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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,978 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: Alexander Adams, Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Delaware Series Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780553545685
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Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more explores the corruption of California’s golden coast and produces a novel of complex characterizations and nonstop suspense.

By the time psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was done—a sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground but was gunned down before any children were hurt. While the television news crews feasted on the scene an Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn’t escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle. What was the identity behind the name and face: a would-be assassin, or just another victim beneath an indifferent California sky?

Intrigued by a request from the sniper’s father to conduct a “psychological autopsy” of his child, Alex begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence, neglect, and loss. Then, suddenly, it is more than a pattern—it is a trail of blood. In the dead sniper’s past was a dark and vicious plot. And in Alex Delaware’s future is the stuff of grown-up nightmares: the face of real human evil.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A meticulously constructed  thriller. Publishers  Weekly
  • Virtually  impossible to put aside until the final horrifying  showdown. People  
  • Though a time bomb is ticking  away at the heart of this novel, readers will forget  to watch the clock once they begin it. Chicago Sun Times
  • Scythe -sharp...a  great, good read. New York Daily  News
  • “Virtually impossible to put aside until the final horrifying showdown.”

    People

  • “Kellerman’s meticulously constructed thriller, while leaning hard on the anti-Semitic component of its plot, again demonstrates how well the role of sleuth fits that of therapist; Alex, a little lost without former girlfriend Robin, speaks with a a unique, convincing voice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Though a time bomb is ticking away at the heart of this novel, readers will forget to watch the clock once they begin it.”

    Chicago Sun Times

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seth | 2/20/2014

    " Nothing special here. Too long, and the twists seem cookie cutter repeat of "When the bough breaks" Not recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It had action from the start a lot of twists and turns and friendships. Dr. Alex Delaware gets into the thick of things because he was doing a friend a favor. I hope Dr. Delaware never learns to say no to favors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/8/2014

    " In this Alex Delaware installment, after a snipper shoots off a rifle in a school yard of children, Milo calls Alex to come in and do damage control with the kids. The target turns out to be an Assemblyman visiting the kids. Surprisingly the deceased snipper is a young rather dull woman and Alex questions her motive. The deeper Alex digs into the woman's life, more people seem to be disappearing and dying. In this one Alex has a brief affair with the school principal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/29/2014

    " I like all of the Alex Delaware books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 1/18/2014

    " A bit uneven and a touch too much cookie cutter, but the good doctor and the cop with a heart of gold are as lovable as ever. Lots of red herrings (including a lot of bad guys so that picking out the real culprit was impossible). Somehow, though, not a lot of emotional steam in this book, #4 in the series. Usually Delaware is the Lone Gunman type, tightly wound up and easily involved, but in this one he seemed to be simply curious about events, more of a private detective and less of a man on a mission. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kym Kettler-paddock | 1/18/2014

    " I like Kellerman's books, but I found this one a little slow. It picked up midway through, but I found the first half very slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria Shepherd | 1/18/2014

    " This Nuanced, intelligent thriller oesn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/16/2014

    " Sniper at school - read a long time ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/15/2014

    " This was a good book. I thought it was similar to Grisham, Koone, Clancy, Crichton etc novels. It was interesting and a break from books with a message. Gave it a 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Snyder | 1/11/2014

    " SUSPENSFUL, ACTION, AND A LITTLE ROMANCE. DEFINATELY A MYSTERY YOU'LL KEEP TRYING TO SOLVE UP UNTIL THE VERY END. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira Russell | 12/30/2013

    " The first Delaware novel I ever read and, odd but true, still a comfort reread. (Yes I like gorey procedurals for comfort rereading. Also, Sylvia Plath's journals and Anne Sexton's biography.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 12/12/2013

    " This wasn't my favorite Alex Delaware novel, but I know it's one of the earlier ones so I won't hold that against him. It was an interesting story and I didn't see the twist at the end coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 11/30/2013

    " Read this some time ago as all of this series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freyja | 11/26/2013

    " Another Kellerman story that was great up until the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arjun | 11/16/2013

    " 3.5 stars. An enjoyable read, but it was so far my least favorite J.Kellerman novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette | 10/28/2013

    " Quick read. The ending got a bit long and drawn-out, though. "

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

    " Pretty good easy afternoon reading. The plot was fairly unpredictable with a good balance between description and action. Kellerman drops his facination with women's breasts that was seen in book #3. He also addresses the issue of racism in both its blatant form and its more deceptive form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil Mullen | 8/1/2013

    " A nice complex Milo/Alex read, with political background & hateful politicians. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 6/16/2013

    " This is one of my favorite mystery writers, but this one felt a little boring to me. 1990 publishing so it is one of the older ones. (Anything before 9/11 sometimes feels naive.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald Howell | 2/11/2013

    " Good read. Milo beaten. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pollyvan | 2/9/2013

    " A schoolground sniper is killed before shooting any children. Another page turner mystery by this author. Always like to read his books,rarely disappointed. Getting into the sniper's background and causes will entice the reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev Singer | 12/4/2012

    " The ending of this one is just ridiculous, completely unbelievable. The rest of it was... okay. Interesting enough to get me through work and bus lines, not interesting enough to make me want to keep listening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/9/2012

    " Whoa - This one was a grabber and I can't believe I didn't figure out "Who Done It" before the end but it kept me on the edge of my seat (or bed, which is where I do most of my reading) until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 9/17/2012

    " This started off well, but somewhere around the half-way mark, it stopped holding my interest and it felt like a chore to finish. Probably a little too political/conspiracy for my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 L. | 7/23/2012

    " The connections between everything is a little too hard to swallow, and the rescue at the end is way off the wall. However, I found Alex to be a wonderful, down-to-earth guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samara | 6/4/2012

    " I'm fairly certain this was my first Jonathan Kellerman read; needless to say I was happy enough with it to continue with his other works! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/23/2012

    " I have too many of these series I don't remember! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 4/12/2012

    " This is another great installment in the Delaware saga. A bit wordy at times, but while dealing with issues we all should study. Fantastic ending. "

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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 Narrators

Alexander Adams was named by AudioFile as one of the Best Voices of the Century and now includes him in their annual Golden Voices roundup of top narration talent. He has recorded over 500 audiobooks. To date he has won eighteen of AudioFile‘s coveted Earphone Awards and one Audie Award.

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.