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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more explores the corruption of California's golden coast and produces a novel of complex characterizations and nonstop suspense. By the time psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was done: A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground, but was gunned down before any children were hurt. While the TV news crews feasted on the scene and Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn't escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle. What was the identity behind the name and face: a would-be assassin, or just another victim beneath an indifferent California sky?
Intrigued by a request from the sniper's father to conduct a "psychological autopsy" of his child, Alex begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence, neglect, and loss. Then suddenly it is more than a pattern - it is a trail of blood. In the dead sniper's past was a dark and vicious plot. And in Alex Delaware's future is the stuff of grown-up nightmares: the face of real human evil.
©2003 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2014 Random House Aydio
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Critic Reviews

"A meticulously constructed thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"Virtually impossible to put aside until the final horrifying showdown." (People)
"Though a time bomb is ticking away at the heart of this novel, readers will forget to watch the clock once they begin it." (Chicago Sun Times)
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By Francine on 10-14-15

another great book

I am really starting to get into this series. it's good and has my attention so I want to see where these characters go.

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By Edward on 04-26-14

WAY too long for the story told

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story had its moments, but Kellerman takes forever to wrap things up. In-between, you have to get through lengthy descriptions of events unrelated to the plot itself. It would be a good story if 1/2 as long, but not this length. If you do try it out, listen to it at 1.25x speed. That's how I got through it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Time Bomb?

All but a few that are not directly related to the plot. I always prefer unabridged recordings, but this book would have been better abridged.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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