Perennial and acknowledged master of the psychological thriller Jonathan Kellerman has created a riveting and memorable Alex Delaware novel about a troubled and elusive young woman whose brutal murder forces the brilliant psychologist-detective to confront his own fallibility.
Lauren Teague is a beautiful, defiant, borderline-delinquent teenager when her parents bring her to Alex Delaware's office. But for all Alex's skill and effort, Lauren resists - angrily, provocatively. Reluctantly the psychologist chalks Lauren up as one of the inevitable failures of a challenging profession. But years later, when Alex encounters Lauren as a stag party's featured entertainment, both doctor and patient are stricken with shame. And the ultimate horror takes place when, soon after, Lauren's brutalized corpse is found dumped in an alley.
Alex disregards the advice of his trusted friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, and jeopardizes his relationship with longtime lover Robin Castagna in order to pursue Lauren's murderer. As he investigates his young patient's troubled past, Alex enters the shadowy worlds of fringe psychological experimentation and the sex industry and then into mortal danger when lust and big money collide in Southern California.
Jonathan Kellerman's LA is evil, seductive, and unforgiving, and Flesh and Blood is mind opening in its drama of a driven man's personal quest, breathtaking in its ingenious plot, filled with unforgettable characters, and topped off by a terrifying climax. This is suspense fiction at its finest.
©2001 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2016 Random House Audio
I'd probably listen to Rubenstein portraying Alex reading the phone book to Milo and Robin so any in-depth review I could provide would be biased in the extreme.
As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed inhabiting their world though it was disconcerting because the events take place long before Breakdown, the most recent book in the series. And, I just discovered Book #14 is also newly released (same date - Audible, you should have forewarned) so I'll happily suspend my knowledge of their future selves to join them on that adventure as well.
This was a good , albeit a little convoluted story with some good and interesting characters. It got a little murky somewhere near the middle with a few too many characters, but eventually smoothed out. Always good to listen to (read) the interactions between Alex and Milo.
Another reviewer complains about Alex being reckless and disregarding his safety & his relationship blah, blah, blah... Thank goodness he did. If he hadn't, there wouldn't be a story. There wouldn't an Alex. The relationship with Robin is just a sideline in this series. Most of the time it doesn't get in the way of who Alex is. I like Robin and, most of the time, the relationship they have, but I'd gladly see that sacrificed to preserve the stories and Alex's character. A good relation ship is one that doesn't get in the way, and I mean that from the perspective of both sides.
I always enjoy Rubinstein's narration.
Not sure if this is fair, but Kellerman is in the relative stratosphere when compared to his 'genre'. A comprehensive amalgam of plot, characterization and plausible dialogue that places him among a handful of so-called fiction writers that are masters of this craft.
Maybe I am just so bitter regarding the 'best seller' junk that pervades our culture. But I think not.
This guy can write and I only wish that his fraudulent 'peers' were nearly as good. It is not even close and that is an embarrassing indictment of our culture.
Struggled with Alex's character for the first time. His disregard for safety, of his relationship really irritated me. If he wants to be reckless, at least do it legitimately as a law enforcement officer.
I don't over-eat, I over listen. I don't do drugs, I do books. Book addict from infancy on. Skip the diamonds. Just give me a book.
This was not one of Kellerman's best but the narrator was good. Too many characters got in the way of the plot.
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