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Over the Edge (Alex Delaware #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,555 ratings  ·  219 reviews
When six young prostitutes are found strangled in Los Angeles, an investigation begins that takes the reader on a wild ride involving powerful families and close friends. Child-psychologist Alex Delaware has received a garbled, middle-of-the-night crisis call from an ex-patient. As Dr. Delaware becomes involved, he stumbles on a deep secret, one that has existed for over f ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Signet (first published 1987)
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I found this book to be somewhat boring at times with too much talking and not enough action. And we barely got any breaking and entering, which is one of my most favorite things about the first two books (and Alex in general). And if the end of Blood Test was hokey, the end of Over the Edge was d r a w n o u t f o r a s l o n g a s p o s s i b l e. This is how I summed up the final third of the book for my husband..."Alex went somewhere and they talked, and then he went somewhere else and they ...more
(Book 3 of author's Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.) When child-psychologist Alex Delaware gets an incoherent, late-night call from a former patient, he is pulled into an investigation of the brutal murders of male prostitutes, among others. This rather salacious story has a lot of twists and turns which end when all is fully revealed during the final Sturgis/Delaware confrontation with the masterminds (i.e. guilty parties in the 'drawing room'). If only the book actually ended at that point. ...more
Another psychological thriller by Kellerman. In this one, Alex Delaware, the child psychologist gets a midnight call from his disturbed former patient, Jamie, who has been lost for follow up for many years. He is in distress and is incoherent. Later Delaware comes to know that Jamie, the rich heir is accused of serial murder of homosexual men, including his lover. Jamie's uncle and his family lawyer hire Delaware and things start to get further puzzling. Jamie, the child protegee comes from a ps ...more
Given that I love psychology and mystery novels this was a nearly perfect fit for me.

I loved the psychological background on schizophrenia and the "dim cap" (diminished capacity defense) that the author provides as part of the story.

I found it an interesting exploration of how police & prosecutor's viewed gay victims/gay suspects in the 80's. Labelling someone as deviant certainly does make it easier to assume the person is capable of serial murders. I also found the Milo character's experie
This is the third novel in the Alex Delaware series, and the fourth which I have read. I had previously read books 1,5, and 2 in that order.

"When the bough breaks" may very well be the best mystery I have ever read. It's fast paced, the charachters are interesting and they feel real. Kellerman describes a beautifully fascinating California life for some of us who have never been there. And the twists and turns were as sickening and perverted as they were unexpected.

The immediate follow up "Blo
William Arsenis
I have read all of Jonathan Kellerman's novels, starting with WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS back in 1986, two years before I began writing a novel of my own.

I had to wait a while for BLOOD TEST, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, and THE BUTCHER'S THEATER to come to a bookstore near me because I was in Europe at the time.

Then OVER THE EDGE hit the bookshelves. This is the only thriller I've ever read twice. I was so excited about this novel that I purchased several copies of OVER THE EDGE and sent them to my frie
I think this review said exactly how I felt about this.

This book was long. And it FELT long. Why? Because OMG so many talks and not enough action. There were very detailed talks about drugs and prescriptions, and some scientific things. I got headaches over it. In the beginning, Alex also talked to his friend Lou about bonds and financial stuffs. Again, my eyes started to blur. It went on and on and on and on.

