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Guilt (Alex Delaware #28)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  10,046 Ratings  ·  834 Reviews
In an upscale L.A. neighborhood, a backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. 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 g ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published 2013)
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Denise Price I have read numerous Kellerman novels. I like to read them somewhat chronologically just for continuity's sake, but they are essentially, as someone…moreI have read numerous Kellerman novels. I like to read them somewhat chronologically just for continuity's sake, but they are essentially, as someone has already said, standalone, and so far, every one has been a fantastic (and well written) read.(less)

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James Thane
I've been a fan of this series from the very beginning and thought that the early entries were really very good. I have mixed emotions about the later books in the series, some of which are still pretty good and others of which just don't work very well for me. The 28th, Guilt, falls into the latter category.

The story opens with the discovery of a child's skeleton that was buried in a strong box beneath a tree in a wealthy L.A. neighborhood. When the tree goes over in a storm, the box is unearth
Steven Belanger
Mar 16, 2013 Steven Belanger rated it really liked it
Guilt is Kellerman's best book in quite some time. I'd long given up on the author and on the series; things had just gotten too graphic, too gross, too judgmental. In short, Kellerman had gotten lazy, and his prose spoke of too much self-opinion and attitude and not enough mystery and characterization--you know, the reasons you read series like this to begin with.

Finally, he returns here with a book that is more mystery than attitude, more puzzle and who-dun-it than gross-outs and psychos who c
Apr 05, 2013 Suerum rated it liked it
As usual with an Alex Delaware novel, I found myself reading this book at every possible opportunity including traffic light stops! The mystery and the buildup to the solution were all very engaging but the payoff was more anticlimactic and not as satisfying a conclusion as I had hoped for. Additionally, I was puzzled by the motivation and possible involvement of one of the more vital characters with regard to the murders which occurred in the book. I wasn't sure if Kellerman was leaving an inte ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Feb 12, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it liked it
Guilt is the 28th (!) entry in Jonathan Kellerman's long running Dr. Alex Delaware series. I've been following this series for many years, but the last few books have fallen short for me. But, old habits are hard to break, so I was willing to see what was in store with this latest offering.

Alex is a psychologist who consults with the LAPD - specifically with Homicide Detective Milo Sturgis. "Most homicides are mundane and on the way to clearance within a day or two. Milo sometimes calls me
Real Dead Review
Jan 09, 2013 Real Dead Review rated it it was ok
First I have to admit to having not read any of the other books in the series so this may affect the rating.

However, I found this novel to be boring. It took my twice as long to get through the book as it normally takes me. I didn't find any of characters compelling and in fact the lead character seem quite "blah". I think the plot was a good idea but the pacing was so bad that I found myself just wanting to get through the book.

I'm not sure if this series is going the way m any long series go w
May 03, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
This is the strongest entry of the series that I've read in a while with a mystery that requires both Milo's police skills and Alex's psychological expertise. The gore is mostly off stage but the impact on people is front and center. The story and plot develop organically; we watch as clues are discovered and meaning is hashed over. Developments are earned, not granted by an overseeing "detective god".

I have been reading this series for many years now and it's pleasantly surprising to find that
Sue Em
Mar 28, 2013 Sue Em rated it it was amazing
This was definitely one his better books in the past couple of years and less predictable and graphic. The depth of his characters combined his grasp of what motivates them makes all of his books worth reading.
Aug 02, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it
When has an Alex Delaware novel ever let me down?

That was a trick question; the answer is never.
Apr 07, 2013 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Excellent addition to the Alex Delaware series. Alex has become the central character again, starting with being called to assist with a pregnant woman's discovery a dead baby buried decades ago in her recently purchased backyard. Shortly thereafter, another baby and a woman are discovered in different spots in a nearby park in the ritzy neighborhood. Unclear whether or not the two are related because only the baby's bones are found while the woman was shot execution style, Alex begins his obses ...more
Kelly Hager
Mar 01, 2013 Kelly Hager rated it liked it
This is the 28th book in Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series and the first one I've read. There are a lot of series that you can join in progress and be able to follow everything perfectly. This is not one of them. It didn't really interfere with my enjoyment of the series, but there were more than a few references to previous books and I think I would've appreciated this book more if I had read the other 27 books.

