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3.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 5 3.10 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: David Birney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780739304631
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Over the course of twenty acclaimed novels of suspense, most recently The Murder Book and A Cold Heart, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman has pitted psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware against adversaries as disturbed and dangerous as Delaware is clever and compassionate. Now in Kellerman’s gripping new novel, a different hero will hold the reader spellbound: a dedicated young psychologist, unschooled in the ways of violent crime and incalculable evil—until his life is irreversibly touched by both…and he is thrust into a chilling hunt for a twenty-first-century Jack the Ripper.

When his brief, passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, Dr. Jeremy Carrier is left emotionally devastated, haunted by his lover’s grisly demise and warily eyed by police still seeking a prime suspect in the unsolved slaying. To escape the pain, he buries himself in his work as staff psychologist at City Central Hospital—only to be drawn deeper into a waking nightmare when more women turn up murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn Banks…and the suspicion surrounding Jeremy intensifies. Now, the only way to prove his innocence and put his torment to rest is to follow the trail of a cunning psychopath.

Spurring on Jeremy’s investigation is Dr. Arthur Chess, an enigmatic pathologist who specializes in examining the dead, but harbors a keen fascination with the darker deeds committed by the living. Arthur draws Jeremy into an unexpected friendship, and into the confidence of a cryptic society devoted to matters unknown and unspoken. When he suddenly slips away, Jeremy is left to contend with an onslaught of anonymous clues—and the growing realization that a harrowing game of cat and mouse has been set in motion.

But who besides Jeremy is playing—and who is making the rules? Before the killer strikes again, Jeremy races to connect the disturbing puzzle pieces being fed to him. Yet his search for answers only seems to yield more questions. And deepening the mystery is the undeniable presence of someone watching it all—and guiding Jeremy’s investigation from behind the scenes. As the game intensifies, Jeremy must decide if a secret ally is setting him on the right path…or a sadistic enemy is setting him up for a fate far beyond even the most twisted imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • KELLERMAN REALLY KNOWS HOW TO KEEP THOSE PAGES TURNING. The New York Times Book Review
  • “Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • “A MASTER OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER. People

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 2/8/2014

    " My first Jonathan Kellerman book. Eh, it was OK. Slow at first. Riveting at the end. I didn't realize the author was a psychologist. Interesting to read the parts where he helps hospitalized patients. I have some questions I'm dying to ask, but they'd most definitely be spoilers. I don't see reading any other books of his. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 2/3/2014

    " Too sexual to recommend. Brain manure. "

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

    " Psychlogical medical suspense mystery. A secret conspiracy club helps unsuspecting people to find criminals. Kellerman takes the suspense genre to a new level with his turn of a phrase, high brow quotes, vocabulary. A pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kw | 2/1/2014

    " Well, I stuck with it, so it must not be too bad, but I just don't buy the idea of the CCC going to so much trouble to help Dr. C. solve this (and remove suspicion from himself, save lives, and all that), when they could have simply shared their theory with the authorities and perhaps prevented a death or two. Maybe I missed something, but I don't think so. "

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

    " The Conspiracy Club is good book, but not a great book in my opinion. It is supposed to be a who-dunnit but it is more of a 'what is going on' type of book. It does show what the psychiarty department does in a hospital setting, although there is a lot of medical terms and procedures mentioned that was over my head. And then there is the club of senior, well to do people which makes you wonder what they have to do with it. But in the end, everything works out. I would recommend this book, with reservations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 1/30/2014

    " Slow starter, a little hard to follow - not my favorite of his books, but good ending "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 1/29/2014

    " An ok read but I'm not keen on Kellerman's style. I didn't care about any of the main characters and found his use of description and descriptive devices to be used just for the sake of using them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/27/2014

    " Hard to put down, nice escapist pleasure reading. Departure from the Delaware/Sturgis series. Intriguing to the end. "

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

    " It pained me to give it only 3 stars but what was this? Where was the characters I love? Was this supposed to be a stand alone? I still love you Alex & the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewett | 1/17/2014

    " I loved this and appreciated the psychology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/29/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Parry | 12/22/2013

    " Doctors are jsut like the rest of us. Some nice, some scary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mo | 11/23/2013

    " The main character didnt have any morals... and chapters were very short to build any real interest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/22/2013

