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Private Eyes (Alex Delaware #6)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  6,643 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.

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The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is eleven years since seven-year-old Melissa Dickinson dialed the hospital help line for comfort—and found it in therapy with Alex Delaware. Now the lovely young heiress is desperately calling for
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Kindle Edition, 560 pages
Published May 20th 2003 by Ballantine (first published January 1992)
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Cynthia Corral
It took me two months to get through this, as I couldn't read more than two pages at a time without getting bored to tears. Finally, after 400 pages, it started to get good. But like every single other Alex Delaware mystery, it ends with him randomly figuring out who the bad guy is, knowing exactly where to find him, and then the bad guy just confesses every single detail of his crimes.

400 pages of dullness and an unbelievably boring premise, and then the reader is suddenly thrown into an horrif
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Barbara Mitchell
Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series is one that I haven't read in order. I pick them up at book sales though and save them for times when I need an Alex Delaware fix. I just love this character, a pediatric psychologist who solves crimes, often with his friend Det. Milo Sturgis of LAPD. Delaware is smart, caring, and at the moment of this story lonely. Sturgis is gay and takes a lot of you-know-what from other LAPD cops. In this story he has been put on suspension for a period of months an ...more
Ami
One word. BORING.

All those hundreds of pages, just about a client whose agorophobic mother went missing and I just lost all my interest. Darn shame because at least this time, Milo was doing some private investigating outside of LAPD. But I didn't like the client much (sounded whiny to me). And as always, there was lots and lots of things that I thought could just be left out. I didn't really care about the 'flashback' moments of Alex and Melissa. I didn't care about the solution. It was dull. I
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Gwen
Feb 24, 2015 Gwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a painful read. The first half of the book is invested in characterization and setting. One main character in particular is painstakingly and repetitively depicted as a take-charge, courageous, likeable child and then as a take-charge, self-centered, annoying young adult. No character, no matter how insignificant, is left unexplored. Setting—interior, exterior, and history—is ruthlessly depicted in mind-numbing detail. I found myself skipping entire pages, knowing I chanced missing ...more
Robin
Aug 10, 2012 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012, library
I was pleasantly surprised by this, the 6th in the Alex Delaware series. Compared to the previous titles, this one was positively tight plot-wise-- much more focused and much less conspiracy-oriented (though it did have some of that far-fetched feeling). Delaware continues to be a fascinating character, but the real treat was getting to hang out a little more with Milo, who begins to dabble in the world of private investigation in this book. Also-- Robin returns. I'm not sure how I feel about th ...more
Bob
Sep 28, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An older Alex Delaware that I hadn't read has him treating a young girl and years later being contacted by the same girl and getting involved with her mother who is being treated by a couple of Drs. for acrophobia. There is a lot of time spent on the psychological aspect and less on the unfolding mystery until the mother goes missing. The search for her opens up a convoluted mystery that goes to nearly the end before being resolved. The psychological bits slowed things down, but all in all a dec ...more
Jude
May 18, 2009 Jude rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


Kellerman is one of my staples...hero of the child psyche, friend to Milo Sturgis (Holloywood detective; gay). This story was one of compartmentalized family, agoraphobia, hyper vigilance, the very rich. His stories don't always end happily but he brings clinical understanding to the unhappy situations.
Marianne
Jul 29, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprising ending! The author leads the reader to imagine all kinds of conspiracies, and then changes direction. Who knew!
I've enjoyed this series, even though the psychologist's wimpiness is occasionally annoying.
Jeanny
Jun 16, 2016 Jeanny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An early one I missed great story and profile of rich and famous Hollywood style
Harvey J Putterbaugh
Could Be Me?

For me, this one dragged, off and on, reading, leaving. Wanting it to end, actually. Perhaps it is series doldrums. But...

Takes a new tangent, perhaps setting up a new direction for our characters, an interesting diversion which assists Det. Sturgis through a rough set of life circumstance.

The story is complex, highly personal for Dr. D. who draws it Det. Sturgis, a good thing, with good people with psychological black clouds they have earned, not their own fault, not deserved but se
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John
Nov 21, 2016 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Not the best Alex Delaware book, in my opinion, that I have read thus far. Lots of boring stretches of narrative that seem to go on and on. Dutchy was my favorite character. Melissa is just too haughty, privileged -- and frankly unlikeable -- for the reader to care much about. Private Eyes came out in 1992 and it just hasn't aged well. Still will listen to the series when stuck in traffic.
Pr Latta
Re: Red Flag, as the story progresses there is one scene that may be disturbing to some readers, as well as a contentious issue, which is handled quite clinically. The story ended up taking a wild turn that I only partially saw coming. Very descriptive (art, decorating, clothing).
Ricardo
Nov 15, 2016 Ricardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very typical Kellerman. I think the book was longer than it needed to be. Ironically, Dr. Delaware's character seems to be emotionally stuck and his inner conflicts could be the same as in the previous two books. Not a bad book but not something I will remember in a couple of days
Lynn Orser
Dec 21, 2016 Lynn Orser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An involved and detailed novel but with a good story line. Kellerman always covers interesting topics and this book has a unique twist to the characters problems. Enjoy.
DAVID A HABEDANK
Nov 08, 2016 DAVID A HABEDANK rated it liked it
Slow start

Too much psycho-babble the first third of the book. Then settled into a decent mystery. Almost stopped reading before it picked up.
Jason A Wick
Oct 12, 2016 Jason A Wick rated it really liked it
Another nice Kellerman read

