Jonathan Kellerman Books In Order

Alex Delaware Books In Publication Order

  1. When the Bough Breaks (1985)
  2. Blood Test (1986)
  3. Over the Edge (1987)
  4. Silent Partner (1989)
  5. Time Bomb (1990)
  6. Private Eyes (1992)
  7. Devil’s Waltz (1993)
  8. Bad Love (1994)
  9. Self-Defense (1994)
  10. The Web (1995)
  11. The Clinic (1996)
  12. Survival of the Fittest (1997)
  13. Monster (1999)
  14. Dr. Death (2000)
  15. Flesh and Blood (2001)
  16. The Murder Book (2002)
  17. A Cold Heart (2003)
  18. Therapy (2004)
  19. Rage (2005)
  20. Gone (2006)
  21. Obsession (2007)
  22. Compulsion (2008)
  23. Bones (2008)
  24. Evidence (2009)
  25. Deception (2009)
  26. Mystery (2011)
  27. Victims (2012)
  28. Guilt (2013)
  29. Killer (2014)
  30. Motive (2015)
  31. Breakdown (2016)
  32. Heartbreak Hotel (2017)
  33. Night Moves (2018)
  34. The Wedding Guest (2019)
  35. The Museum of Desire (2020)
  36. Serpentine (2021)
  37. City of the Dead (2022)

Petra Connor Books In Publication Order

  1. Billy Straight (1998)
  2. Twisted (2004)

Detective Jacob Lev Books In Publication Order

  1. The Golem of Hollywood (2013)
  2. The Golem of Paris (2015)

Clay Edison Books In Publication Order

  1. Crime Scene (2017)
  2. A Measure of Darkness (2018)
  3. Half Moon Bay (2020)
  4. The Burning (2021)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Butcher’s Theater (1988)
  2. Double Homicide (1993)
  3. The Conspiracy Club (2003)
  4. Capital Crimes (2006)
  5. True Detectives (2009)
  6. The Murderer’s Daughter (2016)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. The Right Thing to Do (2015)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Daddy, Daddy, Can You Touch the Sky? (1994)

Alex Delaware Graphic Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Web (1996)
  2. Silent Partner (2012)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Helping the Fearful Child (1981)
  2. Savage Spawn (1999)
  3. The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 (2008)
  4. With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars (2008)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories (1996)
  2. The Best American Mystery Stories 1997 (1997)
  3. Diagnosis Dead (1999)

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Jonathan Kellerman Books Overview

When the Bough Breaks

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 apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven year old Melody Quinn. It’s psychologist 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, Delaware discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past. This connection is only the beginning, a single link in a forty year old conspiracy. And behind it lays an unspeakable evil that Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn. First in the series. ‘ Suspenseful, neatly spun, fascinating’ Philadelphia Daily News ‘Grab yourself a copy soon.’ Los Angeles Times

Blood Test

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. Now Alex and his friend, homocide detective Milo Sturgis, have no choice but to push the law to the breaking point. They’ve entered an amoral underworld where drugs, dreams, and sex are all for sale…
where fantasies are fulfilled at any price even at the cost of a young boy’s life. From the Paperback edition.

Over the Edge

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. And when he peers into a family’s troubled history and Jamey s brilliant, tormented mind, the psychologist puts himself at the heart of a high profile case. Because Alex knows that in a realm of money, loss, and madness, something terrible pushed Jamie Over the Edge or else someone is getting away with murder. From the Paperback edition.

Silent Partner

The bestselling author of When The Bough Breaks, Blood Test, and Over The Edge delivers the most stunning novel yet and featuring psychologist detective Dr. Alex Delaware. 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 he 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, and finally into the alleyways of the mind, where childhood terrors still hold sway. Also available on BDD Audio Cassette. From the Paperback edition.

Time Bomb

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 an Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn’t escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle. What was the identity behind the name and face: a would be assassin, or just another victim beneath an indifferent California sky? Intrigued by a request from the sniper’s father to conduct a ‘psychological autopsy’ of his child, Alex begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence, neglect, and loss. Then suddenly it is more than a pattern it is a trail of blood. In the dead sniper’s past was a dark and vicious plot. And in Alex Delaware’s future is the stuff of grown up nightmares: the face of real human evil. Also available on BDD Audio Cassette. From the Paperback edition.

Private Eyes

The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is eleven years since seven years 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 psychologist’s help once more. Only this time it looks like Melissa’s deepest childhood nightmare is really coming true…
Twenty years ago, Gina Dickinson, Melissa’s mother, suffered a grisly assault that left the budding actress irreparably scarred and emotionally crippled. Now her acid wielding assailant is out of prison and back in L.A. and Melissa is terrified that the monster has returned to hurt Gina again. But before Alex Delaware can even begin to soothe his former patient’s fears, Gina, a recluse for twenty, disappears. And now, unless Delaware turns crack detective to uncover the truth, Gina Dickinson will be just one more victim of a cold fury that has already spawned madness and murder. From the Paperback edition.