Plus not enough Milo. Because when Milo and Alex zooming in on the murderers, that sce
Great book! I think I have found another favorite author! Very interesting, fast paced and full of suspense. If you haven't read Jonathan Kellerman, now's the time to start! Alex Delaware is a great character. He's been added to my favorites too. I can't wait to read more of Kellerman's books and find out what other adventures Alex has! Every time I read one of these books, it gets me more and more interest in psychology. I found myself looking things up that I read about in this book because I ...more
This book felt like a bit of a departure from the style of the first two Alex Delaware books. It read less like a "whodunnit" and more like a "whydunnit." It was also very cerebral in nature-- very, very little action, and lots (and lots) of discussion/conversation that really felt like it was going nowhere. The pace was slow to start, but it did eventually (about 2/3 of the way through) turn around, stuff started happening and my interest finally engaged in a big way. Alex Delaware continues to ...more
Tedious. Found myself skipping great chunks of nothing but description. Kellerman is notorious for detailed descriptions of the scenery, but this was ridiculous. Also found myself skipping chunks of dialogue of main character with other secondary characters who I knew had little to do with the outcome of this story. I don't need detailed life histories of story people who ultimately don't matter. Having said that, the last chapter was quite touching and demonstrated how well Kellerman does write ...more
Lewis Weinstein
I found this to be a terrific read. The plot was more than a little bizarre, but the story-telling was excellent. Lots of psychologist talk.
Another page turning all night read! Alex receives a call in the middle of the night from a former patient that sets him off on a road of grisley discovery. Alex is like a bulldog --- once his mind catches something he can't let it go until all the pieces are revealed. All the great secondary characters are back, Milo, Del, and Robin. Great read!

Oldie but goodie!

These are the kind of mysteries I love. Lots of character development, some information, this time on psychotic drugs. This is longer than a lot of books you can get these days, but so worth it!
Child psychologist, Dr. Alex Delaware gets a call in the middle of the night from a patient he has seen in the past but feels that he let the boy down. Now, Jamey Cadmus is in a psychological hospital and begs for help.

When Delaware arrives at the hospital, he finds that Jamey has escaped. When he tries to look into the treatment Jamey was receiving, he's stalled. The following day, Jamey is accused of being the lavender slasher killer. He's said to have murdered a number of homosexual young men
(#3 in the Alex Delaware series) I am so glad I didn’t give up on this author. This was the best, by far. This is a story about Jamey. A very intelligent boy who calls Alex in the middle of the night and is not making sense, sounding psychotic and talking in unrelated words. Alex knew Jamey from several years back. Alex participated in a program for highly intelligent teens and befriended Jamey. He was surprised to see such a troubled boy. He was far from the Jamey he knew. That evening, Jamey e ...more
Without a doubt, one of the best of the Alex Delaware series! The complex plot builds from a frantic phone call at the beginning to a tangled web of interrelated victims and villains that nicely segues into a tight, highly satisfying conclusion. The characters are all believable, be they desperate, cunning, cold, evil, or ineffectual.

The protagonist is at his best, not as smug as he comes off in some of the other books and definitely a better friend to the troubled Detective Sturgis. His quest f
Some years ago when I discovered Jonathan Kellerman, I thought that I had read chronologically through his books. Must not have, because I missed this one--one of his earlier books. It's an interesting story that kept me guessing till the end. Kellerman writes with authority when he tells of trying to help a former patient, who seems to be suffering with schizophrenia and calls Dr Delaware for help. I didn't like the way Detective Milo Sturgis and the other policeman reveal the denouement of the ...more
Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware received a phone call in the wee hours of the morning from a former patient, the call so unsettling Alex was unable to return to sleep; he drove to the hospital to check on this patient, Jamey Cadmus. Alex remembered Jamey for his intelligence and soon discovered Jamey was diagnosed as severe paranoid schizophrenia. Jamey was arrested for murder and believed to be the serial killer, the Lavender Slasher. Curiosity pushed Alex to investigate what happened in the pas ...more
Alex gets entwined in a very complicated scheme that involves a former client that is being manipulated by his wealthy, ruthless family.
I am maybe a quarter of the way through now. One thing that stands out is the amount of homophobia and negative comments about gay people. Calling them "deviant." It definitely dates the book.

