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Killer (Alex Delaware #29)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,154 ratings  ·  471 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

After thirty-five riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes.

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Hardcover, 335 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published 2014)
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Rabindranauth
*ARC KINDLY PROVIDED VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

Honestly, I was hesitant to request this because I haven't been into murder mysteries for years. On the flipside, the one Jonathan Kellerman book that I have actually read, Dr. Death, was pretty cool. And it's not like I have to pay if I got the ARC anyways, so why not?

Definitely no regrets here. Killer is a pretty solid story; two sisters have a custody battle over a baby, one sister with absolutely no significant claim; sh
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Sue
Kellerman is back to form in this edition of his Alex Delaware novels. As usual, the psychologist is involved in a situation that eventually teams him with homicide detective Milo Sturgis. The change involves his return to a court involved custody case where he is instrumental in determining the future guardianship of a very young child. A simple case, seemingly simple solution. But nothing is ever simple or easy in Delaware's world.mI read this quickly, caught up in the action and wanting to kn ...more
Cindy Knoke
Kellerman's more recent books have been disappointing, but his current effort lives up to the very best of his impressive earlier novels. An engrossing, fun, read.
Yes I am a fan, and yes I have read all of his books.
The early chapter where Kellerman introduces his recurring character, and alter ego, Alex Delaware to potentially new readers, does embody what I dislike in Kellerman's writing though, which is a rather grandiose egocentrism.
The character Delaware is a psychologist who worked earl
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Monnie
In a day when quite a few big-time authors who shall remain nameless are becoming known for quantity rather than quality, it's refreshing to find one who's steady as he goes. Yes, folks, Jonathan Kellerman, who's written more than 30 psychological thrillers including the popular Alex Delaware series, has done it again, keeping him right at the top of my list of favorite authors.

This one begins as Delaware, a psychologist who specializes in children and is a frequent police consultant, is called
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Irene
When you like a writer and have been reading his books forever, it is hard to admit he has lost his luster. Nothing is really wrong about Killer but nothing is really right either. His stern righteousness is a new trait in Alex Delaware which doesn't fit with the psychiatrist we have grown to love and respect. It is well written, the plot is ok but the characters are flat, they do their usual routine, i.e. Milo binges on food, and the workaholic Robin stays nicely out of the way. Each one of the ...more
Erin
ARC for review.

Kellerman has largely escaped the malady that has overcome once good, now horrendous series as they reach 20+ books (the Alex Cross and Kay Scarpetta novels have become nearly unendurable). Though Kellerman's Alex Delaware (the psychologist who spends most of his time working with the police) was never as compelling as Cross and Scarpetta at their respective bests, neither does reading even the latest installments of Dr. Delaware's adventure make me want to pour bleach in my eyes
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Brenda
Psychologist and part time police consultant, Dr Alex Delaware had been requested by the courts to handle some “difficult” cases, so after initially saying he didn’t want the extra work, he was persuaded by a hard working judge to agree. The cases were not too difficult, and his paperwork generally had both parties agreeable within a short time – but then he was given a child custody case, Sykes v Sykes, which was the strangest and most bizarre he had ever handled.

Connie Sykes was a successful
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Holly
I've read quite a few Kellerman novels and have loved every one. Alex Delaware is one of my favorite fictional characters; most of the Kellerman novels I've read have had him in them.

I don't review many books, but this one hit a nerve and I'm still reeling from it. Kellerman writes great novels; no doubt in my mind that he's one of the best. I've often thought about how he comes up with all of these amazing ideas. His characters are another accomplishment. Even the walk-ons seem to have depth.

Th
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Mark
Beware Spoilers

I thought that this book was garbage,the premise of the story is just ridiculous.
A woman who is involved in a child custody battle looses and just decides she is going to kill him. A former patient that he treated who is now one of LA top gang banger murderers alerts him to the contract on his life. Milo stops by her house to have a talk with her and finds her body on the floor.

My idea of a good mystery book is something that is believable and keeps me thinking and interested.

