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Silent Partner (Alex Delaware #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  8,079 ratings  ·  169 reviews
At a party for a controversial Los Angeles sex therapist, Alex encounters a face from his own past--Sharon Ransom, an exquisite, alluring lover who left him abruptly more than a decade earlier. Sharon now hints that he desperately needs help, but Alex evades her. The next day she is dead, an apparent suicide. Driven by guilt and sadness, Alex plunges into the maze of Sharo ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Best Psychologist Novelists
6th out of 26 books — 25 voters
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Emma
Look, I like Jonathan Kellerman. Generally, the mystery itself keeps me turning the pages quickly, and the characters have at least one interesting/unique quality that I am curious to understand better. There are a few good descriptions thrown in, too. Not high-class fine literature by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly well done, addictive, and enjoyable.

However, to be fair, this last read was more than a little tasteless. The plot was quite far-fetched, and the scenes between Dr. De
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Brenda
Child psychologist Alex Delaware was feeling in need of a comforting shoulder himself – with partner Robyn and himself struggling in their relationship, when she announced she was going away for business, he was both sad and relieved. And at the party which he hadn’t been going to attend, but did at the last minute, seeing a previous love set his emotions running all over the place.

Sharon Ransom was as beautiful as she was when he was head over heels in love with her as a student. Even though a
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Robin
And now for something completely different... sort of. The mystery this time does not involve a patient, but rather, Alex Delaware himself. It had a very different tone from the previous titles, and it gripped me right away. It was fascinating seeing this "other side" of Delaware and learning more about his past and about some of his issues, taking the "good guy" persona and really opening it up. Oh yeah, Delaware has issues. And by the end, I find that I am liking him much more than when I star ...more
Jim
It was hard to read and follow. First there was one girl, then two, then three. One was misformed at birth, two were adopted, after the mother was killed, and then separated because one was crazy and one wasn't. Then in the end the crazy one, I think, killed herself but it was assumed the sane one had committed suicide, but then maybe she didn't. At the end, if the sane one was still alive she went crazy. And then a police officer and an ex-cop was disgraced for some reasons, that were explained ...more
Sarah
After reading book #7 in this series, I felt like I didn't know Alex Delaware very well. That has certainly changed after reading Silent Partner! It provides quite the window into his psyche. It's also a good mystery. Through the myriad of psychological disorders on display here, there is a pretty good story. Though, it's also pretty messed up! You really feel for Alex at the end. The mystery-solving psychologist definitely becomes very human.
Sandra
I had stopped reading Jonathan Kellerman as they were getting to all be the same. Picked this up in the free pile in Bali. And I could hardly put it down! As all his books, pretty unlikely story, but the twinships and the mystery of it all kept me riveted.
Kelly
This wasn't my favorite novel. It was a short book. As embarrassing as it is I actually got lost as to who was who. Their were a lot of characters that popped up and not a lot of time to explain. I still enjoyed the story line.
Dennis D.
Another three star effort from Jonathan Kellerman.

The protagonist, Alex Delaware, runs into an old flame, psychologist Sharon Ransom, at a party. She’s distressed, and confides in him that she needs help. Despite the fact that he had once dumped her because she was a psycho hose-beast, it turns out that he and Robin, his most recent girlfriend, are conveniently ‘on a break,’ so he agrees to a future lunch date with Sharon. After the party, guilt sets in, and he calls and cancels the date via voi
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Tawny

I read this book many years ago (mid nineties) and I remember liking it then and I enjoyed rereading recently. It definitely has an eighties feel to it.
Basically Alex and Robin are having problems ( a recurrent theme) and Alex runs into an old flame who ends up dead soon after. I have to admit I have never been a fan of Robin so I always end up liking the books she is mostly absent from more. Here the other love interest is Sharon, a former college girlfriend. She is a beautiful brunette with a
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Judi
I want to like Jonathan Kellerman's writing; I really do. He's highly touted, and he's a psychologist who writes crime fiction, so I should like him...but I don't. He's like Dan Brown (whose writing I also don't like) in that his books are full of himself, and he likes himself A LOT. I'm just beginning Chapter 8 in Silent Partner, and the purple prose has me chuckling, e.g.,

All at once I was rock hard. And furious about it.

