Mystery (Alex Delaware Novels) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An ingenious, intriguing and breathtakingly good novel from the world's number one psychological thriller writer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The author is well into his third decade of writing (i.e, check his Deception, Compulsion, The Conspiracy Club, The Butcher's Theatre, et al.), and while I always find a comfortable familiarity with each of his books, I'm also pleased to see that he avoids the formulaic plotting that a lesser talent would have succumbed to by this point - apart from his fixation on meticulously listing what everyone's wearing as soon as they enter the scene (there must be a psychological explanation for this... OCD? eh, eh, eh).
So, anyway, MYSTERY is one of Kellerman's best works to date, with his two main characters - consultant psychologist Delaware and LAPD Detective Sturgis - meeting and greeting all types during the course of a difficult investigation into the gruesome murder (face blown off and other diverse mutilations) of a girl part of an online dating circuit. The pair follow a trail of secrets and deception in a plot that truly keeps you on your toes, with all the cyberspace ingredients so dramatically current in the area of online adult dating and depressing sex commerce.Read more ›
Alex Delaware sees a beautiful, lonely woman in one of his old haunts and when a police detective Mike Sturgis later shows him a photo of the same girl violently murdered, he wants to learn more.And so he starts digging into the underbelly of dating agencies and the like in LA with whom Mystery, the name given to our Jane Doe in this novel, is known.
All well and good and perhaps, this novel will appeal more to those who can relate to this kind of world. Somehow, however, I just could not get into this novel and found it somewhat forgettable. That might be because of the pared-down dialogue, so that some of what takes place apparently needs to be second-guessed.
It's ok. However I have read other novels of his I have found to be far more engaging.
Anyway, worth mentioning that the Kindle version has double spacing between paragraphs. Given the quite small screen size on a Kindle this means I am paging more than I expect to and it kind of ruins the illusion that I am still reading a book.
It was my first time with the pairing of the gay cop, Milo, with the psychologist who seems to get involved in the cases Milo is working on without having an official role. This unusual set-up made the plot reasonably interesting, but Kellerman doesn't otherwise do a great deal with his characterisations.
I wasn't knocked out by this book, but it was very readable and will have me going back for more by the author. 7/10
Just didn't work for me. If you want something worthwhile, stumbled across William Lashner books in a series of stories about Philly Lawyer Victor Carl....can guarantee these to keep you guessing right up to the end....loved them....read them in proper sequence....great stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Takes forever to go nowhere. I've read most of the Alex Delaware books but the characters have never been so one dimensional as they are in this novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julia Fox
I haven't read any Kellerman in a long time. This book reminded me why I love him; fantastic character, great storyline, all so well written. Worth your time!Published 4 months ago by Anne-Marie
This was my first meeting with the child psychologist Alex Delaware, his partner, Robin Castagna [who hardly features], and the Los Angeles homicide detective Milo Sturgis,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr R
I don't think I've ever read a bad Jonathan Kellerman book! Alex Delaware is superb, and Milo as always makes me chuckle. The story is interesting, and believable. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Emma margo Francis
There are 2 Mystery`s here the first being the page turning Alex Delaware psychological thriller, which has a variety of twists and turns from the onset. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Steven J Harding