How
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Nette
This is certainly the last Kellerman I'll ever buy, and maybe the last one I'll read. His dialogue has gone beyond bad to ridiculous. It's like he's writing normal dialogue in English, sending it through a really cheap translation app, turning it into, I dunno, Korean, and then translating it back. For example, no modern American woman in 2014 would use the word "daren't." Nobody has used that word since 1922. I don't care how compelling his plots are, if he doesn't understand how people talk, h ...more
Steven Belanger
Another step in the right direction from Kellerman, whose last book, Guilt, was also very good. Both novels are more readable and much less judgmental than were his previous 8 to 10 works, perhaps more. The last two books are also much less vicious and violent.

By now, if you've read Kellerman's twenty-nine Alex Delaware novels as I have, you've figured out his formula: The first 10%-20% of the work sets up the very large cast of characters, their backgrounds, and any of the many conflicts that m
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Ray Palen
Author Jonathan Kellerman has been pumping out thrillers for nearly thirty years and the center-piece of his opus has been the Dr. Alex Delaware series. Beginning in 1985 with the release of WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS the Delaware series now enjoys its 29th installment with release of his latest effort entitled KILLER.

Dr. Alex Delaware is a brilliant psychologist who has often assisted law enforcement with his unique insight into the deadly and disturbed minds that exist out there. The novels in this
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Killer is Jonathan Kellerman's 29th novel featuring the child psychologist/law enforcement consultant Alex Delaware, partnered with LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. It begins with Alex being asked to assess the maternal fitness of two sisters involved in a custody dispute. It seems a simple case and his report a mere formality, but denied guardianship of her niece, Constance Sykes blames Alex, and contracts a killer.

It may seem odd to nominate the Alex Delaware series as a 'comfort read' but my fam
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Barbara
Psychologist Alex Delaware can't anticipate the trouble that will ensue when he consults in a custody case. Constance Sykes - a pathologist - claims her sister Cherie Sykes - a band groupie - is an unfit parent and tries to get custody of her toddler. When Alex comes down on Cherie's side Constance becomes enraged and hires a hit man to get rid of him. Unfortunately for Constance the hit man is Alex's former patient and spills the beans. Soon afterward Constance is killed, Cherie and the baby di ...more
Gloria Feit

After many years of training and working in hospitals, followed by establishing his private practice, Dr. Alex Delaware was contacted by a family court judge with a new approach: He was asked to undertake work ascertaining the facts surrounding divorce proceedings, evaluating the effects on children. Specifically a particularly complicated case. Alex was hesitant and struck a hard bargain, agreeing only to be employed by the courts, rather than serving on a panel of experts, employed b the attor
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Cathleen
I received an ARC copy from Ballantine Books through Netgalley and the author in exchange for my honest review.

I haven't read an Alex Delaware book in a while and forgot how much I enjoy reading them. I enjoyed reading this one so much that I feel the need to go add a bunch of the ones I haven't read to my TBR list.

"Killer" the 29th story in this series centers around a custody battle between an infant's mother, Cherie and Connie, the aunt. Connie is claiming her sister is unfit to be a mother
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Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
I'm really quite amazed that, after 29 novels, Alex Delaware can still grip me and pull me into his cases.

I'm no fan of psychology and psychiatry: it seems so often to be stumbling in the dark and mumbling incantations, with no more hope of success than witchcraft. And yet, when Kellerman probes into the psyches of Delaware's patients and the criminals that he and Detective Lieutenant Milo Sturgis hunt, it gives me hope that there really are psychologists out there who have a clue.

If there's a p
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Connie
I have long been a fan of Jonathan Kellerman. There was a time where thrillers/mysteries such as Kellerman's were all that I bothered to read. Kellerman was always a "must-read" author for me during this dozen or more years of my life. The Delaware series has always been enjoyable for me, but after reading so many of them my passion somewhat slacked off a bit and I wasn't in a huge rush to give up other reads to continue on with the series....as many can relate to, reading time is often a very p ...more
Maxine
Forensic Psychologist Alex Delaware is asked to consult on a child custody case between two sisters. The case seems pretty clear cut but, when one of the sisters is murdered shortly after threatening him and the other sister disappears with the child, he has no choice but to help his best friend, LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis, to investigate.

