Victims : Alex Delaware

  • by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by John Rubinstein
  • Series: Alex Delaware
  • 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 best-selling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims - Kellerman at his razor-sharp, harrowing finest.
Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion... yet 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 cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.
Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, 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 honed his craft - and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable - and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. “This one was different,” Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.

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...Don't Be One

(I'm a Kellerman virgin--so go easy on me Alex Delaware fans.) While I found Alex and his merry buddy Milo somewhat entertaining, having no background knowledge of the two (and very little character back story contained in this book), the duo were less than dynamic, and just couldn't carry the burden of mediocre writing, and a jumbled, flawed storyline. What started out engrossing (big emphasis on the gross) seemed to peter out; characters heavily focused on in the first part of the story were suddenly unimportant to the plot, while the pathology of the offender was under developed in the one, and ridiculous and unbelievable in the other. The narrator could get an A for reading--but his interpretation seemed off in places. Perhaps another Kellerman novel could entice me onto team Delaware...but after this one, you'd probably have to twist my arm pretty hard.
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- Mel

Good and Thin

If this were an middle-aged person and someone described them as 'good and thin' it might be seen as a compliment. But not in this case. Long time fan of Kellerman and having read all his books, I feel this time he sort of went through the motions for us and attempted to stretch a thin plot into a novel.
Maybe I've read too many mysteries as I had this one figured early. I just felt like he didn't have his heart in it.
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- FRITZ STOOP

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio