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The Murder Book: An Alex Delaware Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Kellerman
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When L.A. psychologist Alex Delaware receives an elaborate album filled with gruesome crime-scene police photos of a series of apparently unconnected killings, he's stymied. He's also in the midst of a personal crisis--Robin, his long-suffering partner, has made it clear that it's up to Alex to heal the breach in their relationship that's been caused by his over-involvement in criminal investigations. The pictures mean nothing to him, but one image gets his policeman pal Milo Sturgis's immediate attention--the victim was one of his rookie cases, and her murder was never solved, perhaps because someone much higher up in the department didn't want it to be. Was the anonymous mailer attempting to reach Milo through Alex? If so, the package has the desired effect, as the two men team up to find the connection between the cases highlighted in the murder book and whoever sent it. The trail leads to a retired cop, an old mentor of Alex's, and a wealthy, powerful family that will stop at nothing to keep its secrets and its victims buried forever. Kellerman pays more attention to Alex's midlife blues than he needs to, but his focus on Milo's experiences as a gay cop in a homophobic department fits seamlessly into both plot and narrative. --Jane Adams

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When L.A. psychologist Alex Delaware receives an elaborate album filled with gruesome crime-scene police photos of a series of apparently unconnected killings, he's stymied. He's also in the midst of a personal crisis--Robin, his long-suffering partner, has made it clear that it's up to Alex to heal the breach in their relationship that's been caused by his over-involvement in criminal investigations. The pictures mean nothing to him, but one image gets his policeman pal Milo Sturgis's immediate attention--the victim was one of his rookie cases, and her murder was never solved, perhaps because someone much higher up in the department didn't want it to be. Was the anonymous mailer attempting to reach Milo through Alex? If so, the package has the desired effect, as the two men team up to find the connection between the cases highlighted in the murder book and whoever sent it. The trail leads to a retired cop, an old mentor of Alex's, and a wealthy, powerful family that will stop at nothing to keep its secrets and its victims buried forever. Kellerman pays more attention to Alex's midlife blues than he needs to, but his focus on Milo's experiences as a gay cop in a homophobic department fits seamlessly into both plot and narrative. --Jane Adams

