Jonathan Kellerman has lost something recently. Just have a hard time keeping in tune. Like I said, decent at best.
This is convoluted, pointless crap. The characters and their relationships are quite frankly boring and annoying. The murder plot is uninteresting, as so much of the book focuses on this dumb animosity between the two brother detectives. Worst of all, the narrator's voice for the main character "Mo" is just plain awful -- it sounds like a mix between someone constipated and crying.
One benefit of the audio version is hearing the brothers use different voices with each other than they use out in the world. Introducing a private detective solves the problem of having a wealthy retired psychiatrist sitting long stakeouts for no compelling reason. Kellerman's distaste for Christians still obtains, but once again he manages to tolerate faith in powerless women.
I must have read the synopsis wrong (or maybe Audible changed it), because I thought it said that this book had all of them (Aaron, Moses, Alex AND Milo) working together to solve the crime, like it was in Bones. Alex and Milo were mentioned a couple of times but only had marginal roles in the story. For me, Aaron and Moses don't have the appeal that Alex and Milo have. I know that their relationship issues are integral to developing them as characters, but something about that just bothers me. I guess it was okay when THEY were just the marginal characters, but not when they are supposed to carry the book.
John Rubinstein is still an awesome narrator and I love what he brings to Kellerman's books. If it weren't for him I might not have been able to hang in there. I did manage to get through the whole book, but I was sorely disappointed. I don't think it lived up to the level I feel the Alex Delaware novels are on.
Hopefully nobody chooses this book as their first foray into the world of Jonathan Kellerman. If so, I fear they might not come back.
Nearly 4 hours into story and I'm not involved. By now, I should be deeply absorbed and connected to the story. Instead, I keep listening because I'm desperate to get my money's worth out of this purchase. If this had been a library selection, I would have bailed out and tried something new.
To me the enjoyable part of Kellerman's books has been his 'alter ego' Alex Delaware. The interchange between, Alex, Milo, Robin and others are sorrowly missed. Has he run out of plots for them.
I have listen to all of J Kellerman books.
This is all time best for me.
I wished a little more for Dr.Delaware and Lou Sturgis. However, the developed of brothers Moises and Erin makes this a must listen.
Bravo! Mr. Kellerman. Can wait for next installment.