Devil’s Waltz

The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the terrifying disease that causes parents to induce illness in their own children. Now, in his most frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove that a child’s own mother or father is making her sick. 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. Then a physician at the hospital is brutally murdered. A shadowy death is revealed. And Alex and his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis have only hours to uncover the link between these shocking events and the fate of an innocent child.

Bad Love

It came in a plain brown wrapper, no return address an audiocassette recording of a horrifying, soul lacerating scream, followed by the sound of a childlike voice chanting: ‘Bad Love. Bad Love. Don’t give me the Bad Love
‘. For Alex Delaware the tape is the first intimation that he is about to enter a living nightmare. Others soon follow: disquieting laughter echoing over a phone line that suddenly goes dead, a chilling act of trespass and vandalism. He has become the target of a carefully orchestrated campaign of vague threats and intimidation rapidly building to a crescendo as harassment turns to terror, mischief to madness. With the help of his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, Alex uncovers a series of violent deaths that may follow a diabolical pattern. And if he fails to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker’s mind games, Alex will be the next to die. Taut, penetrating, terrifying, Bad Love is vintage Kellerman. Also available on BDD Audio Cassette.

Self-Defense

Dr. Alex Delaware doesn t see many private patients anymore, but the young woman called Lucy is an exception. So is her dream. Lucy Lowell is referred to Alex by Los Angeles police detective Milo Sturgis. A juror at the agonizing trial of a serial killer, Lucy survived the trauma only to be tormented by a recurring nightmare: a young child in the forest at night, watching a strange and furtive act. Now Lucy’s dream is starting to disrupt her waking life, and Alex is concerned. The power of the dream, its grip on Lucy s emotions, suggests to him that it may be more than a nightmare. It may be the repressed childhood memory of something very real. Something like murder. From the Paperback edition.

The Web

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, the author of ten successive New York Times bestsellers. 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 forty 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.

Once again, 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 page to last.

Also available on BDD Audio Cassette.

The Clinic

In the realm of psychological suspense, Jonathan Kellerman is without peer. Now, following an extraordinary eleven successive New York Times bestsellers, he has written an Alex Delaware novel to match his best about the murder of a celebrity author and the truth behind her public facade. She was found stabbed to death on a quiet, shady street in one of L.A.’s safest neighborhoods. For three months the police have found no clues to the murder of Hope Devane, psychology professor and controversial author of a pop psych bestseller, an angry indictment of men. Now Detective Milo Sturgis, newly assigned to the case, turns to his psychologist friend, Dr. Alex Delaware, looking for insights into Devane’s life. To both men the cold stalking of Hope Devane suggests calculation fueled by hate an execution. They discover why as they unlock, one by one, the very private compartments of her life: her marriage, her shadowy work for a Beverlym Hills clinic, the Conduct Committee she ran with an iron hand at the University, and her baffling link to another murder victim. But it is when Alex delves into her childhood that he begins to understand the formidable woman she was and the ties that entangled her life until the horrifying act of betrayal that ended it. Building to a white knuckle climax in which Alex sets a trap for a killer, The Clinic is brilliantly plotted suspense as wrenchingly disturbing as today’s headlines.

Survival of the Fittest

In this latest thriller by New York Times bestselling Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware confronts an almost unimaginably cruel, arrogant, and obsessed killer who takes as much pleasure in matching wits with the police as in robbing human life all in the name of science. The slightly retarded fifteen year old daughter of a diplomat dies on a school field trip forced or lured into a deserted corner of the Santa Monica mountains and killed in cold blood. Her father adamantly denies the possibility of a political motive, which leaves LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his longtime friend psychologist Alex Delaware to pose the question: Why?The victim’s father is so intent on controlling the investigation that Alex and Milo start to wonder if he wants to bring out the truth or make sure it stays buried. Then there is another killing, and within days Alex finds himself ensnared in one of the darkest, most menacing cases of his career. Driven to find answers, he and Milo will work closely with Inspector Daniel Sharavi, the brilliant Israeli police detective introduced in Jonathan Kellerman’s The Butcher’s Theater also available from BDD Audio and performed by Ben Kingsley. In the end, though, it is Alex who will go undercover, alone, to expose the smug brutality of a murderous conspiracy and a terrifying contempt for human life. In Jonathan Kellerman draws one of the most chilling, frighteningly realistic portraits of evil you will ever experience. John Rubinstein’s film credits include Another Stakeout and The Boys from Brazil, and he has appeared on television in such shows as Crazy Like a Fox and Family. An accomplished stage actor, he won both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk award for his role on Broadway in Children of a Lesser God. He has also performed the Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio editions of all of Jonathan Kellerman’s previous Alex Delaware novels.

Monster

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.

A marginal actor is found dead in a car trunk, sawn in half. Months later, a psychologist at a hospital for the criminally insane is discovered murdered and mutilated in a tantalizingly similar way. When reports of an inmate’s incoherent ramblings begin to make frightening sense as predictions of yet more slayings, Delaware and Sturgis are drawn into a web of family secrets, vengeance, and manipulation both inside the asylum and on the streets of L.A., where death, drugs, and sex are marketed as commodities. The climactic discovery they make as they race to prevent more killings gives fresh and terrifying meaning to the concept of monstrosity.