This is the fourth Alex Delaware novel I've read. This might be the best. Great storytelling and suspense delivered at a nice pace.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Complicated, concentrated (despite the length) and competent. Not enough Milo or Alex, actually, although, as usual, Alex narrates. This is a great mystery in the series, but the author has clearly evolved his character and his writing is closer to genre standards unlike the first four books in the series. In the early books, Alex was in despair, and was motivated more by righteous rage and an obsessive, driven compulsion to rescue and avenge. Now, he sounds more like a private detective instead ...more
Lee
The 6th in the Delaware series finds him contacted by an old patient he has not heard from in 10 years seeking help for her mother. Shortly after he talks to the mother, a severe agoraphobic, she vanishes. Delaware and his friend Milo Sturgis who is on leave from the LAPD try to fin her. A typical Delaware story ok read.
Jason Price
Jun 01, 2016 Jason Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Hollywood, everyone has their secrets. This is an appropriate mantra for this novel from psychological drama pro Jonathan Kellerman. It starts with a phone call from a former 9 year old client Melissa who is now all grown up and ready to take on the world. The world may prove to be easier to conquer than the issues that are about to unfold inside her own family home. Melissa is concerned about going away to college and separating from her mother Gina, a former model and actress who is now an ...more
Connie
Feb 24, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PRIVATE EYES by Jonathan Kellerman is 421 pages in hardback form. This is #6 in The Alex Delaware Series.

Brief Description:

The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is eleven years since seven-years-old Melissa Dickinson dialed a hospital help line for comfort--and found it in therapy with Alex Delaware. Now the lovely young heiress is desperately calling for psychologist's help once more. Only this time it looks like Melissa's deepest childhood nightmare is
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Nena
Feb 03, 2016 Nena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Audiobook) This is not the first book that I have read in the Alex Delaware series, but this is the one I remember best so this is the one that is going to get a written review.

Even though the formula is always the same (Alex is introduced to the Crime, Alex and his partner Milo deduce and then the killer is revealed) I always enjoy the chemistry between Alex and Milo. I do not care much for the girlfriend, Robin, and think the stories could lose her as she adds nothing to them, however not so
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Nan Williams
Nov 28, 2014 Nan Williams rated it liked it
Not his best.

The first 400 pages seemed to be an exercise in VERY LONG descriptive passages. OMG! I was reading on my Kindle, but I'm sure some of those descriptions were a couple of pages long in book form. Everything, and I mean absolutely everything, was described in the greatest detail. You not only "saw" what the protagonist saw, but you heard it and breathed it and felt it and tasted it! Actually, it wasn't "bad," it was just quite excessive. And the author would go from (for example) a ve
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Nicki
Jul 24, 2013 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really quite enjoy these Alex Dellaware novels. This is the second I've read. I have another 6 or so on my tbr pile. I haven't read them in order, and it hasn't really mattered. They work fine as stand alone novels, although it would probably be preferable to read in order if possible.
Good thrillers which you can really get stuck into. Quite long reads too, though not overly complex which I hate in a thriller. The characters are good. I really like Alex and his gay cop friend, Milo. Also Robin,
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Joni Daniels
I've been reading Kellerman's Alex Delware series since it started. Although I grew disenchanted with the deterioration of the one-a-year output, I loved the first few so much that I always held out hope that Kellerman would reutrn to his compleling character, his well fleshed out women, his simmering sex scenes, and his mixture of psychological dysfunction, sex, and horror. Private Eyes starts out so well that I was seduced into thinking this was a return to earlier days: the first 80% of the b ...more
Mukta Mohapatra
Aug 25, 2015 Mukta Mohapatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yolande
Mar 06, 2015 Yolande rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Kellerman is one of my favourite authors, and I absolutely love his books and writing style, along with the two main characters, Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis. I did take longer to read this book than I usually do as it was a bit hard to maintain the usual momentum I expect from him and found it overly complex in some areas with a lot of different characters. I found if I put it down for a day or two and came back to it, I was having to backtrack to remember who some characters were. A ...more
Julien
Feb 03, 2016 Julien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alex-delaware, crime
Retired child psychologist Alex Delaware is called by a former, now grown-up patient who is concerned about her mother. When things start to get out of control, he calls in the help of the suspended LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. Together, they unravel the dirty secrets of not-so-old money in the snobbish hills of San Labrador.

This novel has all the characteristics of a typicel Kellerman story. It's well-written, has lots of twists and turns when you least expect them and still manages to capture
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ChaCha Ala Mode
Feb 23, 2015 ChaCha Ala Mode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
This was a hard one to read. It was a kindle book and for some reason this one had the writing jumbled. I do not know if this was a corrupt copy but it took longer than the non-digital ones to read. I think having to reread to figure out where the pauses and character voices changed.

Ok now onto the story. I loved this story. It had a unpredictable ending. These are the things that make a great mystery. The idea that there are multiple suspects, no real definite leads and just a random bit of res
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Amy
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
AUDIO/ABRIDGED: First, John Rubinstein did a great narration, he always does. This one is part of the Alex Delaware series, very early on. A teen, who was Alex's patient 11-years earlier for anxiety, comes to see Alex when she dreads going off to school. He mother has a phobia of leaving the house and soon disappears. It was only three discs and I did feel like I was missing a few things. Milo is wonderful, as usual and you hear the first of Alex and Robin briefly getting together. I did have pr ...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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