The Murder Book

The Murder Book In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller Now in Kellerman s most compelling and powerful novel yet L A psy

  • Title: The Murder Book
  • Author: Jonathan Kellerman
  • ISBN: 0739430122
  • Page: 458
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  • In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller Now in Kellerman s most compelling and powerful novel yet, L.A psychologist detective Alex Delaware confronts a long unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality an ice cold case whose resolution threatens his survival, and that of longtime fIn seventeen consecutive bestselling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller Now in Kellerman s most compelling and powerful novel yet, L.A psychologist detective Alex Delaware confronts a long unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality an ice cold case whose resolution threatens his survival, and that of longtime friend, homicide detective, Milo Sturgis The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book, Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp This was one of Milo s first cases as a rookie homicide cop a vicious killing that he failed to solve, because just as he and his training partner began to make headway, the department closed them down Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth, and over the years he managed to forget Or so he thought Now, two decades later, someone has chosen to stir up the past As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago, their every move is followed and their lives are placed in jeopardy The relentless investigation reaches deep into L.A s nerve centers of power and wealth past and present While peeling back layer after layer of ugly secrets, they discover that the murder of one forgotten girl has chilling ramifications that extend far beyond the tragic lossof a single life A classic story of good and evil, sacrifice and sin, The Murder Book is a gripping page turner that illuminates the darkest corridors of the human mind It is a stunning tour de force.

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    • Jonathan Kellerman

      Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation plastic bubble units on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan s former students, continues to break ground Jonathan s first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980 One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD In 1985, Jonathan s first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller BOUGH was also produced as a t.v movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel Since then, Jonathan has published a best selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN 1999 Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children.

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    • Dear Dr. Delaware, I get about 2 minutes into this and there's a sex scene already. I can't be doing with it! Solve your crimes and keep your bedroom shenanigans to yourself, please. I do not want to know how many times your girlfriend came. In any case, I have always suspected you as a "projection of the author, but awesome" character - you're just too good at everything, which apparently includes sex, and that makes me suspicious. Indeed, according to you, your only real flaw is the one belove [...]

    • Another great volume! The series moves along at a snappy and satisfying pace. If haven’t yet enjoyed Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels, now is a good time

    • This is the first book of Kellerman's Delaware series that I haven't been able to finish, and I've read about a dozen of them. I don't know if the series is going downhill or if it's because I've read too many of them, but Kellerman just isn't doing it for me anymore. Whatever enjoyment I had for this series seems to be dwindling with each book--and I'm only halfway through it(reading in order), there's still another dozen or so books to trudge through, and I've heard that they just keep getting [...]

    • More time is spent on Dr Delaware's midlife crisis than it seems is warranted. The wordage spent on resolving Milo being a gay detective in this straight man's world somehow seemed apporpriate, however. This book seemed less riveting than the other Alex Delaware books I've read. The purpose almost seemed to be less about resolving the mystery and more about resolving the characters life issues. BUT, I guess when these characters have been around as much as these guys have, we need some time to f [...]

    • Delaware in good form -- much about Milo makes great story!Most of the long-time Kellerman / Alex Delaware fan club readers were as disappointed as we were with his just prior book, "Flesh and Blood." To us, Delaware's character was mostly "out of character", replacing cerebral detecting with inane and inappropriate action that alienated both his domestic partner Robin and his forever police pal Milo. A reasonably interesting plot was about all that held it together.We worried as we started this [...]

    • One of my favourite Alex Delaware novels - Kellerman is the king of psychological thrillers (I'm looking forwarding to reading the entire series - in order - when I retire). In the meantime, I'm happy to recommend his clever writing peppered with action and humour to anyone willing to listen.

    • I'm relatively new to Jonathan Kellerman, in fact this is only the second or third of his Alex Delaware novels that I have read. Looking through some of the reviews of this 16th instalment in the series, prior to reading it, this may well have been to my advantage. Unlike some of the other reviewers I was able to approach this with a relatively open mind, and I think I probably enjoyed the story more because of this.The story revolves around a historic unsolved case from the past of detective Mi [...]

    • I stepped away from my long standing obsession with reading all of my James Patterson books to read this on a recommendation. I have to say that this was one of my least enjoyable books/authors in a very long time! While I did like the idea of the story line, I absolutely hated the style in which Jonathan Kellerman writes. If you like the idea of explicit details of every conceivable thing a person can describe, down to the strand number of and exact pixel color of the understitch of the thread [...]

    • I liked this book more than some of its predecessors because it actually showed Dr. Alex Delaware vulnerable and not as smug and perfect as usual. We learned some back story about his childhood and got a quick summary of the previous book, which led to his mid-life crisis in this book. Alex's desire to solve a previous case has put his relationship with Robin at risk, and she accepts a gig on a music tour to get some space from him. Alex later receives a book anonymously in the mail with photos [...]

    • Oh my God. This book took me like 2 months to read because I never wanted to pick it up. For some reason I couldn't get into the characters or the story. I'm not sure why, it had an interesting plot but the further I got into the book the more I realized that I didn't even care how it ended. There were so many characters that it was difficult to keep them straight. I'd find myself saying, "Who the hell is that?" But then not caring enough to even flip back through and try to find out. This was t [...]