A few pages later: The weight between my legs grew oppressive. I dropped
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Tom Sanocki
This is an interesting modern take on the "noire gumshoe," with a wonderfully twisted femme fatale. Alex Delaware is a burnt out psychologist and modern man with lot's of depth, and his psyche is explored extensively here. Yes, it starts out slow and becomes very complex, with layers of LA corruption involving police, starlets, billionaires, and Alex. The femme fatale concept is taken new places here, with more than one personality / identity / read to learn! Female clinical grad students can be ...more
aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
Weird stuff. As I've read these first four books in the Doctor Alex Delaware series, I've been thinking this doctor needs to heal himself. In Silent Partners what has been implicit is now explicit - Delaware is not OK. While he manages to solve mysteries, including this one involving an old girlfriend and an intricate past, he has been acting more out of control in each book, more obsessive and depressed. So, in pursuing justice and closure for his patients and friends, he finds himself coming a ...more
Fred Forbes
Like other novels in the Alex Delaware series this one moves right along but the ending is a bit forced and convoluted. This character came along 8 years before James Patterson started writing about another shrink in law enforcement - Alex Cross. Wonder where the idea came from? At any rate, Delaware is a complex character and is best enjoyed by getting to know him, his sidekick and his love interest by reading some of the earlier works. I think this one is #27 and I have read of listened to mos ...more
Ann
May 06, 2014 Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
One of the earlier Alex Delaware mystery novels, from the 1980s. Alex, temporarily separated from Robin, attends a party for Dr. Kruse, the new head of the Psychology department where Alex himself used to work. Alex is disgusted that a worthless charlatan like Kruse had been able to use his connections and money to attain such a prestigious post. But then he meets an old flame at the party and make a date. Shortly after Alex breaks the appointment, she unexpectedly commits suicide. Alex starts t ...more
Ami
After reading book 2-4, I found them slightly less enjoyable than the debut book. Maybe because the lack of Milo. Maybe because these three books felt long with so many information on page, lots and LOTS of talk with minimum action (I remembered in book 1 Alex was more of a man of action somehow, maybe because he was retired and he was bored)

So this book has a personal link to Alex, with the woman being one of his past. That one was intriguing. At least it added an information about Alex's past
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Thom Swennes
An old flame can still burn you. Nobody is exempt from Freudian slips; even physiologists. It never occurred to me that physiotherapists spend all of their time treating other people’s problems and neglecting their own. Doctor Alex Delaware is a renowned and well respected psychoanalyst and climbing to the top of his profession. His professional life couldn’t be better and his personal life couldn’t be worst. With bouts of depression and his romantic life in a shambles, he didn’t think his life ...more
Alice Deering
I thought I had read all of the books in this series to date but missed this one and Time Bomb somehow. I really enjoyed this story. As other reviewers mentioned the main focus here is on Alex. Quite the eye opener into his past relationship with the mysterious Sharon.
Don O'goodreader
Alex Delaware is a psychologist who solves mysteries. In this early Alex Delaware novel, he explores the question of how do early-childhood traumatic experiences affect later life.

The story is about a brilliant woman, psychologist Sharon Ransom, and old friend of Dr Delaware, who commits suicide. As Alex investigates the suicide he discovers that Sharon has no history and seems to be a something of a nymphomaniac.

