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3.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 5 3.09 (44 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 2007 ISBN: 9780739310014
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Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Now, at nineteen, she still seems older than her years–but her problems go beyond hyper-maturity. Patty Bigelow, Tanya’s aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delaware’s help. The doctor recalls Patty as a selfless E.R. nurse struggling to raise a child on her own–a woman seemingly incapable of the “terrible thing” she has admitted. But for Tanya’s peace of mind, Delaware agrees to investigate, and he enlists LAPD detective Milo Sturgis in the search for the phantom victim of a crime that may never have occurred.

Armed with only the vaguest details, psychologist and cop follow a trail twisting from L.A.’s sleaziest low-rent districts to its overblown mansions, retracing Patty and Tanya’s nomadic and increasingly puzzling life to the doorsteps of a sullen heroin addict; a randy real-estate broker; and a brilliant, enigmatic physics student. Suddenly a very real murder tears open a terrifying tunnel into the past, where secrets–and bodies–are buried. As the tension mounts, Delaware and Sturgis uncover a tangled history of desperation, vengeance, and death–a legacy of evil that refuses to die. 

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 2/18/2014

    " This was not one of my favorite Jonathon Kellerman books, but I can never get enough of his characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sid | 2/17/2014

    " easy reading murder mystery, but the prime character is getting boring. "

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

    " I started reading Jonathan Kellerman in graduate school and haven't met one of his books yet that was not intriguing . . . possibly something to do with the main character being a psychologist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 2/2/2014

    " Another excellent Alex Delaware mystery -- at a good place in his life, with a woman who loves him and a dog who smiles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/27/2014

    " I kept asking myself, "why am I reading this book?" but compulsively slogged through it. I was not rewarded at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 1/14/2014

    " Another Alex Delaware novel, and once again he comes through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ktread | 12/27/2013

    " Fast detective read - or in this case I listened on CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy Black | 12/24/2013

    " I have now re-read Obsession and have enjoyed it much more the second time. For whatever reason, the first time i had problems keeping track of the characters and I was listening to the audio recording. Most of Kellerman's books get wrapped up a bit in minutia, but overall they are well written and great mystery reads. This one hooked me right away - the central character is the daughter of a woman who, on her death bed, confessed doing something "very bad." Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis spend the rest of the book trying to figure out what she had done, and have to solve murders happening as they search for whatever she was hiding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 12/23/2013

    " Another great book by Jonathan Kellerman. Alex Delaware has to be one of my favorite fictional characters. Can't wait to read another one! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karina | 12/7/2013

    " Found that this book just drug ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina Stanchik | 12/3/2013

    " I love Mr. Kellerman's Alex Delaware books. I just love his character and Milo too, of course. They are easy reads, but worth it. This book was a little slower than usual to get into, but it paid off in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 11/15/2013

    " I like Kellerman's Alex Delaware mysteries-I like the "shrink" detective combination-this was a good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 11/8/2013

    " Par for the series. Alex Delaware helps a former patient, an obsessive compulsive whose adoptive mother dies with a terrible secret on her lips. The investigation turns onthe horrid sexual obsessions of a psychopath. Set in the cheap Hollywood of porn films. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 10/10/2013

    " Another good book filled with suspense, action & all the Milo & Alex twists & turns. Love the entire series & want him to write forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/28/2013

    " I expected to read a solid mystery/thriller as I've come to expect from Jonathan Kellerman's series, and I was not disappointed. Not his most gripping, but it held my interest, and the characters remain appealing and fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Walter | 9/23/2013

    " Too much unecessary detail. Good story, but took too long to reach main point in each chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morgan | 8/24/2013

    " I couldn't finish this. I got increasingly bored and eventually just put the book down and forgot about it. About two-thirds of the way through the book I realised I just didn't care AT ALL about anything that was going on. Really disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn | 8/15/2013

    " I love the Alex Delaware series. I enjoy reading these books and I love listening to them even more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Davis | 7/24/2013

    " Kellerman's always a guilty pleasure- his Alex Delaware books are consistently good and engaging, and never disappoint. His characters grow and change from book to book, and there's rarely a dull moment in any of them. This one is no better, or worse, than any of his others. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 6/1/2013