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 658 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 576 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0345508548
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: 1st (1. Oktober 2002)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FA64QE
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mörderisch spannend 28. Mai 2003
Format:Taschenbuch
Kellerman scheint von Buch zu Buch besser zu werden. Man merkt ihm den alten Hasen an, das Schreiben, das Formulieren geht ihm leicht von der Hand, seine Sprache ist gewitzt, manchesmal zynisch, aber immer sehr relaxed. Und seine Stärke sind die Charaktere - kein Wunder, Kellerman ist, genauso wie sein Hauptcharakter Alex Delaware Psychologe. In seinem neuesten Buch "The Murder Book" beschreibt Kellerman die Aufklärung eines 20 Jahre alten Falles, den Milo Sturgis - Detective und Delawares bester Freund - als Anfänger bearbeitet hat und aufgeben musste. Politik und altes Böses geben sich ein Stelldichein, bis der Fall dann doch geklärt ist. Die Story ist ziemlich spannend, nur das Ende bleibt ein wenig unbefriedigend. Als Nebenhandlung muss Held Delaware wieder einmal versuchen, seine Beziehung auf die Reihe zu bekommen. Ob das nun eine nervige Ablenkung von der Hauptstory oder der gewisse Touch Menschlichkeit ist, muss jeder Leser selbst entscheiden. Der Krimi selbst jedenfalls ist lesenswert. Wieder einmal.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ein grausamer Sexualmord bleibt 20 Jahre ungeklärt 12. Januar 2005
Format:Taschenbuch
Nachdem ich schon einige Bücher von Jonathan Kellerman gelesen habe und die Entwicklung seines Helden, Alex Delaware, vom Kinderpsychiater zum Spezialisten für die gruseligsten Verbrechen in der Umgebung von Los Angeles mitverfolgen durfte, habe ich mich auch auf diesen Kellerman gefreut. Der Anfang gestaltet sich jedoch unerwartet schleppend. Umhüllt von der sich nicht eben positiv entwickelnden Liebesgeschichte mit Dauerflamme Robin, die Alex plötzlich für eine mehrwöchige Tournee verlässt, nachdem ein romantisches Tête-a-tête in Paris völlig mißlang, widmet sich Delaware in "The Murder Book" einem Fall aus der Vergangenheit seines Freundes Milo. Ein Buch voller Mordfotos wird ihm per Post zugestellt, eingebunden wie eines der 'murder books' der Polizei, und auf einem Bild entdeckt Milo Bekanntes - ein Mädchen das 20 Jahre zuvor bei einem bestialischen Sexualmord getötet wurde. Wer hat dieses Buch an Alex gesendet, und warum? Dieser Fall lieg Milo auf der Seele, und so ziehen die beiden Freunde alle Register, um Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen.
Steckt Polizeichef Broussard, ein alter Feind von Milo, mit den Tätern unter einer Decke? Plötzlich versucht jemand, den Detective einzuschüchtern, bringt Gerüchte über einen schwulen, HIV-infizierten Cop in Umlauf... Milos Freund Rick wird bedroht. Milo hat die Nase gestrichen voll. Alles was er will ist diesen Fall aufklären.
Lange Passagen erzählen aus Sturgis' Lebensgeschichte und zeigen seinen Blick auf das Geschehen. Vielleicht hat mich das an dem Roman zunächst irritiert, denn nachdem die Rückblenden endlich vorbei sind, entwickelt sich "The Murder Book" zu einem rasanten Thriller mit unerwarteten Wendungen und Verflechtungen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Kellerman got BACK! 2. Oktober 2002
Von Lori L. Graham - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Kellerman has been in a bit of a rut lately-- rich, good-looking doctor with attractive and accomplished girlfriend gets into the down-and-dirty blah blah blah. In The Murder Book, Kellerman not only shakes up Alex's life (with Robin's new gig [new life?] chief among the changes), but we finally get, in essence, a real Milo story-- much of the book is from Milo's point of view. By doing this, Kellerman drops not only the first-person but subtly alters his writing style to evoke a more Milo-ish tone. The story is made more involving by having a greater emphasis on fallibility than evil, thus making it more accessible and-- dare I say it?-- realistic.
So by combining an involving story with new character twists, more grey areas between good and evil, and the fresh perspective of Milo Sturgis, we get one of Kellerman's best books in years. Enjoy!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Probably the best in the series. 14. Oktober 2002
Von Nick G - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Alex Delaware has seen his share of violent crimes but none like the collection he receives in the mail.
Alex receives an anonymous book in the mail. The book is called "The Murder Book", and in it are graphic pictures of various murders. The murders are all random, not connected, and stretch back many years. Alex has no idea why he has received this, or who sent it to him so it does the only logical thing he can...he turns it over to his lifelong friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis.
Milo begins looking through the horrifying book only to be shocked by photos of a young woman tortured, strangled, and dumped by a freeway. Milo immediately recognizes the crime photos, it was the first case he ever worked on.
Milo has tried to forget the case he could not solve, but now many years later someone has opened a Pandora's Box bringing the past to the present, forcing Milo on an endless journey for answers. A journey that will take him to the darkest corners of L.A. exposing secrets kept for many years.
Can Milo and Alex solve the crime, and bring closure to a young woman nobody cared about?
`The Murder Book' is classic Kellerman storytelling; fast-paced, exciting, well written, and very suspenseful. The Alex Delaware series continues full steam ahead with, probably, the best entry in several years. Readers will be drawn in from the first chapter, and kept in a spell of shocks, and twists with every turn of the page.
Jonathan Kellerman writes the kind yarns that grab you by the throat, and keep you captive until the last page has been turned. Although this is a typical good versus evil story Mr. Kellerman makes it anything but typical by adding his masterful plot twists, healthy doses of action, and almost un-bearable suspense.
Longtime fans of the Delaware series will love this, and new readers will run out and by the earlier novels.
A MUST read for series fans, and thriller fans alike.
Nick Gonnella
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Delaware Discovers his Dark Side..... 1. November 2002
Von Archmaker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After a few years of Jonathan Kellerman experimenting with form, trying to expand the Delaware horizons, and exploring specific themes with some mixed results, he seemed to be getting back to basics in his last outing, Flesh & Blood, and has really regained his stride with this offering, The Murder Book.

The 16th in the Alex Delaware series, and Kellerman has caught his second wind and this story is a real page-turner and barn- burner! Kellerman is still playing with form, this time alternating between Alex Delaware's 1st person narrative, and a major portion of the book a 3rd person telling from his pal, Det. Milo Sturgis', point-of-view. He thereby gives us a deeper look at both Milo and Alex as we see Delaware from his friend's perspective.

