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Over the Edge (An Alex Delaware Novel Book 3) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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The third novel to feature child psychologist Alex Delaware begins with a desperate, garbled phone call from former patient Jamey Cadmus, genius of record and heir to a construction fortune. The next day, Jamey is accused of the Lavender Slashings, a series of grisly homosexual murders that have rocked Los Angeles. The teenager's lawyer asks Alex to examine Jamey's recent history with the hope that a plea of diminished capacity will protect Jamey from a prison sentence. Though soon fired, Alex continues his investigation, motivated by the compassion and intelligence previously demonstrated in When the Bough Breaks and Blood Test. Tracing the rocky road of Jamey's emotional development, Alex crisscrosses L.A., moving from Beverly Hills mansions to biker cabins, from the old Haight district to mountain canyons, with stops at the U.C.L.A. medical library, the high-security section of the L.A.P.D. jail and some exquisitely appointed legal offices. Aided by his friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis, Alex ignores warnings to stay away from the case and begins to discern an ominous pattern in Jamey's family history, connecting esoteric South American hallucinogens, a massively irresponsible real-estate scam and the ageless human motivations of revenge and greed. The first two Alex Delaware books were very good indeed. This one, more complexly plotted, more richly psychological and filled with convincing financial and pharmacological details, is the best yet. Paperback rights to NAL; Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA Kellerman, a contemporary master of psychological thrillers, has created a story of building suspense about a psychotic teenage boy, Jamey Cadmus, who is accused of six murders. Dr. Delware, local psychologist, receives a late night phone call from Jamey, drawing upon him to help defend the teenager. The plot slowly unravels and the conspiracy of Jamey's family to create his madness is revealed. Readers will be drawn into this suspenseful drama by vivid descriptions of a psychotic, details of family greed, and the hope for the teenager's sanity. Susan Penny, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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  • Verlag: Scribner; Auflage: 1st (6. Juli 2010)
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This is the third in Jonathan Kellerman's series of detective novels featuring psychologist Alex Delaware. So far, this has been a great series, and this book is no exception. I just wish that Mr. Kellerman hadn't gone into so much detail about the psychological information he presents in his book - that put me to sleep REAL fast. This story's been done before - but never quite in this way. The plot was totally believable, although the character of Souza the lawyer wasn't - he seemed to be too pompous to be true. But Delaware does ring very true, as does his policeman buddy, Milo Sturgis. I know that a new Alex Delaware novel has just come out - I look forward to reading it, but I prefer to read series in order, so I don't miss anything. I just hope that Kellerman de-emphasizes the research in the rest of his books. I grant that it's important, but he should know when enough is enough.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mind catcher of a book 13. Juli 1999
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This was the 4th book I read of Kellerman's. I found it to be very interesting, it kept my mind going. I thought some of the technical lingo was hard to pronounce and understand. I thought the overall book was excellent, but at times I wished I had a medical dictionary to be able to pronounce some of the words. I ran across Kellermans books by accident, but I am hooked on them now.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen brief 22. Juli 1999
Highly recommended. The twists and turns are sharp, interesting but believable. Alex Delaware is at his best.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great book,couldn't put it down 12. September 1999
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read all of Jonathan Kellermans books. Haven't been disapointed yet.Look for new ones all the time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen GLASS HOUSES 18. Februar 2001
Von BeatleBangs1964 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Dr. Alex Delaware's world is jolted by a surprise telephone call from a former client. Jamey Cadmus, 17, was part of a pilot project of highly gifted adolescents 5 years earlier and Dr. Delaware was a consultant for that project.

Jamey, disoriented and confused, calls Delaware from a private hospital in the California Canyons. He is kidnapped from his room and it falls to Dr. Delaware to investigate the hospital and Jamey's tangled family tree.

Set in 1987, Dr. Delaware makes numerous references to the university project that accepted Jamey in 1982, when the boy was nearly 13. He uncovers a questionable family history, a web of murders and corrupt developers in the canyons. Jamey, by now found and incarcerated in the County Jail, tries to, in his own incoherent fashion tell Dr. Delaware what he knows about the series of cases.

Robin has a more prominent place in this story. Although I never cared for her, the one thing that annoyed me in this book was one scene where Delaware greeted her, "shushing her with a kiss." To me, the "shushing her with a kiss" was simply a way of shutting her up. That act sounded as if he had no use for her opinions or anything she ever said and smacked of chauvanism. Notice his shushing her with the standard kiss came on the heels of providing food. Robin and meals can always be found in the same place and that is really old.

Delaware was plainly far more cerebral than Robin ever was and I felt that single act was to underscore his mental superiority to her, not unlike Jamey's mental superiority prior to his breakdowns. The theme of glass houses is revisited throughout this story.

