The Golem of Hollywood : Detective Jacob Lev

  • by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by John Rubinstein
  • Series: Detective Jacob Lev
  • 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A burned-out L.A. detective...
A woman of mystery who is far more than she seems...
A grotesque, ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution...
When these three collide, a new standard of suspense is born. The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages, a creature fashioned by a 16th-century rabbi to protect his congregation, now lying dormant in the garret of a synagogue. But the Golem is dormant no longer.
Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can't remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he's about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn't even know existed, he's sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice. Detective Lev is about to embark on an odyssey - through Los Angeles, through many parts of the United States, through London and Prague, but most of all, through himself. All that he has believed to be true will be upended - and not only his world, but the world itself, will be changed.


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Customer Reviews

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Very disappointing.

Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman and/or John Rubinstein?

I have read all the Jonathan Kellerman Dr.Delaware series.

If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman before, how does this one compare?

I kept listening thinking it was going to get better and make more sense but it never did.

What about John Rubinstein’s performance did you like?

It was his usual great job.

Any additional comments?

This book was just a waste of my time. I'm usually patient with books developing a story line but this just wandered around and never answered any of the questions posed as it went along. I was afraid I was going to be disappointed at the end and I was, even more than I anticipated.

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- Dianna L. Storck

Not your everyday detective novel

The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

I am getting rather fond of Golems. In 2012 we learned about the Golem in The Shadow of Night. In 2013 we followed a Golem in The Golem and the Jinni and now for 2014 we have The Golem of Hollywood.

In The Golem of Hollywood Jacob Lev a depressed and alcoholic policeman is assigned to a unusual murder case and an unusual branch "special projects", because of his background. The perfectly sealed head of a victim with no body is found with Jewish symbol engraved nearby. Jacob, the son of a rabbi follows leads from Hollywood to Prague to Oxford, England in search of the identity of both his victim and the killer.

The book is a standard detective procedural with some very nonstandard Jewish mysticism. I personally found the early chapters on mysticism to be overlong and disruptive but as the novel proceeded the alternate story became less intrusive and more relevant to the present story.

I recommend this book for those who do not mind some genre twisting and who do not have preconceived ideas on what Jonathan Kellerman writes (this is definitely not an Alex Delaware novel). It is however a plausible enough mystery with some history and a perhaps a bit too much mysticism mixed in. 3 1/2 *
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- BG853 "Barbara G"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio