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Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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“Jonathan Kellerman’s novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit.”—Orlando Sentinel 
 
“Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.”—Detroit Free Press




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'Strong insights into the quirks of human and criminal behaviour' -- Guardian 'Filled with insight' -- Stephen King 'Coolly intelligent' -- GQ 'A sense of humanity and justice' -- Publishers Weekly 'An alert eye for detail' -- New York Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1547 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 402 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0345527240
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (29. März 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004IPP8TQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #127.179 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Die Serie hat sich schon lange totgelaufen 18. Oktober 2011
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Vor 15, 20 Jahren las ich jeden Band dieser Serie um Alex Delaware und Milo Sturgis. Die letzten Jahre ließ ich es sein - und musste nach "Mystery" feststellen, dass dies auch gut ist, da der Autor seine Charaktere und die Plots recht lustlos abhandelt.
Das Leben der beiden Protogonisten Milo und Sturgis hat nichts mit dem "normalen" Leben zu tun. Von Lieutenant Sturgis erfahren wir, dass er sehr sehr gerne und sehr sehr schnell Junk Food isst und quasi nebenbei seine Fälle löst. Alex, der anscheinend genügend Zeit und Geld hat, denn er scheint nicht zu arbeiten, hilft ihm dabei - um Polizeihierarchien und Vorschriften scheint man sich nicht kümmern zu müssen. Man fährt gemeinsam durch die Gegend, unterhält sich, ißt, macht paar Befragungen - fertig.
Alles furchtbar langweilig: Die Ortsbeschreibungen, Restaurantbeschreibungen, alle Charaktere, auch die gute Ehefrau Robin, furchtbar eindimensional, kein packender Plot, keine "Whodunit-Stimmung" - die Auflösung ist dann auch noch sehr konstruiert und an den Haaren herbeigezogen. Einfach nur lustlose Schreibe. Wahrscheinlich musste Mr Kellerman mal wieder einen Band abliefern.
Schade, Mr. Kellerman war vor 15, 20 Jahren ein Garant für spannende, psychologisch ausgereifte Krimis. Deshalb auch noch ein zusätzlicher Mitleidsstern für diese Leistung.
Fazit: Nicht empfehlenswert. Die ersten Bände der Reihe lesen - oder die Einzelthriller.
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"And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT" -- Revelation 17:5 (NKJV)

An accidental encounter places Alex Delaware in the middle of a murder investigation, one that involves the ugly underbelly of the "beautiful life" in Southern California. As a result, he has a bigger role to play, there are more and more relevant psychological insights to share, and more realistic reasons for Alex to be involved with Milo Sturgis in the investigation into a brutal slaying.

I thought that most of this book was better plotted than many of the recent offerings in this series. The red herrings were more plausible and intriguing . . . and the resolution of the mystery was more unexpected than usual. A bit of the ending was hard to swallow, but I had enjoyed what led up to the resolution enough for that not to trouble me too much.

Some of the dialogue is extremely witty in making social commentary about the "culture" of those with the most toys. I also appreciated the heavy dose of irony that Jonathan Kellerman used to indicate his views about those who don't care who gets hurt . . . as long as they get what they want.

I also enjoyed the many images that were conjured up to provide atmosphere of the sort that used to make the noir detective and crime novels about Hollywood so appealing.

Nice work, Dr. Kellerman!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great new book in the series... 25. Januar 2011
Von Jill Meyer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay, Jonathan Kellerman's new book, "Mystery", deserves a 5 star rating, not because it's comparable to, say, "War and Peace" (it's not) but because it is a very good Jonathan Kellerman book in the Alex Delaware series.

As a long time reviewer at Amazon and Vine, I've always tried to compare apples to apples - in this case Kellerman to Kellerman. It's the only way to get an accurate rating of a book. Kellerman's written a few clunkers in his time - characters and plots becoming "tired" - but his last few have been very good.

