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Doctor Death (Alex Delaware #14)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,298 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
Dr Eldon Mate, aka Doctor Death, has been the bane of the Los Angeles DA's existence, the bête noir of all opposed to assisted suicide and the angel of mercy to countless "travellers" who have found their reward via Mate's dubious vocation. He's also turned up in the back of his van, attached to his own death-dealing "Humanitron" machine and too far away from most of his b ...more
Paperback, 458 pages
Published 2001 by Warner Books (first published 2000)
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Shocking. Gripping. Page-turner.
I was expecting something in the line of Val McDermid but this turned out to be completely different. Towards the end,I couldn't even comprehend it and I guessed it would have been better if I didn't. But no use in closing one's eyes to what's happening around,I guess. Entirely different from most of the books in the genre,Kellerman does it again. My first read of him,'On the edge',made quite an impression on me. And it's the same with this one too. Looking forwar
aPriL does feral sometimes
Another one in the series that feels a bit like two stories pinned together in order to create an interesting plot. It was interesting, but in the end too contrived because of the plot pasting. Still, definitely interesting.

The real life story behind the fictional book is the real Dr. Jack Kevorkian. I agree with Kellerman - there is a time in order for doctors to relieve suffering to compassionately euthanize dying patients that rationally request it, but Kevorkian, who Kellerman's Dr. Death ch
Mar 09, 2012 Lulu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
sigh. I keep reading these books, but I confess I cannot stand Alex Delaware. I find him (and his partner, Robin), dull as ditchwater. On the other hand, I LOVE Milo (particularly performed by John Rubinstein in the audio books), and I suppose his character is the reason for my continuing to read/listen to this series. The stories aren't bad, either. ;)

May 21, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Alex Delaware book, the whole premise was a bit contrived, but I still liked it. I think it's because I love the character of Alex Delaware and also his best friend Milo. Love how they play off each other. I also enjoy reading the inner struggle that Alex Delaware goes through...each mystery forming a little piece of his being.
Maureen Bauer
May 05, 2014 Maureen Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novels
I really enjoyed this book and especially the ending. It has an exciting surprise ending, I couldn't put it down! I would recommend this to anyone!
Mike Jensen
Jun 01, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a horrible book. My touchstone is the Spencer series by Robert B. Parker. Every second or third chapter, it seems, Parker writes a dull scene between the detective and his psychologist girlfriend. They discuss the case. These scenes seldom move the story forward are the low-points of each book. Imagine an entire book told from the psychologist’s perspective and you have this novel, for the protagonist is a psychologist who works with the police.

Aside from this problem, the book is given to
Aug 08, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pure junk.

Rarely does anything happen during the course of the story; most of the intrigue involves people sitting around talking about what's already happened, what's already been uncovered and investigated, and theorizing about what it means or what they don't know for sure. Then later someone admits to the thing they theorized about before, with few events actually occurring in the present. Dullsville.

Plus the description. Any time a new character or location is introduced he goes on and on a
Sridhar Babu
Jul 09, 2015 Sridhar Babu rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Kellerman...
Alex Delware, Milo ,Richard Doss, Eric, Stacy, Becky, Joanne Doss, Judy Manitow, Paul Ulrich/Michael Ferris Burke, and Eldon Mate..
Mulholland , Malibu and Los Angels..
Eldon Mate known as Dr.Death, medical bureaucrat turned self proclaimed mercy killer, who associated in the suicide of 50 and more patients suffering from terminal illness( mentioned by Mate as 'travellers) was brutally murdered in a dark no man's land of Mulholland dirt
Marina Robbins
Meh. Who done it. You got me, Mr. Kellerman. Didn't see that one coming especially since I was bored to tears. At least throw in an expert here or there who intimately profiles serial killers. Give me something I can cling to. Instead I was tossed back and forth with the protagonist doing all the tossing! Alex Delaware doesn't seem to like his job, his wife, his role in this tale and it all felt sophomoric. I don't think I'll be reading Kellerman's work again. But what do I know.
Apr 08, 2015 Yolande rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Neji Dizon
Feb 17, 2015 Neji Dizon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hahah! The first book that I was done reading when I still waiting for a job for a years after and the reason why'd I kept on buying your Alex Delaware Novel, although this case still finding closure, at least some of your piece well done! When I see a "whodunit" term I know it was Milo's entry chit-chat with Alex. Hahaha!
Mar 08, 2015 Puddlediving rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14th in a series, yet the first Jonathan Kellerman novel I've read. I enjoyed it, it was balanced with individual character development and story development. I really enjoyed the nuances of having several plausible suspects, and needing to really stick it out to discover the guilty party.
I must say that I only read this book because someone gave it to me. I thought the mystery was satisfying and surprising in it's conclusion. I didn't really enjoy all the twists and turns of the of the pschologist's personal life, but all in all it was a complicated and suspenseful.
Dec 31, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Jonathan kellerman...
from another reviewer: The real life story behind the fictional book is the real Dr. Jack Kevorkian. I agree with Kellerman - there is a time in order for doctors to relieve suffering to compassionately euthanize dying patients that rationally request it, but Kevorkian, who Kellerman's Dr. Death character was modeled from, seemed to me less interested in compassion and more interested in playing God for self-gratification and publicity. He probably helped some people more than he hurt them becau ...more
Antonia Jackson
Aug 13, 2015 Antonia Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cleared-books
Set in Hollywood with Milo and Alex stretched to find who murdered a twisted doctor who assisted terminally ill people die assisted by two drugs-, thiopental/tranquilliser and potassium chloride/heart attack. Tension caused by Alex helping someone's daughter whose family members becomes suspects since her mother was assisted to die. So many possibilities- unacknowledged son? copycat psychopath with thinning hair and bushy facial hair? angry relatives? pensioned off FBI agent/parent of victim? hi ...more
Rosemarie Bentgen
Jun 08, 2015 Rosemarie Bentgen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kellerman does it again for me!! Satisfying to come back to a favorite author that you save for when you need a break. Dr. Death of the title and his attorney ar somewhat based on the publicity seeking due of Jack Kevorkian and Geoffry Feiger. when the doctor is murdered in a method reminiscent of his Assisted Suicide. This affords Alex opportunity to explore the ethics and morality of euthanasia and some of the results of legalization abroad. The ensuing search for the murderer leads into explo ...more
Vi Walker
A 3.5 star read. Certainly an above average crime thriller in the Alex Delaware series. Jonathan Kellerman gives a great deal of detail particularly of clothes which some readers might find annoying/time wasting but I quite like that. He also gives a lot of detail about roads travelled along to the extent that I invariably find myself looking the places up on Google Earth. Not a "wow" book but certainly an entertaining, fast paced thriller.
Very interesting read. My first of Dr. Alex Delv. Much lighter than my usual crime reads. Love anything with a psychology angle.
confes half way through I was wondring why we have to go through details of an unknown charactor, when detective Milo and Dr. Alex were all set to solve the mystery with a number of crime suspencts around town.
But the twist at the end was unexpected and brilliant. Everything tied up nicely.
Lorraine Roberge
Curve ball ending

