these dangerous situations with all guns blazing and with no specific call for back up? It's written in the first person so you hear the hero's thoughts and you are left wondering sometimes how someone so intelligent doesn't question his actions and touch base more often. Put it down to the licence of the thriller writer I suppose.

However, having said that, all in all, a satisfying read for the first of the Delaware thrillers and certainly sufficient to keep me hooked into the series.
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By PipEmma on 16 Aug. 2010
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Really enjoyed this book, and to my knowledge the first Johnathan Kellerman I've read. Most certainly I'd buy his books again, having read all his wife's books, thought I'd now start on his. Well plotted, and kept me guessing till almost - but not quite - the end. Very exciting, a real page turner, a book I stayed up till late reading in bed! This is a book that grips you from the very start, on the very first page. If you like a murder mystery from a different angle, then this is for you. Not too much police procedural stuff, or strings of capitol letters that leave you guessing what police or department they stand for, but all very straight forward stuff. Neither were there masses of characters to find yourself introduced to in quick succession. Simple, easy but substantial, gripping and exciting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller/mystery.
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