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Compulsion (Alex Delaware #22)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  5,378 ratings  ·  393 reviews
Once again, the depths of the criminal mind and the darkest side of a glittering city fuel #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s brilliant storytelling. And no one conducts a more harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr. Alex Delaware.

A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the i...more
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Published March 25th 2008 by Random House Audio (first published 2008)
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Seanna
I love Dr. Delaware, and I'm glad he's back with Robin the Mandolin Maker, but I think Dr. Kellerman might have phoned this one in just a little bit. It's still worth reading because it's Alex Delaware (well and Milo) but this one was not the most stellar. If you are reading this, Dr. Kellerman, I'm sorry. I feel like a traitor for dissing your book with only three stars. It's just that I have higher standards for you, sir, than for some of your colleagues...now turn off the internet and get bac...more
Carrol
It has been a while since I have read or listened to a Jonathan Kellerman book. His regular charachers have become pretty predictable and this story dragged a bit - at least on CD. If you don't have a "history" with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, the 2 main characters, and also with his lesser regulars, some of the subtleties are easy to miss. This book doesn't give you much background development of the characters - there seems to be an assumption that you have read some of the earlier books....more
Susan
If you like Kellerman's other books, you will probably like this one. I actually liked it more than some of the other ones. Sometimes, I find Alex Delaware's psychological insights a little too obscure and feel they muddy the picture. This time, he was a little more reigned in, and I found this book to be much more readable as a result. It still contains all of the elements we love--Milo, Robin, and Alex's cute new dog. The only drawback was that the two mysteries in this book got tied up a litt...more
Moira Russell
OKAY YES I AM A NITPICKER BUT JESUS.

"I was a double major at U. New Mexico."

THAT IS A LINE SPOKEN BY A SUPPOSED NM NATIVE. AT FIRST I TOTALLY COULD NOT PARSE WTF HE MEANT AND THOUGHT KELLERMAN WAS MAKING UP A UNIVERSITY. It's called UNM! Jesus Christ. Yeah yeah it is a TINY fucking detail but it did not just throw me out of the story, I nearly threw the book against the WALL. Writers are supposed to be careful with language! Words are how you get inside someone else's head -- as Stephen King sai...more
Jen
Alex Delaware is back in Jonathan Kellerman's newest novel, Compulsion. He and Milo are hot on the case again. This time they are trying to solve a mystery that starts with a stolen Bentley...a stolen Bentley with blood on the seat. However, there is no body and no suspects. Their detecting starts to uncover strange clues that take Alex all the way to New York City.

That's the main storyline of the plot. However, for some reason, Kellerman includes two very minor subplots. First, there is a deat...more
Carol Storm
I love Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. They are chilling, deadly and suspenseful every time! But why is it that the victims are always sexy young party girls who just want to enjoy themselves?

Of course, I do understand that you can't have a serial killer without a victim, just like you can't have a dragon without a damsel in distress. But in most other genres, whether suspense, mystery, or medieval romance, the damsel is usually portrayed sympathetically, as a nice person.

For some r...more
Sherril
I got really tired of the goofy similes and metaphors. For example:

"His spiky (hair) do fit him like lipstick fits a goldfish." page 194-195

I never noticed this about Kellerman's writing before, which makes me think that he was trying something new. He needs to work on some subtlety.

Other than that, excellent book, as usual.


My favorite quote (and a reminder of why to be patient with my nieces and nephews), from page 281:

"Good was Antoine's age at the time of the disappearance. You see a fifteen...more
Thom Swennes
Life and love seems to move in inches and then suddenly it takes flight and travels in light years. This is the 22nd Alex Delaware novel and once again has this criminal psychologist worming his way into the mind of a killer. The story raises questions in the reader’s mind that keep that grey matter working overtime. The story exposes many different facets. A young woman named Katrina Shonsky (Kat) accepts a ride with an old lady driving a Bentley and disappears. Another old woman, Ella Mancusi...more
Vicki
I had an epiphany last year when I read my umpteenth Alex Delaware novel: Jonathan Kellerman's run out of plots. I don't know why I keep reading them; god knows I don't expect anything different.