Nice to see an author's interest and invigoration in a book so far down the line in a series. AND, the mystery and plot is a corker with Alex and Milo working a 20 year old case and uncovering really rotten people in the Hills of Beverly and Belair. Plenty of evil and fireworks.

Alex Delaware finally realizes what we have known all along. He isn't a police "consultant" because he likes to exercise his apptitude and training in psychology. He does it because he is an adrenaline junky and gets off on the danger! His beloved Robin has realized this and she has split. Permanently? More will be revealed.

Having hooked in to Kellerman many years ago, I had found several of the later books interesting, but lacking the bite and visceral grab of the earlier works. Well, Jonathan is back, full stroke, and I can't wait for the next Delaware novel. Five stars for this one, for Kellerman fans, of course.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Make room for Milo 23. März 2003
Von Anna Klein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Alex Delaware, psychologist and consultant to the LAPD, has just taken his longtime girlfriend, Robin, to Paris to try to repair past ills. Instead of falling back in love with him, she's gone off on an extended music tour. He's alone in Los Angeles when the official blue album shows up at his door, filled with hideous and seemingly unrelated crime scene shots and titled "The Murder Book." He promptly calls his friend Milo Sturgis, an LAPD detective. Turns out one of the victims in the book, a badly mutilated teenage girl, was Milo's first unsolved homicide -- a homicide he might have closed if he hadn't been mysteriously shut down from within his own department. The two men's determination to discover who sent the book quickly grows into a need to resolve once and for all an atrocity that has been closely guarded by the rich and powerful for over twenty years.
If half of THE MURDER BOOK wasn't written from Milo's third-person perspective, it would have bombed badly. As it is, this novel just barely scrapes along on four stars. Yes, THE MURDER BOOK reads like vintage Kellerman, but that's not neccessarily a good thing. How many times can Alex search for information by web or phone? How many times can he take witnesses out to lunch in places painfully well described? How many times can he uncover a vast conspiracy that involves a confusing number of characters and is never quite plausible? How many times can he nearly get killed in the process? True, supposedly now we have some tension between Robin and Alex, but Robin wasn't solid to begin with and I can't say I missed her. What I did miss was any attempt on Alex's part to truly mend the relationship. But then, he's a series detective, what did I expect?
In this, the 16th installment in the series, Alex's thought patterns put me to sleep and only Kellerman's overuse of the phrase-not-sentence technique jarred me back awake. Except in Milo's chapters. Those were great. He's mysterious, persistent, a tad grouchy, big hearted -- I was very happy in his company. I almost wished the whole book had been his.
THE MURDER BOOK in short? Alex, move over. Milo's here.
Anna Klein
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Better, But......... 20. April 2003
Von David K. Taggart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Proably the best Alex Delaware mystery since..... Well, at least since before the disastorous THE WEB. Kellerman must know he needs to do something, and this one has a new idea -- it features Milo in individual third-person scenes. And truth to tell, Milo comes off a lot better than Alex, who you really see as annoying and hard-headed.
In this one, Alex is sent a book of crime scene photogrpahs. One of them is from Milo's first, still unsolved, case. Milo is still troubled by it. Alex has time on his hands, so they're off on another adventure, involving the old murder, and its massive cover-up by the rich and powerful.
Much of the plot, which goes on at least a hundred pages too long (when did they stop editing Kellerman?) revolves around the paranoia of conspiracy and cover-up. If you believe that the execution-style slaying of an LAPD Internal Affairs officer could be concealed to the extent that the LA TIMES wouldn't even mention it, and that even LA cops wouldn't know about it, than maybe this will be OK with you, but rational minds will have a problem with it.
The chronology is forced and wrong. This is supposed to be a twenty-year old murder, but if Milo was a young detective three years out of Vietnam, it would have to be closer to thirty. and the aging problem of series characters has now taken over this series. Milo and Alex have to be pushing 60. Hard to place Alex as a romantic lead anymore; Milo has got to be well past LAPD retirement age for his grade.
And is this the kind of book that will bring new readership to the series? Will new readers thrill as Alex does a Google search? Will they hold their breath while Milo searches court records and calls DMV? Will they on be edge of their seat while Alex reads microfilmed newspapers in the library? Will they be cringing as Milo pours maple syrup on chocolate chip peanut butter pancakes.
Will please fans more than most recent outings; a great beach book.
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