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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755374568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755374564
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In this compelling novel from the No. 1 international bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, master detective Alex Delaware delves into the darkest of human compulsions as buried bodies begin to surface.

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By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
3.5/5
Guilt is the 28th (!) entry in Jonathan Kellerman's long running Dr. Alex Delaware series. I've been following this series for many years, but the last few books have fallen short for me. But, old habits are hard to break, so I was willing to see what was in store with this latest offering.

Alex is a psychologist who consults with the LAPD - specifically with Homicide Detective Milo Sturgis. "Most homicides are mundane and on the way to clearance within a day or two. Milo sometimes calls me on 'the interesting ones.'" Milo is an outsider within the ranks, but he has one of the highest clearance ranks in the department. Together this pair make an interesting investigative duo, with each bringing different strengths and outlooks to the cases.

In Guilt, a new homeowner discovers a metal box buried in the backyard. But, the contents are unexpected - they're the bones of a baby. The remains are determined to be sixty years old, but of course must be investigated. Then a young woman is found dead in a nearby park with another set of infant bones close by - and this time they're more recent.

Kellerman lets us follow along as Alex and Milo scour the past and pursue the present in search of answers. Alex takes the lead role in Guilt, striking out on his own many times, using his own connections and pursuing threads he believes will lead to answers. I did find sone leaps to leads rather circumstantial and a bit hard to buy, and the title appears to have been drawn from a note that is never fully explained.

Kellerman is a psychologist himself and the character of Alex is especially well developed because of this background. His conversations and mannerisms ring true. In Guilt, Alex practices more counselling than he has in the last few outings.
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I received a copy of this book from the publishers as part of this blog tour but had already read it previously. My review is my honest opinion of the book.

I have to start out by saying I'm a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman and his Alex Delaware novels. I've read all of his books including the stand alone novels and have his new novel Killer on my to read list. I love to be welcomed back to the world of Alex, Milo and co and look forward to a new book with relish.

Guilt has the components of any Alex Delaware novel, a gruesome murder, intrigue and evil. The story opens with the discovery of the bones of an infant in the garden of a large house in a prosperous district. Alex is called to help Milo investigate. Further remains are found a short time after, but these remains are more recent. Soon Alex and Milo are on the hunt for the monster who has committed the crimes.

There are the usual twists and turns with this novel, Alex stumbling upon clues and coming across information that leads him to heartbreak from the past and introduces him to the strange world of a Hollywood superstar couple.

This book is what I've come to expect from a Delaware mystery. Alex works closely with his friend Milo aided by his long term girlfriend, Robin. Jonathan Kellerman's style of staccato speech for Alex is evident in Guilt, and seems to be becoming more of a trait.

You don't have to read the other Delaware novels before this one as each can be read as a stand alone novel. The back story of Alex and his girlfriend Robin, and his developed relationship with Milo that is created in the previous books is explained at some point in each subsequent novel.

I enjoyed Guilt in the same way I always enjoy a Jonathan Kellerman novel and I look forward to reading the latest installment, Killer.
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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2014
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I bought this for my Aunt towards her Christmas present as she is a long time Jonathan Kellerman reader and she has advised that she enjoyed the book however not as gripping as some of his other reads.
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Jonathan Kellerman is back on form! I didn't like his previous book, Victims, and didn't finish it - a first for his books. I like the occasional cross over of a character from his wife, Faye Kellerman's, Decker/Lazarus books. Long may they last.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2013
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A storm uncovers a box with a baby's skeleton in it and a few days later another baby skeleton and a dead woman are found in a nearby park. Alex and Milo are stumped for answers for most of the book and have some whacky solutions along the way. This is a long standing series but you could come to this book as a new reader and still not miss much as the gaps are filled in an unobtrusive way. There is maybe not much added to the characters in this book as they are extremely well developed but sometimes I wish Alex would be a little less supportive and a bit more judgemental with some of the characters he meets as self absorbed seems a bit of an understatement. I felt there could have been a bit more to the plot but it was compulsive and I read it in 2 goes. Worth a read.
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I have to say, the last two of Kellerman's books were fine, serviceable but somewhat pedestrian in terms of plot and where it took the characters.

Guilt is a vast improvement on almost every level. It's certainly one of the more gruesome Alex Delaware tales for a long time, and not just in terms of gore, there's a real undercurrent of nastiness running through this one. Which can be a bad thing, but with this, it helps the mood, to horrify the reader, really makes you want to keep reading.

The problems are; Having read all of these books, you can often see where the plot is going long before Alex or Milo do, and these characters really haven't been truly taken out of their comfort zones for years. If I were Kellerman, I'd plan something big for the next book, really shake up the status quo. Otherwise it runs the risk of boring the reader, and I found that to be true of the previous two books.

Also, when we reach the climax, the bad guy in this story is so removed from the characters, while his unpleasant crimes certainly have impact, the character is thinly drawn. Especially for what could have been a decent psychological portrayal of the ruination of fame and money.

SO better than the last two in the series, but not a touch on the older books. These characters, Alex and Milo, have lost their edge and something drastic needs to happen to breath some life back into them.
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