This is truly an outstanding work. Readers are taken on some very painful, bumpy roads through the seamy, seedy parts of Southern California and encounter some equally seamy, seedy characters. Bikers, corrupt developers, questionable family ties, persons not involved with the cases -- each appears to be a likely suspect. The conclusion is powerful and very satisfying; it makes sense, yet stays several steps ahead of the readers. Each character is richly drawn and believable; each new layer of mysteries interlock believably. Jon Kellerman is truly the Michaelangelo of the Mystery genre.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Humdinger of a story! 22. Juli 2002
Von Diana Poskrop - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A mind-blowing look into the nature of madness. The psychological background is totally fascinating. I learned a lot about how the mentally ill are treated by the system, some background of schizophrenia, the difference between psychosis and schizophrenia and how they relate to the law, and so on. There's more, but I won't give away any surprises.
The dialogue, as always in Mr. Kellerman's books, rings true. Watch out for the main characters, though! The twists and turns keep coming right to the end of the climactic chapter.
A few minor complaints. I felt some secondary characters could've been developed more. This is just my taste, but I find the lengthy descriptions of buildings, landscapes, etc. a bit tedious. I had hoped for at least the beginning of a resolution to Milo's problems with homophobes at work. But you gotta save something for later in the series. I was taken aback to learn that, at the time OVER THE EDGE was written, gays were officially(?) considered deviants.
Lots of food for thought in this book. There are many ideas here that'll get your gray cells going.
If you have any interest in the workings of the human mind -- the sane and not-so-sane -- grab this book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen leaves me speechless every time 22. September 2004
Von christine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
As a writer, and as someone who reads 100 books a year, I can usually spot where writers are going before they even get there. I've read several of Kellerman's books, but this one is not predictable and never gets old, and is so skillfully written that no matter how many times I read Over The Edge, I can't figure out how he ties everything up in such a neat package and ends the story with such a meaningful last sentence, which makes me cry every time I turn the last page.

As for the plot: How could the imprisoned and nearly comatose (when we first meet him face to face, and for most of the novel) Jamey Cadmus have strangled and mutilated a handful of prostitutes? But all the evidence points toward him. When we eventually find out why he is the only suspect, we have uncovered some of the rottenest, meanest forms of inhumanity towards the most vulnerable in our society.

Kellerman has filled Over The Edge with larger than life, colorful characters, even the secondary ones: Tully Antrim is kinda hip and cool; the art store owner has a major attitude; even the players in the Mexican restaurant seemed to have full lives beyond their short scene. I imagine Kellerman had a lot of fun with the two cops and all their scenes; I crack up every time they show up. As for the major characters, Alex Delaware is always a delightful pleasure to meet and get to know; Milo is a sweetie; Robin is a pleasant mystery; and Jamey, every time we meet him, is an uncomfortable reminder of whether or not he is guilty of extreme violence.

Kellerman tapped into some of my deepest fears: I was considered highly gifted at an early age, was aware of the term "genius/madness" shortly thereafter, and subsequently terrified that something horrible would go wrong with my brain, as happens to Jamey. The ride Kellerman takes me on every time I read this is frightening, thrilling, interesting and ultimately satisfying. I will never forget Jamey's story.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A frantic psychological whodunit. 13. September 2002
Von Mary J. Alderdice - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
When Dr. Alex Delaware is woken up in the middle of the night by an incoherent, frantic call from a former patient, he suspects that not all is well with the world. Things take a decided turn for the worse when said patient is found in the midst of a bloody murder scene, what appears to be one of a long series of sexually-motivated murders. Thrown into the middle of the fray by his desire to find the truth out about his patient, Dr. Delaware once again must put his experiences as psychologist and a sleuth to the test.
The third of Jonathan Kellerman's Dr. Alex Delaware novels, readers will find a cast of familiar characters amongst the throngs of the new and the suspicous. In addition to the good doctor himself, we also have the return of Detective Milo Sturgis as well as luthier and love interest Robin. The familiar characters are comforting, because the rest of the cast of characters are a frantic mess of psychological problems which leaves the reader dizzy.
I found the pacing and the character development in this book to be odd, and somewhat off. It's nothing that I can really quantify, but something didn't feel quite right throughout the work. That being said, Kellerman has once again produces a psychological thriller that is compelling and leaves a couple of bits of mystery left until the end, even for those who can unravel the threads of the tale before the denouement.
Definitely worth reading if this is your genre, though I still find Kellerman's first Alex Delaware novel (When the Bough Breaks) to be my favorite in the series thus far.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sorry, Dr. Delaware! 19. Februar 2005
Von A Discerning Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This story is good from several aspects, the best being his realistic portrayal of psychosis and psychological illness. He is not a journalist of the 20/20 variety trying to get it right--he's got the knowledge and experience to make the details believable. Kellerman is a nice narrator, and he has some characters we can really root for--Detective Sturgis, Alex himself, and the true victim in this story, Jamey.

Unfortunately, this book is twice as long as it needs to be. You can skim so many paragraphs that don't contribute to character or plot development--you know, all the times Dr. Delaware goes to feed his fish, or the descriptions of some tract of houses off some California freeway.

In the end, the plot is fairly contrived. The final scene has all the suspects in the same room. The villain is unmasked, those characters we thought were benign turn out to be malignant, a few gunshots ring out--but just who shot who?!! The plot is also implausible as well. If you sit down and summarize how the bad guy(s) pulled off the plot, it seems pretty silly.

All in all, it's a pretty good read, but it's an early enough effort to still have significant drawbacks. Delaware sure is a nice guy, though!
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