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Flesh and Blood (Alex Delaware #15)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  5,869 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Lauren Teague is a beautiful, defiant, borderline-delinquent teenager when her parents bring her to Alex Delaware's office. But for all Alex's skill and effort, Lauren resists--angrily, provocatively. Reluctantly, the psychologist chalks Lauren up as one of the inevitable failures of a challenging profession. But years later, when Alex encounters Lauren as a stag party's f ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published December 11th 2001 by Random House (first published 2001)
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When psychologist Alex Delaware saw fifteen year old Lauren Teague on the insistence of her parents, he was frustrated by his inability to help her. Two sessions was all she managed before she stopped coming to his practice. Then, ten years later Lauren’s mother had contacted him – she was worried about Lauren; could he help find her as she had gone away without saying anything; without taking anything. She was worried…

When Detective Milo Sturgis contacted Alex to let him know Lauren’s body
Good Plot, Bad Action...

We've read every Kellerman (both husband AND wife!) book, so eagerly snapped this one up a week ago. We thought the plot was reasonable and interesting, but when Alex Delaware starting running around like an idiot, tailing potential criminals, rescuing their family members from drowning, and posing as a romantic date to get inside information, that's too far-fetched for us. There's a fair amount of tension with his life partner, Robin, over his antics and involvement in
I read this book, wearing humble sweat pants, somewhat worn yet comfortable. An old T-Rex t shirt, hunting socks to ward off the fall chill on the floor. I furrowed my brow, squinting into the distance as though the answer to life's mysteries was visible above the hearth, which crackled enthusiastically. I imagined Delaware, black cardigan over tan chinos, pondering this week's murder. His deep set eyes a window to the clues hidden in every character's attire, his pouty mouth clueing us into his ...more
Tk Good
I have read many of the Alex Delaware novels as I love Kellerman's style and the Delaware/Sturgis relationship is always entertaining.
But this one wasn't as great as some others. The story was interesting but cluttered. And I could not get past the fact that he got so involved in a patient he had only seen twice years ago, that's just not believable.
I will continue to read Kellerman though, he's one of my favorite writers of this genre.
Aug 30, 2011 Veronica rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with an obsessive interest in clothes
Shelves: fiction, bookcrossing
Well, one and a half stars, because I finished it, but really ... it was rubbish. The main character spends his time cooking up ludicrous theories on the basis of no evidence, which, no matter how far-fetched, turn out to be true. I started actually laughing at the fact that in every scene, Kellerman describes in meticulous, adjective-laden detail what the characters are wearing. What's with that? It would have been half the length if he'd cut that out. Once or twice, OK. But every freaking time ...more
Pretty boring. More than required characters are present in the book which just tends to stretch on the story without adding any interesting twist.
This is among the least enjoyable of the Deleware novels. It was part of what I'd call the mid-series slump for author Kellerman.
So I was looking to read (well, listen to) Patricia Cornwell’s latest Kay Scarpetta mystery, “Flesh and Blood,” when it occurred to me that I already had a book on my shelf with that very same title, by Jonathan Kellerman. It’s been quite a while since I’d had an Alex Delaware “fix,” so I decided to try the latter first, then perhaps compare them. Well, I got the audiobook out of the library, and listened to about half of it before I had to bring it back; so I said to myself, “No matter, I still ...more
Mar 08, 2008 Rose added it  ·  review of another edition
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3***s/5. FLESH AND BLOOD by Johnathan Kellerman

Overall, this was a good plot bogged down by a very slow pace. I wanted to fast-forward the audiobook, but knew I would surely miss an important detail or two crucial to solving the case. (Unfortunately, I was unable to increase the audio speed, as my copy didn't allow for this. Frustrating!!!)

Kellerman' s characters, as usual, were very well developed, and the narrator (who has narrated other audiobooks by Kellerman) did a great job with all the ch
Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware had many successes in his career yet it’s the clients he felt he failed that always remained in the forefront of his mind. Lauren Lee Teague was such a client,he met with her twice,once as a teen and again when she was twenty-one. An urgent call from her mother four years later sent Alex searching for Lauren only to discover her life changed dramatically and ended violently. Compelled to find her killer Alex disregarded Detective Milo Sturgis’ advice and broke his ...more
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I can certainly see why Mr. Kellerman has a legion of fans. He has a fast-paced style and a likeable hero in Alex Delaware. I'm assuming I just picked one of his inferior titles. The main character comes off as a poor psychiatrist and an even worse detective. The storyline could have been very interesting, but there was so much clutter and add-ons that I just lost interest.
J. Ewbank
This is yet another Jonathan Kellerman and Alex Delaware novel and as such it is a good book. I enjoyed it but it was a little slow reading for me which has not been the case with most of the other books by this author and about Alex Delaware. Could just be me.

Mystery fans will enjoy.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Kellerman is a great murder mystery. Used many of the same characters for his books, yet you do not need to read them all to quickly get to know each character!

