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Gone | [Jonathan Kellerman]

Gone

It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor.
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Publisher's Summary

It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor.

The details of the nightmarish event are shocking and brutal: The couple was carjacked at gunpoint by a masked assailant and subjected to a horrific regimen of confinement, starvation, and assault.

But before long, doubts arise about the couple's story, and as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax. Charged as criminals themselves, the aspiring actors claim emotional problems, and the court orders psychological evaluation for both.

Michaela is examined by Alex Delaware, who finds that her claims of depression and stress ring true enough. But they don't explain her lies, and Alex is certain that there are hidden layers in this sordid psychodrama that even he hasn't been able to penetrate.

Nevertheless, the case is closed, only to be violently reopened when Michaela is savagely murdered. When the police look for Dylan, they find that he's gone. Is he the killer or a victim himself? Casting their dragnet into the murkiest corners of L.A., Delaware and Sturgis unearth more questions than answers, including a host of eerily identical killings. What really happened to the couple who cried wolf? And what bizarre and brutal epidemic is infecting the city with terror, madness, and sudden, twisted death?

©2006 Jonathan Kellerman; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The author's ability to convey the unrelenting sadness of his characters' lives and his deep psychological insights will satisfy those looking for more than mere thrills." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 04-29-06
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 04-29-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Good but not great..."

    My 3-star rating for this novel is in comparison to Kellerman's other Alex Delaware novels. The previous one to "Gone", ("Rage") was an outstanding thriller and as good as anything Kellerman has ever written. This one is okay. It moves Delaware's personal life forward a little bit, and gives him a little lovin' when he needs it. Milo is as ornery and unkempt as ever, and seems to have made peace with the LAPD, which suits the current political climate. The crimes and criminals are ultra-bizarre, and Alex just doesn't have the stomach for it anymore. This mystery will keep you guessing whodunit up until pretty late in the book, but after the case is solved I just kept wondering why the book didn't end! There are no loose ends here, but if you turn the book off an hour or so before it closes, you ain't gonna miss much.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Katy, TX, USA 09-17-06
    Wendy Katy, TX, USA 09-17-06
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    "Kellerman is always great"

    I love Kellerman's books. Rubinstein does an awsome job...again! Alex and Milo are very witty and I found myself laughing and trying to guess who the bad guy was through out the whole book. I didn't guess who this time till the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thaddeus Evergreen Park, IL, USA 04-30-06
    Thaddeus Evergreen Park, IL, USA 04-30-06
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    "don't buy it"

    slow, very slow and boring.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 01-30-13
    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Gone is my interest"

    I hardly made it to the 3rd part of the first audio book skipping ahead and then back tracking because I missed something. Made it to the end which was terrible. The mystery can be told in 2 hours but the author waste time in developing and redeveloping characters. Too long maybe unabridged is better. The jumping in time between characters is confusing and needed editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter The Hague, Netherlands 08-20-12
    Peter The Hague, Netherlands 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Familiar territory"
    What did you love best about Gone?

    You like or dislike the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman, most of the story is made of long interviews and research by Alex and Milo, this one in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles acting classes and performance art, a trap for the many hopefuls who come to the city of dreams to make a career. Especially toward the end this book has more action than usual but until then it is interview after interview to reveal the ugly truth. I must admit: I like it very much. Kellerman gives you just as much information as he wants to reveal and keeps you guessing. His dialogue is real and lifelike. No big surprises in this one but I like the series and I never encountered a dud. Even Alex on-off partner Robin is tolerable but I hope Delaware will shag up one day with the female psychologist.


    What does John Rubinstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Rubinstein has become my favorite reader for this series. He does not 'act' the different characters but just uses his considerable skills as a reader. Because the books are set in southern California, we meet characters from many different ethic backgrounds and social classes. Rubinstein reads they perfectly without turning them into caricatures or 'types'. It is like hearing a full staged radio play without any exaggeration.


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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 11-15-06
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 11-15-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Overall decent listen"

    I border on rating this one between average and above average. It's a decent story and worth the listen, there just wasn't anything that reached out and grabbed me about this book. The ending is good, so I will lean to "Just barely 4 stars" instead of 3.

    The reader does a good job and is enjoyable.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Temple Hills, Moldova, Republic of 06-06-06
    Carole Temple Hills, Moldova, Republic of 06-06-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Gone"

    I really liked this book. It grabbed my attention from the start and I found myself anticipating what would happen next. The plot involves a series of want-to-be actors who seek stardom quickly by circumventing hard work, reputable people and companies and what can happen when one meets with unscrupulous people. Through numerous interviews, I was kept guessing the identity of the real killer. In addition, the book mixed romance, mystery, comedy and seriousness and I began to ride along with the Dr. Deleware and Milo as they pursued the killer. Dr. Delaware and Milo complement each other and make a great team. Together, they take you through a maze of dark and unique characters while moving you towards the ultimate climax - catching the killer. I am waiting for Kellerman's next book--I know I won't be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Santa Monica, CA, United States 10-12-08
    Bradley Santa Monica, CA, United States 10-12-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Alex at his best"

    Certainly if you like Kellerman, this won't dissappoint. Alex and Milo find the guilty person(s), quite good.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi W Los Angeles 06-12-06
    Cyndi W Los Angeles 06-12-06 Member Since 2006

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    "Another Fantastic Listen"

    I love Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. This one is EXCELLENT... it made me want to get back to my headphones ASAP every time!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dorinda Houston, TX, USA 07-16-06
    Dorinda Houston, TX, USA 07-16-06
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    "Not Typical Kellerman"

    I have read many Johnthan Kellerman books and listened to a lot of them before. I really like him, but this one was way to long. If this is your first Johnthan Kellerman, try at least one more this is not his usual syle.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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