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Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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'Kellerman doesn't disappoint, and in his battles with the rich and powerful school authorities who are trying to cover up the crime it reminds you of Marlowe and General Sternwood's orchids in The Big Sleep. Tough to put down but with a wry side, it's all you could ask for in an LA thriller' Daily Mail


'Kellerman doesn't disappoint, and in his battles with the rich and powerful school authorities who are trying to cover up the crime it reminds you of Marlowe and General Sternwood's orchids in The Big Sleep. Tough to put down but with a wry side, it's all you could ask for in an LA thriller' -- Daily Mail


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1195 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 322 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0755342739
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (25. März 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0030DHPCU
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"You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous." -- Deuteronomy 16:19 (NKJV)

Elise Freeman, a substitute English and history teacher at exclusive Windsor Prep Academy, turns up dead under most unusual circumstances. The investigation quickly turns up DVD in which Ms. Freeman accuses three of her fellow teachers of extreme misconduct . . . a DVD apparently recorded due to being in fear of her death. Other interests determine that the investigation proceed, but at a very low key level. It's just the beginning of a very bizarre trail through the hidden side of the lives of those with too much money and ambition.

A staple of many police procedural plots is to have a conflict of interest that influences the investigation. Milo Sturgis isn't likely to be easily dissuaded from doing his duty, even when the conflict arises from the police chief. The tension does create some memorable humor in this police procedural filled with more red herrings and plot twists than in any five other murder mysteries. The satire of how the very rich and ambitious live can be amusing as well.

I like books that draw my attention away from the real criminal, and this plot was quite effective in that regard. I found it to be a big improvement over the last few Alex Delaware books.

At the same time, Milo and Alex failed to be as interesting as they were earlier in the series. There's just a lot of throw-away humor about eating too much and psychobabble as substitutes for character development and involvement.

I came away from this book feeling encouraged that Jonathan Kellerman seems to have put some real effort into this book. With a little more affection for his characters, he can easily make this a top-notch series once again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Strongest Delaware novel in about a decade 16. Dezember 2010
Von TKr
Kellerman's last books had been entertaining enough but had also become quite formulaic. The pattern was always the same: Murder most horrid, Milo eats a lot, a wild theory, Milo eats a lot, a hunch, Milo eats a lot and presto - the solution. This book is quite different in terms of offering interesting twists in the plot, allowing Milo and Alex to be wrong occassionally and we are back to those Kellerman psychopaths that shock us because of their banality. All in all to me that was the strongest Delaware novel in about a decade.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Good start,...slow story 18. Dezember 2010
Von A. Zuther
I bought the book in an airport store before a long haul flight in order to keep me awake during the travel hours. I was hoping for some suspense and a good stroy told in a way that makes you continue to read.

Despite an interesting set right at the beginning the story develops only slowly and tension real does not build in the first 100 pages. Maybe - being from Europe - I am missing some background information on the US colleges and prep scholl systems to see what the story is geeting at or it is the style that is very different from my preferred authors Lee Chil and David Badlacci. Fans of these writers may find this book slow and less exciting,..

Personally I will not go for another novel of this author. However tastes are different,..
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Your Daddy's Alex Delaware 6. April 2010
Von Brian Baker - Veröffentlicht auf
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When Kellerman first brought the Delaware series forward, the books were a welcome and unique entry to the mystery genre: a psychologist who used his unique insights and training to solve crimes, especially those involving children, child psychology being Delaware's specialty as a shrink.

Milo Sturgis was a supporting character to whom Delaware would turn when he needed police support. But what made the series so appealing was the idea that Delaware was getting inadvertently involved in solving mysteries while trying to cure his patients, and his expertise as a psychologist would afford him the unique perspective from which to solve those crimes, in spite of the ineffectiveness of the police.

My, how times have changed.

Milo Sturgis is now the central character; Delaware's simply along for the ride, and to act as a sounding board for Milo so that we readers don't have to sit through endless exposition; his being a psychologist has become completely irrelevant, and isn't even used as a device anymore. Gone are the descriptive passages that establish place and setting, which were so evocative of LA in all its varied motifs. Gone are any personal story elements, such as those involving his girlfriend Robin or his dog; they've become nothing more than set dressing for the few passages when Delaware's in his house (presumably just to have something happen in a different physical scene). Dialogue consists of terse exchanges between Sturgis and Delaware; many of the scenes with witnesses or suspects remind me of the old "Dragnet" TV series, or maybe "Law & Order".

The series has become a hard-boiled detective series starring Sturgis; it's almost on the level of pulp fiction; certainly "police procedural" genre rather than psychological mystery/thriller.

Now, on that level these recent books - including "Deception" - work okay... for what they are. So, I guess I'll give it 3.5 stars on that basis.

But if you're expecting classic Delaware, especially if you're a long-time reader, you're in for a big disappointment.

