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After thirty-five riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes.
The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he's been snared in a toxic web of pathology.
Nothing would please Alex more than to be free of the ugly spectacle known as Sykes v. Sykes. But then the little girl at the center of the vicious dispute disappears and Alex knows he must work with longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis, braving an obstacle course of  Hollywood washouts, gangbangers, and self-serving jurists in order to save an innocent life.
Killer is Kellerman--and Delaware--at their finest.

Praise for Killer
"As usual, the rapport between Alex and Milo is a show-stealer, and longtime fans . . . will love the well-executed flashbacks to Alex's professional past." -- Booklist
"Kellerman kicks this one up to a whole new level." -- RT Book Reviews

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman
"Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller." -- People
"Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning." --The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780345505750
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KELLERMA
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 25 cm


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A nice introduction to the work of police psychologist and interesting peek into the skill that goes into assessing psychological background of characters. Nice plot twist. Sad reality that the bar for motherhood can be set so low, not because the parenting is ok, but because the alternative in foster care can be worse. Even at the end I found the inadequate mother, Cheri, dull and i pitied the child, but overall a strong plot and good read.

Oct 15, 2014

This book got off to a slow start but once it took off it was nonstop ... a good read for sure. Actually my first for Kellerman... It won't be my last ...

madalynmadalyn Aug 26, 2014

well, I think this is a great book!
Easy read, yes, but very relevant, ultimately offering what I wanted most: hope. I love this book, again -- I think it's just great and would want to pass it on (definitely).

Jul 06, 2014

I would say the best of the recent
Alex Delaware series. Worth reading just for the wardrobe descriptions!

Jul 02, 2014

A so-so, Delaware story with nothing outstanding as it has been with many of Kellerman's latest books.

Most of the storyline revolves around Delaware's area of emphasis, psychiatry and he and Milo investigate/pursue crimes involving sibling rivalry and person's highly judgmental/obsessed and critical of others actions, choices and behavior.
Milo's involvement from a crimes perspective is minimum compared to other many other Delaware books.

Let me add, in fairness maybe my prior two reads affected my comment, as one was excellent and the other poor to good with character combos similar to Delaware and Milo. Still in my opinion, Kellerman, lately has ceased to show any creativity, suspense, intrigue, etc; in his writings.

Jun 04, 2014

this was a true alex delaware story. all about him and a client.

May 18, 2014

This is an interesting book. The plot is rather far-fetched and the "killee," for lack of a better word, is surprising; but the killer is not! The motivation for the killings is so weak that at the end of the book I had a vague sense of dissatisfaction. All in all however, it was a well told book which kept me turning pages till I got to the end.

Apr 29, 2014

I'm a fan of the Alex/Milo duo and will always read their latest tale. Neither hugely disappointing or exciting, I still enjoyed it.

Apr 09, 2014

Another in Kellerman's numerous Alex Delaware novels which have been around quite a number of years. This one, while still mildly entertaining, seems stale in that it adds nothing really new or exciting to the ongoing ensemble of recurring characters.

Happyvalley Mar 31, 2014

One of his best books.

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