Clay Edison

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 815 ratings

Crime Scene Publisher's Summary

A former star athlete turned coroner's investigator is drawn into a brutal, complicated murder in this psychological thriller from a father-son writing team that delivers "brilliant, page-turning fiction" (Stephen King).

Natural causes or foul play? That's the question Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Figuring out motives and chasing down suspects aren't part of his beat - not until a seemingly open-and-shut case proves to be more than meets his highly trained eye.

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life.

What emerges is a history of scandal and violence and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed. Walter Rennert, it appears, was a broken man - and maybe a marked one. And when Clay learns that a colleague of Rennert's died in a nearly identical manner, he begins to question everything in the official record.

All the while, his relationship with Tatiana is evolving into something forbidden. The closer they grow, the more determined he becomes to catch her father's killer - even if he has to overstep his bounds to do it.

The twisting trail Clay follows will lead him into the darkest corners of the human soul. It's his job to listen to the tales the dead tell. But this time he's part of a story that makes his blood run cold.

©2017 Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman (P)2017 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Crime Scene

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 693
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 616
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 610

    Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay Edison to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life. What emerges is a history of scandal and violence and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This was a let down

    • By Mike on 08-08-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Crime Scene

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Responding to a call at a mansion in an East Bay neighbourhood, Deputy Coroner Clay Edison comes upon the body of Dr Walter Rennert, a controversial Berkeley psychologist, sprawled at the foot of his stairs. There are no wounds and no signs of intrusion or struggle. Clay knows the obvious diagnosis is natural death. But 10 years ago, Rennert's partner was found dead, and to this day the crime remains unsolved.

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 2

    • A Measure of Darkness

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Robert Slade
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Clay Edison gets the call in the middle of the night, and it's a bad one. A party in Oakland, feuding neighbours, a wild crowd in the street. Two guns, firing at random, spreading chaos and death. Nobody knows the body count yet. It's going to be a long night for Clay - longer than he ever could have imagined. Because when the dust settles, there's a victim who can't be accounted for. A young woman, strangled instead of shot, without ID and a stranger to all. Clay's journey to give her a name and bring her justice will lead him into a bizarre world where right and wrong begin to blur.    

    Regular price: $21.31

    • A Measure of Darkness

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    Clay Edison is busy. He’s solved a decades-old crime and redeemed an innocent man, earning himself a suspension in the process. Things are getting serious with his girlfriend. Plus his brother’s fresh out of prison, bringing with him a whole new set of complications. Then the phone rings in the dead of night. A wild party in a gentrifying East Bay neighborhood. A heated argument that spills into the street. Gunshots. Chaos. For Clay and his fellow coroners, it’s the start of a long night and the first of many to come.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • slow or maybe just not interesting.

    • By Rachel on 07-31-18

    Regular price: $28.00