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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, very enjoyable
I thought Kellermann's last offerings had been a bit bland but he is back on form with compulsion. Again Milo and Alex are on the trace of a psychopath but there are some interesting variations in the killings. Yet again they jump at a conclusion that turns out to be true and then the book turns into a really well written police procedural with Alex Delaware as...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Villain Develops Slowly in a Disjointed Police Procedural
Why do we like to read about monsters? By bringing them out of the dark, they become merely menacing . . . rather than terrifically frightening. That allows us to relax and feel better. The problem with the police procedural and crime novel genres is that the monsters are pretty predictable. As such, they don't satisfy.

Jonathan Kellerman manages to twist the...
Published on 2 May 2008 by Donald Mitchell


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, very enjoyable, 21 May 2008
I thought Kellermann's last offerings had been a bit bland but he is back on form with compulsion. Again Milo and Alex are on the trace of a psychopath but there are some interesting variations in the killings. Yet again they jump at a conclusion that turns out to be true and then the book turns into a really well written police procedural with Alex Delaware as investigator. This makes very entertaining reading and shows Kellermann at the height oh his profession. Very readable, very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on form but straying from the formula?, 6 Jun 2009
This review is from: Compulsion (Hardcover)
I have read all of the Alex Delaware books & of all the crime series I follow these are by far my favourite. This certainly felt as if Kellerman was back on form after the last book, but Alex seems to have turned into a PI sidekick, and not much use of the fact that he is a child psychologist. I guess that characters develop & change over time, but this feels like a fundamental change to the basis of the novels which spoils the unique quality of the Delaware / Sturgis partnership.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Villain Develops Slowly in a Disjointed Police Procedural, 2 May 2008
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Why do we like to read about monsters? By bringing them out of the dark, they become merely menacing . . . rather than terrifically frightening. That allows us to relax and feel better. The problem with the police procedural and crime novel genres is that the monsters are pretty predictable. As such, they don't satisfy.

Jonathan Kellerman manages to twist the usual psycho model enough to make Compulsion more interesting reading than the plot that shelters the unique character. The story could have been trimmed down by about 100 pages and the book would have been more entertaining. The police procedural element mostly detracts from the interesting criminal.

If you don't like reading about weird criminals, you will probably think this is a two-star book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 13 Feb 2013
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Kellermann is a fantastic writer. The characters he paints are all true to life and the storylines are gripping. He reels you in from the start and once you're hooked there is no putting it down. A prolific writer but each tale is totally different.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another good old Delaware & Milo story, 27 Aug 2008
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This is yet another offering by prolific writer Kellerman. It's a bit run of the mill (like the last 10 books or so) but provide 'comfort reading' when you feel like it.

The killer is a bit unusual, there a secondary plot to add a bit of interest and Milo is still my fav character.

Ideal for a rainy weekend or to take on the beach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 22 May 2014
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Good plot, well written and enjoyable to read. Not sure what else to say about this it was a kindle book so I didn't have to wait for delivery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok holiday read, 23 Mar 2014
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This is an ok easy read. Kellerman just seems to be churning out books with a standard plot line. However if I want an easy read in this genre, this is it. No massive thinking involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnathan at his best, 6 Feb 2014
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Just can put it down,each book gets better,a real page turner. Love the way the characters (Alex,Robin and Milo) are aging as time goes by .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Requires a diary for linking characters, 12 Jan 2014
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Disappointed. Beginning and end interesting, but plot goes awry in middle, then catches all together at end. Storyline doesn`t flow
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kellerman never disappoints, 7 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Thriller (Paperback)
Had to catch up on 4 years of Alex Delaware - still books you can't put down & are easy to read without being too convoluted
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