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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,535 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780739368909
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When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as “master of the psychological thriller” (People). Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something “real dead . . . buried in your marsh.” The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it’s a prank, but when a young woman’s body turns up in L.A.’s Bird Marsh preserve no one’s laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city’s under siege to an insidious killer. Milo’s first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

The murdered women are prostitutes–except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh’s grim tableau.

Conveniently–perhaps ominously–Selena’s blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate’ s jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo’s instincts and Alex’s insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man’s past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers–about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike–plunging even deeper into the murky marsh’s enigmatic depths.

Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.’s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don’t come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.

Bones is classic Kellerman–relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.


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Quotes & Awards

  • COMPULSION
  • A genuine page-turner . . . The comfortable banter that has helped make Delaware and Sturgis such durable crime-story heroes is as rapid-fire, keen, and wryly funny as ever, and the mystery they aim to solve is certainly not routine. Booklist
  • OBSESSION
  • Jonathan Kellerman’s novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit. Orlando Sentinel
  • The characters are rich, the story’s well-plotted and you won’t stop reading. Boston Herald
  • GONE
  • The denouement accelerates to breathtaking, heart-pounding speed. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Sharply written and well-paced. Entertainment Weekly
  • RAGE
  • [An] adrenaline-fueled read. People

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Pape | 2/20/2014

    " Great, great audio ! Made the 2 hr daily commute fly by. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela Voris | 2/18/2014

    " Didn't really care for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 2/18/2014

    " Not as good as usual.Hopefully the next will be back to his normal standard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen Dunlavy | 2/2/2014

    " Quick read. A little slow toward the end but recommend for a fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Pittman | 1/28/2014

    " Entertaining plot that kept my interest going. Not one of his best, but worth the reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria W | 1/21/2014

    " Enjoyed this one a bit more than his last book. I kept forgetting it was an Alex Delaware book as he seemed more of a background character. This was more of an introduction of his new characters for the next book, True Detectives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jadine | 1/18/2014

    " Gave up. Definately not his best -- way to much meandering and things that I'm sure are supposed to misguide you, but it made it busy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/17/2014

    " I think Kellerman is on his way back to writing the page-turners he used to write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/10/2014

    " Helped keep me awake on the long drive to visit family for Christmas. Was an interesting who-dunnit. I've got the next book in the series to keep me company on my drive home and am looking forward to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 12/25/2013

    " (I was actually trying to make it 3 stars - but I can't fix it.) It had been a while since I read an Alex Delaware novel and found this to be a good one. For some unknown reason, I had difficulty holding concentration towards the end and don't know if it was me or the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 12/23/2013

    " This is the first book by this author that I've read. A smidge too much detail at times, but overall a very good book. Will definitely read another by Mr. Kellerman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 10/29/2013

    " Dr. Delaware seems like an old friend by now and it is nice to 'see' old friends. Kellerman is an automatic read for me and he hasn't disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 10/29/2013

    " Keeps you wondering what is going to happen next, love this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yvonne | 10/17/2013

    " don't like his style or storyline "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rasmussen | 10/12/2013

    " very interesting story line. i really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 3/15/2013

    " Good read as always, nothing special though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 3/10/2013

    " I have a weakness for Jonathan Kellerman novels. This one is good, as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/3/2013

    " Classic Jonathan Kellerman, featuring Alex Kellerman and Milo Sturgis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/24/2013

    " Well, this was a pretty grusome murder mystery. Listening to the narrative was fun. I think I enjoyed the brainstorming of possibilities for motive the most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/20/2012

    " Good mystery - a little gruesome, at times, but kept me guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burt | 4/6/2012

    " Standard Jonathan Kellerman fare. Fairly fast read; essentially entertaining; use it for a break in your more serious reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/12/2012

    " This book has too much "filler," including the author being full of himself. Now I know why I stopped reading Jonathan Kellerman novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/8/2012

    " Kellerman's whodunit stories are always great reading and I have always enjoyed his characters, Alex and Milo. Bones has some great twists and turns before arriving at the solution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/29/2012

    " The smugness level was brought down a notch for this book and made it much more enjoyable. Quick and harmless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 8/16/2011

    " Alex Delaware teams up with LAPD buddy Milo Sturgis to solve a case with an interesting local setting -- the Ballona Wetlands, known in the book as the Bird Marsh -- and the usual nasty bad people. "

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

    " Jonathan Kellerman has yet to disappoint. Good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/19/2011

    " Not one of my favorite JK books. The ending seemed a little too "formula." I think JK was a bit lazy putting this one together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 5/18/2011

    " I did like the book, but I think the author is tiring of his character and/or his writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 5/17/2011

    " Kellerman, like Patterson, just keeps turning them out--but now they follow a formula--no depth--good for a quick read but not thought-provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " Odd ending - it was just okay
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 5/12/2011

    " pretty good mystery, pun intended. the dynamic between delaware and sturgis is very believeable and natural. they have the feel of old friends. the story is just the vehicle for their give and take. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/12/2011

    " Another great read from Mr Kellerman. Alex and Milo clearly outdo themselves, but Milo takes a backseat this time. Hard to believe I have read all 26 of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fpentlin | 5/11/2011

    " I have been in love with this series for a long time. I'm sad to say that this was tired. It was okay but definitely felt like a retread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misti | 5/9/2011

    " This was a pretty good one:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/8/2011

    " Not as good as his books usually are...a little boring and dragged in some places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 5/8/2011

    " All about $$$$ and whores. Lots of leads but a long trip to the killer. "

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

    " Two-haiku review:

    Girl gets face shot off
    By two different weapons.
    Strange... how can that be?

    Milo and Alex
    Track family connections.
    Even Robin helps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/5/2011

    " Entertaining yarn that takes on a film noir quality. A few interesting female characters thrown in with the usual Alex and Milo.

    The end was definitely over-the-top but isn't that how film noirs always end? "

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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.