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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,824 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Delaware Series Release Date:
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Jonathan Kellerman is a master at creating psychologically nuanced novels of suspense—an author whose name is synonymous with unrelenting action, intriguing plot twists, and penetrating insight into the criminal mind. Now he ventures into bold, new territory with his biggest and best novel yet. A Cold Heart features Kellerman’s brilliant signature style—but in this tour-de-force he mines even deeper the emotional landscape of his characters: psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, Milo’s colleague Petra Connor, and Alex’s ex-lover, Robin Castagna—bringing them all vividly to life as never before.

“I’ve got a weird one, so naturally I thought of you,” says Milo Sturgis, summoning his friend Alex to the trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. What makes it “a weird one” is the lack of any obvious motive, and the luridly careful staging of the murder scene—which immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion … but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer.

Delaware’s suspicion is borne out when he compares notes with Milo’s associate, Petra Connor, and her new partner, a strange, taciturn detective with a past of his own named Eric Stahl. The Hollywood cops are investigating the vicious death of Baby Boy Lee, a noted blues guitarist, fatally stabbed after a late-night set at a local club. What links Baby Boy’s murder with that of painter Juliet Kipper is the shadowy presence of an abrasive fanzine writer. This alias-shrouded critic’s love-the-art/disdain-the-artist philosophy and his morbid fascination with the murders leads Alex and the detectives to suspect they’re facing a new breed of celebrity stalker: one with a fetish for snuffing out rising stars.

Tracking down the killer proves to be maddening, with the twisting trail leading from halfway houses to palatial mansions and from a college campus to the last place Alex ever expected: the doorstep of his ex-lover Robin Castagna, whose business association with two of the victims casts her as an unavoidable player in the unfolding case. As more and more killings are discovered, unraveling the maddening puzzle assumes a chilling new importance—stopping a vicious psychopath who’s made cold-blood murder his chosen art form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Often, mystery writers can either plot like devils or create believable characters. Kellerman stands out because he can do both. Masterfully. USA Today
  • “Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • “Jonathan Kellerman is back with [A Cold Heart], and it shows all the Kellerman class we have come to expect. I proclaim ‘his best yet’ with every new book, but—and this should be no surprise—he manages to trump himself every time. . . . A bloomin’ good whodunit. Wichita Falls
  • “[A] highly successful series . . . Kellerman provides a meaty layer of interpersonal relationships beneath the surface of his plot. Publishers Weekly
  • “Detective fiction’s best-loved shrink, handsome, intrepid, immeasurably sensitive, is in top form. Kirkus Reviews
  • “Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Artfully done…[a] classic whodunit sprinkled with hard-boiled lines and more twists than a plate of fusilli. Kellerman has an unusual knack for making his heroes and their personal lives as detailed and engaging as the crime solving.”


  • “By pairing up psychologist Delaware with LAPD cop Milo Sturgis, Kellerman not only makes possible a mix of police procedure and slam-bang action but he also is able to underscore the crime-solving thrills with enough psychological insight to engage more cerebrally inclined readers.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Matt | 2/19/2014

    " This is the first book I've read by Kellerman. It's about the serial murders of "rising stars" in the music and art industries. I thought it would have worked better as two books: he jumps between two main characters and can't seem to decide between them, one a police detective and the other, a forensic psychologist. It really threw me off the first time he went from third person to first, considering the fact that he doesn't tell you he's doing it at the start of the chapter. It's ok, but I doubt I would buy another one of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Saxon | 2/16/2014

    " Alright but a bit too American for me, such as characters Milo, CoCo, Erna, quite an ok read tho, hence 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacie Ward | 2/13/2014

    " Good characters easy to loose yourself in Kellerman's writings. I've read every book in the Alex Delaware series and enjoyed them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison | 2/4/2014

    " I simply enjoy the Alex-Milo detective stories. Part of that is due to the fact the crimes take place in Southern CA, a place I'm familiar with which lends authenticity to the locals. Kellerman is a master writer, providing enough clues to keep you interested and keep you guessing. In this story, multiple murders occur in several states and it's up to the dynamic duo to determine if they're related or not. The victims appear to be creative types (musicians, writers, dancers) that were on their way up. What's the motive? There are several "crazies" in the story-line (their words not mine) which makes it that much more difficult to determine if the witnesses are credible, if the victims are random, if the suspects are realistic. Love and romance, old boyfriend-girlfriend relationships add to the intrigue. A cold heart "life is like a prism, it depends how you view it what you get out of it" pretty well sums up how the suspect views his world and others. "

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