Alex Delaware

49 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 17,880 ratings

When the Bough Breaks Publisher's Summary

In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

It's psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past.

This connection is only the beginning, a single link in a 40-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.

©2003 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2012 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • When the Bough Breaks

    • An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 1
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 806
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 712
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 705

    Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable....

    • By Leigh on 09-16-12

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 2

    • Blood Test

    • Alex Delaware, Book 2
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 356
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 303

    It is a case unlike any psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware has ever encountered. Five-year-old Woody Swope is ill, but the real problem is his parents. They refuse to agree to the one treatment that could save this boy's life. Alex sets out to convince Mr. and Mrs. Swope - only to find that the parents have left the hospital and taken their son with them. Worse, the sleazy motel room where the Swopes were staying is empty - except for the ominous bloodstain. The Swopes and their son have vanished into the sordid shadows of the city.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too choppy - made me think it was abridged.

    • By TDintheED on 08-09-13

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 3

    • Over the Edge

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320

    When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before - and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn't five years ago.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Like a psych textbook

    • By P. Giorgio on 07-20-13

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 4

    • Silent Partner

    • An Alex Delaware Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Sharon Ransom is the most beautiful woman in the room; she’s also the most troubled. So when former lover psychologist Alex Delaware bumps into her at a lavish LA cocktail party, though still attracted to her, fear of reviving unhappy memories prevents him from offering the help she seems so desperate for. Hours later, Sharon’s body is discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tortured by guilt, Alex wants answers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too much detail

    • By Lia on 01-05-11

    Regular price: $17.34

    • Silent Partner

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 227

    At a party for a controversial Los Angeles sex therapist, Alex encounters a face from his own past: Sharon Ransom, an exquisite, alluring lover who left him abruptly more than a decade earlier. Sharon now hints that she desperately needs help, but Alex evades her. The next day she is dead, an apparent suicide. Driven by guilt and sadness, Alex plunges into the maze of Sharon's life - a journey that will take him through the pleasure palaces of California's ultra-rich, into the dark closets of a family's disturbing past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bad So Cal pronunciations

    • By Pat Sibley on 09-22-16

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 5

    • Time Bomb

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 133

    A sniper opens fire on a crowded Californian schoolyard but is killed before any children are harmed. When the sniper’s identity is revealed, a media frenzy erupts – why would they want to take innocent lives? Psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to help the kids cope with the ordeal but is quickly drawn into exploring the motives of the would-be assassin. Alex soon finds himself on a bloody and twisted trail into the world of political extremism from which there may be no way back…

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator

    • By PJPackwood on 10-18-12

    Regular price: $16.31

    • Time Bomb

    • An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 5
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more explores the corruption of California's golden coast and produces a novel of complex characterizations and nonstop suspense. By the time psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was done: A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground, but was gunned down before any children were hurt. While the TV news crews feasted on the scene and Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn't escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another great book

    • By Francine on 10-14-15

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 6

    • Private Eyes

    • Alex Delaware, Book 6
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is 11 years since seven-year-old Melissa Dickinson dialed a hospital help line for comfort - and found it in therapy with Alex Delaware. Now the lovely young heiress is desperately calling for the psychologist's help once more. Only this time it looks like Melissa's deepest childhood nightmare is really coming true....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Private Eyes

    • By Loretta Lynn on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 7

    • Devil's Waltz

    • An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 7
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249

    Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him that one of them may be a monster.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • reader

    • By cookie box on 05-20-14

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 8

    • Bad Love

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    It came in a plain brown wrapper, no return address: an audiocassette of a soul-lacerating scream, followed by an enigmatic, haunting message delivered in a childlike voice: "Bad love. Bad love. Don't give me the bad love." For psychologist-detective Dr. Alex Delaware, the chant, repeated over and over like a twisted nursery rhyme, is the first intimation that he is about to enter a living nightmare. If Alex fails to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker's mind games, he will be the next to die.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By L. Neumar on 06-20-07

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 9

    • Self-Defense

    • An Alex Delaware Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 282
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188

