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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,409 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780739321393
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Husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, both internationally best-selling authors, team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crimes, a pair of original thrillers set in two cities rich in atmosphere. The stories feature appearances by the authors' signature heroes: LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker and psychologist sleuth Dr. Alex Delaware.

My Sister's Keeper: Berkeley
Progressive state representative Davida Grayson fits in well with her Berkeley constituents. But some of Davida's views have made her unpopular elsewhere. Still, no one suspects that any buttons Davida might push could evoke deadly force.

But now Davida lies brutally murdered in her office, and Berkeley homicide detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Isis must unravel Davida's complex, surprising life in order to find her killer.

Music City Breakdown: Nashville
Baker Southerby, the son of musicians, was a child-prodigy performer. But something Baker won't talk about leads him to quit the honky-tonk circuit, become a Nashville cop, and never look back. His partner, Lamar Van Gundy, is a would-be studio bassist who never quite made the cut in Music City, and so instead earned himself a detective's badge. Now both men are members of the Nashville PD's elite Murder Squad, with a solid record for solves. But when they catch a homicide that's high-profile even for a city where musical celebrity is routine, their skills are tested. Jack Jeffries, a rock legend who cast aside personal demons and emerged from retirement to perform at a charity benefit, has been discovered in a ditch near the Cumberland River, his throat slashed.

Capital Crimes delivers riveting, psychologically resonant suspense, just what we've come to expect from two of the world's most successful crime writers.

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  • Rock icon Jack Jeffries seems to have no enemies. Lesbian politician Davida Grayson has no lack of them, most recently whoever pelted her with eggs at the California statehouse. And yet both end up equally dead in Capital Crimes, the new pair of agreeably perplexing mystery novellas by bestselling spouses Jonathan and Faye Kellerman (joining forces for the second time). The deaths are disparate: Jeffries climbs the stairway to heaven in Nashville in the more moving tale, Music City Breakdown, while Grayson dies in her Berkeley office in My Sister's Keeper. But shared themes, including the role of family, help to make these old-school whodunits - solved through knowledge of character and diligent detective work - satisfying. PEOPLE Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmin | 2/19/2014

    " Another two great crime stories from Faye and Jonathan Kellerman. I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/14/2014

    " Two shorts by the Kellerman's stars Dr. Delaware and Peter Decker. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise M. | 2/6/2014

    " with Faye Kellerman "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki DeLash | 2/5/2014

    " I loved the first story! It was set in Sacramento and Berkeley... two of my favorite places back home. The second story, on the other hand, wasn't too thrilling. But, like most Kellerman books, it was a fairly quick and painless read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/31/2014

    " I love both of the Kellermans - and I really like how this book involved their "staple" characters while introducing new ones. The stories were easy to read and short - but I would have liked them to be a bit longer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 1/29/2014

    " This book was just OK; it's really two novellas in one book. When you can put a mystery down to read something else, you know it's not spellbounding. But it wasn't hideous either. Just formulaic, sort of handed you the solution, particularly the first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kj | 1/28/2014

    " I do not like his wives books so I gave this 2 stars for him. Not the best but maybe they had a fight & had to work on a book to make up???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorer002 | 1/27/2014

    " This book was fine, as far as mysteries go, but it wasn't as good as I expect Kellerman books to be. I liked the first novella much better than the second, although it was a bit funny to see a "cameo" by Alex Delaware. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Poling | 1/18/2014

    " This is really two short books. Each one features the heros that return in each of the authors books. They were fast reads and didn't have the thickness of plot that their individual books do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/17/2014

    " Not a great book, but a quick read, especially when you are at the Pittsburgh airport for 5 hours. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxine | 1/16/2014

    " Read the first novella, My Sister's Keeper, it was rather boring. Decided not to read the second, Music City Breakdown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/12/2014

    " This is 2 books in one, it was a good train book because it was easy to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/12/2014

    " Easy read for a plane ride "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/1/2014

    " Not a great book, prefer these two authors when they write alone. "

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

    " Although I am a huge fan of the two authors of this book, I did not enjoy the deviation from their usual separate writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 12/7/2013

    " Excellent, Excellent!! Love this husband-wife collaborations!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lunaticprophet | 12/6/2013

    " *** Two individual stories in one book - "My Sister's Keeper" & "Music City Breakdown". Each are well written and enjoyable... but I've waited too long to write this review and can't add any better commentary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warner | 12/5/2013

    " Good crime story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 11/15/2013

