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The Web (Alex Delaware #10)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  6,191 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
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 philan ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by SOS Free Stock (first published 1995)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

"Look at this," he said. "I'm sure you've never seen a web like this."

Mystery readers who like their stories compartmentalised and samey will probably frown upon what Kellerman has done here. It’s an Alex Delaware novel, but it is also quite unlike any of the other novels in the series (or at least those that I have read, which, admittedly aren’t that many).

For starters: the story takes place on a remote and obscure Micronesian island. Consider: a large mansion filled with house guests; a grueso
Nov 24, 2009 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I like Kellerman's characters, but I'm starting to get a bit tired of his detailed descriptions of whatever area he's either entered, or who's wearing what. This took place on a little island (I think it's fake) in the S.Pacific. Alex Delaware & his partner (Robin)get an unexpected "vacation" as he does research for a Dr. there, who is about to retire. Has to do w/nuclear bombs being discharged under water years ago...and the fallout from those tests. Now, the dear Dr. has a cavefull of "ali ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not one of the more recent books in the Delaware series. I didn't realize until after I started, that one of my favorite features of this series - the intelligent repartee that goes on between Alex and his usual cohort in crime sleuthing, Lt. Milo Stugis, would not be there. For me, this is what sets The Delaware books apart from all the others. So I was somewhat disappointed.
Kellerman still writes interesting books. This time Alex is invited to join a doctor Moreland living on a romote
(Book 10 of author's Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.) Alex Delaware is dimmer than I thought. Delaware is lured to an isolated, tropical island by a wealthy scientist -- whom he has never met nor heard of - with flattery and the promise of an underwritten, 6-month vacation. From the beginning of the book, the words "If it sounds to good to be true..." echoed in my head. Then, coincidentally, Delaware's Barbie-girlfriend, Robin, needs a break from her work as well and is able to tag along for ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kellerman departs significantly from his pattern in this book. Instead of the LA area, the action takes place on a remote tropical island. Robin accompanies Dr. Deleware for a relaxing time, while he confers with Dr Moreland, a scientist who wants Dr Deleware to perhaps collaborate on articles or a book. But there are some other strange people staying at the hotel-like house where the scientist lives. There are some creepy episodes as the scientist collects rare spiders, and also has other creep ...more
Lewis Weinstein
This might be a terrific book, but I will probably never know. Early scenes with disgusting people and even more disgusting spiders led me to return the book to a safe place on the shelf.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Kellerman's Delaware mysteries always teeter towards soap opera and occasionally fall in. This is one that fell. Depending on you, the reader, that can be either good or bad. For me, the other elements either make the book good or bad. I like 'The Web'.

Another element is that Kelleman's plots always contain Truth - of historical facts or recent headlines on CNN - which he heavily fictionalizes. Since I read the news as obsessively as I do novels, and I have done so for 50 years, plus my memory
Kevin Lake
The story was actually... ok. It was good up until the end, and then it seemed like a cheap stage production. And the writing style? I don't like it.
and needlessly.
just say it.
don't spray it.

Probably won't read any more of this author's work and it is because of the style. I know he probably means it to be some sort of unique art form, but just when you get in the rhythm of the story, this crap (see above) pops up and slows everything down.
oh, and he went
Evelyn Mattice
Apr 05, 2016 Evelyn Mattice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I would highly recommend it to all who love a good mystery
May 27, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Alex Delaware series. This time out psychologist Delaware is not accompanied by LAPD detective Milo Sturgis.

#10 Alex Delaware novel - While his L.A. house is being renovated, Alex, his guitar-making lover, Robin Castagna, and their doted-upon French bulldog, Spike, depart Malibu for a four-month stay on the island of Aruk, where Alex has agreed to help Bill Moreland, a doctor who has lived and worked there since the end of WWII, organize his decades' worth of notes. Aruk, not far from
Aug 06, 2014 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, thriller
Hired to organize thirty years of clinical data by Dr. Woodrow Wilson Moreland, Dr. Alex Delaware arrived on the tropical island of Aruk with his recuperating lover Robin Castagna. Known as Dr. Bill to the islanders, Dr. Moreland had an aura of mystery with an alternate plan in mind for Alex. Already tingled with suspicion and unease about the cryptic scientist and his household of visitors, Alex faced even more trepidation with gruesome murders and threatening islanders sending him on a twisted ...more
Mukta Mohapatra
Feb 18, 2016 Mukta Mohapatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 28, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set away from LA, so Milo is only a few phone calls in the book. This is a little different from some of his other books. Is not a particularly stimulating read- but it is a good book. I wouldn't really buy it- rather check it out at the library.
Carrie Stephens
The pace and tone of this book was very different from the rest of the Delaware novels. Milo wasn't a big part of the plot and was only included in a phone conversation. Maybe it was the change of setting, but this book just seemed a little "off"
Jun 06, 2015 Lmdella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of mystery/intrigue, Kellerman fans
One of the best!