    A new patient, 24-year-old Lucy Lowell, has come to the semi-retired psychologist Alex Delaware, straight from the jury of a serial killer's grisly trial. The trial was harrowing enough, but now it's triggered a recurring and haunting dream in which Lucy, as a little girl, watches a gang of men bury a young woman's body in the woods.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of Better Books in Delaware/Sturgis Series

    • By Margaret on 11-03-08

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 10

    • The Web

    • Alex Delaware, Book 10
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 159

    Dr. Woodrow Moreland, a respected scientist, has invited Alex Delaware, psychologist/detective, to his home on a tiny Pacific island to help him organize his papers for publication. It's a light workload, leaving plenty of time for Alex and his girlfriend, Robin, to relax. But Alex can't help wondering why Dr. Moreland really invited him to the island. When he probes, he discovers a sour and unwelcome truth, and its discovery comes just in time to save Alex and Robin from the violence that threatens them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Always a Good Story

    • By Robbie Teresa on 04-10-08

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 11

    • The Clinic

    • An Alex Delaware Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 189

    For three months, the police find no clues in the stabbing death of Hope Devane, the author of a pop-psychology best-seller. So they turn to Dr. Alex Delaware to study the case for insights that might point to a killer. As Alex unlocks the private compartments of Hope's life, the murder looks calculated and vengeful. A study of her childhood reveals that she kept secrets from everyone. It also helps Alex set a trap for the killer.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fair

    • By cheri on 11-14-10

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 12

    • Survival of the Fittest

    • An Alex Delaware Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 498
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 254

    Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware confronts a killer who takes as much pleasure in matching wits with the police as in robbing human life. A diplomat's retarded daughter is murdered on a school field trip. The girl's father denies the possibility of a political motive, leaving LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his longtime friend, Alex Delaware, stymied. When another killing occurs, Alex finds himself ensnared in one of the most menacing cases of his career.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Survival of the fittest

    • By Jean on 03-02-11

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 13

    • Monster

    • An Alex Delaware Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    Alex Delaware is back! And in Jonathan Kellerman's riveting and ingenious new novel, Monster, he faces one of the most grisly and baffling mysteries of his career: How can a nonfunctional psychotic locked up in a supposedly secure institution for homicidal madmen predict brutal murders in the outside world? Delaware and his friend and partner Detective Milo Sturgis must penetrate this enigma in order to stop the horrific killings.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • not a new release

    • By Sue on 03-18-10

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 14

    • Dr. Death

    • Alex Delaware, Book 14
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    Someone has murdered euthanasia champion Dr. Eldon Mate - a self-styled Dr. Death responsible for scores of assisted suicides. In a burst of bloody irony, the killer chooses to dispatch the doctor in the back of Mate's own suicide van, hooking him up to the killing apparatus dubbed "the Humanitron" - and adding some butchering touches of his own. The case is assigned to veteran LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, who turns once again to his friend Dr. Alex Delaware.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good book

    • By A. TUCKER on 11-18-16

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 15

    • Flesh and Blood

    • Alex Delaware, Book 15
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273

    Perennial and acknowledged master of the psychological thriller Jonathan Kellerman has created a riveting and memorable Alex Delaware novel about a troubled and elusive young woman whose brutal murder forces the brilliant psychologist-detective to confront his own fallibility.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Ms Gadget on 09-03-16

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 16

    • The Murder Book

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 573
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242

    In 17 consecutive best selling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has proven himself the master of the psychological thriller. Now, in Kellerman's most compelling 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I liked it

    • By Lynn on 01-27-03

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 17

    • A Cold Heart

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 440
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    Alex Delaware is summoned to a trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. There is no obvious motive, and the careful staging of the murder scene immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion, but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer. As more killings are discovered, unraveling the puzzle assumes a new importance - stopping a vicious psychopath who's made cold-blooded murder his chosen art form.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Cold Heart

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-22-03

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 18

    • Therapy

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: John Rubenstein
    • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 386
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180

    "Been a while since I had me a nice little whodunit," homicide detective Milo Sturgis tells Alex Delaware. But there's definitely nothing nice about the brutal tableau behind the yellow crime-scene tape. On a lonely lover's lane in the hills of Los Angeles, a young couple lies murdered in a car. Each bears a single gunshot wound to the head.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun Listening

    • By Susan on 04-29-04

    Regular price: $27.97

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