With Monster‘s incomparably deft characterizations and dazzlingly dark plot twists, Jonathan Kellerman further enhances his literary position as master of the psychological thriller.

From the Hardcover edition.

Dr. Death

Who killed the killer? In his brilliant and startling new novel, Jonathan Kellerman, perennial bestselling author and premier proprietor of the psychological thriller, gives a sharp and timely twist to homicide’s central question.

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. But working this case raises a conflict of interest for Alex so profound that he can’t even discuss it with Milo. The tension that develops between cop and psychologist further complicates an already baffling and complex murder investigation one whose suspects include the families of Dr. Mate’s ‘travelers,’ Mate’s own son, and a psychopathic killer who relishes the geometry of death.

Dr. Death is a rich brew of unforgettable characters, labyrinthine plotting, page turning prose, and the unique insights into the darkest corners of the human mind that have earned Jonathan Kellerman international accolades as the master of psychological suspense.

From the Hardcover edition.

Flesh and Blood

Read by John Rubinstein4 cassettes/6 hoursPerennial bestseller and acknowledged master of the psychological thriller, Jonathan Kellerman has created his most riveting and memorable work to date in the Alex Delaware novel about a troubled and elusive young woman whose brutal murder forces the brilliant psychologist detective to confront his own fallibility. Lauren Teague is a beautiful, defiant, borderline delinquent teenager when her parents bring her to Alex Delaware’s office. But for all Alex’s skill and effort, Lauren resists angrily, provocatively. Reluctantly, the psychologist chalks Lauren up as one of the inevitable failures of a challenging profession. But years later, when Alex encounters Lauren as a stag party’s featured entertainment, both doctor and patient are sticken with shame. And the ultimate horror takes place when, soon after, Lauren’s brutalized corpse is found dumped in an alley. Alex disregards the advice of his trusted friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, and jeopardizes his relationship with longtime lover, Robin Castagna, in order to pursue Lauren’s murderer. As he investigates his young patient’s troubled past, Alex enters the shadowy worlds of fringe psychological experimentation and the sex industry, and then into mortal danger when lust and big money collide in Southern California. Jonathan Kellerman’s L.A. is evil, seductive, erotic, and unforgiving, and Flesh and Blood is mind opening in its drama of a driven man’s personal quest, breathtaking in its ingenious plot, filled with unforgettable characters, and topped off by a terrifying climax. This is suspense fiction at its finest.

The Murder Book

In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller. Now in Kellerman’s most compelling and powerful 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.

The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images: a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp.

This was one of Milo s first cases as a rookie homicide cop: a vicious killing that he failed to solve, because just as he and his training partner began to make headway, the department closed them down. Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo. But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth, and over the years he managed to forget. Or so he thought.

Now, two decades later, someone has chosen to stir up the past. As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago, their every move is followed and their lives are placed in jeopardy. The relentless investigation reaches deep into L.A. s nerve-centers of power and wealth past and present. While peeling back layer after layer of ugly secrets, they discover that the murder of one forgotten girl has chilling ramifications that extend far beyond the tragic loss of a single life.

A classic story of good and evil, sacrifice and sin, The Murder Book is a gripping page-turner that illuminates the darkest corridors of the human mind. It is a stunning tour de force.

From the Hardcover edition.

A Cold Heart

Jonathan Kellerman is a master at creating psychologically nuanced novels of suspense an author whose name is synonymous with unrelenting action, intriguing plot twists, and penetrating insight into the criminal mind. Now he ventures into bold, new territory with his biggest and best novel yet. A Cold Heart features Kellerman’s brilliant signature style but in this tour de force he mines even deeper the emotional landscape of his characters: psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, Milo s colleague Petra Connor, and Alex s ex lover, Robin Castagna bringing them all vividly to life as never before. I ve got a weird one, so naturally I thought of you, says Milo Sturgis, summoning his friend Alex to the trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. What makes it a weird one is the lack of any obvious motive, and the luridly careful staging of the murder scene which immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion…
but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer. Delaware s suspicion is borne out when he compares notes with Milo s associate, Petra Connor, and her new partner, a strange, taciturn detective with a past of his own named Eric Stahl. The Hollywood cops are investigating the vicious death of Baby Boy Lee, a noted blues guitarist, fatally stabbed after a late night set at a local club. What links Baby Boy s murder with that of painter Juliet Kipper is the shadowy presence of an abrasive fanzine writer. This alias shrouded critic s love the art/disdain the artist philosophy and his morbid fascination with the murders leads Alex and the detectives to suspect they re facing a new breed of celebrity stalker: one with a fetish for snuffing out rising stars. Tracking down the killer proves to be maddening, with the twisting trail leading from halfway houses to palatial mansions and from a college campus to the last place Alex ever expected: the doorstep of his ex lover Robin Castagna, whose business association with two of the victims casts her as an unavoidable player in the unfolding case. As more and more killings are discovered, unraveling the maddening puzzle assumes a chilling new importance stopping a vicious psychopath who s made cold blood murder his chosen art form. From the Hardcover edition.

