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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the bestselling master of suspense.

Los Angeles is a city of sunlight, celebrity, and possibility. The L.A. often experienced by Homicide Lt. Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware, is a city of the dead.

Early one morning, the two of them find themselves in a neighborhood of pretty houses, pretty cars, and pretty people. The scene they encounter is anything but. A naked young man lies dead in the street, the apparent victim of a collision with a moving van hurtling through suburbia in the darkness. But any thoughts of accidental death vanish when a blood trail leads to a nearby home.

Inside, a young woman lies butchered. The identity of the male victim and his role in the horror remain elusive, but that of the woman creates additional questions. And adding to the shock, Alex has met her while working a convoluted child custody case. Cordelia Gannett was a self-styled internet influencer who’d gotten into legal troubles by palming herself off as a psychologist. Even after promising to desist, she’s found a loophole and has continued her online career, aiming to amass clicks and ads by cyber-coaching and cyber-counseling people plagued with relationship issues.

But upon closer examination, Alex and Milo discover that her own relationships are troublesome, including a tortured family history and a dubious personal past. Has that come back to haunt her in the worst way? Is the mystery man out in the street collateral damage or will he turn out to be the key to solving a grisly double homicide? As the psychologist and the detective explore L.A.'s meanest streets, they peel back layer after layer of secrets and encounter a savage, psychologically twisted, almost unthinkable motive for violence and bloodshed.

This is classic Delaware: Alex, a man Milo has come to see as irreplaceable, at his most insightful and brilliant.

©2022 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“One of [Kellerman’s] best.”Mystery & Suspense 

“A gripping, readable thriller that combines elements of the police procedural, murder mystery, and psychological thriller genres.”Booklist

“Kellerman at his best . . . [He] uses his training as a psychologist to construct a crime and perpetrator that will have readers turning pages and guessing until the very end.”Library Journal

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John Rubenstein and Jonathan Kellerman Dynamic Duo!

I have one lonely credit left as I browse the offerings and I came across this book. I’m so glad I use that credit. Purchase the book about 1 AM in the morning and just now finished reading it. I saw some comments but did not like the narration and I am just wondering why? He was classic John Rubenstein! And the story kept me interested. I didn’t see that ending coming. The only problem I have is now what am I going to read?

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What a great ride

Alex and Milo are just the best but the entire crew is wonderful and I have wound up so invested in their welfare.
It’s tough to have to wait so long for the next installment of their adventures. Then the stories are over too quickly.
I loved every minute. Interesting “bad guy” discovery.
Anxiously awaiting the next installment.

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Another awesome book!!!

You will never see it coming! In all of Alex and Milo’s cases you usually can pick out a few suspects, not this one!!! Great story!

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Kellerman is tops

Another intriguing and complex book. Kellerman never overdose’s the reader with gore. His thought provoking prose and psychological insights always provide a complex spice to his well plotted stories. This was yet another fascinating book on murder and what makes people do what they do. His main characters continue to develop and change with time adding to the appeal of his books. Totally worth reading!

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Gripping

Well plotted. Never a dull moment. Everything that made me a fan so many years ago.

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Kellerman is back!!

Now that's what I'm talking about!! Great story and character development. I agree this narrator is slow to get to the point at times and unlike some of his more previous books, which I personally thought were meh`, I truly enjoyed this one. Delaware and Milo are a fantastic duo who are smart, witty, yet logical and detailed enough to stick with their hunches and clues and follow them through. These two characters really compliment each other. It started with a double murder and kept me hooked until I finished. It's unfortunate I personally felt like several of the previous Delaware books were long, drawn out, lots of words with no substance and also not very interesting to me, but I think we have a winner here. And just when you think no more surprises,.yes there are. Don't want to give too much away but once this character was introduced to the story I guessed correctly. But thats the fun with his books, when they're good, trying to solve who dunnit...lol. 😉 😉
I am a faithful Kellerman reader/listener and wanted more of this story. His wife Faye has a new Decker and Rina book coming out soon. Can't wait for that one to drop.

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Great Listen!

I love Alex and Milo! This book did not disappoint. Great, interesting story which keeps you guessing. John's voice is perfect for the characters.

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Best one yet!

Kellerman knocks it out of the park with this one. I especially liked the ending, as it was different from past books.

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Entertaining

This is one of the best books he’s written in awhile. I really enjoyed the mystery

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Good Heavens

We love Kellerman’s books, Dr. Delaware and Milo… I usually read while my husband drives. We tried this book when I got tired and we had only books we had read. I am so disappointed at spending my credit on this audible as the narrator was so distracting, slow and busy with unnecessary use of different voices that my husband and I could not listen for more than 3 or so chapters… I have found a narrator can make a huge difference in perception of a book. We were sad…

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