I am a long-time fan of author Jonathan Kellerman and that is due, to a great extent, to his ability to create very well-rounded characters and to then show c
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Valerie
This book is one deception and tangled web after another. It kept me guessing until the very end how it would turn out. There are a lot of good people in this book, and there are more than just a handful of sociopathic individuals. Keeping them all sorted is quite the challenge. However, I really enjoyed the story, and its heart is all about what is truly good for children; a lesson we would do well to heed in daily life. I have seen the court decisions time after time where children are ripped ...more
Watchingthewords
The Alex Delaware novels follow psychologist Alex Delaware as he dives into criminal minds to assist L.A. police lieutenant Milo Sturgis. In this latest installment, Killer, Alex is called on by the courts to provide a recommendation in a custody battle. Connie Sykes is trying to take custody of her sister’s 16-month old baby but the wealthy physician turns cold and violent when she loses her case. With bodies piling up, the baby and her mother missing, Alex and Milo are in a race to find the cu ...more
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads. It is the 29th in the Alex Delaware series.

Alex Delaware is a brilliant psychologist who consults often with the police. He also helps the courts with custody cases. He prepares evaluation of the parties involved and makes recommendations on which parent should get custody. His latest case seems to be a no-brainer. A sister is trying to get her sister declared an unfit mother so she can claim custody of her niece. While the mother might not make the most mon
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Deb
Kellerman does not disappoint in his latest Alex Delaware novel, Killer. A book that had me finding every possible moment to read. This novel of a custody battle gone wrong has you wondering right up to the end. Haven't read any of the other Alex Delaware books? No worries, you can pick up this one and fall in love with the story. You will love this book and the incredible author's work.

Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy.
Nancy
Killer by Jonathan Kellerman is a suspenseful story beginning with a child custody suit between two sisters, followed by several murders. This is a typical Dr. Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis story where the suspense builds until the very end. I love reading Kellerman's novels and this one was right up with the best. One of the reasons I like Kellerman's novels is that I become instantly immersed in the story and want to continue reading until the end. Characterization is important to me. I like Dr. ...more
Colleen Estep
I do not believe that Jonathan Kellerman could write a bad book. Been a fan since 1985 when I read "When a Bough Breaks". I really love the Alex Delaware series and look forward to each new one. "Killer" is another winner, great read that is hard to put down. Dr. Delaware lives in LA and works for the courts giving his opinion in child custody cases and this time the loser wants him dead. A former patient finds out and stops the hit and best friend Milo a homicide detective, is hard on the case ...more
Julie Kellner
It's good to see Kellerman back to form and doing what he does best. Another good Alex & Milo story
Jon
Kellerman's newest with Dr. Alex Delaware, Milo, Robin, etc. Always a good read. This is no exception. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman. Quite the husband and wife team of authors.
Shawn
I rated it four stars because Kellerman is a sentimental favorite author of mine. He does a better job than the average thriller-writer. My criticism is mostly the dialogue. I like his tried and true characters, Dr. Delaware and his babe, the guitar maker, and his friend, the Hollywood detective, Milo. I like the interesting criminals and plot twists.
This dialogue, though. It's as though he hasn't heard human beings speaking to each other, in a very long time. Or it's just me--my conversations a
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Camille
In my BC days, I truly enjoyed the writing of Kellerman, along with a few others. This book once again highlighted the interesting twists that Kellerman is known for. It has been a very long while since I have read him, but Alex seems to be getting a bit softer (as far as being afraid of things), but has not softened in his wit. There was a incongruence in the flashbacks of Alex and present day Alex. Perhaps, with age, he hasn't hardened, but just sees boundaries better. (Sort of like loving rol ...more
Lois Tucker
I read this on books on CD, and the same reader of all the other Alex Delaware books does his usual fine job. I liked that this one wasn't all about torture-porn. It's about a family court issue. Robin is around and makes an appearance, but this one is mostly Alex and Milo doing what they do well.

Unlike the reviewer I copy below, I guessed who the culprits were almost as quickly as they appeared in the book, but with enough doubt to make my wondering if it was X enjoyable. It was an good car-re
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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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