Therapy

Jonathan Kellerman has made the psychological thriller his own gripping province with his bestselling series of Alex Delaware novels. Now, Delaware’s new adventure leads the sleuthing psychologist on a harrowing exploration into the realm he knows best: the human psyche, in all its complexity, mystery, and terrifying propensity for darkness. 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. The female victim has also been impaled by a metal spike. And that savage stroke of psychopathic fury tells Milo this case will call for more than standard police procedure. As he explains to Delaware, Now we re veering into your territory. It is dark territory, indeed. The dead woman remains unidentified and seemingly unknown to everyone. But her companion has a name: Gavin Quick and his troubled past eventually landed him on a therapist s couch. It s there, on familiar turf, that Delaware hopes to find vital clues. And that means going head to head with Dr. Mary Lou Koppel, a popular celebrity psychologist who fiercely guards the privacy of her clients…
dead or alive. But when there s another gruesomely familiar murder, Delaware surmises that his investigation has struck a nerve. As he trolls the twisted wreckage of Quick s tormented last days, what he finds isn t madness, but the cold blooded method behind it. And as he follows a chain of greed, corruption, and betrayal snaking hideously through the profession he thought he knew, he ll discover territory where even he never dreamed of treading. As provocative as it is suspenseful, Therapy is premier Kellerman that finds the award winning author firing on all creative cylinders and carrying readers on an electrifying ride to a place only he can take them, for an experience they won t soon forget. From the Hardcover edition.

Rage

In a host of consecutive bestsellers, Jonathan Kellerman has kept readers spellbound with the intense, psychologically acute adventures of Dr. Alex Delaware and with excursions through the raw underside of L.A. and the coldest alleys of the criminal mind. Rage offers a powerful new case in point, as Delaware and LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis revisit a horrifying crime from the past that has taken on shocking and deadly new dimensions. Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they kidnapped and murdered a younger child. Troy, a remorseless sociopath, died violently behind bars. But the hulking, slow witted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age twenty one, he’s emerged a haunted, rootless young man with a pressing need: to talk once again with psychologist Alex Delaware. But the young killer comes to a brutal end, that conversation never takes place. Has karma caught up with Rand? Or has someone waited for eight patient years to dine on ice cold revenge? Both seem strong possibilities to Sturgis, but Delaware s suspicions run deeper…
and darker. Because fear in the voice of the grownup Rand Duchay and his eerie final words to Alex: I m not a bad person betray untold secrets. Buried revelations so horrendous, and so damning, they re worth killing for. As Delaware and Sturgis retrace their steps through a grisly murder case that devastated a community, they discover a chilling legacy of madness, suicide, and multiple killings left in its wake and even uglier truths waiting to be unearthed. And the nearer they come to understanding an unspeakable crime, the more harrowingly close they get to unmasking a monster hiding in plain sight. Rage finds Jonathan Kellerman in phenomenal form orchestrating a relentlessly suspenseful, devilishly unpredictable plot to a finale as stunning and thought provoking as it is satisfying. From the Hardcover edition.

Gone

No one conducts a more chilling, suspenseful, thoroughly engrossing tour through the winding corridors of criminal behavior and the secret chambers of psychopathology than Jonathan Kellerman, the bestselling master of the psychological thriller People. Now the incomparable team of psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis embark on their most dangerous excursion yet, into the dark places where risk runs high and blood runs cold.

It’s a story tailor made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor.

The details of the nightmarish event are shocking and brutal: The couple was carjacked at gunpoint by a masked assailant and subjected to a horrific regimen of confinement, starvation and assault.

But before long, doubts arise about the couple s story, and as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax. Charged as criminals themselves, the aspiring actors claim emotional problems, and the court orders psychological evaluation for both.

Michaela is examined by Alex Delaware, who finds that her claims of depression and stress ring true enough. But they don t explain her lies, and Alex is certain that there are hidden layers in this sordid psychodrama that even he hasn t been able to penetrate.

Nevertheless, the case is closed only to be violently reopened when Michaela is savagely murdered. When the police look for Dylan, they find that he s gone. Is he the killer or a victim himself? Casting their dragnet into the murkiest corners of L.A., Delaware and Sturgis unearth more questions than answers including a host of eerily identical killings. What really happened to the couple who cried wolf? And what bizarre and brutal epidemic is infecting the city with terror, madness, and sudden, twisted death?

From the Hardcover edition.

