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on 5 October 2017
Devil's Waltz

The return of Kellerman's Child Psychologist character Alex Delaware in what is his seventh adventure. Set in Los Angeles Delaware is semi-retired and in the fortunate position of only taking those jobs which interest him.

Contacted by a former colleague Delaware is asked to consult on a young child who is constantly admitted to hospital showing severe signs of illness. Tests are inconclusive and the medical profession is baffled. The health issues are varied and cannot be associated with one particular source. The child is now showing great fear of the medical professionals who are treating her.

Whilst ostensibly there to assist the child Delaware is also asked to monitor the parents particularly the mother. There are unsubstantiated fears that the mother is causing her child's illnesses in what is termed Munchausen by Proxy. Delaware has to get close to both child and mother to test the validity of these fears. His quest has to be kept secret and Delaware soon realises that his presence on the case is not welcomed by all practitioners.

As Delaware's enquiries continue he starts to unravel family secrets which run a lot deeper than initially thought. Family members are also to be found in the hospital hierarchy and have played a not insignificant role in closing the institutions Psychiatry department.

In an excellent story Delaware strips bare the importance of money and income in the American Healthcare system. He highlights the truth that the dedication and commitment of both individual practitioners and collective carers is always secondary to income and revenue streams. In that instance it is the young and the vulnerable who are most at risk and more likely to miss out.

Worth a look
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VINE VOICEon 6 January 2011
This is the 7th book in Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, and if you haven't read the previous 6th I wouldnt suggest you start here. We join Alex in a slow starting book as he is called to his old hospital to help out a friend and colleague from his intern days, Stephanie. Steph has a young female patient who is constantly being brought in to the hospital with strange illnesses. Steph doesn't want to think the worse but she's soon faced with the chance that it might be the child's own parents who are inflicting the damage. And thus ensues a mediocre tale which is dragged on for a hundred pages too long.

Don't buy this book if you haven't read Kellerman before. Start with 'When the Bough Breaks' and read this one when you get to it.
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on 6 October 2017
Having read the reviews, thought it sounded good, but no, no thanks, I will stick to the authors I know, Martina Cole, Kimberly Chambers, Jessie Keane, so could not read any more than a few pages of this.
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on 12 November 2017
great read!
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on 5 March 2015
This writer goes into great detail and uses many American words, not commonly used in English, the character is down to earth and the story lines are realistic. If you can keep up with the intricate details, you will probably enjoy this series of books about Alex Delaware.
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on 10 January 2018
Always enjoy the kellermans
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on 24 August 2015
How does Jonathan Kellerman think up all the different crimes? Glad I don't live in LA!
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on 22 June 2016
Great
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on 3 April 2015
it looks very brown and dirty looking.
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on 30 September 2012
this was a book not to put down, very enjoyable. I have read many books by this author and always look for them in listings
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