In Compulsion, the first hint that something's amiss is when someone takes a Bentley out for an unauthorized spin, a victimless crime. A mere speck of blood is found on the front passenger seat. Yawn. A few weeks later, a woman is stabbed to death in her front yard, the killer makes his escape in a Merc...more
Joe Young
Another Police procedural story that has Police consulting Psychologist Alex Delaware pairing with detective Milo Sturgis and try to find the body that was tied to a small patch of type O blood found on the leather upholstery of a Bentley that had been jacked from an upscale residence in Brentwood. Finally, a mother files a missing person complaint on her daughter. Followup showed the missing girl frequently left for extended visits to exotic spots with little or no notice. When her residence wa...more
Jerry
Mediocre outing -- even JK seems tired of our buddy Alex!

We've read every single Alex Delaware novel, so are big fans, well-informed about this series. What started out great - the child psychologist by profession who consults with the police; specifically Milo Sturgis, a gay, very interesting, and persistent homicide cop; on murders where the police feel they need a consultant's help - has resolved into little more than two detective buddies, one paid, the other an amateur hardly more skillful...more
Ellen
As always, Dr, Alex Delaware and novelist Jonathan Kellerman are in fine form. Alex is back with Robin, and his trusty friend/confidante Milo is by his side to unravel the newest mystery of a series of bizarre murders in LA.

In direct contrast to this well-crafted book, Patricia Cornwall is at the bottom of her game with "The Front" which features characters previously introduced in "At Risk." This short (less than 200 page) essay in mindless blathering disappoints on every page. The characters...more
MD
It's ok. When this series began I read every book as soon as it came out. Especially, I couldn't get enough of the Milo Sturgis character. But since I tend to dislike mysteries/thrillers in which the antagonist goes after the main character (or his/her significant other, niece, etc.), I stopped following the series after Kellerman wrote a couple of those. I decided to give the series another try a couple of months ago and read one in which Alex had split with boring musical-instrument-maker girl...more
Mary JL
Oct 01, 2009 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery fan
Recommended to Mary JL by: No one--fan of series
Shelves: mystery-horror
I have always enjoyed the Alex Delaware series. I find the two main characters--Alex and Milo--very interesting. I also find the many plot twists in the books interesting and suspenseful. Some people see thru these twists and see things coming--I seldom can figure a mystery out.

The way the two seperate cases are handled in this books and the twists and turns Alex and Milo enouncted where attempting to solve the crimes I found very, very interesting.

Admittedly, this is not a book that will stay...more
Kirsti
A fun vacation read, but not appreciably different from the other Alex and Milo books.

I'm going to reprint my friend Jackie's review, as I think it describes the book really well. "Usual Kellerman here....almost a Kellerman Mad Lib..it is that formula...and as a bookcrossing friend pointed out to me...half the book is about what they eat...lunch and dinner is described in more detail than the crimes or criminals being chased. So in review....Bad guy does something...Milo eats alone...Milo Eats w...more
Stephanie
This book, given to me by a friend, was one of Kellerman's many stories that that have a psychological overlay, due to Kellerman himself having a degree in psychology .... The book is a far-fetched, fast-paced typical murder mystery, written as many of these stories are, in a straightforward, inelegant style that makes for an easy read, apparently the type of book that seems to sell nowadays. The only reason I read it was because I thought it might cure my insomnia (it didn't). I'm glad that I d...more
Krys Gut
My first Kellerman book, must say the writing was flat and uninspired. The story line could have been interesting, but missed the mark. Felt like Kellerman's goal was to crank out a book and collect a paycheck.

The book covers psychologist Alex working with detectives to solve the disappearance of a young woman and the murder of an older woman, and what links the two.

Don't want to spoil it for any, but you're really not missing anything, read something else.
Jackie W.
Jun 16, 2011 Jackie W. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Law & Order.
Shelves: summer
It was enjoyable. It wasn't my favorite Alex Delaware book, but I kept reading. The end wasn't as shocking as some of the others have been.