    • Not one of Kellerman's better Delaware entries. Sometimes Alex Delaware seems so distant, remote, it's hard to get a handle on him. I never much cared for Robin anyway, so her departure (for now) is a welcome relief. I still love the interaction between Alex and Milo. The plot was a bit, oh, I dunno - over the top. But then, sometimes that's what goes on with a Delaware book; for some reason, however, the formula just didn't work as well this time around. A disappointment, especially since the p [...]

    • Author JONATHAN KELLERMANCharacters Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis, Pierce Schwinn, Cossack brothers (George and Robert), Caroline Cossack aka Aimee Baker, Vence Coury , Brad Larner, Janie Ingalls, Willie Burns, Milenda Walters, John Broussard, and othersLocation Los AngelsGenre Suspense PLOT Janie Ingalls brutal murder remains unsolved for nearly two decades (to till date). Years back when detective Milo (his first case as a rookie homicide cop) and his senior partner Pierce Schwinn started invest [...]

    • Other than Alex acting like a spoiled 3 year old with his inamorata, Susan, it was a good book. In this series, they usually are.

    • In Flesh and Blood Alex Delaware took a big departure from his normal style. He normally takes a very cerebral approach to detecting and I love that the books show his intelligence and his quiet, laid-back manner; that the books allow Alex to be the thinker. But in that book Alex seemed to put himself in intentionally rash predicaments. He chased suspects with no backup and without communicating with Milo. He flirted with and arranged a date with a woman to dig into her story. He risked his life [...]

    • #16 in the Alex Delaware series. Alex Delaware, L.A. psychologist, and LAPD Lt Milo Sturgis investigate a 20 year old murder.Alex Delaware series - The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos--a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the im [...]

    • This is my first reading of a book by Jonathan Kellerman The reason why I only rated it 2 stars, at times it got very confusing. The book was about a 20 year old crime. So they would go back and forth between past and present, which is where it got confusing. Not only with the storyline but characters as well It took me twice as long to read this book because I would have to read pages over again because of it. I think the plot was good but that's about it.

    • I read this book a couple of months ago but seemed to have skipped the review somehow. Anyway, I like the narrator a lot, he's the same one as the other Alex Delaware books, so no complaints there! But I wasn't as crazy about the content of this book. There was a lot of conspiracy cop stuff and I just don't really care for that type of book. I had read this series out of order though, so this book seemed to answer a lot of the questions I had from future books in the series I had read.

    • I like the Alex Delaware novels that Kellerman writes. This had all the twists and turns of a good detective/crime novel. Milo was his usual non trusting soul and partnering with Alex, they got into trouble as usual. Solved the case, maybe not with the best ending. Lots of dead bodies and secrets.

    • REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 29, 2017Narrator: Jeff HardingOne of the more enjoyable installments. Unlike most of the books, I remained interested to the end. I liked that this was a Milo-centric book and brought me back to Milo's start of his career. The plot did get a little convoluted but was intriguing nonetheless.

    • Just finished the book and yes I did like it. Didn't like the way it ended that is why I gave it 4 stars. Alex got himself in a tight spot and I was seriously a little worried that he wouldn't get out of it. Would of liked the villains to get their just desserts. Maybe they did but not the way I would hope, not a one.

    • I love Kellerman's books and gave no idea why I stopped reading them forcing me to play catch up. Seems strange to read about the Internet and cell phones of twenty years ago.That besides, it's another good book but I can never really explain why I like the books so much. Milo probably and there's lots if him in this one.I marked it down though because there are just too many coincidences.

    • This is the third book I've read by Jonathan Kellerman and I enjoyed most of it. Though I didn't give it a 5 star review because I found myself checking back to see who was who in the line of characters that was in the story. Still I will probably read another one of his books soon and will look forward to enjoying those as well!

    • Never read Kellerman and will now always look out for him. Tight read, believable and original characters, particularly Milo Sturgis and the enigmatic Chief of Police. Cover up of a girl's murder is unravelled bit by enjoyable bit.

    • I really liked this one. Early in the series and concentrated on my favourite character Milo. Lots of backstory on his early life.

    • This was kind of a ho-hum installment, although I did like that Alex is less reckless than before, and we get to learn more about Milo's start as a cop. It all starts when Alex receives a binder called "The Murder Book." It's photos of different murders from the last few decades. He has no idea who sent it, and calls Milo. Milo recognizes one of the victims as his 8th case- and one that was never solved ("NS" is marked under the photo). Janie Ingalls was 17 years old and her murderers were never [...]

    • The Murder Book, a crime fiction, by Jonathan Kellerman, is set in Los Angeles in the 2000’s and is action packed, page-turning and fun to read. Recurring characters Doctor Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis appear in this 16th novel of the series. The action begins when the psychologist receives in the mail a mysterious book of death photos. He immediately calls his friend the policeman whom they have solved many mysteries together with, to the chagrin of his longtime lover Robin, becau [...]

    • To be honest I was a little skeptical after reading some of the reviews here, but I am glad I didn't listen to most of them. Made me wonder if we were even reading the same book. I found myself constantly wanting to solve the crime alongside with Milo and Alex. Cold cases do something to people and this book said it all. I loved it and again was not disappointed. Looking forward to my next Alex & Milo adventure.

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