Alex Delaware is back! And in Jonathan Kellerman’s riveting and ingenious new novel, Monster,
he faces one of the most grisly and baffling mysteries of his career:
How can a nonfunctional psychotic locked up in a supposedly secure
institution for homicidal madmen predict brutal murders in the outside
world? Delaware and his friend and partner, Detective Milo Sturgis, must
penetrate this enigma in order to stop the horrific killings.
marginal actor is found dead in a car trunk, sawn in half. Months later,
a psychologist at a hospital for the criminally insane is discovered
murdered and mutilated in a tantalizingly similar way. When reports of
an inmate’s incoherent ramblings begin to make frightening sense as
predictions of yet more slayings, Delaware and Sturgis are drawn into a
web of family secrets, vengeance, and manipulation—both inside the
asylum and on the streets of LA, where death, drugs, and sex are
marketed as commodities. The climactic discovery they make as they race
to prevent more killings gives fresh and terrifying meaning to the
concept of monstrosity.
With Monster’s incomparably deft
characterizations and dazzlingly dark plot twists, Jonathan Kellerman
further enhances his literary position as master of the psychological
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