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4.0 out of 5 starsGreat Back Story
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2019
The book begins with the back story of Milo Sturgis' first assignment as an homicide detective. That back story explains much of Milo's motivation in all the earlier books. This book eventually devolves into too many options of the murderer, and sometimes I became lost in the many coincidences concerning interactions with all the characters who had dealings with Sturgis and Delaware over the 20 years in this covered in the narrative.
This is the 16th novel in Kellerman's Alex Delaware series. One should start reading these chronological order since there are running themes and relationships. I began reading the series recently as I learned Kellerman's background. It's essentially the same as mine minus the sleuth aspect. It's fun to see how Kellerman evolved as a writer over the years. Older books in the series was always written from the viewpoint of the main character. Here, in The Murder Book, he begins to use the viewpoint of one of the other major characters plus switching between the two in alternating chapters. This seems to be in keeping with current fashion in novels and television. It keeps the reader/viewer on his/her toes plus adding a novelty dimension to the story line. In effect, Kellerman expands this technique in the next book in the series. I enjoy the characters plus the psychological concepts used as I clearly relate to the profession. However, one need not be a psychologist to greatly enjoy the twists, complexities and richness of the writing and mystery of this book and, so far, all the others.
An okay plot with straw men evil doers going up against team Delaware-Sturgis. Kellerman spends entirely too much time describing what a character is wearing or what a location looks like to the point that it interferes with the flow of the story. A good book to read at the beach or on a hot afternoon in an air conditioned room.
I am this far into the series I started a month ago. The strengths are consistent: vivid detail, strong social history, good characters.......still haven't answered the main question, "why are the patterned slightly contrived plots such fun reading?"
4.0 out of 5 starsIn another excellent tale Kellerman indicates that the quest for ‘more’ in ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2018
The Murder Book
Jonathan Kellerman brings back Dr Alex Delaware in his sixteenth adventure with a change in style. Previous books have been written through the eyes of Delaware and whilst that is also evident here there are parts of the story saw through the eyes of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. This allows for the development of the story away from Delaware and in my opinion adds to the overall drama of the tale.
Delaware’s romance with live-in partner Robyn Castagna appears to be in trouble. His risk-taking in his previous adventures with Sturgis appears to have placed stress on Castagna and she can no longer cope. She takes a job with a touring group to allow herself to think and their relationship is conducted over the phone. Delaware does not deal with it well.
Simultaneously Delaware received a murder book through the post consisting of photos of various murder scenes over the years. One of the scenes is of an unsolved murder that was initially investigated by Sturgis before he was suddenly transferred off it. His partner at the time was also suddenly retired. The murder was never solved.
Delaware and Sturgis start to look into the matter again even if it is only to discover who sent the book. Despite trying to be discreet it soon becomes apparent that their investigation is starting to ruffle feathers from within the police department. In addition unexplained things start to happen indicating they and, in particular, Sturgis are under review. Sturgis starts to worry when his partner appears to be targeted.
However their investigation starts to bear fruit and enquiries appear to lead to a group of wealthy individuals who appear to be at the centre of Los Angeles society. Are they being protected and how far does their power base extend into the community? People who have been in hiding for almost thirty years are slowly but surely brought back into the mainstream and their lives are put at risk.
In another excellent tale Kellerman indicates that the quest for ‘more’ in any society can easily lead to corruption and death. The need for power and control can and in most cases will contribute to the exploitation of those least able to defend themselves. As a consequence not all things end neatly and appropriately.
4.0 out of 5 starsSomething a little different this time.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2002
Those of you familiar with Jonathon Kellerman's Delaware series will find something a little different in this latest novel. With Robin leaving to go on tour (effectively imposing a trial separation on Alex), "The Murder Book" finds Delaware in a more contemplative mood, certainly more aware of his own failings than we've seen him before. For once Alex is not presented as the everyman hero, but instead as the civilian addicted to danger, with scant regard for the emotional and physical dangers that are the inevitable consequence for both himself and those around him. Kellerman also take an opportunity to delve more deeply into Milo's past - and his present, including several chapters in which Delware is absent, written in the third person. We learn more about the prejudice and bigotry that Milo faced in his early years as a homicide detective, and far more about his relationships with Rick Silverman and Alex Delaware than we've ever seen before. Rick and Milo even have some scenes alone together - finally adding some flesh to the bones of characters and relationships that have been merely wallpaper for the past 15 novels. The main storyline concerns the usual mysterious murder, and the mind games played by all involved. This is classic Kellerman country, with twists and turns, danger and dénouements a plenty. Personally, I found the change in style and content a refreshing change - a little reward for having stuck with these guys for so long.