As might be expected from Jonathan Kellerman, much of the investigation reveals not
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Shaun
This is was a great read. I really did have trouble putting the book down through the 650 pages plus. Some people do not like Kellerman's deep descriptions but I really do love the complete picture that he paints. In typical Kellerman fashion there is a massive amount of characters involved in the plot so keeping everyone straight can be difficult. It would be nice if he would include a relationship chart in the back of the book to keep everything fresh. There was not as much Milo in this one bu ...more
Jane
Sex and old loves are woven deep in this murder mystery. Psychologist/detective Alex Delaware will have to unravel the threads of an old lover's life in order to solve this one.
ChaCha Ala Mode
Sometimes the past is not how it appears. Sometimes it comes back to bite you. In this edge of your seat plot twister I was sucked into a murder/suicide mystery. I loved the not quite knowing what was going on, the internal turmoil of the hero and his dysfunctional relationships with himself. This is one of the best novels in this series. The hero is not perfect and begins to question everything, which makes him so much more human. I loved the fact that up until the very end, I had no idea who d ...more
Chris Ingalls
Three-and-a-half stars, if that were an option.

I've read a ton of Kellerman's Alex Delaware books, and while there's nothing deep or groundbreaking about them, I find them fun and entertaining. Not much really changes from book to book - Delaware is a psychologist who helps the LAPD - specifically his pal, Detective Milo Sturgis - solve crimes.

"Silent Partner," a relatively early entry in the Delaware series, is a bit different than the rest in that it's a more personal story for Delaware. He ru
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Cynthia
I'm not sure this one deserves 4 stars, as much of it deserved only 1.
The first 50 pages were so slow it took me days to get through that much, and I often wondered if someone other than Kellerman was writing this book. But then it picked up and was the usual intriguing story of piles of dead bodies, and many twists and turns. On the plus side, at least Alex Delaware did some actual detective work to solve some of the case this time, instead of having the "bad guys" just confess everything at th
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Emily Higgins
Alex Delaware is attending a party when he sees an old flame, Sharon Ransom. Sharon tells Alex that she really needs to meet with him. They set a time for the meeting, but later, Alex calls and cancels the meeting. A day later, Alex hears that Sharon is dead, an apparent suicide. Thus begins an attempt to reconstruct a love affair in his past. He finds that nothing was as it seemed at the time. Convoluted story.
Julia
So I liked the general theme of twins. Is there such a thing as the evil twin? And the ambiguity in the story. Is it a story of twins, or a story of multiple personality, or both? Who knows. Dr. Delaware manages to solve the mystery although I don't really know how. The story is so convoluted and goes back through history to find the true identity of the victim. So overall this was a confusing read for me, but I still enjoyed it because it was so weird.
Maxine
When I picked this book up, I thought I was re-reading it, so I was quite delighted to discover that it was new to me. Jonathan Kellerman is the master of leading you right up the garden path. His twists are sublime and just when you thing you have the plot cracked he shows you how silly you were to contemplate such a thing.

Yet another brilliant novel by the master of the genre. Psychological thrillers at their best.
Perry Martin
Still reading but it is a great book so far. So many stories so much detail. Just can't stop listening. Finished and still a great book. The long drawn out character story is great the quick wrap up at the end, finished the story well but just so much detail to wrap up so quickly then done.
Ubiquitousbastard
A few times I found myself confused as to how and why certain things happened, and why people did what they did and such. Also, I sort of enjoy my conjunctions, and this book had very few of them. That also sort of ruined the individual voices of the characters, since they all had the exact same speech. I think this book would have been better with a stronger editor. And there was just too much sex. Blech.
Having said that, I do like this series for its difference from the other kind of books in
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sandra sprenger
Great read

another great book in the series of Delaware novels. storyline moves along nicely and pulls you in.

I'm a big fan of the series, can not stress how easy they are to get involved in the story. main characters are well formed and become like friends.
Georgia
Ehhhh....nothing to write home about on this one. I love the characters of Alex Delaware...and Milo Sturgis. But Robin sets my teeth on edge, and Alex totally doesn't deserve the whiny woman. Whoa!!!! I'm writing this like the characters are real--someone I can meet and touch. Actually, the 'Delaware' books are usually that good and believable; but this one? The plot was convoluted, unbelievable (c'mon, triplets?), and just basically annoyed me. I did read the whole thing though, since I'm tryin ...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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