Still, you CAN start the series here, and it was definitely an enjoyable boo
Brandon Collinsworth
Ok, for starters I have to say I have been a fan of this series for many years now and religious read each and every Alex Delaware book that comes out.

Here is the thing about an Alex Delaware book, it is similar to watching an episode of CSI or Law and Order, you are very entertained while you are engaged in it, after it is over though it leaves no lasting impression on you. If you asked me to give you the plots of four Alex Delaware books I don't think I could do it, and this one is no differe
Lilac Wolf
Feb 18, 2013 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing
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Let's's the 28th novel in the Alex Delaware series. I think it rocks, honestly. The main characters are Alex Delaware (duh) and Milo Sturgis, Milo is the detective that Alex helps out on occasion (in every single book - *giggle*). There was much more tension between Alex and Milo in this book. In the last novel Alex had saved Milo's life, add to that all the extra footwork Alex put into this one that the captain noticed and commented on while criticizing Milo.

Jan 05, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Uncorrected ARC/Fiction: Book 28 of Alex Delaware series. In the past, I have always listened to Kellerman novels, via John Rubinstein (aka “The Greatest Narrator, Ever!”), so reading this was a first to me. I liked that I had the voices and inflections that Rubinstein brings to a book were still in my head.

I am giving this book three stars, but not in a bad way. It was good and entertaining and I did want the mystery solved. It was the usually L.A. craziness that always works well in Delaware b
Jan 21, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
An infant's body is found buried beneath a tree in a new homeowner’s backyard. It has been there for decades. Then another infant’s bones are found in a park (although this one is revealed to be recent and the bones cleaned). Are these two bodies related; that is what Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware is trying to determine. What makes matters worse is that a woman is found murdered across the park form the second infant’s remains. Now are all three related? The investigation ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
A decades old baby skeleton contained in an old blue box is found buried in the backyard of a Beverly Hills home and a few days later a set of fresh baby bones and a dead woman turn up in nearby Cheviot Hills Park. Are the events connected? Is it a cult? Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and Dr. Alex Delaware, psychologist consultant to the police, look into the cases.

They discover that the Beverly Hills house may have been connected with abortions and the dead woman in the park was a
Oct 27, 2013 kelly rated it did not like it
I have long been a fan of Jonathan Kellerman's Dr. Delaware/Milo Sturgis series, but was very disappointed by this latest installment. The plot was slow to develop and really only started getting interesting toward the last few chapters. The ultimate resolution was very unsatisfying, like a red herring that was never fully developed. There was no motive for the killer's depravity and no depth to his character at all beyond the fact that he slurred his words and was promiscuous! The way the reade ...more
Jul 24, 2014 hayden rated it it was ok
Written very sparsely, which normally ups the pace, but in this case just slaughtered everything. Didn't leave room for characterization. And I hate, hate, hate when thrillers are written in tiny chapters because so much of the page is blank and it could've been 200 pages without those gaps.
Kaje Harper
Jun 03, 2013 Kaje Harper rated it liked it
This book is number 28 in the long running series. And while I'll still read the next one, it was not my favorite and felt a little stale. This series is quasi-police procedural mysteries. Quasi because they are told mostly, or entirely, in the first person voice of Alex Delaware, a child psychiatrist who consults for the LAPD, mainly through his close friendship with Milo Sturgis, a Detective Lieutenant in Homicide.

These are all somewhat unemotional books, more puzzle than character-driven, wi
Jan 09, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
I'm a long-time fan of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. In this latest series entry, Delaware and Detective Lieutenant Milo Sturgis are called in when an infant skeleton is unearthed during a house and yard remodel in an exclusive enclave of Los Angeles.

Twenty-four hours later, more infant skeletal remains are found across town in Griffith Park -- and near them, the body of a young woman who has been shot, execution style, and left there to be found by a passing jogger.

The plot involve
May 16, 2017 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller, police procedural and Kellerman fans.
The best Kellerman in a long time. I had started to get bored with what appeared to be familiar plots and uninteresting characters in the last few books I read. "Guilt" brought me back to the level of interest I had when I started the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.

