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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Delaware Series Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739321270
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In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr.  Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry.  Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and  sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when  he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific  Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but  they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old  Melody Quinn.

It's psychologist Dr. Alex  Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret  buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister  shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex  discovers that the mystery touches a shocking  incident in his own past.

This connection is  only the beginning, a single link in a  forty-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable  evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it  claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Watts | 2/14/2014

    " A really good, loved the characters and how they were extremely relatable characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae Merrill | 2/12/2014

    " This is a very complicated book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/3/2014

    " "Psychological mystery/thriller, the first in a series, featuring Alex Delaware, a young retired psychologist, whose police detective friend Milo involves him in a case that takes him deeper into solving a dark mystery." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lainey Reese | 1/21/2014

    " This was the first book I ever read that wasn't a romance...and it blew my mind! Gripping, heart breaking and exciting. I could not recommend it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Callister | 1/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fangirl | 12/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, even if it was kind of disturbing near the end. It was written in 1985 and it was lots of fun to see the world how it was then. During that time I lived in the US and I remember many things that are described in the book. I will definitely read the second book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genji Bailey | 12/29/2013

    " Unbelievably good series! Read Kellerman in chronological order and you will easily get lost in his universe, and love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 12/14/2013

    " Really enjoyed this first book in the ongoing Delaware series. Can't wait to read the next one. Definately a lot darker and more twisted than I was expecting. Very well done, interesting and informative but never dull or boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen Rings | 11/24/2013

    " This was really good--and terrifying! I knew all along that it was first in the series, so Alex Delaware survives to solve another mystery another day...but just barely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 11/7/2013

    " All "Alex Delaware" stories by Jonathan Kellerman are excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/3/2013

    " I read one other Alex Delaware book out of order and thought I would start back at the first. I think he improves with the series...at least I hope so becaues I didn't love this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 8/17/2013

    " This book was fantastic! I am now fanatically reading all of the books in the Alex Delaware series. I recommend this series to anyone who loves the psychological aspects of murder mysteries. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 7/6/2013

    " This book didn't age well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie Ward | 7/1/2013

    " Good characters easy to loose yourself in Kellerman's writings. I've read every book in the Alex Delaware series and enjoyed them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 6/27/2013

    " This for me almost makes the "cannot put down" classification. It is a fairly easy read, but is interesting with every page turn. I have borrowed the book to read but will be investing in this book and the series. I am looking forward to finishing this book and moving on to the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 4/21/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jlkempen | 2/2/2013

    " Made into a tv movie. Great story and great writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 10/19/2012

    " I like this series of books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 8/2/2012

    " series beginner with alex delaware solving crimes as child psychologist "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 7/17/2012

    " This is a great first book in the series with lots of action, drama and plenty of suspense in every page of the book. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 6/14/2012

    " Figured I should read a book by an author that shares my family name. Decent and quick read but introduced a lot of characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayle | 5/26/2012

    " Typical mystery story line, as I expected. I'm not sure if I'll read more of the series....we'll see. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 5/15/2012

    " This book was too graphic in its descriptions for me. It is about the discovery of ring of child molestors that just gets worse and worse. It was a great story about getting the bad guys, but t like I said too much info--I did a lot more skimming than I usually do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeweleye | 12/22/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Jones | 10/23/2011

    " I have read, I believe, all of the "Alex Delaware" novels and can say that each one has been great. Kellerman writes a good story which keeps you guessing and interested. Twists and turns and a good thread to connect everything! I would recommend this whole series of mystery stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/1/2011

    " Love the Alex Delaware series. I cannot read them when I am alone because they FREAK ME OUT. But I love the weird psychological stuff. "

  • 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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