A burned-out L.A. detective...
A woman of mystery who is far more than she seems...
A grotesque, ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution...
When these three collide, a new standard of suspense is born. The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages, a creature fashioned by a 16th-century rabbi to protect his congregation, now lying dormant in the garret of a synagogue. But the Golem is dormant no longer.
Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can't remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he's about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn't even know existed, he's sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice. Detective Lev is about to embark on an odyssey - through Los Angeles, through many parts of the United States, through London and Prague, but most of all, through himself. All that he has believed to be true will be upended - and not only his world, but the world itself, will be changed.
©2014 Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I have read all the Jonathan Kellerman Dr.Delaware series.
I kept listening thinking it was going to get better and make more sense but it never did.
It was his usual great job.
This book was just a waste of my time. I'm usually patient with books developing a story line but this just wandered around and never answered any of the questions posed as it went along. I was afraid I was going to be disappointed at the end and I was, even more than I anticipated.
Say something about yourself!
Cutting out the entire historical storyline. If this had been a video I would have fast forward. And this comes from someone who has a good knowledge and interest in Jewish history and culture.
It has turned me off the collaborations of Jonathan Kellermann. I'm a fan of his work but when he collaborates with another writer (mostly family members) his high standard definitely drops.
John Rubinstein is one of the best readers and I always enjoy his work. He makes you feel you listened to an entire cast of characters. But even Rubinstein could not save this book.
Disappointment. I regret I wasted my credit on this book. I always looked forward to a new Kellerman and even pre-ordered but this was a bomb.
I finished the book but I was tough as glue. Every time I finally go into the present storyline, there came another chapter with more Biblical history which made me more and more irritable. Next time I will not pre-order but wait until the reviews are out.
How old is Jesse? Like maybe 13?
John Rubenstein is wonderful and he tried to salvage this sinking ship
All of them
This was a complete, incomprehensible waste of time for me. I will try to return the book to Audible
12 n \\\\ Born and grew up in Scotland. No species of book I do not love. Favorite genre History, thrillers, biography, memoirs etc
A story, sexual scenes resembling humans, a decent plot line, believable characters,
a different author. I have always enjoyed both Jonathan and Faye Kellerman's books. I will never buy another book where the son is involved. The writing show a crass and little talented writer.
The story line had promise but it did not carry through.
Better material woulld have helped
Disappointment and the need for a shower. Anger and sadness,
I would never buy another book by Jesse Kellerman
I don't care for mystical happenings, and this book's attempt at a conclusion relies on such beliefs.
NOT AT ALL. I don't know anyone that wants to read about a 500 year old bug that can morph into a seductively beautiful (& naked) woman that kills bad guys.
John Rubinstein's performance was, as always, great. I liked his Jacob Lev.
While I'm sure that the book was well written, and the concept of tying modern police drama to biblical times is interesting, since I was looking for an Alex Delaware type novel, this book left me disappointed to the point of anger at such an implausible conclusion (which really wasn't a conclusion).
I'm sure there's an audience for this genre of book, and in that context this is probably a GREAT book, so I'd suggest that you make it more clear that this is NOT a story about real life police drama, but a fantasy novel that merges with police drama. Otherwise, many more people will be angry and disappointed.
The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
I am getting rather fond of Golems. In 2012 we learned about the Golem in The Shadow of Night. In 2013 we followed a Golem in The Golem and the Jinni and now for 2014 we have The Golem of Hollywood.
In The Golem of Hollywood Jacob Lev a depressed and alcoholic policeman is assigned to a unusual murder case and an unusual branch "special projects", because of his background. The perfectly sealed head of a victim with no body is found with Jewish symbol engraved nearby. Jacob, the son of a rabbi follows leads from Hollywood to Prague to Oxford, England in search of the identity of both his victim and the killer.
The book is a standard detective procedural with some very nonstandard Jewish mysticism. I personally found the early chapters on mysticism to be overlong and disruptive but as the novel proceeded the alternate story became less intrusive and more relevant to the present story.
I recommend this book for those who do not mind some genre twisting and who do not have preconceived ideas on what Jonathan Kellerman writes (this is definitely not an Alex Delaware novel). It is however a plausible enough mystery with some history and a perhaps a bit too much mysticism mixed in. 3 1/2 *
Haven't read the print version.
I enjoyed the alternate storyline of Cain and Abel.
Yes he is a wonderful performer.
Yes but I don't want to spoil it for others!
Jonathan Kellerman is one of my favorite authors and John Rubinstein a favorite narrator. I couldn't help but imagine Dr. Alex Delaware as the main character because of the narrator. He did a fabulous job otherwise.
The story was very interesting to me. I love the alternate story lines and slightly supernatural feel. The ending didn't quite fulfill me and I was left with some unanswered questions and confused thoughts. All in all it was a great listen and I definitely recommend.
A better plot, without constant interruption by a side story.
Jonathan Kellerman, absolutely. Jesse, no.
Good as always
The parts where Jonathan Kellerman's clear and direct narrative voice came through.
It took me six weeks to get through this book because for the first time I found a Kellerman book boring. With my busy schedule, I can usually finish a book in a week or so. I've never taken more than a few days on a Jonathan Kellerman mystery. This book was so full of flowery prose (especially in the fantasy parts) that I kept putting it down until I could recover my intestinal fortitude.
If this is your first brush with Jonathan Kellerman, do not give up on him. His Alex Delaware series continues to be fresh and engaging, and John Rubinstein's narration is superb.
The story is an uncomfortable mix of detective story, Biblical retelling, Jewish mysticism, and horror (for want of a better word on this last point).
Rubinstein's control of all the characters made the audio version bearable, despite my total disregard for the novel itself.
Line them up. A total mess from beginning to end.
Let me reiterate. Jonathan Kellerman is one of my favorites and the audio versions by John Rubinstein are great listens--with the exception of this trainwreck. Pass it by but don't pass on Kellerman and Rubinstein.
Probably based on a great record until now
Mixed up, hard to follow, to much depth of detail where not needed, and hard to remember character names.
I've listened to all of Jonathan Kellerman's Delaware novels and loved every one but this was a complete disappointment.
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