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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,654 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 2011 ISBN: 9780739369098
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Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 bestselling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L. A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.

The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitués for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman—alone and enigmatic among the revelers—waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex can’t help wondering what her story is, and whether she’s connected to the silent, black-suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel.

Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade’s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex’s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last.

But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life. And even when a tipster’s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo’s best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa Apallas | 2/19/2014

    " I've read all of the Alex Delaware novels, and although the formula remains similar, the details continue to surprise me. This one in particular had a twist that I did not see coming. I really enjoy Kellerman's writing and the way he evokes the landscape of Los Angeles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne O'donnell | 2/13/2014

    " Not as good as some older in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/6/2014

    " Around, and around, and around, she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows. This is not a real detective story, but it has an interesting cast of characters, and the detectives spin one creative theory after another as facts are slowly revealed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/4/2014

    " Stale, but diehard Alex Delaware fans will find something to like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicek | 2/2/2014

    " Not as captivating as his usual "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 2/2/2014

    " I think this book was good but I wasn't much in the mood for it. I think I've moved on from the Mystery/Thriller genre which is unfair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/31/2014

    " Only okay. It was very boring in spots, but at least he didn't go on and on about jazz in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lweslock | 1/21/2014

    " I like Jonathan Kellerman a lot. He takes a case and really shows you how a detective works it. I especially like the pairing of Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Kowski | 1/18/2014

    " Predictable Kellerman but better than the last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/18/2014

    " Mystery that didn't hold my interest constantly. It was alright, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/29/2013

    " Standard fare from Kellerman. Quick, easy read. Unfortunately, like others before it in this series is quickly forgotten after reading the last page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/26/2013

    " Another great read from Mr Kellerman. Alex and Milo clearly outdo themselves, but Milo takes a backseat this time. Hard to believe I have read all 26 of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/23/2013

    " It's all slow moving and then it winds up with the last 20 pages, just a bit annoying. I liked it but I didn't love it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 12/22/2013

    " Not my favorite by this author. Too much the "same old same" and a little wordy towards the end. It was OK but ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Klug | 12/20/2013

    " Always listen to kellerman books on audio. Love John Rubenstein's voice. This story was so-so, but I never seem to mind so-so in a mystery/thriller audiobook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 12/16/2013

    " Maybe it's time to have Alex and Milo's life progress in some way...I mean, if your mystery is going to be dull, maybe it's time to add some dimension to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruceschneider21 | 12/6/2013

    " Not one of his best. The plot was slow and then all at once with 30 pages to go Alex comes forward with a bunch of info that he researched on his own and did not share with the reader, which ended the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Porter | 7/19/2013

    " Very classic Delaware. I liked Robin being involved with the case. And I'll bet every bit of that crap happens in Holly-weird!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/8/2013

    " As always Jonathan Kellerman does a great job with this story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 EngIIrockz | 1/10/2013

    " Still love the Alex, Milo, Robin combination! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole Denise Dixon | 11/17/2012

    " Great mystery. I didn't figure out who dunnit though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/23/2012

    " Not bad. Alex Delaware is a psychologist who works for the police department. In this book we get to see a little more of the psychologist than just the guy who hangs along with Milo to solve crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Hlavka | 7/13/2012

    " This started fast and stayed fast-paced! Really a good Delaware story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanhayeshotmail.com | 5/3/2012

    " Sometimes I love Kellerman's Team Delaware and Sturgis, sometimes I don't. Sucked in at first by the L.A. Noir vibe this one I did not love. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Douglas | 2/18/2012

    " Another great Kellerman novel. Kept the pages turning for me. Good character development and it was fun to read about the specific setting near my house: Woodland Hills. Kellerman is always a winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Mezaraups | 1/21/2012

    " Well, it's a typical Alex Delaware novel...a dogged determination to be led off the hunt and many ways or people involved but ultimately all is solved by the end. Really no mystery. But always satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 1/1/2012

    " Just finished this book & loved it. The title fit, Milo & Alex were in good form, Robin was actually helpful & loving? Another great read & my first to read on my Nook. Cannot wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 6/30/2011

    " Great read. All around good book. A little to dark for me though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mzoodles | 5/24/2011

    " A little simplistic and treating the whole issue of child abuse with not enough empathy somehow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 5/9/2011

    " Kellerman writes straight-up good thrillers with interesting plots and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 5/9/2011

    " I loved this book. It made me want to read all of his later books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/29/2011

    " It is a long time ago that I read this book, all I can remember about it was that I enjoyed it and intend to read more books by Jonathan Kellerman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeweleye | 4/26/2011

    " A good start to the Alex Delaware series, with developed character backgrounds. Looking forward to reading more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 4/21/2011

    " A decent thriller if only for the child psychologist angle. I don't have the urge to read another in this series, but I wouldn't put down anyone who did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 4/11/2011

    " The first in a series about a psychologist who becomes engaged in detective work. Much of the early part of the book is taken up with scene setting to establish the main characters but I was hooked quite quickly and enjoyed the read. "

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

    " I think this book was a setup book for the series. Hope it gets better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 3/31/2011

    " Another series of serial psychological/mystery thrillers. Protagonist is a child psychologist who works with a detective to solve crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 3/7/2011

    " 1st Kellerman book read - really enjoyed the pace and laughed outloud at some of the dry humor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/5/2011

    " Wasn't that impressed but friend Frank says keep trying. Next book I was hooked. Now we are up to 26 books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 3/5/2011

    " I always find the first 10 chapters hard to get into but then I can't put any of his books down after that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette | 2/28/2011

    " Dr. Alex Delaware seems a likable character for a series of mysteries. I am tempted to try more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacki | 2/19/2011

    " This is what got me hooked on Jonathan Kellerman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/1/2011

    " Intense and morbid. You feel a bit sickly after reading it, but Jonathan Kellerman really did a good job at make you feel the story. This book got me hooked into the rest of his series... which I am still trying to get through. I can't do too many Alex Delaware novels in a row, they are dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 1/17/2011

    " good author

    I'll read another of his books but will pick the topic a little more carefully.

    While the book didn't get into details, I still don't like to ready about children being mistreated. "

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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.