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.
We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.
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.
Alex and Milo walk into a real nest of human snakes. Everyone SEEMS as if they are harmless do-gooders, but only some of them aren't poisonous.
I thought before Allison is very nice for Alex, but can she be as tough-minded as Alex needs in a girlfriend?
Robin still has Spike, but he's old now. Alex should visit.
After this story, I REALLY wish preschool was required everywhere! Number 19 in the series, and I wish they would never come to a finish. Great for an entertaining beach listen.
Intense mystery, great narration.
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