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Publisher's Summary

Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware confronts a killer who takes as much pleasure in matching wits with the police as in taking lives. A diplomat's retarded daughter is murdered on a school field trip. The girl's father denies the possibility of a political motive, leaving LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his longtime friend, Alex Delaware, stymied. When another killing occurs, Alex finds himself ensnared in one of the most menacing cases of his career. The psychologist ultimately goes undercover to expose the smug brutality of a deadly conspiracy in Jonathan Kellerman's chilling portrait of evil.
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©1997 Jonathan Kellerman (P)1998 Books on Tape Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Kellerman fans and readers seeking an intelligent thriller should enjoy this." (Library Journal)
"Jonathan Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers: he owns the genre." (Detroit Free Press)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 03-02-11

Survival of the fittest

This is only my third Kellerman book and have found them well written. I remember reading about these purity theories in school and about the sterilization of the mentally ill and retarded in the 1930's. This made for an interesting story with some nail biting moments. Looking forward to some more by Kellerman.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 02-20-11

Not the first Alex Delaware, and far from the best

I got this inexpensively from the Audible "first in series" sale -- a great idea, by the way! -- and was glad it was "only" a sale item.

I enjoyed the early (1980's) Delaware books, but felt they went rapidly downhill starting with "The Web" in the early 90's. I was surprised to see this book billed as the "first in series," and thought maybe I'd missed something; but "Survival" is in fact from 1997, published in that "middle period"' where Kellerman's psychologist hero was, for me anyway, at his weakest. After a shocking opening scene, this one really drags , takes too long to get moving, and is not helped by the rather monotonous narration--felt like the narrator picked up on the author's lack of inspiration.

P.S. The first published Alex Delaware novel is actually "When The Bough Breaks" (1985). "Blood Test" and "Over the Edge," the first and second in the series, are the ones to get.

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