Curve ball ending

I found this to be a little slow and confusing in the beginning but as I read further and got into it more I became hooked on it and couldn't put it down. I just love his books. can't wait to read the next in the series.
Hayley Shaver
Feb 17, 2014 Hayley Shaver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a must have for any Jonathan Kellerman/ Alex Delaware fan. This is one of Kellerman's best. It leads you in circles with so many suspects pretty soon you see all the characters in the book as potential killers. The ending will surprise you, and make you think.
Feb 17, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#14 in the Alex Delaware series.

Alex and Milo Sturgis investigate the murder of a Dr. Kevorkian type. Is a family member of Alex' patient responsible in revenge for Dr. Mate assisting in her mother's suicide or is the shadowy serial killer, Dr. Burke, involved?
Apr 08, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Delaware in a dual role – his usual police consultation with Milo Sturgis, coupled with his acting as therapist for the daughter of a man who turns out to be a prime suspect in Milo’s murder case, the brutal killing of a Kevorkian-like figure.
Dec 22, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Alex Delaware mystery. Really enjoyed this one, liked the testy tension between Alex and Milo. Usually they are the best buddies, sharing all information, in this one, they are both a little closed off, and just a teeny bit angry with each other, for reasons that really aren't fair to either of them.
Feb 04, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Alex Delaware book. It was a quick read; the audio book was only five disks. I enjoyed the reader. Dr. Death held my interest until the Say-what!? surprise ending. The twist was just ridiculous and didn't make sense.
Danielle Sears
Feb 15, 2014 Danielle Sears rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, like all Kellerman novels I got very into the whole story. It was better in the way of keeping me guessing. Some novels don't keep my attention because they make it too easy to know who did it.
My favorite Dr. Delaware, in a series of psychological crime thrillers! Great co-protagonist in the form of Milo Sturgis. Always a clever psychological component to the varying plot lines.
Sep 13, 2014 Clare rated it really liked it
Very interesting topic which Im sure would split people right down the middle. Im not sure which way I would go and hopefully I would never be in a situation were I would have to make a decision like that.
Book was very good though.
Tessa Small
Aug 28, 2015 Tessa Small rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again a twist in the partners. A psychologist consulting to the police and a gay detective keep the story line interesting but the crimes themselves twist and turn
Morris Maram
What can I say? I am a loyal reader. I find an author that I like and then try and read all the books that he has written. I find all his books enjoyable and nice reads
Feb 22, 2014 Jewett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is back on track and while the mystery is great, it isn't creepy like The Web. The characters are good and you see a different type of criminal in this one.
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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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Alex Delaware (1 - 10 of 32 books)
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  • Blood Test (Alex Delaware, #2)
  • Over the Edge (Alex Delaware, #3)
  • Silent Partner (Alex Delaware, #4)
  • Time Bomb (Alex Delaware, #5)
  • Private Eyes (Alex Delaware, #6)
  • Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware, #7)
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