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Survival of the Fittest (Alex Delaware #12)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,484 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
The daughter of a diplomat disappears on a school field trip–lured into the Santa Monica mountains and killed in cold blood. Her father denies the possibility of a political motive. There are no signs of struggle, no evidence of sexual assault, leaving psychologist Alex Delaware and his friend LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to pose the disturbing question: Why?

Paperback, 519 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jul 28, 2012 Quinn rated it liked it
The Kellermans (husband, wife, and son) write mystery and suspense novels. I appreciate all three authors and enjoy the books for distraction and figuring out who did it or how the person is going to get caught. I've read so many of Jonathan's books that there are certain passages I expect to find. If he didn't include driving directions from one spot in L.A. to another, it wouldn't be Jonathan's book. If Milo didn't scrub his face with his hands a dozen times per book, or wolf down sandwiches i ...more
Feb 01, 2009 Delia rated it it was amazing
This book provides insight into eugenics and the concept that the weak should be culled, even from the human 'herd' to protect the species. Kellerman provides chapter and verse on those in the past who advocated removing people who are developmentally disabled from the gene pool. Although the book was published in 1997, it gives some terrifying insights into the minds of the bureaucrats today who have no problem cutting and/or eliminating funding to those programs in our country that provide ser ...more
Jonathan Kellerman is a reliable name—if looking for a book that will hold your attention all the way to the end. This one took two stories that are seemingly separate and wove them together in a final finish that was a corker. Detective Milo Sturgis is trying to solve the murder of an Israeli diplomat''s retarded daughter. Psychologist Alex Delaware is trying to help a nurse come to terms with the suicide of her brother, a policeman. Neither death seems to make sense. But bodies start to pile u ...more
"Survival of the Fittest" by Jonathan Kellerman is a psychological crime thriller with a Darwinistic twist gone awry.
I unknowingly selected this book without realizing that this was a part of a series, but this novel can stand alone. It starts off with psychologist, Dr. Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis at the crime scene of Irit Carmeli, the daughter of an Israeli diplomat. At first, the diplomat denies any political motive, but as the bodies begin piling up, the victims all have one th
Jun 07, 2014 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it even better on the second read. In the four years since the first read, I've read the earlier books in the series, which made my appreciation for the characters and their dynamics richer and subtler. And that, dear friends, is one of the reasons I only read a series in order and from book 1... unless I get caught out, as happened with this book back in 2010. As to the substance and writing of the book, I will say only that I recommend it highly, whatever order your own personal readin ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Clare rated it really liked it
Well excellent book, just ugly facts about how some peoples minds work and what should and shouldn't be allowed. Sad thing is that its not fiction but life.
Aug 28, 2010 BurgendyA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anyone. Including mysteries/crimesloving buff and to any Johnathan Kellerman fans
Recommended to BurgendyA by: my friend Carlos recommend it to me when he noticed me reading 'Obession' by JK
Survival of the Fittest was super thrilling. This was a great whodunit?. As always Alex & Milo never let me down. I really enjoyed it alot. It was a really awesome how Alex & Milo solved this horrific, brutal murders of mentally disabled victims. This was a dark, and disturbing case, very erry. But the ending was not a disappointment.

I could never get tired of Jonathan Kellerman's Delaware & Sturgis series. He totally knows how to captivate his readers and leave them wanting more.
Aug 22, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting case that Dr. Delaware gets very involved in. Lots of suspense. Don't know how Kellerman does it, but he keeps coming up with great stories. Not tired of them yet; so on to the next one.
Greer Andjanetta
Feb 10, 2012 Greer Andjanetta rated it liked it
The central character in this story, Alex Delaware, is a psychologist who assists the police in solving crimes, either recent or 'cold' as is the example in this story. The author is himself a (former) psychologist so it is natural, I suppose, that he would portray psychologists as actually being useful for something (other than collecting large fees from those unfortunate people who have been persuaded that a psychologist can actually help them). This story is interesting enough and written in ...more
Deb Saw
Apr 01, 2016 Deb Saw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I stopped reading his books at the one before this. This and several others have been on my shelf for ages.

So, I started this expecting to find it out of date but it was no such thing. Ok, technology has moved on since then but the book didn't suffer one bit.

I loved the story but dropped a point because most of the action is towards the end. It does build to a great crescendo and then comes crashing to an ending. Much preferable to these books that keep you hooked and then peter
Sridhar Babu
Dec 14, 2014 Sridhar Babu rated it really liked it

What makes this murder-investigation story something interesting, is the perp., kills the retarded non-Anglo kids, and teenagers..considers them as invalid to this world because of their inability. He also considers that these retarded people will carry this genetic deficiency to other family members these people/kids should not be sympathized but should be eliminated...
Alex and Milo Sturgis, investigates the murders of retarded 12 year old daughter of Israeli diplomat, a black teenage gi
Boots S
Feb 29, 2016 Boots S rated it liked it
A book with a great deal of description of characters appearance, decor of rooms, dwellings, etc. The police detective, Milo, and his counterpart, Daniel, along with Dr Delaware are exceptionally brilliant deducting the crimes from just a few clues. Explanations of the events were confusing.

The daughter of a diplomat disappears on a school field trip--lured into the Santa Monica mountains and killed in cold blood. Her father denies the possibility of a political motive. There are no signs of st
Sep 12, 2015 Alisha rated it liked it
Shelves: comfort-food
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Oct 03, 2014 Sebastian rated it did not like it
Disgustingly concocted to spread pro-Israeli propaganda and politically correct, anti-Western drivel at every turn. Israelis are victims of terrorists (oh, the irony), the lead detective is a shunned homosexual, a black cop can't get ahead because of "departmental racism," ad nauseam. Every harebrained politically correct, culturally Marxist bogeyman is thrown in with the kitchen sink, Kellerman's motive undoubtedly being to get points for gasps.

