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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: April 2003 ISBN: 9780739303092
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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.”

    People

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 1/30/2014

    " Another great book in the Alex Deleware series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/22/2014

    " Not my favorite JK book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deedee | 1/7/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It is a typical Jonathan Kellerman novel, which is very readable and a great escape. Perfect for a commuting-book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewett | 12/29/2013

    " I really like the Alex Delaware books and this is a very good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/14/2013

    " I really like Alex Delaware books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 12/14/2013

    " I always like Jonathan Kellerman, but this was a stand-out for me. Although I realized at some point where the case was going, the race to catch the killer was still suspenseful, and the secondary characters' story lines were fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy McCallister | 12/11/2013

    " Usually the only mysteries I read are Sue Grafton because the twists they have to take to keep me interested often bore me. I picked this one up on accident and it kept me interested enough to notice but ignore the rampant sentence fragments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirin Elliott | 12/7/2013

    " interesting mystery, more of a case study than a "Who done it". entertaining nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annelaurie | 12/2/2013

    " Decided this was my last Kellerman book. They're all the same! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Selby | 6/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed the format of the writing with the chapters moving from talking about Petra and Eric and the first person writing of Alex Delaware. The story itself was interesting and I really like the way Kellerman weaves Delaware's personal life into the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 1/25/2013

    " A Cold Heart left me cold. Kellerman usually writes books that are engaging and hold your attention. I struggled to stay interested in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseofpat | 1/7/2013

    " A new author to me that I have found I enjoy the writing and story line. Looking forward to reading the next book on my list of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/19/2012

    " Artists are dying and it's up to Alex Delaware to figure out the connection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nanosynergy | 9/26/2012

    " (Book 17 of author's Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael McLean | 9/12/2012

    " As formulaic and predictable as these books are I still find them immensely enjoyable. Always good to check in with Alex, Milo, Robin and the rest and await the inevitable deus ex machina. Thanks, Dr. Kellerman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/1/2012

    " He has some really nice descriptions of characters and places. With a few words he can create a vivid image in my mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/20/2012

    " Listened to it on tape the abridged version, but not all that exciting. This is the 2nd alex delaware novel I have listened to. When the Bough Breaks the 1st alex delaware novel is better i think, with a much more in depth plot. Not many twist and turns in the book, but easy enough to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 6/14/2012

    " I don't really care for the Alex Delaware character, can't remember the other Kellerman books I've read but this one was fair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 5/8/2012

    " story wrapped up very fast. somethings not resolved. notice how hand shakes are mentioned in every book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/5/2012

    " Alex & Robin broken up. She's w/ Tim & he's w/ Alison. Jealous "artist" tries to kill Robin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 12/1/2011

    " This books offers a look at the long and tedious efforts involved while searching for clues. Not a lot of action, yet an interesting tale of linking small clues. There is a closer look at repeating characters interactions and emotional connections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 11/6/2011

    " For the best selling paperback thrillers out there, this was pretty good. And, not too scary, which I prefer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ktread | 4/19/2011

    " I enjoy detective fiction for light reading. Alex Deleware (psychologist) Milo (detective) are among my favorite characters for this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/18/2011

    " Another great book in the Alex Deleware series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 2/12/2011

    " Blues guitarist killed,
    Then an artist, Milo's case.
    Alex finds others.

    New relationship,
    But Alex is still coping
    With the loss of old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lize | 2/2/2011

    " Robin and Alex have split up and gone their separate ways (say it ain't so, Jonathan!) and the latest case concerns artists and musicians murdered as they're making a success of themselves. Features Petra Connor as the lead crime solver (from Billy Straight). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/30/2011

    " As formulaic and predictable as these books are I still find them immensely enjoyable. Always good to check in with Alex, Milo, Robin and the rest and await the inevitable deus ex machina. Thanks, Dr. Kellerman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/9/2011

    " Great murder who-dunnit with a psychological twist. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 12/19/2010

    " Jonathon Kellerman's books always keep me reading and this one was no different! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 10/23/2010

    " This is my fourth Jonathan Kellerman book. The first was so-so and I was ambivalent about reading more. But the next two were exciting page-turners. This last one dragged on way too much, so I'm back to my original opinion of him. Should I read more? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bart | 10/10/2010

    " A Cold Heart is significantly better than the two or three Deleware novels that preceded it. That's the best that can be said about it.

    This series is getting stale and Kellerman seems to be just stamping them out like Patricia Cornwell stamps out Scarpetta novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 7/26/2010

    " It was ok - typical for this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yetunde | 3/4/2010

    " its been a while now i read a Kellerman's book. am excited about this one already.....
    and i wasn't wrong..i like it. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he coauthored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and Faye live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

About the Narrator

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.