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New York Times best seller • Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis struggle to make sense of a seemingly inexplicable massacre in this electrifying psychological thriller from the number one New York Times best-selling master of suspense.

LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has solved a lot of murder cases. On many of them - the ones he calls "different" - he taps the brain of brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. But neither Alex nor Milo are prepared for what they find on an early morning call to a deserted mansion in Bel Air. This one’s beyond different. This is predation, premeditation, and cruelty on a whole new level.

Four people have been slaughtered and left displayed bizarrely and horrifically in a stretch limousine. Confounding the investigation, none of the victims seems to have any connection to any other, and a variety of methods have been used to dispatch them. As Alex and Milo make their way through blind alleys and mazes baited with misdirection, they encounter a crime so vicious that it stretches the definitions of evil.

©2020 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Like visiting with old and dear friends

If you like Alex, Milo and the crew, you will enjoy another LA adventure here. If you are new to the Delaware series this book is a good introduction. No it is not a great work of literature but that is not why i am a fan. I enjoy the writing style and the characters. The story line may be formulaic but it still works. I just looked it up and Jonathan is now 70 and the first in the series, When the Bough Breaks,, came out in 1984 so i am even more impressed that he has kept my attention for the the thirty years since i first found him in 1989. Comfort food for the soul if you a fellow fan or a good intro if you are just discovering the series

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I am disappointed in the series.....this story was hard to believe, it was slow and the chemistry was missing. This story was so far fetched and unbelievable that I forgot this was a Delaware story.

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This is the best team

The Team of Kellerman and Rubenstein are solid gold. Rubenstein is Dr Alex Delaware. The stories are always fresh and new. These men are professionals yet show their human side. Don’t miss another fine collaboration.

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Seriously

Wow this is just awful. I’ve listened to most of the Alex Delaware series but this one is just painful to get through. When a seasoned writer uses phrases several times, like “no prob” and long drawn out descriptions of home decorating, food and everything in the kitchen sink you can’t help but gag. Top it with sugar coated sweetness and pour it all over sexually posed murdered people. How dare you degrade the Holocaust by adding it into this mess.

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Just My Favorite

There are a lot of authors that I like, but Jonathan Kellerman is definitely my favorite. I have read all the Alex Delaware novels and they are never boring or repetitive, just always worth the read. Please, Mr. Kellerman, don't ever stop!

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John Rubinstein saves the day

With a different narrator I would have quit. John is the voice of the characters, he brings them alive, and the faulty storylines become less bothersome as you feel you are spending the day with old friends. Excess verbosity describes what I often felt, absolutely unreal outcomes, but still, if you love the series as I do, worth a credit

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Thoughtful and Skillful Writing

I read through many of the reviews posted before writing this because I wanted the name of a certain character. I didn't find the name but was surprised by how many people were critical of the book. I loved it. And I thought Dr. Kellerman did a wonderful job with this book. I was moved to tears during the death notification scene (not a spoiler...at least one person dies every book) to the son of one of the murder victims. Of course, much of the credit here goes to the excellent narration done by John Rubinstein. His voice relayed the pain and sorrow Dr. Kellerman had written for a son who deeply loved his father. Also, Mr. Rubinstein's voicing of "Sleepy" was quite entertaining. I am also happy to see the development of peripheral characters such as Shawn as he recovers from the aftermath of book 34 (not necessary to read to enjoy this book) and perhaps, romance for another of the young detectives. Formulaic...repetitious (as some write in their reviews)...I don't know...maybe. Thoughtful, informative, well written...definitely. I look forward to the next Dr. Delaware book and the smiling dog.

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I loved this one

Different but the same. Milo is always terrific but seems even more so in this one. Sometimes Kellerman gets a bit over descriptive on the clothing or other “typing” and a couple of times it felt like page filler but, minute by minute, it was a great mystery. Rather shocking conclusion but, appropriate to the story. I just love the whole bunch of them. I hated for it to end. I am anxiously awaiting the next one.

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Good Book with an experienced author, enhanced by a good narrator.

Having read many Alex Delaware book in the past and enjoyed them, I thought I would try an audible. It did not disappoint. Jonathan Kellerman captures the essence of the character's age and mannerisms from the detachment of a rich and indulged teen who is attached to his cell phone and detached from the murders, to a young 'Alex Delaware -want- to -be' who is following along to test his possible choice for a career, to an aged limousine driver. Readers / listeners become a part of the scene, observing the process of de-tangling the clues. The climax of the hunt for the perpetrators is a surprise. The 'epilogue' ties up the loose strands into an end that doesn't dump the readers with leftover questions, rather it is tied up neatly. The narration is skillfully crafted and is an asset for telling the story. I recommend this book to folks who enjoy a solid, well written and narrated mystery.

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A super read

I enjoyed it more than a lot of his previous books. I do get bored during the atmospheric parts as I have no interest in LA streets. The supposed female voices on all the Audible books are terrible as all the women sound the same, fakey . If they were conversing with each other I could not tell which woman was speaking.

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