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Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 29 | [Jonathan Kellerman]

Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 29

The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend.
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Publisher's Summary

After 35 riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes.

The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.

Nothing would please Alex more than to be free of the ugly spectacle known as Sykes v. Sykes. But then the little girl at the center of the vicious dispute disappears and Alex knows he must work with longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis, braving an obstacle course of Hollywood washouts, gangbangers, and self-serving jurists in order to save an innocent life.

Killer is Kellerman - and Delaware - at their finest.

©2014 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller." (People)

"Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 03-01-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2010

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "good"

    Worth the credit. Different from typical stories a little less Mylo and maybe it suffered a bit for that. It wasn't a page turner and I had to look at the summary to remember what it was about two days later.

    Still I enjoyed it while I listened and wasn't disappointed with my purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rick 04-16-14
    rick 04-16-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical recovery.

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    "Probably Weakest Yet in the Series"

    As always John Rubinstein did a great job as the voice of Alex Delaware. Unfortunately he didn't have too much to work with here. Kellerman seemed to have have pretty much phoned this one in. A great deal of extraneous detail that failed to move the story ahead; If you're a fan of the series it's worth a credit; if not choose another book in the series. I have a hard time seeing anyone who starts with this one becoming much of fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Alex Delaware = Comfort Food"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killer to be better than the print version?

    It's the same. The fact that it's read makes it a little different, but the book is unabridged. I didn't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Killer to and why?

    I don't have a comparison.


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

    I love the job John Rubinstein does with the various people. It's like I'm listening to different narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 03-10-14
    Judy 03-10-14 Member Since 2011

    I have nearly 400K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.

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    "A Visit with Old Friends in Mystery Form"
    If you could sum up Killer in three words, what would they be?

    Original, Intriguing, Surprising


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killer?

    If I told you I'd have to kill you. It was when Alex and Milo......well, again, it would be a huge spoiler to tell you


    Which character – as performed by John Rubinstein – was your favorite?

    Milo. It's always Milo. John Rubinstein is a master with these characters. He makes them feel distinctive and real and individual. I look forward to each book because of his narration. It's a visit with old friends.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...but only because I enjoy Rubinstein's narration and Kellerman's writing of these characters that I wanted to make it last.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to every Alex Delaware novel and some twice. I just don't understand why Alex and Robin NEVER discuss marriage. It just doesn't seem to make sense. They've been living together and been through so much together...it just doesn't seem realistic that the subject would NEVER come up. I think Kellerman's next Delaware novel should involve her more and perhaps make Alex realize how much he loves and needs her and what a great partnership they make together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Bailey Oracle, AZ 02-22-14
    Sharon Bailey Oracle, AZ 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "YAY for another Alex Delaware book"

    Kellerman nailed yet another great book in this series. I absolutely completely LOVE this series and am always on pins and needles for his next book. FANTASTIC!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 08-13-14
    Scott 08-13-14
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    "Liked the characters"

    I believe the Alex Delaware series is not about action or even mystery, it's about the characters and these are interesting. The plot was somewhat predictable, but I did not figure out who did it. As always, John Rubinstein does a great job narrating the story. I am glad I listened to the book and recommend it to others that enjoy strange characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 07-25-14
    Janie O'brien US 07-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good series"

    I like the Alex Delaware series and especially like reading them between 5 star reads which don't come often enough. John Rubenstein performs them admirably and has grown to be an expected and intrinsic part of the books. The regular characters are always enjoyable and never deviate from their personas. Plots are always well constructed and interesting. These are rarely suspenseful reads and I enjoy them because they are a relaxing read which won't keep the adrenaline pumping into the wee hours of the morning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KG San Bruno, CA, US 05-07-14
    KG San Bruno, CA, US 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Female voices annoying/distracting"
    Where does Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read all the Alex Delaware books. This was the first one that I listened to. I have to say that I was disappointed in this recording.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killer?

    It was just a typical Alex Delaware novel.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Rubinstein?

    Although I liked listening to John Rubinstein's male voices, I thought the female voices were rather annoying. I think if I were to listen to another of his books, it would have to be recorded with someone else doing the female voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Vincent Michigan 05-06-14
    C. Vincent Michigan 05-06-14

    Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.

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    "Promising start that pretty much fizzled out"

    I've read numerous Alex Delaware books and this was an "okay." Initially I thought it would be very good based on the most interesting character; she ends up getting killed. I thought there was a lot of filler and have to agree with the reviewer who said if this is the first Delaware book you listen to you probably won't listen to another. The narrator was outstanding and really sounded like different people were narrating, not just one person. He elevated the material. I don't regret the credit I used, but it wasn't riveting - just okay - t I didn't have to devote much brain matter to it while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 03-10-14
    Claudia 03-10-14
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    "Kellerman does it again."
    Would you listen to Killer again? Why?

    You bet, Kellerman always delivers a good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robin was more involved this time, although she did not sound like the Robin of previous stories, I liked her


    Any additional comments?

    Alex is the quintessential therapist, albeit with a dangerous penchant for getting himself into tight spots. I trust Kellerman to bring him thru so can enjoy the suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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