The writing itself is snappy, energetic, fun at fi
*Audiobook* The plot of this novel centers around the murder of several disabled people, most children, all members of a minority. Delaware finds himself wading through the sordid history of the eugenics movement, the idea that some people are inherently worth less than others. I found the author's inclusion of historical information about this theory to be both fascinating and disgusting, but at the end of the day the killers are only using it as an excuse to exercise their own dark desires. In ...more
Cupof Tea
I stopped listening to this audiobook at 62%. I just don't want to waste more time on it. I understand it was published in 1997, but so much has changed since then that this story felt dated (and that is saying something because I am in love with Sue Grafton's alphabet murder series which is stuck in an 80s timelock). Using the word "retarded" in the clinical sense over and over made me uncomfortable (this is a word that I have had to work really hard to stop using casually but now it sticks out ...more
Oct 18, 2009 Melanie rated it really liked it
A really good cop/psychologist thriller. This is a series based on Alex Delaware, a psychologist, and his friend Milo Sturgis, a LAPD detective. I love it when I find a good series- yay!
Mukta Mohapatra
Apr 10, 2016 Mukta Mohapatra rated it really liked it
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Dec 15, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Good mystery. I could see step by step how they figured everything out, unlike some mysteries where you wonder where in the heck the charachters drew their conclusions from.
Jun 02, 2016 Dee rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

Cold case for Milo.
Israeli girl on school trip,
Embassy father.

Other deaths emerge.
Alex puts self in danger,
Desperate for truth.
Hayley Shaver
This is a good book but it wasn't as gripping as some of Kellerman's others.
(Book 12 of author's Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.) His books are usually a quick, mind-candy read - if you don't mind the blood and gore (sometimes salacious) ride into the darker sides of society. I would rank this one of Kellerman's better efforts. The two main characters, Milo and Delaware, keep me interested enough to keep reading through the series. Milo is the more interesting character and Delaware is dull without him (as experienced in "The Web"). While this book is predictable in ...more
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aPriL is sometimes feral
Woo hoo! Outstanding! Fantastic! Marvelous! Phenomenal! Knocked it out of the park!

I thought Alex bought it this time! (Ok, that was true hyperbole - I'm looking at ten more paperbacks to go in the series on my floor - ; D )

Anyway. I loved loved loved loved loved this one! Very exciting, couldn't put it down, interesting characters, realistic plot (Google rogue police departments - so many big city police are under the watchful eye of the Feds right now, being 'observed'). Alex is now a major le
May 27, 2012 J rated it liked it

LA-based child psychologists Alex Delaware is the main guy in this mystery, which starts out with the homicide of a young, hearing-impaired daughter of a California-based Israeli diplomat. She is lured away and killed during a school field trip to a local forest preserve.

Delaware is not an official detective. But his job puts him in contact with arms of the law, including police departments and the courts. An LA police detective, Mi
Aug 29, 2014 Andrée rated it did not like it
I'm baffled as to why people think this is good - yes it's about 'The Disabled' - clearly old fashioned since we don't say retarded any more - not even 'slightly' - but that doesn't qualify it as a 'good read'.
It may, ostensibly be about those with learning difficulties but it's mostly about dis-functional men who prey on the weak dispense rough justice and can't cope with relationships or failure
If this is typical of kellerman I'm going to re-read my Walter Moseley
Mundy Carroll
Took too long to read (with a week's break at some point); so by the time I got to the end, I'd forgotten the back story for one of the suspects! Not a good thing, and affected my enjoyment of the book.

The story flows well though, and I found this just a little less dark and depressing than the Butcher's Theatre, which I read earlier in the year. Still - Kellerman doesn't paint a pretty picture of people!

Good holiday read.
Sep 21, 2010 Cupcakencorset rated it liked it
This is a relatively early novel in the Alex Delaware series (published in 1997?). I’ve read at least one other in the series, but totally randomly. Normally, I read a series as a series, in order, oldest to most recent, ’cause I like to follow the main character’s personal life and relationships with other regular characters as they develop. Somehow, I failed to notice this was a series when I read the other one, or perhaps I thought it was the first in said series, and I didn’t have another bo ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it
Up to his usual high standard. A novel centered on a neo-Nazi Mensa spin-off group that specializes in murder of those with “lives not worth living”, the disabled or retarded. But Meta takes on the wrong enemy when they mess with a Mossad-connected Israeli diplomat who uses Alex, Milo and others to locate the killers so he can handle the revenge.
Oct 17, 2014 Roxie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the character ALEX DELAWARE that Jonathan has created and the character that he works with MILO STURGIS, the way the two work together,Alex being a psychologist and Milo a detective, how the two of them get together to solve crimes, complete different characters but these two have a knack of working together.
Can't wait for the next one to read....keep the characters coming Jonathan they are awesome
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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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“Through the anger came something I recognized; the sadness that can result from too many years absorbing the poison of others. - Alex Delaware on Dr. Lehmann” 7 likes
“I saw this cartoon in the paper, once. That Viking, Hagar the Horrible? He’s standing on the mountaintop, holding his hands to the heavens, shouting “Why me?” And down from the heavens comes the answer: “Why not?” Maybe that’s the ultimate truth; what right to do I have to expect a smooth ride?” 6 likes
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