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Monster (Alex Delaware #13)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,757 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
In Johathan Kellerman's riveting and ingenious new novel, Monster, Dr Alex Delaware faces one of the most grisly and baffling mysteries of his career: how can a non-functional psychotic, locked up in a supposedly secure institution for homicidal madmen, predict brutal murders in the outside world? Delaware and his friend and partner, Detective Milo Sturgis, must penetrate ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published 2000 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1999)
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Larry Bassett
Jan 16, 2014 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, psychology, mystery
This is my first Jonathan Kellerman book. He has been on my TBR list for some time but I was slow to get to him because I am reading so many other series. I am in the midst of Andrew Vachss, Sara Paretsky, Loren Estleman, Michael Connolly, Scott Turow, Karin Slaughter, George Pelecanos and probably a few more that I am not remembering right now.

Monster is the thirteenth book in the twenty-eight book Alex Delaware series that began in 1981 and is still ongoing. I am starting in the middle with th
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Susan Poling
Jun 20, 2013 Susan Poling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
This is the second time I've read this book. I picked it up at the ESL book sale and got to the second chapter before realizing I'd already read it. However, since I didn't remember the ending, I decided to read it again and found it very enjoyable...that is if you like rather gory subject matter. I always enjoy the Alex Delaware books. He and Milo make a great pair of investigator. I also like seeing what is happening in Alex's girlfriend, Robin, life. If you haven't read any of them, try one, ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
Some decades ago there were all kinds of places for the mentally ill. Tons of hospitals - all rated with various degrees of lockup severity, like prisons. Some were like expensive vacation spas, others were grim horrors where involuntary patients were chained and tormented much as criminals were in 19th century prisons. For some reason, things began to become more humane in the 1960's, newspapers printed exposes of what was occurring in the worst hospitals for the mentally ll, and free or low-co ...more
Mukta Mohapatra
May 18, 2016 Mukta Mohapatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea
Nov 25, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok...a female psychologist in her thirties tires of her career in academia and chooses to work in a forensic institution east of Los Angeles. About six months into her job she turns up dead. Seriously, this is the plot. I kid you not. Meanwhile I'm still reading and working.
Renee
Feb 23, 2013 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Meh. I usually like Jonathan Kellerman books but I had a hard time getting into this one. I kept wanting it to end...and then it did.
Strawberry Fields
This book a little hard for me got into at first. I struggled through about the first 100 or so pages, but I stuck with it because I knew from what I had gotten through that this book had the potential to be really good. The plot is a great story.

Once I got through that section of the book it really started moving. The story is compelling. I enjoyed it.

So, I give it a three, only because it was so hard at the beginning. I read these books out of order. This was actually the 13th in a series and
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jv poore
Mar 29, 2011 jv poore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alex-delaware
Always a fan of Mr. Kellerman, Monster does not disappoint. I found this to be an intricately woven mystery with plenty of new and colorful characters to enrich the tantalizing plot; but not so many that a separate spreadsheet would be necessary to keep up. This story features the sweet and smart Alex Delaware and his pal, the mighty Milo. The story allows the reader to "solve" the mystery along with the characters, meaning the story-line stuck in my head like an annoying jingle. I HAD to know i ...more
Bhargavi Balachandran
Monster is the third Kellerman novel I've read and with every book read,I like his writing even more. I picked up this book at a bargain at a second hand store as i don't normally buy my copies of thrillers and borrow them from libraries.Faintly reminiscent of The silence of the lambs and more of ,Hannibal Lecter, I found the book spine chilling and gripping.The pace is not really high-adrenaline inducing,but Alex Delaware and his LAPD buddy Milo chip away industriously at uncertainty to make se ...more
Lisa
Feb 15, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good. in fact one of my favourites so far.
It kept me guessing and I really liked the characterizations.The story is gripping due to the difficulty in understanding how and why everything is happening.

Involving the death of an actor as well as a psychiatrist who apparently had no connection, the trail leads back to a historical slaughter and to a maximum security asylum.

I read it out of order, so cringe when I read the relations between Alex and Robin, but like the suspense of this twisted
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Laura Thompson
Jul 04, 2013 Laura Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need read a really good, twisty crime novel. This is a good one to pick up, if you do. I found it original and interesting. The only drawback to the book that I found was that the ending lags quite a bit. I'm sure that Kellerman thought he would up the suspense by describing every single rock and shrub and star and breeze during the final scenes, but it had the reverse effect on me and I just got profoundly bored. Despite that, I enjoyed the book as a whole.
Liberty
Feb 20, 2016 Liberty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would normally say that I'm not a fan of thrillers. Clearly the fact that I'm on book 13 of a 30 books series means I enjoy it... The best part if Kellerman's descriptions of his main characters driving around Los Angeles. It's crazy how much things have changed. Parts of the city they describe as "gritty" are high end now...
Ben Skyrme
Sep 16, 2014 Ben Skyrme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on the basis of the synopsis, having forgotten to take my book on holiday. Hadn't read any of Kellerman's books beforehand, but will definitely be seeking out more -especially in the Alex Delaware series. A clever thriller with several plot twists, I recommend this to anyone who likes detective thrillers.
Susan
Jul 29, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wished I'd skipped this one