A bit of sex, blood, and of course the law with witty characters....cannot put them down!
way to inappropriet for some INNOCENT eyes...!
J.W. Thompson
Can't get enough of his Alex Delaware novels
"Lauren Teague is a beautiful, defiant, borderline delinquent teenager when her parents bring her to Dr. Alex Delaware's office. Lauren angrily resists Alex's help - and the psychologist is forced to chalk Lauren up as one of the inevitable failures of his profession. Years later, when Alex and lauren come face to face in a shocking encounter, both doctor and patient are stricken with shame. but the ultimate horror takes place when, soon after, Lauren's brutalized corpse is found dumped in an al ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
This is not one that shows Dr. Alex Delaware at his best. He stalks people obsessively, and for the first time he takes unacceptable risks with his relationship with Robin. I haven't seen him make such poor decisions since the early first four books. All of this self-destructive behavior is unleashed by the murder of a patient he met twice, once when she was an unruly 15 year old and next when she was stripping at a bachelor's party he attended. Twice. Yet her murder sets off Delaware's OC and h ...more
Cameron Wiggins
Flesh and Blood is another murder thriller from Jonathan Kellerman. No doubt this is a good one though most certainly not his best, but Kellerman still keeps your interest at bay and you read on. Lauren is a very mixed up child that Alex Delaware sees twice when she is a teen, but he comes nowhere near to breaking through to her. Which is just fine with Lauren. She quits coming to Alex.

Alex doesn't hear anymore about her for a long time. Then he is at a party for a friend about 8 years later. L
Jul 31, 2010 BurgendyA rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to anyone. Including mysteries/crimesloving buff and to any Johnathan Kellerman fans
Recommended to BurgendyA by: No one really. I follow up of Kellerman's novels.
Flesh And Blood was a great thrill ride. I love Delaware & Sturgis crime solving tactics and dialogs together. This story was very interesting and the psychological inviews was intense. Which made the murder so mindboggling.

Here is the story plot. Alex Delaware recieves a phone call from a former patient's mother. The girl's name was Lauren Teague. Alex remembers his old patient & her problems, but in this case she is now a murder victim. So he gets his best friend/ partner Detective M
David Michael Slater
Not my typical genre, but I was entertained. Some observations: 1) The writing was generally really very good. 2) The plotting, not so much. Every time the psychologist/detective needed a clue, he went out for a drive and, conveniently, a suspect appeared for him to follow. 3) As is often my experience with whodoneits, I found myself shrugging after the big reveal, even if I couldn't predict it.
Adam Voyton
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Barbara ★
I did not like this book until it got almost halfway through. Alex Delaware, psychiatrist turned detective, is like a pitbull. He has two consultations with Lauren Teague and then a chance encounter (she's now a stripper) and he's all up in her business. When she turns up missing, he's the one to get the cops moving. The cop in question, is his friend and honestly Alex does more detecting than the cop does. I liked Alex but I just didn't feel anything for the missing Lauren, she had a serious at ...more
Dr. Alex Delaware takes on a case almost by himself in this novel, his 15th outing, by Jonathan Kellerman. Dr. Delaware treats antisocial personality Lauren Teague briefly and then only notices her again when she's the entertainment at a bachelor party he attends. Later, she is discovered dead and Dr. Delaware's guilt causes him to try and find her killer. In Kellerman's hands, sunny L.A. has a dangerous, seedy side that contributes to Lauren's corruption and death and ties her to a case Milo St ...more
Lots of twist and turns in this book that the ending definitely comes as a shock! It reminded me a lot of what police go through with every murder in narrowing down the suspects. Definitely did a good job of keeping you on your toes, as well as wanting to know who the killer really was. Kellerman also did a really good job of depicting what police go through when investigating a crime.
After a very promising and emotional start, this book was a disappointment, especially compared to the rest of the series. The whole beginning reads like a modern tragedy and to witness the hero's unusually violent response to it was as striking as the tragedy itself. But the investigation part was like slow driving at rush hour in a dark tunnel : a lot of possible suspects but no sign of evidence or a viable explanation. The reader, just like the hero, is kept in the dark almost the entire time ...more
It's been a long time since I read a Jonathan Kellerman novel but it certainly does not seem like he's lost his edge! This was a fast-paced , hard-to-put down mystery and I had fun reading it.

This is another story about Alex Delaware, the child psychologist turned criminal investigator, his long-time girlfriend Robin and his friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. This time Alex is dealing with a blast from his past when a patient, Lauren Teague, who he treated 2-3 times many years before turns up
Anita Mott
I love Jonathan Kellerman. This book is good, but it seemed to me that most of the action was between Milo and Delaware. They argued back and forth so much that it got boring after awhile. Still, I loved the book and would recommend it to others.
I don't whether I lost the plot literally with this book but I just kept getting confused about who was doing what with whom. I got really excited at the end when I thought something was going to happen and then it didn't, mean but true.
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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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