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Publisher's Summary

The number one New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman writes razor-sharp novels that cut to the quick. Now comes Motive, which pits psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis against a vicious criminal mind - the kind only Kellerman can bring to chilling life.

Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end - one even Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case - because there's always a next one.

This time the victim is Ursula Corey: a successful, attractive divorcée who's been gunned down - not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of perp: the dead woman's business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think they're zeroing in on the most likely suspect, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of the unsolved Hennepin murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the specter of a serial killer on a mission, whose twisted method is exceeded only by his manipulative and cunning madness.

©2015 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis... makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes." ( Forbes)
"John Rubenstein is acclaimed for his narrations of Kellerman's psychological thrillers featuring Dr. Alex Delaware.... [T]he quality of the writing and narration hasn't changed.... The team of Kellerman and Rubenstein should never be broken up." ( AudioFile)

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Not the best, but Rubinstein reading helps

it wasn't a great Alex Delaware story and kind of just ended. If you've already got most of the series, it's not a waste, but it's not a great portrayal of Alex or Milo.

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Excellent Novel. One of His Best

The narration was excellent per usual I Kellerman novel. The story had a lot of twists and turns. It was in many ways not as dark as his other novels and fun to follow as events and clues morphed Ito other clues. Anyone who is a Kellerman fan will enjoy this novel.

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Great Comeback

After the so-so 'Killer' this one is a recovery that is worthy great sports legends; one close to biblical proportions. Okay, okay, I've been told a million times not to exaggerate and yet here I go doing it again. Some of the earliest of Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels were weak in plot and hopelessly complicated before he got his rhythm and produced some of the best works of both the Psychological and or the Police Procedural genre. Lately though the Delaware novels have been hit or miss; the last one being almost totally a miss.
Motive was a well written, if not particularly original work the plot being strongly similar to that in a couple of his previous novels; Bones, Compulsion and Twisted. Milo catches a murder case that seems to be a slam dunk, a perfect setup; but as it happens the prime suspect has a really good alibi. Then another woman is killed and then another and as usual with the tricky ones Milo calls in Alex to help him cut through the Psychological underbrush to locate the guilty party.
Alex and Milo go to work and end up wading through several different suspects struggling to find a connection among the victims. They eventually find part of the answer then struggle and thrash around attempting to connect the dots between the known and the unknown facets of the case. It contains all the staples of the Delaware novels, Milo's appetite Mo Reed and Sean Binchy eager to study at the Sturgis school of detection and the sweetness that is Alex's longtime girlfriend Robin. I found this to be the best book of the series since perhaps Obsession; I recommend this one highly.

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A solid Alex Delaware novel.

The story moved more quickly than his last couple, and it kept me listening. Although I guessed the killer early on, there were sufficient twists & turns to keep me entertained.

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Figured it Out Too Early!

J. Kellerman with J. Rubenstein has to be one of my all time favorite combos in audio. I've listened to all 20, and can recognize all the major characters sans labels. has to be one of the best pairings in audio book history!

As usual a great convoluted intricate and tight plot line, but I figured out 'who done it' by Chapter 2 and spent the rest of the time just waiting to see if I was right. Still a great ride! Kellerman and Rubenstein hitting another one out of here!

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 06-09-15

Rubinstein & Kellerman ROCK!

Twisty-er than a teenage brat's blonde extensions, Alex and Milo keep swerving throughout "Motive". And so did I. Okay, it's a little crafty maybe the way Kellerman cranks the plot around, but lemme tell ya... John Rubinstein keeps everything straight and brings the characters all to the front of your imagination thanks to Kellerman's mastery of crackling dialogue. I wonder if Kellerman got his start as a playwright? How Rubinstein does Milo's voice is almost dangerous. Can the guy talk for a week after recording these adventures?

I like particularly the way Kellerman refuses the clichés of inter police feuding, managerial incompetence, and a cop's marital combustion as sub plots. These characters are dogged professionals with interesting but not easy to write or explain lives. And the plotting is strong enough that, well, you could have seen each new twist coming, but damned if I did. Although for entertainment purposes, i don't try to blow apart the puzzle, instead, if it's reasonable, I enjoy letting it flow. And This one is another great flow from Jonathan Kellerman.

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  • Connie
  • DURHAM, NC, United States
  • 02-17-15

Time for new ideas

Jonathan Kellerman needs to wrap this series up. It's gotten too predictable and formulaic. I even used this book as a sleep aid a few times. And it worked. The only things I liked about this book were the two main characters, Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, who feel like old friends to me by now.

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A bit convoluted, but...

After reading all of the Alex Delaware books I may be getting a little jaded- This one was typical Milo and Alex fare. Twists and turns galore; excellent narration by Mr. Rubenstein; etc. Only negative is waaay too many suspects. But it is a mystery, so I'll say "yeah, overall it rocks!"

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Kept me interested

The culprit was a total surprise. I never knew what was coming next. There was nothing dull about this book.

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Good but not his best.

Good but not his best. Wouldn't be the same without Rubenstein. Needed better ending. Feels like a trip to LA, very descriptive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful