The 28th book in the Alex Delaware series, Guilt still packs the same punch as the earlier novels, involving us in the unlikely but effective professional relationship between psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis. Delaware is the one with a placid personality but a violent childhood, while Sturgis is a brilliant gay detective who has been given free rein by his police department to solve whatever case he likes. The personalities of the two protagonists are as different as could be, with Delaware being the coolheaded, rational one and Sturgis the impetuous and rather crude one. At times, we see Sturgis barging into Delaware's place and going straight for the refrigerator without any attempt at politeness.
In Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28, Sturgis brings Delaware in on a case involving an infant's remains which are found in the backyard by a woman who just moved into a new house. The remains are sixty years old but, of course, they still have to be investigated. However, soon after this discovery, another set of fresher infant remains are found buried in a nearby park and a young woman is shot dead, execution-style in the vicinity.
It's up to Delaware and Sturgis to discover whether these cases are related and they do so after much psychological deliberation, uncovering a story involving a hospital nurse, her mystery lover and a wealthy doctor. The investigation also leads to some famous people and back to Delaware himself. Eventually, Delaware and Sturgis uncover some unholy rituals and sacrifice—obviously, the work of a madman; they also bring justice to a secondary character.
Delaware is a fascinating individual who delves deep into the human psyche while remaining aware of his own motivations—no mean task. Sturgis helps to balance him out, keeping him grounded in the real world.
Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City but grew up in L. A. where he went to school at U.C.L.A., studying psychology. He went on to do his Ph.D. at U.S.C. and is currently Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine. Himself a survivor of thyroid cancer, he has done a lot of research on the effects of being isolated in a plastic bubble in children with cancer, and what steps can be taken to help them. His first book, When the Bough Breaks, was published in 1985, became a bestseller and was made into a TV movie. He has written 1-2 books every year since then and is married to Faye Kellerman, also a crime novelist.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan
Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix”
(Los Angeles Times), and this
intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed
author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers,
seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern
California’s eternal sunshine.
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession
in the same upscale Los Angeles neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an
infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park,
another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young
woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link
these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware; but even the
good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not
be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the
Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of
a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems
too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them
long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But
the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the
direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered
world, Alex imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent
quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, must confront a
fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved
madman would shudder. Download and start listening now!