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Survival of the Fittest (Alex Delaware #12)

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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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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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
Sridhar Babu

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
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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
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!
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.
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 does feral sometimes
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

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
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.
Aug 28, 2010 BurgendyA rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
Listened to this novel on audiobook. I'm not crazy about this reader, but he's decent. Much prefer Rubenstein for Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels.

This Alex Delaware novel follows the normal pattern for Kellerman: pick up the case, hypothesize incorrectly for the better part of the plot, eventually hit on the right answer. What appears to be a serial killing of disabled people to rid the world of "inferiorness" turns out to be something more sinister. Alex goes undercover as "Andrew" to infiltra
John Rasmussen
When I started reading this, I thought is was a recent writing. However, after finishing, it was written 17 years ago. A great read, with a sudden solution to the mass murders. More great interaction among Alex, Milo and Robin with a supporting cast. Actually, the dog is a hero in the story. Enjoyed the story.
Alejandro Ipina
One of the thrillers I've enjoyed the most. Alex Delaware aiding the PD in a series of murders of handicapped people in the LA area. The intensity and detail of each of his characters is remarkable! Truly one of Kellerman's best work.
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 and no evidence of sexual assault, leaving psychologist Alex Delaware and his friend LAPD homocide detective Milo Sturgis to pose the essential question: Why?Working with Daniel Sharavi, a brillant Israeli police inspector, Delaware and Sturgis soon find themselves ensnared in one of ...more
Didn't guess ahead

A good who done it. One of his best, I think. I very much enjoy these series. If you enjoy the Alex, Milo team, you will enjoy this one. At least, I did
I like all Jonathan Kellerman's books and this one was good too. I think of these as light reading but well written and the characters are interesting. It was an older book of his so the content wasn't as timely as one more recent.
Always good, though.
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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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“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
“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” 5 likes
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