The murdered women are prostitutes - except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh's grim tableau.
Conveniently - perhaps ominously - Selena's blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate's jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo's instincts and Alex's insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man's past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers - about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike - plunging even deeper into the murky marsh's enigmatic depths.
Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.'s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don't come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.
Bones is classic Kellerman - relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.
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©2008 Jonathan Kellerman; (P)2008 Random House
"The comfortable banter that has helped make Delaware and Sturgis such durable crime-story heroes is as rapid-fire, keen, and wryly funny as ever, and the mystery they aim to solve is certainly not routine." (Booklist)
In this novel, Mr. Kellerman reworks the plot of one of his most recent novels. The original is better.
Mr. Kellerman is a favorite writer of mine. There is little he's written that I haven't read, so I don't make these statements lightly. What has happened to our best mystery/thriller writers?
Mr Kellerman proves the point very well that "People with a limited imagination often find themselves resorting to vulgarity". I can't tell you whether the plot ever got anywhere because the first 20 minutes was a combination of confused plot jumps and language that would make a sailor blush. Having grown up in New York and spending three years in the Army, I am no prude. I have heard and used my fair share of salty language. But the way the author used it in this book only served to ruin the content. It was so bad I simply quit listening altogether. Too bad because I have heard he does decent stuff but I won't waste my time on him again.
Jonathon Kellerman is one of my favorite authors and I was interested in this book because of the location--the marsh, protected land, etc. It was just okay--I still love, Milo, Alex, Robin and Blanche, but this story needed more....something....it was lacking somehow and very predictable. Maybe I have read too many of his books (all of them, in fact), so I can predict the endings. It was an okay read...just not great. I look forward to the next one in the anticipation that it will deliver the usual Kellerman twists and turns.
I have read all of his books. This one was not as scary as some others but all in all a good listen. At first, was hard to tell one character from another. But got better as the book unfolded.
I love it when they take something sweet and charming and reveal it as macabre. In this case, it's a lovely little wetlands-restoration. As the book progresses, the premise gets less and less believable, but it remains fun due to the author's always-wonderful ensemble. Milo, in particular, really shines in this one, and displays his ongoing evolution.
AUDIO: Better than most.
Both of the Kellerman's are wonderful writers. This lastest by Jonathan is in the tradition of all his Alex and Milo mysteries. Good story and worth reading or listening too.
I would try other books by this author. I do not know about the performance. Why does he think that this narration has to be as a tough guy. I could not get past the sarcasm in his voice and the hard ass impression. Tried to listen to this book twice and just could not get past a few chapters.
Not sure. The tone and impression is so very important. I do not know if he was trying to be a tough guy, gum shoe or what. Just a big turn off.
I did not finish the book. I will need to read the book for a third try.
Eliminate the foul language...it contributes nothing to the story and makes the book tiresome
Basic murder story
Initial finding of the body
4.5 - 5.0 - Very good story, good narrator
Kept you guessing - did not make irrational leaps
Sounds funny but I like it when the reader at least tries to give individual voices to the characters. Rubenstein does a great job with this. He also seems to be very fluent with the books. No mispronunciations, no stumbling or hesitating really knows the work. He reads it as though he has read it several times already and really knows the book.
I have been a fan of these books in written form for years, moving on to audio books I am still a big fan.
The story ended up becoming predictable. At first I was intrigued, I mean come on, it’s an Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis, Jonathan Kellerman novel. I realized that the killers were amongst the only two people the police and author centered around. I found there wasn’t much definition and found myself uninterested at times. There is a hint of symbolism with the killing, but it was so shallow. It felt like no real thought was put into it, I was still waiting for the killings to mean something. I was still waiting for the way that the corpses were staged to really mean something.
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