I understand that over time authors make creative decisions, and sometimes elect to change their approach to a character or series. That's certainly their right. But then we as readers need to be aware of what we're getting. Some people may well like this transition; others certainly won't.

As I said, as a procedural or hard-boiled detective novel, this book works okay. But as an "Alex Delaware Novel", I think it falls far short of the mark, and is overall pretty pedestrian.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Deception by Jonathan Kellerman 31. März 2010
Von Amy Y. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Alex and Milo are back, trying to figure out who-dunnit in Kellerman's newest Alex Delaware novel. I am not a huge fan of the mystery genre- maybe I just haven't read enough to find the authors I would enjoy- but Kellerman has long been the exception.

What I love about Kellerman is that he maintains a certain level of consistency in his writing while avoiding becoming boring and predictable. The trend continues in Deception which has some great twists and turns.

Deception starts off at a steady clip and maintains a good pace throughout. Alex Delaware, psychologist and unofficial detective, is brought onto a homicide case by Lt. Milo Sturgis. Alex and Milo are a seemingly unlikely partnership. Alex provides illuminating insight, drawing on his talent as a psychologist while Milo is the gritty, street-smart cop(who often doubles as the comic relief).

Right from the start, Alex and Milo find the murder of a teacher from an elite prep school raising puzzling questions. Why is there so much interest from above in keeping the case hush-hush? Why has protocol been breached in the handling of evidence? A strange DVD of the victim before her death adds further intrigue and could she have identified her murderer on the recording? And that's just the beginning!!

People are not always what they seem '

Books by prolific authors such as Kellerman are often hit or miss in quality- not so with "Deception"! If you are a fan of Kellerman and his characters, you won't be disappointed. Kellerman does a fantastic job of deftly handling the plot, stringing the reader along as he builds to a riveting finish.

"Deception" is well-written and fast paced as it builds to a big finish. Full of suspense, interesting characters and enough turns to keep even the most seasoned armchair investigator guessing, fans will be greeted by old, familiar friends and those who are new to Kellerman will likely be inspired to check out some of his earlier books after finishing this one. Great read, very entertaining- Kellerman delivers with "Deception".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it. 31. März 2010
Von Robert Busko - Veröffentlicht auf
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Jonathan Kellerman has developed a winner in the characters of Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware. Each new novel promises the maximum amount of entertainment with a puzzling new case. Deception, the latest in a growing line of well written novels, promises to turn over a few well place rocks to reveal the creepy humans who hide there.

In Deception, Elise Freeman, a faculty member from prestigious Winsor Prep Academy is found murdered and a DVD is found next to her body. When played, the DVD reveals a woman who has suffered abuse at the hands of multiple abusers for more than a year. As the story unfolds, it appears that the culprits are fellow faculty members and co-workers. As the details become more warped, Detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to the case. Both he and Dr. Alex Delaware must untangle the clues to get to the truth. However, that task is complicated by the resistance of both the school and the wealthy clientele that send their Ivy League bound children there.

Deception is a hand wringer. Should the upper class be allowed to hide behind a curtain thus hiding their own sins and should those that cater to this class be allowed the same privilege? This is an interesting question, because it appears that the answer to this question is usually yes.

Kellerman does a good job in keeping the story fresh and the characters interesting. After-all, after 25 of these books, keeping things moving isn't easy.

All in all, I think you'll be glad you read Deception.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Very boring 5. Mai 2010
Von W. Edwards - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Unfortunately the first Alex Delaware novel ever, that i didn't finish, and i've read every one.It is obvious the authors find it hard to sustain their books as time goes on.The story became so jumbled up towards the end with characters that i didn't know, that i gave up
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1.0 von 5 Sternen The worst by J. Kellerman I have ever read 24. April 2010
Von Clarissa's Blog - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read most of the books in the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series, and this one was probably the absolute worst in the series. Recently, every new book by Jonathan Kellerman felt like an attempt to meet the publisher's deadline with no consideration for putting out a credible, engaging story. However, Kellerman was always ultimately saved from complete and utter failure by his talent, his gift at creating alluring plot twists, and the likability of his characters. This novel, however, has none of these ingredients.

Alex and Milo in this novel seem more like sad parodies of their former selves. Milo's endearing habit of enjoying food has degenerated into this character wolfing down every scrap of nourishment he enocunters in a truly disgusting way. Alex, who always suffered from being a little stuck up, is insufferably boring in "Deception." He never offers any insights, psychological or otherwise, which made me wonder why he was included in the story at all.

The plot of the novel is very limp. After a couple of half-hearted attempts to create some semblance of twists to the annoying plotline, the author gives up and introduces the solution to the so-called mystery. Both the mystery and the solution to it prove to be mind-numbingly boring.

As a long-term fan of the series, I sincerely hope that Kellerman will manage to get himself together and stop insulting his readers with inane efforts at mystery writing that we see in "Deception."
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