    " These are two good mysteries written by the husband/wife couple. Both are good, with cameo appearances by their usual main characters, Peter Decker for Faye and Dr. Alex Delaware for Jonathan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janetlee | 10/31/2013

    " This book kind of moved slowly in the first story, My Sister's Keeper, by Faye. It was okay. The second story by Jonathan was more interesting. He even managed to get Alex Delaware in there for a cameo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 8/22/2013

    " two stories in one. both are interesting. lesbians in one story, nashville music scene in the other. what more could you ask for? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Alice | 7/30/2013

    " Two shorter mysteries by the husband and wife team. This was an easy read, but I didn't like it nearly as much as the books by each author individually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 7/22/2013

    " This is another collaboration by husband and wife team Jonathan and Faye Kellerman. Again, it is two stories in one book, and I think these two were a little better than the two in Double Homicide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/21/2013

    " Two books in one. I really liked them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sae-chan | 6/28/2013

    " It's ok when you are really really bored and no other books catch your eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 5/3/2013

    " Being a fan of both John and Faye, I was surprised I wasn't enamoured with either of the stories, first one being better than the last. Stick with what you do best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 4/17/2013

    " This was an OK book. It is two short stories one by each Kellerman. I am not as familiar with Faye's books. I have read several of Jonathan's books and have greatly enjoyed them. I was a little disappointed in this one. "

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

    " 3.5 A couple of light-ish procedural collaborative novellas, with not-so-incidental cameos from their main protagonists. Decent enough as stand-alones, probably of more interest to series' fans for the external takes on the familiars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shauna | 2/16/2013

    " I'm not a fan of the short stories, it seems like just when the book is getting started, the story comes to a sudden end. These just seem so rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 2/5/2013

    " the best of two authors---Husband and wife have each put in a short novella to keep the reader on the edge of their seat "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hope R | 9/16/2012

    " This was a trick. I was looking forward to trying Jonathan Kellerman's work with his wife. I was not expecting novellas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 8/9/2011

    " Very predictable. Was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 7/5/2011

    " A couple of good who-done-its. Not riveting but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 6/17/2011

    " Not as good as a Faye Kellerman book, and not as intricately written as you would hope two people who have lived together for over 2 decades could muster but ok "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dodokins | 4/29/2011

    " It's ok when you are really really bored and no other books catch your eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/17/2011

    " I am a big fan of both Jonathan & Faye Kellerman writing individualy. This book is actually two novella's in one. It was an average read. I didn't rate it higher because I am not a big fan of novella's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/15/2011

    " Enjoyed the combination of Jonathan and Faye. In fact I began to read her books too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lunaticprophet | 1/11/2011

    " *** Two individual stories in one book - "My Sister's Keeper" & "Music City Breakdown". Each are well written and enjoyable... but I've waited too long to write this review and can't add any better commentary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxine | 12/28/2010

    " Read the first novella, My Sister's Keeper, it was rather boring. Decided not to read the second, Music City Breakdown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julsey | 11/2/2010

    " Very good. Two short stories thatq both are able to grab you immediately and carry you thru the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 8/10/2010

    " This book was just OK; it's really two novellas in one book. When you can put a mystery down to read something else, you know it's not spellbounding. But it wasn't hideous either. Just formulaic, sort of handed you the solution, particularly the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/4/2010

    " These are two good mysteries written by the husband/wife couple. Both are good, with cameo appearances by their usual main characters, Peter Decker for Faye and Dr. Alex Delaware for Jonathan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheree | 3/18/2010

    " Two Crime stories, followed from the discovery of the crime to solving of the mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. | 1/16/2010

    " the best of two authors---Husband and wife have each put in a short novella to keep the reader on the edge of their seat "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 10/7/2009

    " This was an OK book. It is two short stories one by each Kellerman. I am not as familiar with Faye's books. I have read several of Jonathan's books and have greatly enjoyed them. I was a little disappointed in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 10/1/2009

    " This is 2 books in one, it was a good train book because it was easy to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 6/11/2009

    " Both stories are ok--not good but ok. Better than I expected. I'm not sure that this husband/wife should try the "let's write something together." I cannot recommend this to Jonathan Kellerman fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 3/19/2009

    " I like his style of writing. This was a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janetlee | 3/6/2009

    " This book kind of moved slowly in the first story, My Sister's Keeper, by Faye. It was okay. The second story by Jonathan was more interesting. He even managed to get Alex Delaware in there for a cameo! "

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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.