Obsession

With scores of millions of books in print, translation into two dozen languages, and one of the most popular heroes in contemporary fiction to his name, 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman is the unequivocal master of the psychological thriller People. In his newest novel Kellerman delivers a tour de force poignant, dark, and chilling that illuminates a shadowy world where impulse rules. Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive compulsive symptoms. Now, at nineteen, she still seems older than her years but her problems go beyond hyper maturity. Patty Bigelow, Tanya’s aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delaware s help. The doctor recalls Patty as a selfless E.R. nurse struggling to raise a child on her own a woman seemingly incapable of the terrible thing she has admitted. But for Tanya s peace of mind, Delaware agrees to investigate, and he enlists LAPD detective Milo Sturgis in the search for the phantom victim of a crime that may never have occurred. Armed with only the vaguest details, psychologist and cop follow a trail twisting from L.A. s sleaziest low rent districts to its overblown mansions, retracing Patty and Tanya s nomadic and increasingly puzzling life to the doorsteps of a sullen heroin addict; a randy real estate broker; and a brilliant, enigmatic physics student. Suddenly a very real murder tears open a terrifying tunnel into the past, where secrets and bodies are buried. As the tension mounts, Delaware and Sturgis uncover a tangled history of desperation, vengeance, and death a legacy of evil that refuses to die. Dramatic, action packed, and filled with the psychological detail that only Jonathan Kellerman can provide, Obsession is a whodunit, a whydunit and something unique: a did it even happen? This is Kellerman at his heart racing best. From the Hardcover edition.

Compulsion

Once again, the depths of the criminal mind and the darkest side of a glittering city fuel 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s brilliant storytelling. And no one conducts a more harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr. Alex Delaware.

A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night. A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small town beauty parlor. These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer s use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware.

What begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well heeled center of L.A. society to its desperate edges; across the paths of commodities brokers and transvestite hookers; and as far away as New York City, where the search thaws out a long cold case and exposes a grotesque homicidal crusade. The killer proves to be a fleeting shape shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness.

Bones

When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as master of the psychological thriller People. Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece. The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something real dead…
buried in your marsh. The eco volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it’s a prank, but when a young woman s body turns up in L.A. s Bird Marsh preserve no one s laughing. And when the Bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city s under siege to an insidious killer. Milo s first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware. The murdered women are prostitutes except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh s grim tableau. Conveniently perhaps ominously Selena s blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate s jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo s instincts and Alex s insight are too well honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man s past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike plunging even deeper into the murky marsh s enigmatic depths. Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A. s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don t come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes. Bones is classic Kellerman relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering. From the Hardcover edition.

Evidence

1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman writes unforgettable tales of crime and detection that expose the shadowy side of glittering Los Angeles. And in Evidence, readers are once again in the dexterous grip of a master storyteller and stylist equally skilled at teasing your brain and taking your breath away.

In the half built skeleton of a monstrously vulgar mansion in one of L.A.’s toniest neighborhoods, a watchman stumbles on the bodies of a young couple murdered in flagrante and left in a gruesome postmortem embrace. Though he s cracked some of the city s worst slayings, veteran homicide cop Milo Sturgis is still shocked at the grisly sight: a twisted crime that only Milo s killer instincts and psychologist Alex Delaware s keen insights can hope to solve.

While the female victim s identity remains a question mark, her companion is ID d as eco friendly architect Desmond Backer, who disdains the sort of grandiose superstructure he s found dead in. And the late Mr. Backer, it s revealed was also notorious for his power to seduce women.

The rare exception is his ex boss, Helga Gemein, who s as indifferent to Desmond s death as she apparently was to his advances. Though Milo and Alex place her on their short list of suspects, the deeper they dig for clues the longer the list grows. An elusive prince who appears to harbor decidedly American appetites, an eccentric blueblood with an ax to grind, one of Desmond s restless ex lovers and her cuckolded husband all are in the homicidal mix spiced with eco terrorism, arson, blackmail, conspiracy, and a vendetta that runs deep. But when the investigation veers suddenly in a startling direction, it s the investigators who may wind up on the wrong end of a cornered predator s final fury.

From the Hardcover edition.

Deception

Masterly storytelling and expert insight into the darkest of human compulsions make 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels as compelling as they are addictive. And just when you think he has taken his spellbinding tales of mystery and psychological suspense to the limit, with Deception he takes a bold leap into terrifying and uncharted new territory. Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help to whoever may be listening comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year and a half long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A. s most prestigious prep schools. With Elise now dead by uncertain means, homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy. And if ever he could use Dr. Alex Delaware s psychological prowess, it s now. From the get go, this case promises to be an uphill climb for truth and a down and dirty fight for justice. Allegations of rape, assault, and possibly murder at this esteemed institution renowned for molding Ivy Leaguers make for a social and political time bomb especially given that one of the students has connections high up in City Hall. As the scandal conscious elite of L.A. close ranks around Windsor Prep, Alex and Milo must penetrate the citadel of wealth and scholarship to expose the hidden anguish, dirty secrets, and deadly sins festering among society s manor born. But power and position are not easily surrendered, for that s when the best and the brightest turn brutal and ugly. Searching for predators among the privileged, Alex and Milo may well be walking into a highly polished death trap. From the Hardcover edition.

Mystery

Few know the city of Los Angeles the way 1 bestselling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L.A. noir and vintage Kellerman. The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitu s for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman alone and enigmatic among the revelers waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex can t help wondering what her story is, and whether she s connected to the silent, black suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel. Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last. But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life. And even when a tipster s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo s best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal. From the Hardcover edition.