    " I have always loved the Alex Deleware novels that Kellerman writes. When I saw this book, I grabbed it and really enjoyed it. What a pleasure to read a Kellerman novel with a new twist. Well developed characters and some very interesting plot turns. I definitely recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 11/13/2013

    " A strange read that keeps you guessing. Gave me a weird sense of deja vu as it is similar to other books of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/24/2013

    " This books was ok. The first several chapters were mindnumbing, but it did pick up the pace and keep me interested till the end. I might check out his other books with the character Alex Delaware I hear they are much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 10/24/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luckngrace | 8/12/2013

    " I usually love Kellerman, but this one only satisfied at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 6/29/2013

    " A little spooky to think how some people can insinuate themselves into places just by appearing they belong...good mystery "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Ashcraft | 6/29/2013

    " I was very disappointed in this novel The main character Dr. Jeremy (just finished reading it and can't remember his last name) was flat and somewhat one dimensional. It just didn't hold my interest at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Kmetz | 5/1/2013

    " Another great book by Kellerman. I enjoyed this book. The pace was easy. A good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rasmussen | 3/21/2013

    " another kellerman thriller. it continues his tradition of making me want to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 3/20/2013

    " Not being part of the Alex Delaware series lessened how much I liked this book. It was pretty good, but only that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 7/29/2012

    " Didn't enjoy the reader - Long, drawn out descriptions. Not my type of book. "

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

    " This was a good book. I listened to the abridged version, and I can't imagine what the full length book had in it that the abridged version didn't. There were definatlely times that I felt like it dragged on. Overall though, the ending was a surprise and it was worth listening to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Kasten | 8/21/2011

    " I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Nice change of pace from the Alex/Milo Kellerman books I've read -- and a decent twit at the end to keep it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rheeza layug | 8/4/2011

    " Jonathan Kellerman is a well-known author so i figured to give this a try, my first kellerman book and it didn't dissapoint me. a very interesting plot and it's a read-until-you-drop book. ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Maroulis | 6/10/2011

    " This was an excellent mystery book. I didn't want to stop reading -- always a good sign ! Not at all easy to figure out the true villain -- another big plus ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Barton | 6/6/2011

    " A slow start, but once JK got you hooked, it was quite a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal | 5/10/2011

    " This was a pretty good book. Better than the AVERAGE BEACH BOOK. Good development of the main charactor and some good suprises. It deserves a 3.6. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/2/2011

    " I have read several of these books over the years & really like the The Conspiracy Club.. It grabbed me and took me onto a unnerving ride... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babete | 2/1/2011

    " Uma leitura de qualidade, muito agradável! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 11/22/2010

    " A slight departure from the Alex Delaware novels, Kellerman doesn't leave the profession with his main character, just the LA area. I found this character new and very interesting. He wasn't perfect, he just seemed determined, which made me want to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 11/16/2010

    " Dr. Jeremy Carrier hunts down a twenty-first-century Jack the Ripper. Starts slow but picks up at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mommom | 10/21/2010

    " Good but not one of his best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bart | 10/10/2010

    " I give it a "D" for disappointing. An utterly implausible story and no real suspense.

    This book makes me wonder why Kellerman's (once great) books continue to be well reviewed and hit the best seller lists. Habit I guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 9/2/2010

    " This book did a good job of keeping my interest. I wanted to know how it would end and therefore was determined to finish it. Its not at all bad, it just didnt have any of that extra awesomeness that stands out to me. Im sure I will quickly forget about reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mo | 8/26/2010

    " The main character didnt have any morals... and chapters were very short to build any real interest! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 7/8/2010

    " This books was ok. The first several chapters were mindnumbing, but it did pick up the pace and keep me interested till the end. I might check out his other books with the character Alex Delaware I hear they are much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 6/17/2010

    " Good book, suspenseful, puzzling to the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 4/27/2010

    " I always give a book 50 pages. The premise was interesting, but the book really wasn't holding my interest, and when I read on page 58 "She had bosoms you could rest a dictionary on," I gave up. Dude, just say she's stacked. We get it. "

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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

David Birney is an American actor and director whose career performances include both contemporary and classical roles in theater, film and television. He has recorded numerous audiobook bestsellers, including works by Dean Koontz, Paul Theroux, Annie Dillard, Thomas Kenneally, and Orson Scott Card. His reading of Julie Salomon’s The Christmas Tree was honored with the prestigious Audie Award and has also been the recipient of several AudioFile Earphone Awards.