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Deception: Alex Delaware 25 by [Kellerman, Jonathan]
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Strong insights into the quirks of human and criminal behaviour (Guardian)

Filled with insight (Stephen King)

Coolly intelligent (GQ)

A sense of humanity and justice (Publishers Weekly)

An alert eye for detail (New York Times)


'Kellerman doesn't disappoint, and in his battles with the rich and powerful school authorities who are trying to cover up the crime it reminds you of Marlowe and General Sternwood's orchids in The Big Sleep. Tough to put down but with a wry side, it's all you could ask for in an LA thriller' -- Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (23 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MVZBZ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you read between the lines of Kellerman's books, you are taught sensitive morality and gentle ethics. Funny thing is, it happens amongst the most horrifying criminal situations and macabre scenery: this author is clever, simultaneously hard and tender, sharp in his dialogues and plots, his idiosyncratic dress codes and beautiful psychological insights.

I just love it, the way he writes and without much effort (to my mind at least: I'm sure he must suffer through his manuscript's revisions to find perfection) offers you a glimpse of the mind's complexities as applied to common human behaviour. This novel isn't an exception, especially if you like to enter the theatre of teenager cruelty and spoiled elitism.

The story is, as I've come to expect from this writer, brutal and gruesome, involving rape and murder, power and wealth, predators, sexual promiscuity, hidden anguish and deadly sins. All suspense ingredients are there, ably mixed to turn a real thriller into a terrifying nightmare... But our two usual heroes, Alex and Milo, are there to achieve positive closure, with sarcastic humour and the reader's engrossing pleasure - Milo's interviewing skills are a special pleasure to appreciate and, all in all, Kellerman confirms his masterful technique: tell an execrable tale, but with a subliminal constructive lesson to offer.

I always close a Kellerman book with some regret in having finished it, but feeling ultimately good inside, no matter the horrors I have witnessed in reading it: I call that catharsis.
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Don't hesitate to buy this one. Kellerman is at his best, the story is absolutely intriguing and some of you may learn with delight : there's hardly any mention of Robin, lol.
Honestly, I think this is one of his ever best novels and believe me, I've read 98% of his books !!!!
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Format: Hardcover
"You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous." -- Deuteronomy 16:19 (NKJV)

Elise Freeman, a substitute English and history teacher at exclusive Windsor Prep Academy, turns up dead under most unusual circumstances. The investigation quickly turns up DVD in which Ms. Freeman accuses three of her fellow teachers of extreme misconduct . . . a DVD apparently recorded due to being in fear of her death. Other interests determine that the investigation proceed, but at a very low key level. It's just the beginning of a very bizarre trail through the hidden side of the lives of those with too much money and ambition.

A staple of many police procedural plots is to have a conflict of interest that influences the investigation. Milo Sturgis isn't likely to be easily dissuaded from doing his duty, even when the conflict arises from the police chief. The tension does create some memorable humor in this police procedural filled with more red herrings and plot twists than in any five other murder mysteries. The satire of how the very rich and ambitious live can be amusing as well.

I like books that draw my attention away from the real criminal, and this plot was quite effective in that regard. I found it to be a big improvement over the last few Alex Delaware books.

At the same time, Milo and Alex failed to be as interesting as they were earlier in the series. There's just a lot of throw-away humor about eating too much and psychobabble as substitutes for character development and involvement.

I came away from this book feeling encouraged that Jonathan Kellerman seems to have put some real effort into this book. With a little more affection for his characters, he can easily make this a top-notch series once again.
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By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
and "Deception" isn't "War and Peace". But it is a tidy tale of death, deceit, and yes, deception. I believe in comparing a writer's work with his past work. Can't compare it to another writer, that isn't quite fair. Kellerman's novels are very good for what they are - fast paced quasi-police and psychological procedurals. And "Deception" is a good follow-up to Kellerman's past work.

Same old, same old characters in "Deception"; Dr Alex Delaware - a free-lance child psychologist - and Milo Sturgis - a LA police detective usually assigned to tough cases. And the murder case of Elise Freeman was indeed tough. Found frozen in ice in her own bathtub, the victim had a plethora of prospective killers. After following a red-herring DVD where Freeman has named three fellow teachers at an ultra-exclusive LA prep school as possible suspects if she is found dead, Sturgis and Delaware run into obfuscation on the part of the administration when attempting to deal with the teachers and students at the school. After all, it's spring time and the powers-that-be don't want the school's reputation hurt just when the Ivy's are deciding on admissions for the school's seniors. Toss in money - a whole lot of it - and influence - a whole lot more of it - and you've got a hard-to-solve murder. Freeman's murder is succeeded by at least two more until Delaware and Sturgis put it all together and solve the crime. Now, as with most of Kellerman's work, the characters are sort of cardboard, but Kellerman makes the book good reading by use of snappy dialogue.

Kellerman seems to publish an Alex Delaware novel every year. I've read them all and felt a few years ago that they were getting stale. Somehow, Kellerman has refired his imagination and the last few books have been good reading.
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