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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Delaware Series Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9780739307229
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Once again, the depths of the criminal mind and the darkest side of a glittering city fuel #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s brilliant storytelling. And no one conducts a more harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr. Alex Delaware.

A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night. A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer’s use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware.

What begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well-heeled center of L.A. society to its desperate edges; across the paths of commodities brokers and transvestite hookers; and as far away as New York City, where the search thaws out a long-cold case and exposes a grotesque homicidal crusade. The killer proves to be a fleeting shape-shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death–and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki DeLash | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It reinforced how much I love Jonathan Kellerman's writing style and story lines. Can't wait to read the next few books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smitha | 2/19/2014

    " Another serial killer mystery by Kellerman. I love the pair of Alex Delaware (psychologist free lancing at NYPD) and Detective Milo Sturgis (very unconventional, rough spoken, but good at heart) and like reading the book even though the stories are oft - repeated serial killer ones. There is something new in every book. This book dealt with disappearance and death of a few females of varying ages and circumstances, all linked by a black car. Only Alex Delaware could untangle the illogical logic behind the murders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen Granfors | 2/15/2014

    " Typical Kellerman novel, but lacking the emotional depth of some of the others like "Billy Straight." This one had an interesting ending and an odd villain, but not my favorite of his Alex Delaware novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 2/2/2014

    " The CD version of this Alex Delaware mystery was well acted so now I have several good voices in my head for Milo and Alex. The violence was harder to listen to than read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 1/29/2014

    " YAWN! Sorry Jonathan, this one is boring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Hamm | 1/17/2014

    " This was a really good book, really showed how manipulative a true psychiopath can be. "

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

    " Not Jonathan Kellerman's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/14/2014

    " It was just a little too predictable for me. Several characters used very foul languauge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 1/6/2014

    " An interesting read that meets expectations; not more, not less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maynard Lewis | 1/6/2014

    " OK. Don't think I'll read Kellerman again. Predictable and the writing isn't up to my quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 12/22/2013

    " That last Kellerman book review for Obsession was really supposed to be for this one, Compulsion. I had read Obsession earlier in the year. Doesn't matter though, all the Alex Delaware books are pretty much the same. But still, I like them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teeni | 12/16/2013

    " Can't go wrong with Jonathan Kellerman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/12/2013

    " Not going to say much other than I love reading Jonathan Kellerman...Good whodunits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Hammond | 12/11/2013

    " Easy Reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/15/2013

    " This was standard Jonathan Kellerman fare. It was good and held my interest, but nothing really blew me away. I think the fact that it took me a while to read made it get a little confusing at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 11/15/2013

    " This is an okay book but not up to his usual style. I didn't like the distraction of so many details and story lines. Some of it seemed like after thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misspennylane | 11/12/2013

    " Typical Alex Delaware book. Enjoyable. I was able to leave it with a cousin in Australia to read. she has just started to read him & jumped at it (she's 73!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 11/11/2013

    " A series of unrelated murders tie together. A very satisfying mystery...a quick read...good characters and banter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/2/2013

    " Good addition to the Alex Delaware Series. I'm about half way through and can't wait to find out Who done it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 3/16/2013

    " Not one of my favorites of his, although I usually enjoy the Alex Delaware novels. The way the main story was resolved seemed a stretch as the pieces came together. There were side stories woven in that were more interesting than the main one, but still this book seemed pieced together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/12/2013

    " guilty pleasure reading... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 1/6/2013

    " Listening to this on my Ipod. It is a little over 8 hours long. Not as good as it started out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ludwig | 12/1/2012

    " good but slow book for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Mangigian | 11/15/2012

    " I really like Alex Delaware novels and this one was very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/15/2012

    " an entertaining fast reading crime book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 10/14/2012

    " Fast read. Not too cerebral, but engaging. There are a few things that Kellerman runs into the ground; I'd like to see more creativity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Poling | 8/17/2012

    " An o.k. Kellerman. I love Milo Robin and the Doc so they made the book for me. The ending is quite a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosary | 2/13/2012

    " I wish I could give half stars because this really feels like a 2 1/2 star to me. Better than Bones, but still feeling formulaic. At least, I wasn't annoyed by Alex and Milo following someone who was clearly the wrong guy as I was with Bones. Entertaining, mind candy, but also sort of blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 10/14/2011

    " Really funny snappy dialogue. Like the characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 8/22/2011

    " I'm usually such a fan of Kellerman's Delaware series but this one just didn't have the same punch. It wasn't BAD but it wasn't GREAT either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/25/2011

    " I had never read any of his books before and I liked this. It was a pretty easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/20/2011

    " I knew that I had read it before but couldn't recall what happened. Readable but not memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 5/1/2011

    " Typical Kellerman - an easy read with a few twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 4/12/2011

    " Young and old woman.
    Disappearance and murder.
    Are they connected?

    Black luxury cars.
    Alex throws out theories.
    Milo looks for facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/14/2011

    " I like the Alex Deaware series and this one did not disappoint. A very complicated series of crimes all linked because of the use of luxury cars. And of course the dogged sluething of Alex Delaware and his friend Sturgis. The perp is one strange, sick person!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/23/2011

    " A great read in the Alex Deleware series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 2/22/2011

    " An interesting read that meets expectations; not more, not less. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 2/21/2011

    " Had a really hard time getting into this book. Quit reading after several chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dodie | 1/28/2011

    " I didn't realise how much I missed Milo and Alex and how much I *like* them, this was another great book in this series. Interesting supporting characters, a nice plot that kept moving throughout the book. And a lovely ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/22/2011

    " This book was not all that interesting to me, the story was too far-fetched. The LAPD investigator and a psycholigist were able to link together some murders where the only link was luxury black cars being used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/11/2011

    " I haven't read an Alex Delaware novel for a long time. This was really complex but not as creepy as some of them. I really liked it.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 12/4/2010

    " I usually enjoy this author's books, but this one bored me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/2/2010

    " It's Jonathan Kellerman. What's not to like? I like the 2 main characters and I think his writing is great. Milo is one of my favorite characters in the book world and the stories are always interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 11/19/2010

    " Another excellent book by Jonathan Kellerman! "

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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.