Kellerman steps outside his (and Alex Cross') beaten paths with this one, taking Alex and Robin to the (very) small Pacific island of Aruk for a little R&R following the experiences of the previous book. Their host, Dr. Moreland, seems to have a special reason for wanting Alex there, beyond what he initial states, and there is clearly a mystery surrounding the Navy base that occupies the other side of the island.

The cast of characters is predictably interesting, and get more
Jan 08, 2012 Suze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kellerman always throws in a twist or two that you don't expect, and this novel didn't disappoint. I like his sense of humor, too.

The beginning dragged a bit, which is why this one only gets three stars.
Aug 29, 2015 Alisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-food
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Jul 09, 2016 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I read long ago and had forgotten about. It is a slightly creepy book as are all of Jonathan Kellerman's novels. His main character in this series is Dr. Alex Delaware, a psychologist who sometimes consults with his friend, a Los Angeles Police Detective.

In this novel the Dr. has taken his wife on a trip to a small island in the Pacific Ocean to enjoy some time off and to work a little bit with the island medical doctor on research for a possible book or medical journal artic
Certainly not my favorite. As I mentioned with the Faye Kellerman book, Jonathan Kellerman's details like what the person looked like and what they were were wearing were excruciating. I do not need to know the exact facial features and body type for every character. I do not need to know what every single character is wearing every time they appear in the book. I'm pretty sure his books would be about 2/3 as long if he could condense the details.

As for the story, it was ok. I prefer to have my
Mar 21, 2015 Mitzy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Jonathan Kellerman's books, but I HATE SPIDERS. This is a story about spiders, and I just couldn't bring myself to read more than a few pages~
Dec 30, 2015 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird for Kellerman, this is a book I picked up at the Friends of the Library, thinking it was a new Jonathan Kellerman. Instead, I found it to be an old one that, indeed, I hadn't read. Alex and Robin travel to a Pacific island so Alex can work with a doctor who has spent most of his life on the island. Milo "appears" twice by phone, but otherwise, it is Alex and Robin in a very improbable situation on this island. Of course, there is a mystery - and Alex solves it. But otherwise, this is out o ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Doris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got about 3/4 of the way through this book and gave it up. Improbable and not interesting to me.
Apr 25, 2009 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: Karl Fritch
Enjoyable, though not one of Jonathan Kellerman's best, in my opinion.
May 07, 2015 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a 5 on the ten point system, but only because I save two's for the likes of James Patterson.....Not the best Kellerman book I've read. PLot a little too weird to be believable, and some strange characters make it even less a spirited read, not to mention the screwy trail of quotes to uncover the mystery. If this was my first Kellerman book, I would cross him off and go elsewhere. Not that his others I've read are poised for any literary awards, but this one just barely above "it was ok", b ...more
Oct 30, 2008 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Kellerman - good airplane read.
Aug 08, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place on a small fictional island called Aruk. Alex Delaware and his steadfast and curly-haired partner Robin go out there to visit an aging doctor who asks for Alex's input on his years and years of records. Once they arrive, things get bad quickly and events and people aren't always what or who they seem.

I found this to be a very slow and meandering story. It almost seemed as though Kellerman had more fun creating the island and its people than in coming up with a good compelli
Dec 09, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Jonathan Kellerman for quite a few years and at one time being my favorite has moved down on my list. I am still reading his books sparingly in order as I have bought most of his in the Alex Delaware series and try to mix them in with some of my other favorite authors that I read more often. The last two books this one included and Self Defense were read with some difficulty. Not that I didn't find them somewhat enjoyable, but at times the intensity and complexity can get you ...more
Jun 03, 2012 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I wouldn't say that Alex Delaware has jumped the shark in "The Web," but the novel is analogous to Fonzy from "Happy Days" taking a trip to Hawaii.

Alex and Robin go to an obscure Pacific atoll, Aruk, for the book's action. Their burnt-to-crisp bungalow is being rebuilt and Alex has received a research offer from a doctor based on the atoll.

Supposedly Alex is to help the doctor organize his records collecte
Dag Dawit

The web is a well written book. Jonathan Kellerman is a very good author. He worte the book using a lot of figurative language which made the book more interesting. " The lady is old so she is wiped out". He also uses words that catches the readers attention. While reading the book you wouldnt even realize how fast you go because it is so interesting.

If you love mystery and action you must read this book because thats what its filled with. Its impossible for you to get lost when you read it, b
Nov 14, 2012 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of Kellerman's books, and I think I have now read almost his entire Alex Delaware series. The later books I thoroughly enjoyed, the earlier books (which luckily I read out of order) I hated. This one, being quite firmly in the middle I wasn't sure how I would feel. And having read it, honestly I'm still unsure. To start with, I finished it last night, yet I STILL had to go look up the title to leave this review, so that should tell you something. Secondly, it was weird. There i ...more
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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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