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Publisher's Summary

Psychologist-Detective Dr. Alex Delaware finds terror in the heart of paradise in this relentlessly sinister novel by America's premier writer of psychological suspense. 

Three months in paradise, all expenses paid. It's an invitation Alex Delaware can't refuse. Dr. Woodrow Wilson Moreland, a revered scientist and philanthropist on the tiny Pacific island of Aruk, has invited Alex to his home to help him organize his papers for publication - a light workload leaving Alex plenty of time to enjoy a romantic interlude with Robin Castagna.

Quickly, however, secretive houseguests, frightening nocturnal visitors, and the elusive Dr. Moreland himself dim the pleasures of deep blue water and white sand.

The cases Moreland chooses to share - a patient driven to madness by a cruel, unspeakable act; a man who succumbed 40 years ago to radiation poisoning after a nuclear blast; a young woman, brutally murdered, whose mutilated body was found on the beach just six months before - seem unconnected. And yet Alex can't help wondering what the good doctor is trying to tell him...and what Moreland's real reason for inviting him to Aruk is.

As Alex probes - with a little long-distance help from his friend LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis - he comes to believe the answer lies hidden somewhere on Moreland's vast estate. Yet when he finally discovers the truth, the revelation will be more shocking than he could have imagined. And it will come too late to stem the tide of violence that threatens guilty and innocent alike on the lovely lost island of Aruk.

With his brilliant characterizations and rapid-fire pace, Jonathan Kellerman has redefined the boundaries of suspense, probing real-life horrors and innermost fears in a novel that transfixes from first moment to last.

Psyched? Listen to all of Jonathan Kellerman's Dr. Alex Delaware thrillers.
©1996 Jonathan Kellerman (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Kellerman's done it again....Make this one a must-have for all mystery collections." (Booklist)
"Kellerman's ability to weave an intriguing story with tantalizing hints of horror and breathtaking suspense makes this an unforgettable tale that will be popular with the author's fans as well as general fiction listeners." (Library Journal)

What listeners say about The Web

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Always a Good Story

Who does not like Alex Delaware ? Jonathan Kellerman always delivers a great story!

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Ho Hum

Narrators can make or break a good book and what we consider good narration is certainly a matter of choice. I advise you to listen to the sample first before spending your credits. If I took my own advice, I'd still have a credit to spend! While he does a good job switching between characters, I find the overall narration flat and more like listening to a weather report. The story is interesting but it's been pure torture listening to this narrator. I'm halfway through the story and I can't listen to one more word. Nails dragging across a chalk board - you know?

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Another Good One!

Kellerman is always a good read - and the narrator is just terrific. I could listen to him forever. Kellerman's books always have such interesting characters and I love his girlfriend Robin. He writes with a great sense of humor too!

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Another Great Alex Delaware Novel

I enjoyed it. It made the drive much better. I did miss Milo. His cameo appearance over the phone was not enough!

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Most Boring in the Series

What disappointed you about The Web?

The first 60% of the book was pointless, could have covered it all in a single, short chapter, finally picked up at the end, but by that time, I didn't care much

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman’s story?

Dull as a plumbing convention, it was well read though. If you skip any in the series, this is the one

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Kept my interest but not his best

HUGE fan of the Alex Delaware series. This one focuses on Alex and Robin - on a faraway island and it starts out OK but really became much too unbelievable as it proceeded. Held my interest and I didn't put it on double speed but did think about it. I was just trying to fill in the books from this series I hadn't read/listened to you. So I can check off "The Web" now :)

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Exciting as Delaware books are

Alex and Robyn are enticed to Aruk and soon find the enticement is not as advertised. Alex’s thinking is as impressive as ever. Robyn does well too. More kudos for a complex plot👍

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This does start well, thanks to a fine narrator with a fascinating physical locale to explore. The mystery - another version of "A House Full of That Odd Plantation Owner's Summer Visitors."

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I always come home to Alex

Would you listen to The Web again? Why?

I do not typically re-listen to audiobooks. The predictability isn't fun.

Have you listened to any of Alexander Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

absolutely! Every time I finish another author's books, I immediately "wash it off" with a Delaware novel. Mr. Adam's voice is so familiar and comforting. I also love how he makes every character different.

Any additional comments?

Jonathan Kellerman never disappoints.

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What would have made The Web better?

A rewrite and more engaging story. I have been enjoying the Alex Delaware series and haven't gotten bored. This one was boring and wacky (not in a good way).

Has The Web turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which scene was your favorite?

None

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Web?

This book just didn't cut it for me. The beautiful setting was the only thing worth taking from the book for me. This was off the mark from the other books, but still continuing with the series.