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The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something "real dead...buried in your marsh." The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it's a prank, but when a young woman's body turns up in L.A.'s Bird Marsh preserve, no one's laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city's under siege to an insidious killer. Milo's first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

The murdered women are prostitutes - except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh's grim tableau.

Conveniently - perhaps ominously - Selena's blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate's jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo's instincts and Alex's insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man's past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers - about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike - plunging even deeper into the murky marsh's enigmatic depths.

Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.'s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don't come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.

Bones is classic Kellerman - relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.

Psyched? Listen to all of Jonathan Kellerman's Dr. Alex Delaware thrillers.
©2008 Jonathan Kellerman; (P)2008 Random House

Critic Reviews

"The comfortable banter that has helped make Delaware and Sturgis such durable crime-story heroes is as rapid-fire, keen, and wryly funny as ever, and the mystery they aim to solve is certainly not routine." (Booklist)

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Deja Vue

In this novel, Mr. Kellerman reworks the plot of one of his most recent novels. The original is better.

Mr. Kellerman is a favorite writer of mine. There is little he's written that I haven't read, so I don't make these statements lightly. What has happened to our best mystery/thriller writers?

50 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • andrew
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 11-04-08

Vulgarity is a sure sign of a dim imagination

Mr Kellerman proves the point very well that "People with a limited imagination often find themselves resorting to vulgarity". I can't tell you whether the plot ever got anywhere because the first 20 minutes was a combination of confused plot jumps and language that would make a sailor blush. Having grown up in New York and spending three years in the Army, I am no prude. I have heard and used my fair share of salty language. But the way the author used it in this book only served to ruin the content. It was so bad I simply quit listening altogether. Too bad because I have heard he does decent stuff but I won't waste my time on him again.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Jonathon Kellerman is one of my favorite authors and I was interested in this book because of the location--the marsh, protected land, etc. It was just okay--I still love, Milo, Alex, Robin and Blanche, but this story needed was lacking somehow and very predictable. Maybe I have read too many of his books (all of them, in fact), so I can predict the endings. It was an okay read...just not great. I look forward to the next one in the anticipation that it will deliver the usual Kellerman twists and turns.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • T Lynn
  • South Florida
  • 11-04-08

Still a good writer

I have read all of his books. This one was not as scary as some others but all in all a good listen. At first, was hard to tell one character from another. But got better as the book unfolded.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Deliciously spooky

I love it when they take something sweet and charming and reveal it as macabre. In this case, it's a lovely little wetlands-restoration. As the book progresses, the premise gets less and less believable, but it remains fun due to the author's always-wonderful ensemble. Milo, in particular, really shines in this one, and displays his ongoing evolution.

AUDIO: Better than most.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Greenville, SC, USA
  • 11-18-08

Kellerman Always worth listening too!

Both of the Kellerman's are wonderful writers. This lastest by Jonathan is in the tradition of all his Alex and Milo mysteries. Good story and worth reading or listening too.

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So good

Loved this story! Very well performed and written. I look forward to the next in the series.

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Great book

Engrossing with great narration. I enjoyed it immensely and listened completely enthralled. I remain a Kellerman fan.

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  • Roz
  • ZEPHYRHILLS, FL, United States
  • 04-27-17

Not the best Alex Delaware.

Disappointing. Story hard to follow. Too many characters. lost interest. not sure ill listen to any more Kellerman for awhile.

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I am enjoying reading all the Alex Delaware books in order.

The books as a whole are well constructed . I listen to all of them and lover the reader who is the same for all. Over all I really enjoy the books I recommend the books to anyone who like reading series and likes a good detective story.