In this story, a very old baby's skeleton is found packed in a Swedish Hospital cash box. The hospital had been rumored to do abortions for the wealthy back in the 40s. Soon after, a young woman is found murdered in the same neighb
Sandra Vilka
Jun 23, 2017 Sandra Vilka rated it really liked it
Shelves: alex-delaware, owned
Feb 20, 2013 Monnie rated it really liked it
I've been such a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman (and a little less so, his writer-wife, Faye and way less so their son Jesse) for so many years that I can't even remember the first book of his I read - and he's penned more than 30 best-selling crime novels. And I'd be hard-pressed to give any one of them less than 5 stars - until now, that is. Jonathan, my love, this one just doesn't quite measure up.

Wish I could explain exactly why not, but I'll start with the significant number of run-on sent
Jan 28, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
My Rating: 3.75 stars
Reason it isn't closer to 5: It isn't something I would re-read. I felt it lacked the twists and turns and deply layered psychological plot that many of his best novels do.

If you've been a longtime fan of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels like I am, you're likely thrilled that the 28th novel in the series, Guilt, has arrived! Guilt opens on a young mother-to-be reveling in the purchase of her first home. The scene is heavily laced with emotion and really spoke to me,
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I can't remember when I first discovered Jonathon Kellerman's Alex Delaware series but I have been a loyal reader for quite some time. I have read every one and own more than a dozen - picking them up second hand when I come across them.

Guilt is the 28th book in the long running series and I always look forward to joining child psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis on a case. In Guilt, the discovery of an infant's remains from more than sixty years ago in an upscale LA neig
May 28, 2013 Bob added it
Unfortunately, this was neither a mystery, nor thrilling.

First, the good. Kellerman writes good prose. His writing is certainly a level above most in this genre. Second, his psychologist is a good one. He speaks and acts as a psychologist would (Good empathy, open-ended questions, etc). Very believable question and leads me to think Kellerman has some training in the area, or is well-acquainted with a psychologist.

Alas, the bad. This novel never took off. I kept waiting for it to... but it was p
Apr 05, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Just love this series. Look forward to reading every new book. Exciting, good twists in the plot (don't get too comfortable with the characters' thinking), fast reading.

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
Jan 28, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book drew me in and made me want to keep reading right away.

When a young, pregnant woman who has just bought her dream home discovers a small box buried in her yard, she opens the proverbial Pandora's box, setting events into motion that will cause the familiar characters of previous Jonathan Kellerman novels to question everything they know about solving crimes.

What I found interesting about this book, is that things are occurring throughout the story, but most of the e
Linda Alexander
Apr 14, 2013 Linda Alexander rated it really liked it
A baby's skeleton is found in a copper container in the backyard of an affluent neighborhood while renovating the couple's lawn; it turns out this skeleton is one of a baby approx. 6-8 mo's old and died about sixty yrs ago. Very soon, yet another baby's skeleton is found in a park and not far from this discovery is the body of a dead woman found in some bushes, whom has been shot in the head. Alex Delaware is brought in to assist homicide detective Milo Sturgis to see if it is possible to link t ...more
Jonathan Kellerman just keeps on ticking in his 28th book about forensic psychologist Alex Delaware! Although Alex's role in this book wasn't so much the main character as the 'go-to' guy for Milo Sturgis, his long-time friend and LAPD Investigator. Through the years and books, the dynamics have changed, Milo has grown to be the main character with his own strong personality and way of doing things while Alex is now a consultant. Their interaction has remained well-done, though!

The story starts
Joel Brown
Oct 02, 2013 Joel Brown rated it it was ok
I think Kellerman is writing too much. GUILT has a lot of the thing I like about his work, namely the small insights and profiling that Delaware does on everyone he meets. But the overall picture is sort of slapdash at best.

The tale starts with the discovery of a dead baby from the 1950s, then adds a dead adult and another baby, brand new, dumped in a nearby park. Eventually, as Alex helps his cop pal Milo, they trace the case back to the Mulholland Drive estate owned by celeb couple Premadonny,
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Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t
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