Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they kidnapped and murdered a younger child. Troy, a remorseless sociopath, died violently behind bars. But the hulking, slow-witted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age 21, he's emerged a haunted, rootless young man with a pressing need: to talk, once again, with psychologist Alex Delaware. But when the young killer comes to a brutal end, that conversation is silenced forever.
As Delaware and Sturgis retrace their steps through a grisly murder case that devastated a community, they discover a chilling legacy of madness, suicide, and multiple killings left in its wake, and even uglier truths waiting to be unearthed. And the nearer they come to understanding an unspeakable crime, the more harrowingly close they get to unmasking a monster hiding in plain sight.
Rage finds Jonathan Kellerman in phenomenal form, orchestrating a relentlessly suspenseful, devilishly unpredictable plot to a finale as stunning and thought-provoking as it is satisfying.
©2005 Jonathan Kellerman; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a divsion of Random House, Inc.
"An impressive piece of detection, and readers who enjoy watching the delicate untangling of a Gordian knot-like plot will find this one a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
I've been so disappointed by the last few Kellerman novels that I took a break and skipped the last couple to come out. I may have to go back now and catch myself up, because "Rage" is an excellent example of what Dr Kellerman is capable. I pity anyone that falls for the abridged version, because the twists and turns in this multi-level story are tight and sharp, and it requires a good bit of attention paid. Special kudos to **wonderful** reader John Rubenstein who nails the perfect delivery and characterization to every part of this story.
I almost didn't get this book due to some of the negative reviews, but I am glad I did. I wanted something that kept my interest all the way through, for a long drive, and this did the trick. Great plot with plenty of twists and I think Rubenstein did a superb job in the narration. The ending did leave a few things open, but after all it is a mystery novel. Worth getting.
Kellerman has written many novels that deal with psychological issues, and sometimes this causes the stories to be graphic and intense. It's actually what I really like about his writing.
That being said, as far as the Alex Delaware novels go, this one isn't my favorite, but it's DEFINITELY worth a listen. If you're a fan of the Delaware novels, you can't miss it. If you're just being introduced, it's not a bad start. Open your mind a bit and take the ride. You won't be disappointed.
If you want thugs shooting it out and car chases this may not be for you. However, if you like to see two characters working out the crime plots and twists through real police work, then this is great. i love the reader (not as much as his father's piano playing. Sorry John!) who I wish did more titles.
The reader was excellent and the story was engrossing. I'm a big Jonathan Kellerman fan, so I always enjoy Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis books. I've only listened to them on tape and as this was my first Audible book on tape, I was quite pleased.
Audible has been a friend, a companion, and even a connection with my daughter as the process of physical recovery continues.
Okay, maybe top notch is giving this one a little too much credit. This is still one of up cycle Delaware novels. In this case Kellerman seems to have gone back to his time as a child psychologist because everyone in the system is either corrupt, incompetent, mentally ill, or a predator. He touches on issues like child killers; child molesters, and how easy it is for children to fall through the cracks and end up in very bad places. Speaking as someone who has worked in both mental health and substance abuse I recognize some of the lesser people in the field. on the other hand I've witnessed many people on the front lines of the treatment world doing great work against high odds and while getting very little help from the decision makers. Warning here; there are very few positive characters in this work and a lot of depressing scenes and individuals. If you can deal with the darker aspects of the story it's a listen that I'd recommend.
If I had remembered that Jonathan Kellerman was the author of The Murder Book, I would not have bought Rage. Unlike the former, I did manage to finish Rage, but just barely.
The plot is indeed, as one reviewer noted, like a Gordian knot, although an obviously contrived and totally unbelievable one.
At times, the filthy language becomes overwhelming, more so with John Rubinstein's nice job of narration.
Even putting aside the despicable villain, the story has too many disgusting characters and not enough admirable ones. In spite of mild suspense as to how the bad(est) guy would be undone, by the later chapters I was fantasizing about a Tsunami hitting the California coast, washing the whole menagerie away, and bringing the story to a much deserved early ending.
I'm somewhat tepid on this book......I found my mind wandering when I had to listen to the long drawn out descriptive conversations between Delaware and Milo. I hung on for the ending and it was a disappointment at best. This isn't Kellermans best.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The Alex Delaware series is still one that the 'jury is out on' for me at least, but does anyone else find it strange that this psychologist, no matter how decorated in the field he may be, just because he's friends with a higher up can just tag along for an initial raid into a potentially dangerous environment? I mean its one thing to bring in an expert once all said & done to look at evidence, talk to people, etc... but Alex is following Sturgis into a house that is unclear & could have an armed suspect in it & Milo is like 'Come on' like he's some sort of backup. He isn't even armed, is he gonna throw a show? honestly? who throws a shoe?
So, I've been cherry picking the series according to reviews as 'side candy' while my main dish of 'The Great Gatsby' is just like going thru school again, trying to see the metaphors, looking up words etc... This kind of book is perfect to put in between when the other gets too intense. Many other series may start somewhat slow (except Mitch Rapp) as the character is built, Davenport, Reacher, Harvath, even Robicheaux, perhaps its not the best sign I'm jumping around because the reviews are really hot & cold. But this particular one was pretty good involving real life issues that plague our foster homes & oversight of a pretty lucrative setting if u aren't in it for the children but purely business, I know about billing codes & trying to get the best of ur patients visit but if this is how children are also dealt with, I'm a bit unnerved.
EIther way, its an entertaining read albeit I still have a serious misgiving that a place like L.A. would allow a psychologist to follow another cop, LT. or not around potentially dangerous, armed & dangerous felons like its a field trip without some training & being armed but... suspension of disbelief... once again, a story that doesn't take much of my mind to listen to while I digest a book that is like a 7 course gourmet meal... Like I say, I wish we could comment on others comments because I'd love some guidance.
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