Ok, I have finished the book. Just like Blood Test, this book becomes overly complicated. The plot seems to have been hatched by a criminal mastermind. It all comes together in the end but for awhile the plot about the prostitute murders seems to get lost as it becomes all about Jamey and his psychiatric st
J.W. Thompson
Kellerman's novels keep you on the edge of your seat
The third book in the Alex Delaware series is called Over The Edgeand was originally published in 1987. While I enjoyed the story overall, I had a hard time getting into this one. This was partly due to the setup of the book and the slow start to the narrative, and partly due to the fact that in this book Kellerman’s descriptive writing kind of got out of hand. Yet once the book got goingand I was sucked into the mystery of figuring out what had happened to Jamey, It became another exciting Dela ...more
Jim C
This book is part of the Alex Delaware series but is a stand alone novel. In this one, Alex receives a phone call in the middle of the night from Jamey who is an old patient. Jamey rambles incoherent sayings during this call. Jamey is then arrested for a series of murders and Alex is hired as part of his defense team.

This book is two parts. Alex trying to figure out why his patient deteriorated into his present condition and then the mystery part of the book. The problem with this book and my lo
The thing about reading a book this old is that in some ways it reads like a period piece. Because casual, reflexive anti-gay prejudice is a subtheme, I had to keep reminding myself that yes, people in the 80s did unthinkingly toss off such biased comments - otherwise it feels like, well, a thriller writer stacking the deck. The plot is less complex than some of Kellerman's later mysteries, but it benefits rather than suffers from that.

Plot: A former patient of Alex's, a child-genius participat
Chris Gager
Time for some lighter entertainment after Ionesco and Robinson. I just began last night. My first Kellerman read though I've got another one on the shelf. Both came from the rescue/recycle trailer at the town dump. Pretty good so far. A therapist/ sleuth tale and the third in the "Delaware" series I guess. The tour of the L.A. County Jail was impressively gruesome.
Second day... Past the halfway mark now and the more "vital" secrets are gradually coming to light. The conventions and restrictions
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
Continuing with the need to re-read one of my favorites, Jonathan Kellerman, Over The Edge is an earlier novel that reminds me again why I'm so hooked on Dr. Delaware and his sarcastic friend Milo. This time the mystery isn't easy to figure out, and the psychological injections are fascinating. Jamie is a former patient with a history between the good old doctor that's unusual for Alex, with life working out the kinks and allowing him to once and for all make up for the past.

We still have Robin
Okay, I don't normally read crime novels. Crime novels give me the willies as the plots are true to life... and I may never leave home again!

But, I picked up this psychological thriller years ago and I still vividly remember it. Alex Delaware receives a phone call from a former child patient who desperately needs his help. Alex doesn't hesitate due to his guilt for letting Jamey down.

There are many questions that arise from the beginning. Why does a teenager, a genius one at that, contact Alex
Good read! Haven't read J. Kellerman for decades, and someone gave me a paperback copy, so reading a non-ebook is an experience all by itself! Enjoyed this diversion, was worried that it might contain too much gore, which is why I stopped reading Mr. Kellerman. But, surprise, not too much, and loved the intertwining of scientific evidence as Alex Delaware helps solve the mystery.
Ed Schmidt
Alex receives a frantic phone call in the middle of the night from a former patient, a genius with mental health problems. Alex proceeds to the hospital only to find the patient has escaped. The boy is found in the home of a gay ex-lover whose cut up body is found hanging and the boy is holding the knife. The young man is in a highly psychotic state and Alex is hired by his lawyer to help prove diminished capacity. When Alex starts to uncover too much, he is fired. But that doesn't stop him from ...more
Barbara Loggia
Kellerman's background as a clinical psychologist gives truth and factual info to this mystery involving superior intelligence, drugs, family drama. Dr Alex Delaware is called by a young man he worked with 5 years ago as part of a study of high IQ kids. The boy is new 18 and in a highly psychotic state. Murder, greed, great twists cleared up nicely at the end. Good one.
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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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Alex Delaware (1 - 10 of 30 books)
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  • Blood Test (Alex Delaware, #2)
  • Silent Partner (Alex Delaware, #4)
  • Time Bomb (Alex Delaware, #5)
  • Private Eyes (Alex Delaware, #6)
  • Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware, #7)
  • Bad Love (Alex Delaware, #8)
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