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Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel von [Kellerman, Jonathan]

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'Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying' -- Sunday Telegraph 'High-octane entertainment' -- The Times 'Exceptionally exciting' -- New York Times 'Ingenious and horrifying' -- The Sunday Times


“With his latest, [Jonathan Kellerman] not only brings his ‘A’ game but also ratchets it up a notch or three. . . . Victims will keep you up at night.”—Bookreporter
Acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up meticulously arranged in such a gruesome murder scene? One look prompts LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his expert in homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion—with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a chilling cry for help from a tortured, savage soul. To end the bloody spree and prevent citywide panic, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once learned his craft. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, a portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.
“Expertly crafted, judiciously paced and echoing with larger social concerns.”—The Star-Ledger
“The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes

Includes an excerpt of Jonathan Kellerman’s Guilt.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3966 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 434 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (28. Februar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00564GOM8
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"It is in my power to do you harm, . . . ." -- Genesis 31:29 (NKJV)

If your stomach becomes queasy from reading about gruesome events, Victims will turn you off.

If you like police procedurals that are deeply based in psychological roots for a crime, Victims will be quite appealing.

The book's main weakness is that the resolution of the story comes at such a rushed pace that it doesn't really take full advantage of the opportunities to build and to release tension. I also didn't think that quite enough clues were dropped in advance to alert readers to a major subplot.

I don't know about you, but I was getting tired of Alex Delaware mainly being in the books because Milo Sturgis seems to be averse to driving around alone. There are real issues here for Dr. Delaware to address, and his perspective and background significantly contribute to the plot.

I feel more than a little encouraged that this series could be in the process of improving. That would be excellent!
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Wenn jemals Zweifel daran aufkamen, dass Dr. Kellerman Thriller schreiben kann - versucht dieses Buch!
Es hat alles was einen guten Thriller ausmacht - Victims aeh.. Opfer, grauslige Details, verzwickte Winkelzuege, eine tiefgehende Ermittlung und jede Menge Spannung!
Die Protagonisten, Dr. Alex Delaware, der wie immer LAPD Detektiv Milo Sturgis mit seinen psychologischen Faehigkeiten hilft, Petra Connor, eine Frau auf dem harten, steinigen Weg nach oben in der von Maennern dominierten Polizei-Hierarchie von Los Angeles.
Und die Art von Killer, wie sie selten zu Papier gebracht wurden, und trotzdem authentisch, fast glaubhaft in der unglaublichen Art zu toeten...
Aber noch mehr zu schreiben, hiesse schon zu viel zu verraten.
Lest und Ihr werdet sehen!!!

If there have ever been doubts about Dr Jonathan Kellerman's abiity to write thrillers, those with a BIG "T", try this book!
It has everything a perfect thriller needs: Victims ( a lot...), gruesome details from Page 2 on...), wicked twists (enough for more than ONE book..., a perfect investigation and tension, thrill, as You like it!
Protagonists: as always Dr. Alex Delaware helping LPDA Detective Milo Sturgis with his psychological insights, Petra Connor, a determined woman on her steep way up in the male-dominated police hierarchy of Los Angeles.
And that kind of killer/s seldom described in that special way to be credible within the almost incredible method of killing...
But to write more will only spoil too much.
It is one hell of an entertainment!
Read and learn more!!!
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Leider gefällt dieser Kellermann nicht ganz so gut wie seine Vorgänger. Eine Alex Delaware Novel der der Charme etwas fehlt.
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HASH(0x9d5383f0) von 5 Sternen Welcome back Alex Delaware 26. Januar 2012
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As I have mentioned in previous reviews of Alex Delaware novels, I am a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman who has been disappointed by the progressive deterioration in the quality of Alex Delaware novels. The nadir was the previous entry Mystery, which had an absurd and unpleasant plot, conventional gore to shock the reader rather than any chills and characters who had become entirely divorced from reality doing predictable shticks--while the author's main concern seems to be keeping alive plot lines from prior books and planned sequels.

I would not have even picked this one up, except it was available on Vine and I retain enough affection or the earlier and non-Delaware books to give it one more try. I am glad I did. From the first line of the book, "This one was different," it promises and delivers a fresh, exciting mystery, and an education to boot.

The basic story is familiar enough, a series of brutal murders with psychotic mutilations calls for a combination of meticulous procedural police work from the bottom up, and brilliant psychological insight from the top down. As in the best novels in this series, Alex and Milo play off each other effortlessly. Important clues are (or seem to be) a man in a heavy shearling coat inappropriate for the weather, some unpleasant interactions the victims had before being killed and details that point faintly to mysterious treatments in a long-closed psychiatric facility. There are some terrific recreations of places in the book, Alex doesn't spend the whole time in mildly-depressed musings next to his koi pond listening to Robin's wood shaving. The characters are true, but their minor issues and quirks don't overwhelm the story. There are even two excellent action scenes, although one is cut a bit short for my taste.

I don't know what happened to Mr. Kellerman, but Victims is as crisp and elegant as any books in this series. Milo and Alex are real people again, who can surprise you, and who you can imagine might be real. The plot turns on Kellerman's psychological expertise, both in the setting and the minds of the characters. There's gore aplenty, but the chills are honest and psychological, not pornographic. The plot is logical and compelling. The resolution is a surprise, but one that seems inevitable after it is revealed.

