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3.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 5 3.28 (39 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 2010 ISBN: 9780739368961
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Masterly storytelling and expert insight into the darkest of human compulsions make #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels as compelling as they are addictive. And just when you think he has taken his spellbinding tales of mystery and psychological suspense to the limit, with Deception he takes a bold leap into terrifying and uncharted new territory.

Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help—to whoever may be listening—comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.’s most prestigious prep schools. With Elise now dead by uncertain means, homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy. And if ever he could use Dr. Alex Delaware’s psychological prowess, it’s now.

From the get-go, this case promises to be an uphill climb for truth and a down and dirty fight for justice. Allegations of rape, assault, and possibly murder at this esteemed institution renowned for molding Ivy Leaguers make for a social and political time bomb—especially given that one of the students has connections high up in City Hall. As the scandal-conscious elite of L.A. close ranks around Windsor Prep, Alex and Milo must penetrate the citadel of wealth and scholarship to expose the hidden anguish, dirty secrets, and deadly sins festering among society’s manor-born. But power and position are not easily surrendered, for that’s when the best and the brightest turn brutal and ugly. Searching for predators among the privileged, Alex and Milo may well be walking into a highly polished death trap.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Mcgee | 2/16/2014

    " Love the Alex Delaware books. Always a great read and this was no exception... another thrill ride on the edge of my seat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 big hiker 2 | 2/7/2014

    " It was just okay. *yawn* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/28/2014

    " I haven't liked Kellerman's books for a while - I used to be a great fan but then started feeling like he was putting no effort into them at all - this one felt like it was starting to get back on track. Not a lot of depth yet, but better than many of his last books - I enjoyed it more, and am keeping my fingers crossed that he is on the road again.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 1/26/2014

    " A great beach read, which is where I was. Waves slapping and time off to watch the resident heron. I like this series and i think Jonathan Kellerman writes a good, quick reading mystery. I do get a bit nauseous reading about what Milo eats however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/23/2014

    " Just OK. The prep school thing was to my liking. Not great but OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting plot & based on how far someone will go to pass the SAT's! Although Kellerman spins an interesting story with lots of deadly twists & turns, it's funny how the plot, the SAT's (without the murder), was a scandal on Long Island recently. It was a good read, entertaining as always! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Lawton | 1/21/2014

    " This is not one of Kellerman's best books. The characters seemed "tired" and the story didn't hold my interest as most of his books have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 1/19/2014

    " Kellerman continues to deliver intriguing storylines, I look forward to reading the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/14/2014

    " I completely enjoyed this book. Somehow the author manages to keep the series interesting and it never gets stale. I would have liked to have a little more of Robin in the book, as was true with the previous one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/8/2014

    " Kellerman's mysteries aren't quite as "on the edge of your seat" as they once were, but Alex and Milo are like part of my family now. I always enjoy hanging out with them. "

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

    " Good book easy read plot was interesting enough and it avoided too much repetition of main characters lives as we know them well this being book 25. If your looking for an easy read to escape it's a good one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoff Seymour | 12/26/2013

    " Not my favorite Delaware but the characters are familiar and coming back into Kellerman's world always feels a little like coming home "

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

    " Alex Delaware books are always reliable. I like the gluttinous detective who works with a shrink to solve cases. good book, not great, but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily Simnitt | 11/30/2013

    " I always enjoy Alex Delaware novels with their over-the-top descriptions. This one was especially fun as it lampooned private schools. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivisection | 11/23/2013

    " The thing about Kellerman? His writing is like popcorn. Tasty, light and consumable. You find your self flipping pages like crazy and bam! You're done. Bottom of the bowl, baby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Midge | 10/22/2013

    " An audio book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/17/2013

    " Fast read, brain candy, nice escapist fiction. That's why I like most of Kellerman's Alex Delaware books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Gadsden | 1/20/2013

    " Haven't read Kellerman in quite some time. This was a classic Delaware novel. Milo and Alex drive through Los Angeles eating and solving murders. Glad Robin's back as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara J | 12/20/2012

    " By page 65 I had "figured it out." I then proceeded to check the last page and I was sure that I had it right. I was wrong. It wasn't great, but it was good. I've never read this author before, it was chosen as a bookclub read, and I was greatful that it wasn't super intense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 9/27/2012

    " In his most recent books, the author has made some tweaks to this long-running series, including the introduction of new (minor) characters. This page-turner starts with the death of a prep school SAT coach and keeps on moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/12/2012

    " Another great Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grillo | 6/7/2012

    " Best of the murder mistery / thriller books i've read in the last couple of months. The detective sidekick is a great character, has plenty of zingers that make the somewhat unbelievable plot twists more palatable. Definitely going to check out other books in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S Ciccone | 4/27/2012

    " This was the first novel I read by Kellerman, J. I do not think it was a good choice. THe blurb made it sound interesting. I found it dull and it was a chore to complete, which I did only out of principle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/21/2011

    " Great book, but the end seemed rushed and deflated! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy (amyb2332) | 11/11/2011

    " I took a nice break between this Alex Delaware book and the last book and I think that must have helped because I really liked this one! The setting was good and the mystery was really interesting. I love this narrator! I'd definitely recommend this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arety | 9/24/2011

    " I always enjoy the relationship between Alex and Milo. Kellerman writes the dialogue to sound real. Sometimes the story lines in an Alex Delaware novel are too neat, but they are always entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rita | 7/15/2011

    " I like Alex Delaware mysteries, but this one seemed a little silly. I don't think it is realistic. I can't say more without spoilers but it just didn't ring true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/16/2011

    " I completely enjoyed this book. Somehow the author manages to keep the series interesting and it never gets stale. I would have liked to have a little more of Robin in the book, as was true with the previous one in the series. "

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

    " Typical Alex Delaware mystery. I appreciate that Kellerman has moved away from serial killers and kinky sex in every single book. This book did a nice job looking at the perils of privilege. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 4/26/2011

    " book on tape-read by John rubenstein- very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calli | 4/25/2011

    " sidekick's lang. not too bad in this one, but his boss, the police chief, makes up for it -- fortunately he's only around a few times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/19/2011

    " So far, so good. Another formulaic mystery/thriller, but I like the formula. One thing I love about Kellerman's books is the depiction of California. I love CA, and when I read his books, I feel like I'm there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roderick | 4/19/2011

    " A horrible book. I could only read 15 percent of this. I just can't handle the author's voice. Nor could I handle his use of commas and, subsequently, the annoying sentence fragments. I can't remember the last time I gave up on a book...no more Kellerman for me. "

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

    " Teacher speaks from dead.
    DVD tells of abuse
    At exclusive school.

    Can they believe her?
    What about con-man boyfriend?
    Dead-end clues abound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 4/9/2011

    " I like the Alex Delaware series and have listened to audio books of most of them. This one involved evil doings at a posh LA prep school. (Murders, of course!) Alex and his friend Milo Sturgis, a gay LA homicide detective, solve the case. Milo is a great character and makes the series work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/7/2011

    " This was ok. Not the best mystery I've ever read. "

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

    " Love reading about Milo and Alex. This one took twists and turns I wasn't expecting. "

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

    " This one was not as good as earlier Kellerman novels. I really liked the ones where Alex is focusing on mysteries related to psychological issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyz | 3/24/2011

    " Another really good Alex Delaware novel. Not his best, but still really good. I just knew I had it all figured out and of course, I was wrong. Won't give away any spoilers here, but it would have been nice to have had a little more insight into the murderer. "

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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.