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A marginal actor is found dead in a car trunk, sawn in half. Months later, a psychologist at a hospital for the criminally insane is discovered murdered and mutilated in a tantalizingly similar way. When reports of an inmate's incoherent ramblings begin to make frightening sense as predictions of yet more slayings, Delaware and Sturgis are drawn into a web of family secrets, vengeance, and manipulation - both inside the asylum and on the streets of L.A., where death, drugs, and sex are marketed as commodities. The climactic discovery they make as they race to prevent more killings gives fresh and terrifying meaning to the concept of monstrosity.
With Monster's incomparably deft characterizations and dazzlingly dark plot twists, Jonathan Kellerman further enhances his literary position as master of the psychological thriller.
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By Sue on 03-18-10
not a new release
This book was actually available in audio back in the late 1990's - like 1998. If you are use to the new reading and style of an Alex Delaware read, don't purchase. It's a terrible version.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Alyssa on 09-08-13
What disappointed you about Monster?
Bad editing. Will repeat lines twice in many chapters. Happened at least 10 times so far and I am only on chapter 20. Cover says read by John Rubinstein but actually read by Alexander Adams.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Peter on 07-31-11
Great book, very good reader, sloppy editing
This is one of Jonathan Kellerman's best books, interesting plot, and Alexander Adams reads it very well, every character gets his/hers own way of speech without getting into caricature. There is a lot of interviewing in this book but Alexander Adams makes it very real and you don't have to work out who is who.
What I don't like about this audio book is the very careless editing. Many times Adams reads the same sentence again, to try a different intonation and mood. That's fine, I guess audio books are recorded this way, not Adam's fault. But some dumb producer forgot to edit the first takes out! It breaks the mood of the narration and it shows the sloppy way this audio book is thrown on the market. It is like reading a book with many missprints on the pages. A pity because book and reader are fine. So five stars for book, one star for execution.
By Bryan on 08-24-10
Clever story, cleverly told and well narrated
Another cracking story featuring Milo Sturgis - probably the only gay LA cop in fiction - and his psychologist friend/assistant Alex Delaware. Mixes dark humour with very dark happenings, very well told and superbly read. I thought I'd worked it out but I was in for a surprise! Kellerman's books are consistently excellent and all the better for being slightly offbeat and this is one of his best.