    " The title is misleading. Though the book delves a little into the world of OCD, it really has nothing to do with the plot. I kept waiting for it to be tied in, but no dice. This is a quick, not that scary, somewhat convoluted mystery. If you like Alex Delaware novels, you will probably like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 5/6/2013

    " This book was a little disturbing to me. I did like the main character who is a psychologist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 1/12/2013

    " This is a good Alex Delaware mystery, with perhaps too much back-and-forth speculation as various red herring suspects appear and disappear. The mystery posed is tenuous at the beginning, takes awhile to gain credibility, finally has a satisfying conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Rose | 9/5/2012

    " Good procedural and I always love mysteries that deal with crimes in the past and present. But Alex seemed almost not there, too far in the background. Will I read others? Sure. I adore Milo, Petra, and many of the others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 8/14/2012

    " Meh, nothing special about this book. Simply a time-filler. I did not like the plotline very much as not much happened and did not tie in together very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 3/28/2012

    " Good plane ride read... or beach book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 9/4/2011

    " Alex Delaware and Milo working to find out about death-bed confession by daughter's mom regarding a murder - hard to follow "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niki Sugar | 8/22/2011

    " Don't like his writing, but good enough for a plane ride! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonard Johnson | 8/13/2011

    " I enjoyed the book. This was my first by Kellerman. I found it a bit slower paced than some I have read. Some people may enjoy his descriptions of the characters clothing - quite detailed. Overall I enjoyed his insight into each of the character's. I plan to read more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 7/20/2011

    " Another great Jonathan Kellerman book. I never realized before how much detail he puts into his settings and characters. I like the little bits of info that you learn about the characters throughout the series. There is a wonderful dog in this book. I just loved Blanche!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri Tracey | 7/8/2011

    " For my first Kellerman book, not bad. A tad predictable. But good bubble gum "beach read" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/29/2011

    " Sadly, Kellerman has gone the way of the formulaic. While still compelling, this was nowhere near the level of suspense his early Alex Delaware novels had. I'm hopeful that "Deception" will return some of that old tension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 4/12/2011

    " Dead couple embrace.
    Abandoned, half-built mansion.
    Motive mystery.

    Two different crimes.
    How do they tie together?
    Who connects the two? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 2/27/2011

    " The book started out interesting and then just lost my interest in the middle. Just couldn't finish. I do want to know about the couple that was murdered, but just can't finish to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/24/2011

    " I love Alex Delaware books, but I found this one to be just a bit convoluted. There were a few too many sub-plots going on, and it made it hard to follow the story at times.
    It was still an enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cornmaven | 2/17/2011

    " The duo of Delaware and Sturgis are a great pair. I am surprised they haven't made a movie out of this series yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/16/2011

    " Alex Delaware appeared to have more of a bit part in this novel. I enjoyed the book, but it is not up to other Kellerman novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 1/16/2011

    " I like Kellerman's books a lot. But he writes a simple story that barely keeps your interest. Not his normal high level work. He has written many better books and mysteries. Still his main characters Milo and Alex are always fun to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 1/8/2011

    " Couple found dead in flagrante. Complex plot involving Swiss/Austrian Architect, and revenge killings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn J. | 1/7/2011

    " Good plotting. Milo's character keeps getting stronger and more interesting and so do the cops who work with him. But it seems that Alex is slipping further into the background. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 12/18/2010

    " Reads exactly like an episode of CSI. Interesting enough story but the writing style was unusual and the terminology was very specialized, which made it a bit of a challenging read. I wouldn't recommend this book, but I don't feel like I wasted my time reading it either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 12/5/2010

    " Good book . Not so much blood and gore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 12/4/2010

    " This is another fine police procedural featuring psychologist Alex Delaware and his buddy Detective Milo Sturgis. This book's plot takes many twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 11/24/2010

    " The watchman at a large unfinished mansion finds a pair of bodies inside the house. Alex goes with Milo to analyze the scene. First they need to find the name of the female victim and why they are there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heinlec | 11/10/2010

    " Readable, but not as interesting as all the earlier Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis novels. "

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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.