Victims

Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction s 1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims Kellerman at his razor sharp, harrowing finest. Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid tongued Vita Berlin hadn t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment turned charnel house prompts hard bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion…
yet with no apparent connection among the Victims. And the only clue left behind a blank page bearing a question mark seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges. Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate Victims. Meanwhile, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. This one was different, Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end. From the Hardcover edition.

Billy Straight

Read bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman in Large Print About Random House Large Print EditionsAll Random House Large Print Editions are published in a 16 point typefaceIn this riveting, astute, high tension thriller, the creator of psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware weaves a Dickensian tale of innocence, urban depravity, and the resilience of the human spirit, and brings to the page one of the most endearing and finely drawn characters in contemporary fiction. Twelve year old Billy Straight precocious, heartbreakingly perceptive, relentlessly moral has fled the chaos and abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on L.A.’s meanest streets. All alone, Billy has fashioned a precarious existence for himself, using principled tricks to nourish his body and his mind. Late one night he watches from his hiding place as a man viciously butchers a woman. The victim turns out to be the ex wife of a television celebrity with a history of domestic violence, and Billy becomes the center of terrifying attention from the media, from violent bounty hunters, and from the murderer himself. As he runs for his life, relying on his native wit and instincts for survival, Billy is also tracked by a potential savior: Petra Connor, a tough, gifted, beautiful LAPD homicide detective with a past of her own. Breathtakingly paced,Billy Straight brings to life one street kid’s efforts to survive in the face of unspeakable evil. Richly layered, emotionally compelling, and peopled by a vivid cast of supporting characters including Alex Delaware himself in a strong cameo role this gripping novel represents one of the century’s great story tellers at the top of his form.

Twisted

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past. And in Jonathan Kellerman’s New York Times bestseller Billy Straight she took the lead in the desperate hunt for a teenage runaway stalked by a vengeful murderer. Now the complex and wryly compassionate Petra is once again at the center of the action, in a novel of cunning twists and page turning suspense. Lifeless bodies sprawl in a dance club parking lot after a brutal L.A. drive by. Of the four seemingly random victims, one stands out: a girl with pink shoes who cannot be identified and who, days later, remains a Jane Doe. With zero leads and no apparent motive, it s another case destined for the cold file until Petra decides to follow her instincts and descends into a world of traveling grifters and bloodthirsty killers, pursuing a possible eyewitness whose life is in mortal danger. Finding her elusive quarry alive isn t all Petra has on her plate: departmental politics threatens to sabotage her case, and her personal life isn t doing much better. If all that wasn t enough, Isaac Gomez, a whiz kid grad student researching homicide statistics at the station house, is convinced he s stumbled upon a bizarre connection between several unsolved murders. The victims had nothing in common, yet each died by the same method, on the same date a date that s rapidly approaching again. And that leaves Petra with little time to unravel the Twisted logic of a cunning predator who s evaded detection for years and whose terrible hour is once more at hand. Why is it so hard to put down a Kellerman thriller? asks Publishers Weekly. It s simple: the nonstop action leaves you breathless; the plot twists keep you guessing; the themes…
are provocative. Those in need of still further proof that Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form Los Angeles Times Book Review need look no further than Twisted. From the Hardcover edition.

The Butcher’s Theater

They call the ancient hills of Jerusalem The Butcher’s Theater. Here, upon this bloodstained stage, a faceless killer performs his violent specialty: The first to die brutally is a fifteen year old girl. She is drained of blood, then carefully bathed and shrouded in white. Precisely one week later, a second victim is found. From the sacred Wailing Wall to the monasteries where dark secrets are cloistered, from black clad bedouin enclaves to labyrinthine midnight alleys, veteran police inspector Daniel Sharavi and his crack team plunge deep into a city simmering with religious and political passions to hunt for a murderer whos insatiable taste for young women could destroy the delicate balance on which Jerusalem’s very survival depends. A brilliant novel by a master of the genre, a vivid look at the tortured complexities of a psychopath’s mind, a rich evocation of a city steeped in history this, and more, is The Butcher’s Theater.

Double Homicide

Two short novels by a couple who’ve each gone it alone very successfully in their previous literary efforts make for a double treat for fans of both authors Faye, whose mysteries feature a similarly uxorious couple in Rina and Peter Decker, and Jonathan, whose Alex Delaware novels starring a thoughtful child psychologist who’s luckier in crime busting than in love are even more popular. Not as satisfying as each author’s full length efforts, Double Homicide nonetheless offers a tasty side dish for their fans, and their protagonists venturebeyond Los Angeles to tread new geographical territory, too. In Boston, a popular college athlete is slain in a busy nightclub, but what seems like an open and shut case turns out to hinge on forensic evidence that points to a very different conclusion. Detectives Michael McCain and Doris Breton unravel the mystery in Beantown, while two other new characters, Darryl Two Moons and his partner Steve Katz, discover that gallery owner Larry Olafson’s brutal slaying has repercussions that resonate far beyond Santa Fe’s trendy Canyon Road. Neither of these novellas makes the most of either author’s gifts at character development, which lend themselves to a longer format, but that won’t stop their dedicated readers from snapping them up and savoring them until the Deckers or Dr. Delaware turn up in their next adventures. Jane Adams

