Best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman has been universally hailed as the master of psychological suspense, and the blockbuster new thriller featuring Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis confirms his status as today's preeminent practitioner of saber-sharp storytelling.
Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware meets beautiful and emotionally fragile TV actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son, Ovid. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. Shortly after Zelda's release, an already sad situation turns tragic when she is discovered dead on the grounds of a palatial Bel Air estate. Having experienced more than enough of LA's dark side to recognize the scent of evil, Alex turns to his friend, LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis, for help in finding out who ended Zelda's broken life.
At the same time, Alex is caught up in another quest: the search for Zelda's missing son. And when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighborhood, worry turns to terror.
As Alex struggles to piece together the brief rise and steep fall of a gorgeous, talented actress, he and Milo unveil shattered dreams, the corruption of a family, and a grotesque betrayal of innocence. With each devastating revelation and damning clue, Alex's brilliant mind is challenged as never before - and his determination grows to see a killer caged and the truth set free.
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"Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix." (Los Angeles Times)
"Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers - he owns the genre." (Detroit Free Press)
It's such a simple formula: something small but reasonably dastardly happens, or seems to have happened, and either Alex calls Milo, or Milo calls Alex. They start digging -- and what follows, for 90% of the book -- any of them in this series -- is a chronicle of one or both of them going around the greater Los Angeles area, talking to people, interviewing them, ferreting out whatever facts they're looking for. The deeper they dig, the more the problem expands. More and more people come into their purview, subject themselves to our scrutiny as well as that of Alex and Milo.
There's a definite pattern to these books -- and I love them, every time.
Part of the pleasure is the guided tour aspect of it all. Somehow Kellerman manages to bring his readers into every existing area of LA, the high and mighty, down to the homeless and lost. He braves lions of society, the dregs of humanity, and everything in between, and key to the enjoyment of it all, he treats them all with a certain amount of respect -- even the guilty ones, we somehow see through the if not "kindly", exactly, at least the nonjudgmental eyes of Alex Delaware.
Like many of the books in this series, there are no tense moments here, no white knuckles. It's pure puzzle. There's also less of both Milo and Robin in this one, too, which is one downside -- I think Milo is maybe my Number One favorite fictional cop, just because he's so absolutely different from anyone else. And I love to read about his eating habits -- always fascinating. Reading about his meals always makes me hungry.
Narrator John Rubenstein has to be among the best in the audiobook industry. In Kellerman's books, he manages every conceivable accent with aplomb, while keeping all the main characters absolutely consistent.
A pleasure to listen to, "Breakdown." And as with all of them, I know I'll listen to it again and again.
It was good, very good, but Milo enters too late and all the intricacies of the generations of people related to the "victim" was bothersome; could have been cut back by an hour or two. I love long books, but expect story on every page, not background and guessing. A little tiresome until 1/2 way point. Milo's personality is getting very predictable. Too little humor, not enough mention of Rick. I feel there is a lot of assumption that we all know all the characters and remember them perfectly. Some updates are needed all the way around.
But, I am a J Kellerman groupie and I'll follow this pair until the end.
This was a ho-hum novel. The same story could have been told in half the time. I was looking forward to revisiting Alex and Milo's world and I was disappointed. I never felt like there was any urgency to looking for, or finding the missing Ovid and that his mother's history and death was treated as the the only mystery that needed to be solved. I was not engaged with any of the characters and even the return of the old-school lawyer was not fun because his personality had also changed along with his health status, one for the better and one for the worse. Just not the usual enjoyable Alex Delaware novel I expect.
With some of the other reviewers. A little disjointed but came together nicely in the end. I had to rewind a few times to recapture some of the story. Still confused about who some of the characters were. Love John Rubinstein's narration, as usual. All in all a very worthy read.
I had started to grow a little bored with the Delaware books, feeling they had followed the same mundane pattern. This book re-sparked my interest in the life of Alex Delaware.
A little different twist than some of his books. Had to pay close attention to some of the characters whose names sounded similiar. I got the ending I hoped for.
A serial listener. I average about 300 books a year 📚 + 👂= 😊
Sure. It's a decent listening book but I keep expecting Jonathan kellerman to bring more each time and I don't feel like he is.
Sure. Especially the new listeners.
Always Milo Sturgis.
I love this series. the plots and characters get better all the time. I have been reading series from the start. love this book.
The story's start is abruptly crazy & gets weirder at every turn. Its slow paced, but like a boulder it gathers momentum and comes crashing in!! Delighful listening! Great story & a bit different MO. I enjoyed the Hollywood ending! As always Alex & Milo are a great pair! Very good narration.
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