Few know the city of Los Angeles the way number-one best-selling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.
The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitués for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman—alone and enigmatic among the revelers—waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex can’t help wondering what her story is, and whether she’s connected to the silent, black-suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel.
Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade’s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex’s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last.
But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life. And even when a tipster’s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo’s best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal.
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If you love Kellerman's Alex Delaware books you will love this one as well. It is well written and enjoyable. You can read Kellerman's book out of order and enjoy them but I prefer to read them in the order they were written.
Finally gave up on it. I tried hard, but the snarky protagonist and his cartoonish sidekick were less than endearing. I know the whole film noir thing is supposed to be kitschy, but this was over the top. It felt like the author was phoning it in. I found myself fast forwarding through long passages of self-indulgent over description when I wasn't yelling at the narrator to get on with it already. Would have been nice if his editor had asked the author to leave a few adverbs for the other authors to play with.
Mystery is one of the worst books I have ever picked out to buy. The author should have been in Japan helping out. That makes more sense than why he stayed in the USA and decided to write a book. Take a look at this thing and see if you can find one redeeming feature in it. I would ask for my money back but Audible doesn't do that. So all of you out there in iPod land will just have to
see that this book is truly a MYSTRY.
I just couldn't get into this because the narrator had a voice that was a bit annoying for a long novel.
The narrator that reads Michael Connolly''s boxed set is fabulous. His voice reflects the feel of Harry Bosch and I could listen for hours and hours. This narrator just doesn't seem to 'fit' the way it should.
I'm glad I didn't pay for this and got it on a credit.
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