All-in-all, a classic mystery from a master. I'm not ready to say it's as good as my favorites, like When the Bough Breaks or Billy Straight, it takes time to make a judgment like that. But at least it's a candidate, and that is a tremendous pleasure. If you are new to Kellerman, start with his classics, but be sure you get to this one. If you are like me and have been disappointed by some recent books, forget your qualms and buy this one. If you loved the recent Alex Delaware's, I don't understand you enough to have any useful recommendations.
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HASH(0x9d1084a4) von 5 Sternen Alex and Milo Investigate 31. Januar 2012
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Reviewers have been concerned about some of the recent Kellerman novels, believing that JK has stumbled a bit and not been up to his former standard. Not to worry. This is a superb new novel, its success coming from its faithfulness to its core elements.

Those core elements lie in the central conceit: the usefulness of a trained clinical psychologist to a grizzled, gay Robbery/Homicide lieutenant. Alex and Milo seem to be opposites and in many ways they are, but they work together beautifully and almost seamlessly. In Victims we get great dollops of both. This is their case and their story. Robin and her luthier business are far off in the distant background. Puppy dog Blanche makes an appearance or two, but this is not her story either; it's Alex and Milo's.

The plot arc is a sequential investigation--talking to people, checking records, driving from point a to point b, digging up the elusive truth, testing hypotheses, avoiding blind alleys. The body of a middle -aged woman is found. She has been eviscerated in an exotic, violent fashion. Everyone hated her. Suddenly the body of a man is found. He has been eviscerated in the same fashion as the woman. Everyone loved him? What in the world has happened here? And why?

The answers are found in the past and they center on a now-closed hospital for the deeply troubled, including the criminally insane. Alex once interned there and his experience and skills will be of considerable use in the investigation. The hospital also had a `special' wing for `special' treatments. Alex was dissuaded from ever visiting it. Could it still exist, in some form or other?

The investigation is fascinating and the narrative sparkles with great one-liners. I never thought Jonathan Kellerman was gone, but for those who did think so--he's back. And he and Milo are walking down some very mean streets with some very dark inhabitants.
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HASH(0x9d049840) von 5 Sternen Are monsters born or are they created? 30. Januar 2012
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I have read Kellerman's Alex Delaware series since the very first book When the Bough Breaks was published over 25 years ago (actually I've read all his books except his non-fiction). In the beginning he was probably one of my Top 10 favorite writers. Over the last few years, though, the spark seemed to have almost died out of his writing.

Well, it's back! I enjoyed "Victims." It was almost like meeting old friends again. Milo and Alex are back.

While the plot line wasn't a totally original one, Kellerman handled the story with aplomb, building the suspense, dropping clues, peeking inside the minds of monsters - which is really what he does so well.

The story was believable, even though horrifying. We didn't have to spend half a book reading about Alex's marriage problems or Milo's many idiosyncrasies. We got to read about the crimes, the psychology behind them, and the solving of said crimes.

Good job. I'm overjoyed that I got to read this as an Advanced Reading Copy.
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HASH(0x9d04975c) von 5 Sternen Classic Delaware, But Missing Some Heart 26. Januar 2012
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What I love best about Kellerman's books -- and I've read all the thrillers -- is his ability to make us care about the characters, even just minor bit part players. But in this book, while the mystery itself is sound and pretty interesting, I found myself not really giving a hoot whether the "bad guy" was caught or not. The victims were, as a whole, a fairly unappealing bunch. From a bully to an unscrupulous surgeon to a creepy street person... no one engendered much sympathy.

All the same, the mystery was an interesting intellectual exercise, and all the regular characters were there, from Blanche to Robin to Milo and Petra. WRitten in a smooth Kellerman style, the writing is impeccable and the story moves along at a rapid pace.

All in all, not a bad book, but not one of my favorites.
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HASH(0x9d04984c) von 5 Sternen Kellerman Is Back!! 31. Januar 2012
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I used to be a great fan of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series. Each new novel he released was absolutely delightful. Then, however, I felt that Kellerman's creative powers were starting to wane. His most recent three or four novels were really not up to his usual high standards. I was so disappointed with his last novel that I was not even sure that I was going to try the next one.

Still, I read VICTIMS and am happy to report that the Jonathan Kellerman we all know and love is back. This is one of his best novels to date, which is no small feat. The mystery is brilliantly plotted and makes a lot of sense psychologically. The story proceeds very fast and leaves the reader with no opportunity to get bored or distracted. Alex Delaware gets many chances to bring his knowledge of psychology to the search for a serial killer who committed several gruesome murders. Every few pages bring a new stunning revelation. The dialogues are never drawn out and always allow one to maintain one's interest in the story. Robin appears on very few occasions and her presence in the story is minimal, which is always good news, given how boring this character has become.

If you are new to Kellerman's work, I highly recommend that you start with this novel. It showcases the writers talents and will get you hooked on the entirety of his literary output. VICTIMS is a brilliant novel that will keep you reading avidly well into the night. Be forewarned, though, that the novel begins with a very gruesome description of the crime scene. This is not a cozy mystery in any sense of the word. However, if you are into psychological thrillers and are interested in the psychology of serial killers, this is the perfect novel for you.

I hope that this turns into a new and productive stretch in Kellerman's writing.
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