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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Delaware Series Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9780739307243
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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 LA 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rooney1961 | 2/20/2014

    " I like Jonathan Kellerman's books. Easy to read, mindless, and not too scary or gory... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 2/19/2014

    " Another good Alex Delaware whodunit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 2/18/2014

    " A great read in the Alex Deleware series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/17/2014

    " I'm usually a big fan of Jonathan Kellerman, so I'm glad Compulsion wasn't my first exposure to his work. Although enjoyable, this book was not up to Kellerman's standards. The characters weren't too compelling, and the three story lines going at once proved to be a distraction rather than excitement. I especially hated how the two minor stories were wrapped up at the end, as if an editor came along afterward and noticed those loose ends weren't dealt with previously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/15/2014

    " With Alex Delaware books you always know you are going to get a good mystery. This was more of the same. Not terribly exciting, but a good solid story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/10/2014

    " Always good reads; I especially like Alex Delaware's French Bulldog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrol | 2/4/2014

    " It has been a while since I have read or listened to a Jonathan Kellerman book. His regular charachers have become pretty predictable and this story dragged a bit - at least on CD. If you don't have a "history" with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, the 2 main characters, and also with his lesser regulars, some of the subtleties are easy to miss. This book doesn't give you much background development of the characters - there seems to be an assumption that you have read some of the earlier books. I enjoyed the book much more than my husband, who was new to the series, did. I think he would have rated it even lower than I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ludwig | 1/25/2014

    " good but slow book for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/25/2014

    " good book but too many characters to keep track of. And a little slow for my taste. "

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

    " My first Kellerman. Not half bad. I mean upon reflection, it doesn't make too much sense, but hey, it was entertaining and a decent enough read. Also there wasn't too much of a pissing contest going on. I hate that. Given to me by Karen at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimifly | 1/16/2014

    " I thought this book was pleasant to read. I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending, but overall I enjoyed it and I'll probably try reading more from the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen Granfors | 1/6/2014

    " 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 Laura | 12/31/2013

    " Poor, couldn't care less about the ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 12/29/2013

    " The Alex Delaware series never fails to satisfy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 12/25/2013

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

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

    " I really enjoy Kellerman's Alex series, but this one just was lacking a bit of what the others have. Still, a good, quick read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 12/4/2013

    " Eh, was somewhat disappointed with this book. Perhaps it's because I read this book in a series without reading the rest of the series. I felt that the conclusion was a bit too convenient, the clues, characters etc.. a bit too convnient as well. All in all-a bit of a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/12/2013

    " Another series I enjoy. I always wait anxiously for the next book in a series. These are well written as a child psychologist gets involved with crimes and works with the police on various investigations. A great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 10/9/2013

    " 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 Dan | 4/17/2013

    " This book started out pretty good but than half way through the book it was hard to keep interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/14/2013

    " Love the play between Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis. He has great characters, and this one keeps you involved trying to figure out the murders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Knox | 12/6/2012

    " Okay if you like these books. Not the best, not the worst. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabrielle | 12/4/2012

    " Alex is back with Robin which was a huge plus and I love Milo. I found the plot a bit tedious at times but the writing is true Kellerman and it is comforting to revisit another story with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 3/21/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/24/2011

    " 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!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Hamm | 9/12/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dodie | 8/11/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 7/20/2011

    " Good read; easy read as well. Read in two days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lynn | 5/26/2011

    " a typical kellerman mystery. a quick easy read where you know they'll find the sociopath but when...and how many other lives will be killed...and does these murders have anything to do with a murder from 16 years ago??? "

  • 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.