The title, "Mystery" refers to the name taken by a high end prostitute in Los Angeles, who manages to get murdered by persons unknown. "Persons" unknown, because she was killed by two shots - fired simultaneously - by two guns.
Alex Delaware and his lady friend, Robin, were among the last to see her alive and he's brought into the case by his friend, Lt Milo Sturgis. There's a secondary case - about a dying madam - that Delaware is also involved in. As usual in these plots, the two storylines do meet briefly. There's also the requisite rich and creepy and malevolent Beverly Hills family involved in all this.

One of the past complaints about Jonathan Kellerman's series is the highlighting of Milo Sturgis instead of Alex Delaware. This book brings the two together in a more even way. It's a good story, well-written, and one his long-time fans will enjoy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Top Ten Things That are Great About "Mystery" 10. Februar 2011
Von E. Burian-Mohr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a longtime Kellerman fan (both Faye and Jonathan, though I haven't tried the son yet) and have read every Alex Delaware book, in order. I love Kellerman's style, his pacing, his dialogue, and his insights. For Kellerman fans, this book won't disappoint. For newer Kellerman readers, you may want to start with one of the early Alex Delaware books to get more of a feel for the characters. But as a story, it stands strongly on its own.

Psychologist Alex Delaware and his longtime girlfriend Robin visit a local bar for its last night and happen to watch a strange scenario unfold. When the woman they watched turns up murdered, Alex and his friend, police lieutenant Milo Sturgis, follow a trail of clues to discover who she was and who her murderer is. In a B plot, Delaware helps the son of a dying ex-madam (and the ex-madam herself) who Sturgis busted long ago.

That being said, here are the top ten things I liked about "Mystery."

10. It's a solid police procedural. Kellerman does his research and the reader comes away with a greater understanding of how police work is done in Los Angeles.

9. Always interesting psychological insights. The Delaware character, after all, is a psychologist who, among other things, consults for the police department. And Kellerman is a psychologist. So when Sturgis asks his what some behavior indicates, Delaware will come up with a pretty good response. He's not always right, but that's how he and Sturgis work things through, trying out different scenarios.

8. An homage to the golden years of Hollywood. Kellerman loves bringing us acting types, and all the baggage that goes with them. His love of film history shines through. And, while he makes up a lot of film history for reasons of story, it feels like little slices of screen stars of yore.

7. Kellerman adores the city of Los Angeles and writes about its quirks and flaws and breathtaking moments and history with an insider's eye. For natives, you'll smell the smells of Topanga, feel the dry heat of the valley, sense the moist coastal air in his descriptions. He knows the geography and his locations feel real.

6. Kellerman has a sense of humor. This is not to say that it's a humorous book, or slapstick. But the descriptions are done with a chuckle. His perceptions are always laced with humor. Dialog between Delaware and Sturgis, or Robin, are wry and ring true.

5. Kellerman doesn't resort to red herrings. I HATE mysteries where the perp is introduced on the next-to-the-last page. Kellerman never does this. But in terms of whodunits, you'll have a hard time guessing the villain in this one.

4. Glorious twisted dysfunctional back-stories. Come on. Admit it. You love 'em. There's nothing quite like reading about a family so sick and twisted that you'll never worry about your eccentric aunt again. And, if you're still worrying about your eccentric aunt, know that she's not the only sick puppy out there.

3. Great dialogue. Kellerman is a master of this. It's conversational. It feels real. It's witty, it's interesting, it's full of insights.

2. Great characters. Kellerman's characters aren't black and white characters. Each is different, unique, with good points and bad points, aspirations and failures. Kind of like real life.

