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Jun 11, Jen rated it liked it Shelves: male-author , police-fiction. Alex Delaware is back in Jonathan Kellerman's newest novel, Compulsion. He and Milo are hot on the case again. This time they are trying to solve a mystery that starts with a stolen Bentley However, there is no body and no suspects. Their detecting starts to uncover strange clues that take Alex all the way to New York City.
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That's the main storyline of the plot. However, for some reason, Kellerman includes two very minor subplots. First, there is a death row inmate in Texas claiming to have killed a young man in California whose murder has remained unsolved for sixteen years. Milo is assigned the task of investigating whether his accusations are true or just an attempt to put off his death sentence.
This storyline doesn't intersect with the first storyline except for the fact that Milo is investigating both of the cases. Kellerman would switch back to this case every once in awhile and I would have to remember who these characters were. An even smaller subplot dealt with Robin and a contract she received to make four instruments for a dot com millionaire. This subplot was so insignificant I can only surmise that Kellerman was reaching for a way to include Robin in the book.
It was almost as if he wrote the book without her and then said, "whoops, I forgot Robin; where can I squeeze her in? I think it would have been a much stronger book had Kellerman simply focused on the main plot and forgot the other two subplots. His sarcasm is absolutely wonderful. I love how he will respond when Alex throws a theory out. Milo makes the theory sound incredibly off the wall. Some of his quips would make great newspaper headlines. Petra Conner was not in this novel. She was out of the country on vacation. She was missed.
Dec 03, Carol Storm rated it it was ok. I love Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. They are chilling, deadly and suspenseful every time!
But why is it that the victims are always sexy young party girls who just want to enjoy themselves? Of course, I do understand that you can't have a serial killer without a victim, just like you can't have a dragon without a damsel in distress. But in most other genres, whether suspense, mystery, or medieval romance, the damsel is usually portrayed sympathetically, as a nice person.
For some reason, Jonathan Kellerman always makes his damsels seem no good, nasty, spoiled, selfish and weak. What has this fellow got against women, anyway? I really liked Kat, the party girl in the first chapter. Yet I knew right away that she only had three pages to live. And I knew she'd be depicted as a mindless tramp. Exactly what is Jonathan Kellerman's problem with women? Why can't he create victims people can like? Aug 31, Diane added it.
I had a hard time to read this book Mar 17, Joe Young rated it really liked it. Another Police procedural story that has Police consulting Psychologist Alex Delaware pairing with detective Milo Sturgis and try to find the body that was tied to a small patch of type O blood found on the leather upholstery of a Bentley that had been jacked from an upscale residence in Brentwood. Finally, a mother files a missing person complaint on her daughter.
Followup showed the missing girl frequently left for extended visits to exotic spots with little or no notice. When her residence wa Another Police procedural story that has Police consulting Psychologist Alex Delaware pairing with detective Milo Sturgis and try to find the body that was tied to a small patch of type O blood found on the leather upholstery of a Bentley that had been jacked from an upscale residence in Brentwood. When her residence was checked, there was no indication that she planned a trip and no clothing was missing but, on other trips, she bought swim gear at the beach that she had fled to so again, not much evidence to convince authorities of a missing person.
Milo is assigned to review a sixteen year old dead case the parents haven't given up hope of finding a body to bury. While reviewing evidence from the distant past, a call comes in about a fresh murder in a South Westwood neighborhood. The killer drove up in a new, black, S Mercedes, parked on the street leaving the car running and walked up to an elderly retired school teacher who had walked into her driveway to get her paper.
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He stabbed her to death then turned and walked back to his car and drove away ignoring a neighbor who was running to confront him until he noticed all the blood and the knife. The killer was a tall, heavyset, white haired man wearing dark baggy clothes and a blue plaid cap and walked stiffly, like old guys do according to the murder witness. Milo interviewed all contacts with the murdered people including the 16 year old dead case looking for any common threads.
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Nothing seemed to connect the murders until a convicted murderer in Texas confesses to several killings including one in Beverly Hills in what was believed to be a rouse to delay his execution. The story is a testament to the value of following leads to their ultimate conclusion. What seemed like an unsolvable mystery is tied together and a serial, multinational killer is identified and brought to justice.
Strange story with many convoluted twists that will appeal to those mystery lovers that like to try to solve the case before the book detectives can. I have to agree, not one of his BEST. Apr 09, Thom Swennes rated it liked it.
Over the Edge (Alex Delaware series, Book 3)
Life and love seems to move in inches and then suddenly it takes flight and travels in light years. This is the 22nd Alex Delaware novel and once again has this criminal psychologist worming his way into the mind of a killer. The story exposes many different facets. A young woman named Katrina Shonsky Kat accepts a ride with an old lady driving a Bentley and disappears.
Another old woman, Ella Mancusi Life and love seems to move in inches and then suddenly it takes flight and travels in light years. Another old woman, Ella Mancusi is stabbed to death by another senior citizen that calmly walks away and climbs into another luxury car. Are these crimes connected or just the result of an unfortunate coincidence? Add to this mix of currently unsolved crimes, a convicted prisoner in Texas is hoping for a reprieve from death row by confessing to a number of cold cases.
The gay detective with an attitude, Milo Sturgis, fits in and balances the character of Alex Delaware, creating a new and dynamic duo. The first comparison that comes to mind while reading this book and indeed the entire Alex Delaware series is with the character of Alex Cross by James Patterson.
Both characters are psychologists and loosely attached to law enforcement. I would, however, think a comparison between Alex Delaware and the Tess Gerritsen character Maura Isles would be more appropriate. This is a good story that is beautifully written and presented. I recommend it highly to every lover of mysteries.