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Over the Edge (Alex Delaware #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  8,384 Ratings  ·  302 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 March 1st 1988 by Signet (first published 1987)
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Dec 22, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
William Arsenis
Sep 27, 2012 William Arsenis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 01, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Delaware receives a surprise middle of the night call from a patient he treated years ago. This young man is incoherent and Alex feels he must follow up and find out what is going on. What follows is a confusing, talk-heavy novel, that required a bigger suspension of disbelief than I was willing to give it.
Nov 03, 2008 Nanosynergy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kellerman fans.
(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
Jul 03, 2013 Kyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 02, 2008 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-twice
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
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
Dec 19, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 19, 2012 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012
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
Apr 21, 2016 Gab rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty heavy on detailed descriptions of things (food, clothing, drugs) which I thought took away from the action of the story a bit. Child psychologist Alex Delaware gets a 3am phone call from a former patient he hasn't heard from in 5 years. The incoherence of the phone call was enough to get Alex to go and find Jamey to see what help he needed. It turns out that Jamey has been arrested for murder - and not just one, but several. Alex is hired by Jamey's lawyer as a consultant bu ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Iris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Lo mejor del libro:
"Looking for simple answers is just one way we try to make sense out of a complicated world."

"It's people who don't think who sink into bigotry."

"If someone's determined, he'll eventually succeed."

"The symptoms of madness can often be altered with medication, but there's no therapy for evil."

"We all want to feel in control of our destinies, and when events occur that rub us of that feeling of control, we seek answers, search for meaning, punishing ourselves with I-should-have
Oct 04, 2010 Kay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2012 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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!

Nov 26, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
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
Mukta Mohapatra
Apr 23, 2015 Mukta Mohapatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very dated drama/thriller from the late 80s. Every character is smoking and homosexuals are deviants.

Jamey was a troubled genius in a study Alex Delaware did to prove that genius does not result in insanity. In my family, we have had quite a few geniuses who ended up insane in their 30s, so this intrigued me.

Jamey calls Alex after 5 years ranting about plumes, glass canyons and white zombies. Alex can't understand him and when he tries to find Jamey, he finds that he has escaped from
(#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
Feb 10, 2015 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Jones
Mar 16, 2016 Sam Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're after an action packed page turner then this book isn't for you. It's a slow burn, feeding the reader detail packed information. The plot is complex and interesting and I definitely wanted to find out what was going on. I enjoyed the journey and will keep reading the series.
May 18, 2014 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex gets entwined in a very complicated scheme that involves a former client that is being manipulated by his wealthy, ruthless family.
May 05, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading JK. Good stuff!
Looking forward to enjoying more!
Carol Stanley-Snow
EXCITING!!!!You'll never see the end coming....Holy mother of pearl!!

A must read!!
J.W. Thompson
Jan 16, 2010 J.W. Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kellerman's novels keep you on the edge of your seat
Chris Norbury
Nov 07, 2016 Chris Norbury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much good about this book is offset by nitpicks. Kellerman is as skilled as they come when telling a thriller/suspense/mystery. I learned a lot as a writer by reading this book. His plots flow smoothly but have enough twists to keep one guessing. His characters are by and large interesting and well-developed. Dialogue is natural.

But the seemingly endless discussion of psychology, psychoses, schizophrenia, treatments, drugs, etc., etc., added dozens of pages to a book that was long on detail--
Oh man, these books are just an awesome read! In Over The Edge, Alex gets a frantic call in the middle of the night from one of his ex patients. It's a crisis call and Alex can't make out what Jamie is talking about, then finds out later that Jamie somehow broke out of his hospital room at a psychiatric ward and is later found holding the weapon that was used in a brutal slaying. Jamie is then tied to the other slashing victims that have been going on recently and charged with murder. Alex gets ...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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Alex Delaware (1 - 10 of 33 books)
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  • Blood Test (Alex Delaware, #2)
  • Silent Partner (Alex Delaware, #4)
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“The science of psychotherapy is knowing what to say, the art is knowing when to say it. (36)” 17 likes
“The symptoms of madness can often be altered with medication, but there's no therapy for evil.” 7 likes
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