The Conspiracy Club

Over the course of twenty acclaimed novels of suspense, most recently The Murder Book and A Cold Heart, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman has pitted psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware against adversaries as disturbed and dangerous as Delaware is clever and compassionate. Now in Kellerman’s gripping new novel, a different hero will hold the reader spellbound: a dedicated young psychologist, unschooled in the ways of violent crime and incalculable evil until his life is irreversibly touched by both…
and he is thrust into a chilling hunt for a twenty first century Jack the Ripper. When his brief, passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, Dr. Jeremy Carrier is left emotionally devastated, haunted by his lover s grisly demise and warily eyed by police still seeking a prime suspect in the unsolved slaying. To escape the pain, he buries himself in his work as staff psychologist at City Central Hospital only to be drawn deeper into a waking nightmare when more women turn up murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn Banks…
and the suspicion surrounding Jeremy intensifies. Now, the only way to prove his innocence and put his torment to rest is to follow the trail of a cunning psychopath. Spurring on Jeremy s investigation is Dr. Arthur Chess, an enigmatic pathologist who specializes in examining the dead, but harbors a keen fascination with the darker deeds committed by the living. Arthurdraws Jeremy into an unexpected friendship, and into the confidence of a cryptic society devoted to matters unknown and unspoken. When he suddenly slips away, Jeremy is left to contend with an onslaught of anonymous clues and the growing realization that a harrowing game of cat and mouse has been set in motion. But who besides Jeremy is playing and who is making the rules? Before the killer strikes again, Jeremy races to connect the disturbing puzzle pieces being fed to him. Yet his search for answers only seems to yield more questions. And deepening the mystery is the undeniable presence of someone watching it all and guiding Jeremy s investigation from behind the scenes. As the game intensifies, Jeremy must decide if a secret ally is setting him on the right path…
or a sadistic enemy is setting him up for a fate far beyond even the most twisted imagination. From the Hardcover edition.

Capital Crimes

Internationally bestselling novelists each in their own right, husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman team up for a powerful one two punch with Capital Crimes, a gripping pair of original crime thrillers set in two cities rich in atmosphere, and featuring appearances by the authors signature heroes: LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker and psychologist sleuth Dr. Alex Delaware. MY SISTER S KEEPER: BERKELEYProgressive state representative Davida Grayson fits in well with her Berkeley constituents. But some of Davida’s views have made her unpopular elsewhere. Davida s foes are numerous: politicians on the other side of the aisle, racist hatemongers, even dissenters in her own party. Still, no one suspects that any buttons Davida might push could evoke deadly force. But now Davida lies brutally murdered in her office, and Berkeley homicide detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Isis must unravel Davida s complex, surprising life in order to find her killer. As they dig deeper, Will and Amanda realize that the real Davida Grayson was someone the public never knew. The investigation draws the detectives into a labyrinth of hidden sexuality, dark secrets, betrayal, and bloody vengeance that leads tortuously into madness. With time short and the suspect list long, Barnes and Isis must find the answers before the killer pulls off a repeat performance. MUSIC CITY BREAKDOWN: NASHVILLEBaker Southerby, the son of musicians, was a child prodigy performer. But something Baker won t talk about leads him to quit the honky tonk circuit, become a Nashville cop, and never look back. His partner, Lamar Van Gundy, is a would be studio bassist from up North who never quite made the cut in Music City, so instead earned himself a detective s badge. Now both men are members of Nashville PD s elite Murder Squad, with a solid record for solves. But when they catch a homicide that s high profile even for a city where musical celebrity is routine, their skills are tested: Jack Jeffries, a rock legend who cast aside personal demons and emerged from retirement to perform at a charity benefit, has been discovered in a ditch near the Cumberland River, his throat slashed. It s a whodunit as heartbreaking as it is baffling. Southerby and Van Gundy understand the rhythms of the music biz as intimately as the streets they work and know that both have their dark sides. What the detectives don t realize is just how high the price of success can be. Long before the last notes of Jack Jeffries s final song have faded, Southerby and Van Gundy will learn about the dangers of concealing a hidden past…
the hard way. Capital Crimes is page turning, psychologically resonant suspense just what we ve come to expect from two of the world s most successful crime writers.

True Detectives

In Jonathan Kellerman’s gripping novels, the city of Los Angeles is as much a living, breathing character as the heroes and villains who roam its labyrinthine streets. Sunny on the surface but shadowy beneath, this world of privilege and pleasure has a dark core and a dangerous edge. In True Detectives, Kellerman skillfully brings his renowned gifts for breathless suspense and sharp psychological insight to a tale that resonates on every level and satisfies at every turn.