1. The way Delaware and Sturgis figure it all out. They research. They follow. They peek. They listen. They masquerade as someone they're not. They toss possibilities back and forth, discarding when a theory doesn't work and building when it does. It's the basis for explaining the unexplained, and it makes a great story.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read for Kellerman fans. 31. Januar 2011
Von Naomi Manygoats - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a long-time Kellerman fan, I found this to be a satisfying read. Kellerman has neither gotten stale, nor outrageous in an attempt to avoid doing so. The story was an intriguing one and well told. However, when I looked at it from the view of a first time Kellerman reader, I decided that there was insufficient background information. For some detective series, this works fine. But, when the central character has a buddy who is the actual police detective and has, over the years, progressed from someone who learns about and gets draw into the case by his detective friend to someone who is more of an active partner, at the crime scene, interviewing suspects, etc, more information is needed or a credibility gap arises that interferes with the enjoyment of the story. For this reason, I would recommend this book to Kellerman fans, but would be reluctant to suggest it as a first Alex Delaware novel.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Above Average Delaware/ Sturgis Suspense Novel Marred by Contrived Resolution 15. Februar 2011
Von Susan K. Schoonover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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MYSTERY has an interesting detective story at its core. Nice guy and series hero, psychologist Alex Delaware, and his always annoyingly perfect girlfriend Robin are at a favorite watering hole during its final night in operation. They curiously watch the antics of a beautiful young woman drinking solo while dressed in the glamorous Hollywood style of forty plus years ago. In a strange coincidence the woman is found murdered the next day with bullets from two shooters. Alex's old friend Detective Milo Sturgis is in charge of the investigation and Alex and Robin help him unravel first the mystery woman's identity and then that of her murderers and their motivation.

For the first three quarters of this "whodunit" I was very hopeful Jonathan Kellerman's latest was a return to the quality of the early years of the Delaware/Sturgis series. Unfortunately the resolution of MYSTERY is as ridiculous and contrived as the worst examples of Kellerman's work. And the subplot where Alex uses his pediatric psychology training doesn't work.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A random episode in a long-running soap opera, with a murder at one end and an arrest at the other 3. März 2011
Von Aaron C. Brown - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I started reading Kellerman 25 years ago with When the Bough Breaks, which is still one of my all-time favorite mysteries (he kindly signed my first edition copy in New York years ago). The quality of Alex Delaware books gradually dropped off, however, and I relegated them to airplane reading and finally stopped buying them at all. His non-Delaware books are still great, but there haven't been any in a while. I got this one through Vine and was disappointed to discover the quality deterioration has continued, from this one I think he's stopped even trying. If it had a white cover with the title in black block lettering, it would convey the contents accurately.

It gets two stars because he is still a great writer, and also manages to communicate fascinating clinical psychology information. Two of the minor characters are as strong as any in the series, and there is an interesting subplot with a rerun character. Unfortunately all the other non-series characters, major and minor, are cardboard-thin and act inexplicably. The series characters are like tired actors in a sit-com that has run too long, going through their standard shticks: Milo eats too much and too crudely, Rick gripes that Milo's not home enough but stays away himself, Robin worries, comes through sort of, puts on some sexy clothing and says some sexy things, then retreats to her own world; Alex drifts through the story analyzing everything and acting with no motivations at all. There isn't a ghost of a hint of any character development nor surprising action. All sorts of random irrelevant detail is thrown in to make up for the lack of character or action.

Milo and Alex have become completely divorced from any reality at all. They act as detective partners independent of the police force (except for some irrelevent complications for Milo that are not explained, and seem designed to advance a multi-book plot rather than make any sense in this book). The problem with that is Milo is supposed to be a police detective, so it strains credulity that he is independent, and Alex is a sometime (and not in this book) clinical consultant who should not be be operating as a detective at all. It's true that a lot of series detectives struggle with reality: private detectives without clients, police detectives without bosses, random individuals acting as ad hoc professionals; but the absurdity of Alex and Milo has exceeded the elastic bounds of convention.

The biggest problem, however, is the plot. It would be a spoiler to list its defects, so I will instead describe a classic Kellerman mystery. There are deep and genuine psychological chills, rooted in scientific observation rather than morbid imagination. The story generates several potential resolutions that are logically and psychologically satsifying, but the author manages to come up with a twist that is even more satisfying. Nothing depends on undisclosed information that is not common knowledge, nor on facts that would certainly have been turned up at the beginning of the investigation. All coincidences are explained, all loose ends tied up, all character motivations become clear in retrospect and each part of the tale, even the smallest one with the least seeming relevance at the time, turns out be important.

The plot of Mystery is none of the above. It's not that the book is a game and the author cheated on the solution, it's that the structure makes no sense without a tight plot. It becomes a random episode in a long-running soap opera, with a murder at one end and an arrest at the other.
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