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Dr. Death

Alex Delaware, Book 14
Narrated by: John Rubinstein
Series: Alex Delaware, Book 14
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (252 ratings)

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Who killed the killer?

In his brilliant and startling novel, Jonathan Kellerman, perennial best-selling author and premier proprietor of the psychological thriller, gives a sharp and timely twist to homicide's central question.

Someone has murdered euthanasia champion Dr. Eldon Mate - a self-styled Dr. Death responsible for scores of assisted suicides. In a burst of bloody irony, the killer chooses to dispatch the doctor in the back of Mate's own suicide van, hooking him up to the killing apparatus dubbed "the Humanitron" - and adding some butchering touches of his own. The case is assigned to veteran LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, who turns once again to his friend Dr. Alex Delaware. But working this case raises a conflict of interest for Alex so profound that he can't even discuss it with Milo. The tension that develops between cop and psychologist further complicates an already baffling and complex murder investigation - one whose suspects include the families of Dr. Mate's "travelers", Mate's own son, and a psychopathic killer who relishes the geometry of death.

Dr. Death is a rich brew of unforgettable characters, labyrinthine plotting, pause-resisting prose, and the unique insights into the darkest corners of the human mind that have earned Jonathan Kellerman international accolades as the master of psychological suspense.

©2000 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Good book

Thought it was a little slow getting started but once I got past that, I found the book really engrossing. The book is well written and I think Kellerman fans will enjoy this one.

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Not his best.

It was as if the plot was too disjointed. I know how Jonathan Kellerman can be very subtle with the characters but this one went a little overboard. I found myself having to re listen to sections because the thread got lost several times. It took too much effort to finish.

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Great story bad narrator

First off, I absolutely love the Alex Delaware series ! Part of the reason I believe that I love them so much was the previous narrator Alexander Adams. He had a way of bringing the characters to life. His accent was not from a distinctive area and with his voice he was able to mold my mind into believing in the original mid-western characters of Alex and Milo reset in California. In this book they changed narrators. I'm sure Rubenstein is an accomplished talent but in this series it was the equivalent of switching someone like Denzel Washington to Adam Sandler in a sequel to Training Day to play the same character. It just doesn't work. Rubenstein has an extremely strong New York accent and I struggled to stay engaged listening to the book because the characters did not resonate with me with new accents. I listen to audio books while driving and I would catch myself daydreaming about something else rather than paying attention to the book. It took me about twice as long to finish this one. I won't be listening to anymore of this series with this narrator.

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The best Alex Delaware story

With the exception of one character I thought was left dangling, this was pretty close to perfect. Rubinstein's narration of Delaware and Sturgis is excellent, as always. I'm not certain I could listen to anyone else portray them.
Such a wealth of well-developed characters, and yet the story never tangles. The unwinding is flawless. I've read or listened to all of Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. I believe this one is the best.

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  • Ruth
  • Pompano Beach, FL, United States
  • 06-08-18

Couldn’t put it down

One of the best in the Alex Delaware series (Yes, I have read or listened to them all). Exciting plot and Kellerman’s usual exceptional writing and character development.

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One of the best

Really. The story is great, plot really fresh,J.R. Has the voice of an angel. Truly a winning combination!

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Dr Death

Probably the best book I have listened to by Jonathan Kellerman. The plot was engaging and kept you involved all the way through!! Great listen!!

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  • LINDA
  • SEABECK, WA, United States
  • 11-15-16

Alex Delaware Milo and Robyn are great

I liked this story. back to the child psych roots. I would have liked more of Milo, Robyn, and Spike.

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So extremely disappointing after vocalist Alexander Adams

Ohhh man just awful, horrible and very very bad. After Alexander Adams' fabulous voice - his Milo *is* and forever will be MILO - this rendition by John Rubinstein is just way beyond awful. I am extremely disappointed in Rubinstein's reedy, effeminate voice. I purchased 3 Rubinstein-read Deleware/Sturgis books without listening first and I plan to contact Amazon tomorrow for a refund.

It's hard to describe my disappointment in the change from Adams to Rubinstein, but to the publisher or to Mr. Kellerman (whomever made the decision to make this change): you made a big mistake, and you've ruined what had been a lovely listening experience for a fan and owner of all of Mr. Kellerman's books, hardcover. Just, YUCK. What a letdown.

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Dumb book

Ending really had nothing to do with who killed doctor death. It just left you hanging there. Never caught the guy.

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