I did not find this Delaware story interesting. Too matter-of-fact. Interesting idea, but no motive for the murders left me wanting more. I know in life sometimes things work that way, but it doesn't have to in books.
Nomanisan
As always with Kellerman, well-written, quick, suspenseful, and with twists that I didn't precisely figure out before they were revealed, so altogether a good, enjoyable read. 3 stars just mean that, though I really enjoyed the book, it's not great "literature."
Alisha
Jun 24, 2012 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit disappointed in the first book I read by Jonathan Delaware, Compulsion, but I really liked this one. It sucked you in right away and I like books like that. It was never boring.
Bert
Jan 26, 2014 Bert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author by training is a clinical child psychologist, as is the primary victim in his 1999 murder mystery, #13 in the Alex Delaware series. He pairs up with police detective Milo Sturgis as a consulting forensic psychologist in Los Angeles, and as usual it's NOT living up to the moniker "City of Angels." A man who is a long-term psychiatric inpatient at a State hospital for the criminally insane is tied to a recent and growing series of grisly murders that parallel the events that got him sen ...more
Andrew Vachss
Nov 15, 2009 Andrew Vachss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a place deeper than "realistic." It's called "real." A new genre: author as expert witness, and dynamite as both.
Quadragon27
*Audiobook* This Alex Delaware novel focuses on several gruesome murders, the latest involving a young psychologist. An exploration into her background quickly leads Delaware to her work at a institution for the criminally insane. The victim has associated herself with an inmate famous for a brutal murder spree several years before, and Delaware quickly begins to search for a connection to the recent violence. An interesting look at the role of mental illness in violent behavior, as well as the ...more
R.J. Vaccarelli
Nov 18, 2015 R.J. Vaccarelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Excellent book. Great thriller/mystery. Kept me engrossed from start to finish.
Kimberly Dull
Overall, this was a good story. The plot is clever and interesting. But I feel that the book itself could have used a good edit (or a different editor).

First, the writing itself felt like Kellerman was more interested in reaching a word count instead of telling his story. I like descriptiveness as much as the next person, but it felt overboard much of the time. Exacting descriptions of what a person is wearing or exactly what roads are being taken and buildings are being passed during a drive g
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Danielle Sears
Feb 08, 2014 Danielle Sears rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the more interesting stories written by Kellerman that I've had the joy of reading. It went into the back story of a town that had labeled someone as a Monster, and then into the story of the hospital that was supposed to be helping this person. What I loved about it even more was that the story keeps you guessing more than some of them do. Every time I thought I was sure of who did what, I was wrong, and I loved having to guess. It held my interest more than some do nowaday ...more
Mazel
Dec 26, 2009 Mazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Le corps d'un apprenti acteur de 25 ans est retrouvé coupé en deux dans le coffre de sa voiture. Deux mois plus tard, la malheureuse psychologue Claire Argent est retrouvée morte elle aussi, en un seul morceau cette fois, mais les yeux détruits.

"Pas arrachés, hachés menus", précise l'inspecteur Milo Sturgis à son ami Alex Delaware. Si Milo ne trouve aucune piste pour le meurtre du jeune comédien, Claire Argent, quant à elle, offre un profil intéressant : elle travaillait au Starkweather Hospita
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Brenda
Apr 03, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
Jonathan Kellerman’s Monster is particularly gruesome! When Dr Alex Delaware and his friend Detective Milo Sturgis are summoned to the institution for the criminally insane, 'Starkweather', they weren’t sure what to expect. After Milo was relieved of his weapons, and Alex his Swiss Army knife, they both felt pretty vulnerable. But the particularly grisly death of Claire Argent, who had worked at 'Starkweather' for a period of approximately 5 months as a psychologist, and the death of Richard Dad ...more
Amber
Oct 10, 2012 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a creative individual story; however, I also thought that it was drug out longer than it needed to be. Jonathan Kellerman keeps his reader involved throughout the first half of the story, but in the second half I felt like he was filling pages and not making very much progress in the story line. I thought that he was repeating a lot, and spending too much time explaining how the characters felt about something and not enough with what actually was happening.
Even though I
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Chris
Dec 21, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Whitenoisemaker
A great opening. As I started to read the loony-bin pyrotechnical start of Kellerman's book, I got rather excited. OK so within the first three pages not above the standard 'I'm a genre writer so I'm gonna shove in a few literary references to prove I'm no hack' routine, but the book starts with some interesting and genuinely tense wanderings around a mental asylum.

Things go a little downhill from there, sad to say. For a character who has lasted for over ten books, Kellerman's psychological det
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Roger
Apr 30, 2016 Roger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tight but reasonably complex psychological thriller / whodunnit sticks to the case, no distracting subplots.
A detective and his psychology consultant investigate two similar grisly murders with one victim the employee of a secure institution for the criminally insane. Is there a connection? Their investigations turns up more possibly related murders in the past and present, and an inmate of that institution who couldn't possibly be involved in the recent crimes but seems to know something.
Fasc
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Brett Tompkins
This was my first Kellerman book. Pretty much a standard crime novel written from the perspective of a psychologist. Kellerman sells a lot of books and I guess I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Also, there seems to be a closet Kellerman fan here at work and all of his newer paperbacks keep showing up on the book shelf. I'm sure I will read more from Kellerman, but I won't go running out and buying everything I can get my hands on. If I see another one on the shelf, I'm sure I'll pick ...more
Gerry
Apr 08, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as any I've read of Kellerman’s -- complex plot involving a decades-old murder for which a small-town drifter/"crazy man" was convicted and sentenced to life in a mental institution. Turns out he wasn’t the murderer, though, and the real murder, who framed him, is still acting out his fantasies in a video scenario he calls “Blood Walk.” Alex Delaware and Milo at their best!
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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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