I wish I had Goodreads when I read most of these books in high school...I can't keep the old ones straight and if I recommend them to people at work I can't say, "This one was REALLY good." Because I can't remember. Maybe I should reread them...or at least reskim them.
Judy
Due to issues with my eyesight, I've been "reading" mostly audio books lately. So I've fallen back on some favorite authors whose books are easy to get in audio from the library. I've read a good number of Jonathan Kellerman's books through the years and enjoyed them. Though I like Psychologist Alex Delaware pairing with detective Milo Sturgis to solve cases as a consultant for the L.A. Police Dept, this one was somewhat convoluted. It was actually several cases that took Delaware off on several...more
Heidi
Unfortunately not a great Delaware read! Hate when characters become omnicient to save the author time--- it's just deadly dull in a mystery. Alex "surmised" so much about the phsychopath that I was thinking if he'd pick a few numbers, I should buy a lotto ticket... Despite this dull entry, I still love Milo, Blanche and company.
Wendy Dawn
Compelling - compulsory read - ha! My book review for Jonathan Kellerman's psychological thriller is posted at the following location. I'd appreciate it if you take a peek. Thanks.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/arti...
Dlytle
I'll call this one three and one/half stars. Alex and Milo pair up again to tackle crime. Alex is more front and center on this one, traveling alone cross country to interview people who may have information. Car thefts, disappearances, and murders that on the surface are totally unrelated have a thread of commonality, and Alex and Milo untangle that web. There are, as usual, unexpected plot twists and turns, and I’ll admit the final answer came as a surprise to me.
There is also a secondary stor...more
Chris
I have to agree, not one of his BEST.

THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Alex Delaware is back in Jonathan Kellerman's newest novel, Compulsion. He and Milo are hot on the case again. This time they are trying to solve a mystery that starts with a stolen Bentley...a stolen Bentley with blood on the seat. However, there is no body and no suspects. Th...more
Danielle Ricci
Compulsion goes into the depths of human's sought after approval. It shows that some people don't let go when they get hurt, they get even. The mystery is always good in a Kellerman novel and I love to say that I have read quite a few. I did enjoy this book very much, though it was a quick read. I usually prefer books to take a little longer. That way I can "savor" the book. But this one is excellent in it's own right. This one goes into the poverty of man, the riches of man, and what people are...more
Janet
Excellent author. Excellant characters. Excellent plots. Excellent book. Serious surprises at the end.
I thought chapter 38's ending should've been the ending of the book. Thought, "Anymore will just be overkill". I was very wrong. Jonathan Kellerman was right to add chapter 39...
brilliantly right.


Rianna and Bethie =
Two of the worst friends a girl can have.
Unfortunately, this is a common situation in reality.
"A friend left me alone, blasted in the parking lot of a bar at 2:30 in the morning,...more
MwN2
“Hey stuff happens. Then it un-happens. I’m staying positive”

I had never read a Jonathan Kellerman book before. So, Compulsion was my first. And, though I won’t be searching for another book written by him eagerly, I won’t turn down one either, if I happen to encounter it.

This book featured the protagonist duo of policeman Milo Sturgis and psychiatrist Alex Delaware. The character of Sturgis reminded me of Reginald Hill’s creation Andrew Dalziel. Not only were they both fat, but Sturgis’ style o...more
Robin
I just started listening to this and so far it is very compelling. John Rubenstein narrates all of the Kellerman Alex Delaware books and he is excellent. If you are looking for a good "listen" and a compelling story, try getting the audio version of this author. The characters come alive and Rubenstein's Milo is spot-on.

I got impatient and finished this in book form and have to admit that although I liked it well enough, I'm getting a little weary of the constant focus on Milo and Alex investiga...more
Steven Howes
This is another addition to the author's series of Alex Delaware of crime novels. I have read most of them and have found them to be both interesting and entertaining. If you are looking for a deep, hidden message ala Moby Dick, this book is probably not for you. It is just a murder mystery with a complex plot that should hold your interest and it comes without commercial interruptions (therefore better than television). The characters in this series of books are quite unique and after one has r...more
Nanosynergy
(Book 22 of author's Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.) Another fun, mind-candy aural read. Narrator John Rubenstein is one of my favorite. Delaware and Sturgis team up again, methodically investigate, solve the crimes, and all loose ends are wrapped up. This might have been a much better book had the plotting been tighter. Some sections are also a bit too contrived. This book has one main plot involving a shape-shifting, evil serial killer and two subplots. The first subplot is a cold case. Th...more
Cecilia Quick
When I read the first Alex Delaware novel, "When the Bough Breaks", way back when, it was innovative, gripping and unique. I'd never read anything like it. And the idea of a psychologist who specialized in child related issues and crimes was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. Now the premise is no longer so new or fresh, but it's like a relaible old friend. I almost always know I'll be satisfied after I've read one of Kellerman's books. The plots are always intricate, and they almost always i...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...more
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