Bound by blood but divided by troubles as old as Cain and Abel, Moses Reed and Aaron Fox were first introduced in Kellerman s bestselling Bones. They are sons of the same strong willed mother, and their respective fathers were cops, partners, and friends. Their turbulent family history has set them at odds, despite their shared calling. Moses part Boy Scout, part bulldog, man of few words is a no frills LAPD detective. Aaron, sharp dresser and smooth operator, is an ex cop turned high end private eye. Usually they go their separate ways. But the disappearance of Caitlin Frostig isn t usual. For Moses, it s an ice cold mystery he just can t outrun, even with the help of psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis. For Aaron, it s a billable hours bonanza from his most lucrative client. Like it or not, Moses and Aaron are in this one together and the rivalry that rules them won t let either man quit till the case is cracked.

A straight arrow, straight A student from Malibu, Caitlin has only two men in her life: her sullen single father and her wholesome college sweetheart, who even the battling brothers agree seems too downright upright to be true. Reluctantly tag teaming in a desperate search for fresh leads, Moses and Aaron zero in on Caitlin s white knight as their primary person of interest, hoping that, like most people in L.A., he has a secret side.

But they uncover more than just a secret as they descend into the sinister, seamy side of the City of Angels after dark, populated by a Hollywood Babylon cast of the glamorous and the damned: a millionaire movie director turned hatemongering eccentric; a desperate Beverly Hills housewife looking for an exit from the fast lane; a heartthrob actor being eaten alive by personal demons; a hooker who s probably seen it all…
and might just know too much. And at the center, a dead young woman whose downward spiral and brutal end loom over Moses and Aaron like an omen of what may come to be if the dark end of the street claims another lost soul.

From the Hardcover edition.

Daddy, Daddy, Can You Touch the Sky?

A distinguished child psychologist and novelist presents a collection of delightful illustrated poems for both parents and children designed to spark the imagination as they treat issues such as conformity and other childhood concerns.

The Web

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, the author of ten successive New York Times bestsellers. 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 forty 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.

Once again, 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 page to last.

Also available on BDD Audio Cassette.

Silent Partner

The bestselling author of When The Bough Breaks, Blood Test, and Over The Edge delivers the most stunning novel yet and featuring psychologist detective Dr. Alex Delaware. 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 he 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, and finally into the alleyways of the mind, where childhood terrors still hold sway. Also available on BDD Audio Cassette. From the Paperback edition.

Savage Spawn

‘Ethically and morally, kids are works in progress. Throw in psychopathy and you’ve got a soul that will never be complete.’ In this powerful, disturbing book, bestselling author and noted child psychologist Jonathan Kellerman shines a penetrating light on antisocial youth kids who kill without remorse asserting that ‘psychopathic tendencies begin very early in life, as young as three, and they endure.’ Criticizing our quick impulse to blame violent movies or a ‘morally bankrupt’ society, Kellerman convinces us that it is the kids themselves who need to be examined. Carefully. How do children become cold blooded killers? Kellerman warns that today’s aggressive bully is tomorrow’s Mafia don, cult leader, or genocidal dictator. Violently psychopathic youths possess an overriding need for power, control, and stimulation, and all display a complete lack of regard for the humanity of others. He examines the origins of psychopathy and the ever shifting debate between nurture and nature, offering some controversial solutions to dealing with homicidal tendencies in children. As timely as today’s headlines, more gripping than fiction, Savage Spawn is a provocative look at the links between society and biology, children and violence. Kellerman’s sobering message will remain with you long after the last page is turned.

The Best American Crime Reporting 2008

Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators it’s a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year’s best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 brings together the murderers and the master minds, the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling author of more than twenty crime novels, most recently Compulsion and the forthcoming Bones.

With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars

For thirty five years, bestselling author and accomplished musician Jonathan Kellerman has been, as he puts it in his Introduction to this lavishly illustrated, endlessly fascinating volume, chasing fabulous sound. The result of that quest is a world class collection of guitars, mandolins, and other stringed instruments that number more than 120…
and counting. Kellerman takes us on a fascinating guided tour through his collection, complete with rich personal histories of his favorite instruments and of the brilliant, often eccentric craftsmen and musicians who brought them to life. It is a record of one man’s lifelong love affair with the guitar…
and it is much, much more. Whether writing about household names such as Fender, Gibson, Martin, and Dobro or about marques revered by aficionados D Angelico, Hauser, Stromberg, and Torres Kellerman brings to bear the same sure storytelling instincts and keen attention to detail that characterize his bestselling fiction, making each entry a sparkling mini essay as much to be savored as the sensual photographs that follow. Your fingers won t be walking through With Strings Attached. They ll be strumming. Picking. Stroking. And dancing.

Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories

This anthology features 13 mystery stories written by well known mystery authors collaborating with their children and grandchildren. Each story features a short personal introduction by the adult and child writing team on what it was like to collaborate on their included story. Contributors include Scott Turow, Sharyn McCrumb, Stuart Kaminsky, Jonathan Kellerman, Elizabeth Engstrom, and many others.

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