Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more explores the corruption of California's golden coast and produces a novel of complex characterizations and nonstop suspense. By the time psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was done: A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground, but was gunned down before any children were hurt. While the TV news crews feasted on the scene and Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn't escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle. What was the identity behind the name and face: a would-be assassin, or just another victim beneath an indifferent California sky?
Intrigued by a request from the sniper's father to conduct a "psychological autopsy" of his child, Alex begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence, neglect, and loss. Then suddenly it is more than a pattern - it is a trail of blood. In the dead sniper's past was a dark and vicious plot. And in Alex Delaware's future is the stuff of grown-up nightmares: the face of real human evil.
©2003 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2014 Random House Aydio
"A meticulously constructed thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"Virtually impossible to put aside until the final horrifying showdown." (People)
"Though a time bomb is ticking away at the heart of this novel, readers will forget to watch the clock once they begin it." (Chicago Sun Times)
The story had its moments, but Kellerman takes forever to wrap things up. In-between, you have to get through lengthy descriptions of events unrelated to the plot itself. It would be a good story if 1/2 as long, but not this length. If you do try it out, listen to it at 1.25x speed. That's how I got through it.
All but a few that are not directly related to the plot. I always prefer unabridged recordings, but this book would have been better abridged.
It was enjoyable. I have listened to most of the Alex Delaware novels.
All of the Alex Delaware books are similar in my opinion and all of them are good. Kind of like Western Movies.
I have and he is quite good in this one. He does a ladies Texas accent and it is good. Let's face it when you have one reader doing all of these parts he can only go so far. He is a pro.
Nazis versus good guys.
I lived Los Angeles for many years and know many of settings in this book which adds to my enjoyment. Also, I like the way Alex Delaware analyzes everything. Kellerman is not Dickens but you can't have gourmet cooking for every meal.
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