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Publisher's Summary

In his 17 consecutive best selling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller. Now, in Kellerman's most compelling and powerful novel yet, L.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality - an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival and that of longtime friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis.

The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime-scene photos - a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images: a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp.

This was one of Milo's first cases as a rookie homicide cop: a vicious killing that he and his partner failed to solve because the department closed them down. Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo. But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth, and over the years he managed to forget.

Now someone has chosen to stir up the past. As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago, their every move is being followed, and their lives are placed in jeopardy. While peeling back layer after layer of ugly secrets, they discover that the murder of one forgotten girl has chilling ramifications that extend far beyond the tragic loss of a single life.

©2002 Jonathan Kellerman; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A hoot of a whodunit...This may be the best Kellerman in years." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Lynn
  • overland park, KS, USA
  • 01-27-03

I liked it

Granted, I am an Alex Delaware fan. I like Kellerman's earlier works better as he stayed in the area of child psychology, which is his forte. I did enjoy the murder book on audible. I made two attempts at reading it and did not succeed, however, as a listen, it was worth the time. As usual, Kellerman's characters were interesting and the story, while not his best, was engaging.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Sunshine
  • Sedona, AZ United States
  • 02-15-03

Not For Me

This one started off interesting but soon became tied up in a knot of detail that had no relation to the story. If you like a lot a gruesome detail and not very elegant sexual situations, you might like it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Round Lake Beach , IL, USA
  • 01-10-03

Good, But Not Great

The story takes awhile to get started and even when it does get going a bit it still isnt really worth listening to. I think the author did a good job with bringing the characters to life, but failed on making it a strong ending.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Cold Case; Personal History; a New Direction

The death of a retired police officer takes both Alex and Milo back to their beginnings. It's a story about privilege and the lack thereof and it's consequences. A young girl from a bad household is tortured and killed for sport by a group of rich boys. The cover-up has lasted for a lot of years as have the aftereffects, for Milo among others. As Milo and Alex conduct an unofficial unauthorized investigation the lingering shadows of the past affect them both; Alex is also dealing with the breakup of his long term relationship with Robin. As the story comes to a close and Alex deals with a life and death confrontation, Milo fights the power and wins a new role for himself in the hierarchy. An excellent example of the best of Alex Delaware.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 05-16-07

First time with this author

I was thinking about purchasing a more recent work by this author when a reviewer said it didn't measure up to previous works, such as the Murder Book. If that's the case, I won't be listening to the newer one. This book wasn't bad, but it doesn't have me clamoring for more. I suppose the characters are real, since there's nothing particularly likeable about Milo and Alex. I was also surprised at the way each pulled theories seemingly out of thin air, most of which turned out to be dead on. The book's climax wasn't particularly satisfying, which was a bit disappointing after 15+ hours of listening. I'll probably give a listen to one more of Kellerman's best reviewed works and see if I feel different. One last point; the narrator did a good job.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Peggie
  • Lansing, KS, United States
  • 06-24-03

The Murder Book - One Word: Boring

I'm amazed other listeners were so generous, giving this book 3 stars. I have to stretch to give it two. It's confusing, repeatitive, violent and poorly written. There's no motivation for a relationship with the deceased so from the beginning, the listener's care factor is slight. Several stories woven in are so poorly related that the listener doesn't care how it turns out. Not one bit impresssive since there are such good books out there.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The murder Book

His charachacter's, were all whiny and flat. After the first half of the book I hoped they would all grow up. Didn't happen. Glad when it was over.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hard to Get Into

I have to admit I'm an avid reader of Kellerman books, and read this one after I had read many others. But I just could not get past the first few hours. Too tedius.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Perry
  • pascagoula, FL, United States
  • 03-23-05

not so well written

this book probally has a good story but is hard to follow. It is very frgamented and the redundancey makes it very hard to follow the story.It is probally best done in abriged version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Chilling

It helps to know something of his previous work to enjoy this. It also helps to know that he made Milo gay because the LA Police cheif announced one that that there were NO gay officers in LA. Milo's choice of gender in a partner plays a part here.

Parts of this are chilling and as always in Delaware stories the past comes back to haunt the present.

I have read all the Alex Delaware novels. While this is not the best is is still very good and some things in it will haunt you. Just as they haunted the cop that kept "The Murder Book"

3 of 4 people found this review helpful