Guilt

Guilt

An Alex Delaware Novel

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

Jonathan Kellerman's "psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix" ( Los Angeles Times ), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author's new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California's eternal sunshine.
 
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case--and draw out the disturbing truth.
 
Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation--all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface--a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
 
Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, "the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes" ( Forbes ), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman and Guilt
 
"A solid, poignant tale of violence against the innocent . . . cool, brisk and polished."-- The Washington Post
 
"Action-packed . . . Kellerman proves he can keep readers entertained and engrossed in a story that keeps them on the edge of their seats to the final page."--Wichita Falls Times Record News

"Certainly one of [Kellerman's] best offerings to date . . . Do not miss this one." -- Bookreporter
 
"Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."-- Los Angeles Times
 
"The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes."-- Forbes
 
"Jonathan Kellerman's novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit."-- Orlando Sentinel
 
"Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."-- Detroit Free Press
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780345505736
9780345505743
0345505743
Branch Call Number: KEL
Mystery K PBK
Characteristics: 378 pages ;,25 cm.

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An interesting plot but shallow characters. Nice twist with finding the first body but reads a bit like a fairy plodding to an inevitable happy ending. Not much of a contribution to his oeuvres but ok quick read

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Gary Geiserman
Aug 12, 2015

Well written as always. First half turned out to be plodding; so the second half was very engaging. Huh? Oh well, an accomplished author/etc has a lot to do these days of wine and capitalism. >>>> Lawsuit anyone?

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wilqser
Aug 19, 2013

Whodunit involving two buried infant bodies in unmarked graves and a runner who is found stabbed. Are the crimes related?
The story takes a detective and a psychologist to follow the clues, interview people to come to their conclusion. A little bit hard to read because of the Author's style of writing and so it took longer. Would have a hard time reading the author again.

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doylej
Aug 13, 2013

I've been disappointed lately by a lot of my go-to authors, so I was so happy to read such a solid entry in the Alex Delaware series. I was also pleasantly surprised that this one came with a twist at the end that took me by surprise. The writing was, as always, excellent; relationships and interplay between Alex, Milo, and Robin were perfect as well. Blanche was an unexpectedly great sidekick.

Also, some of the recent books in this series (or at least the ones I've read recently) have been on the gorier and creepier side. Despite its beginning, this one didn't end up being too much of either of those, which was refreshing. A definite recommend from me.

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cmb8
Jul 06, 2013

not his best-

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toby65
May 23, 2013

About average for this series. I continue to enjoy Kellerman's physical descriptions of clothing as much as his narrative.

btmslt Apr 13, 2013

An alright Delaware/Sturgis mystery. However, Kellerman's others are better.

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ghyslaine
Apr 02, 2013

A great book, lets you wondering constantly who dunnon it. I will definitely try and read from this author
again

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Daphne57
Apr 01, 2013

Absolutely marvelous, well defined players in a devastating tragedy.

debwalker Mar 26, 2013

Very interesting Brangelina-ish scenario...

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