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Private Eyes (Alex Delaware #6)

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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
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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Robin
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
Marianne
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.
Bob
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


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.
Freyja
Private Eyes, a novel that is part of the Alex Delaware series, deals with a filthy rich yet agoraphobic patient and her anxiety-ridden daughter. Also, homophobia.

It is perhaps one of my favorites for it shows just how deep Alex and Milo Sturgis' friendship had gotten from the first novel, When The Bough Breaks. Also, because Jonathan Kellerman managed to illustrate the differences of lifestyles in LA based on economic standing. Coming from a country halfway around the world from where the story
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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
Nicki
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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aPriL loves HalLowEen
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
Connie
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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Rebecca
About 85% of the way through this book, I thought, "This conspiracy isn't nearly as complicated as his other ones." But at the end it did indeed get a lot more complicated. Basically a good story, returning characters are still great, but new characters were flimsy. I would give this book 3.5 stars because a major plot event takes place in Azusa (although it is twice misspelled as "Azuza.") I totally lived on the street Alex Delaware drove on!
Ed Schmidt
Eleven years after treating a scared little girl, Alex gets a phone call from Melissa pleading for his help with her mother. Twenty years ago, an assailant threw acid in her mother's face. Now that assailant is out of prison and in town. Melissa is afraid that the assailant will come after her mother. Before Alex can do anything, her mother disappears and Alex must become super-sleuth to find her.
Eliana
My favorite Dr. Delaware, in a series of psychological crime thrillers! Great co-protagonist in the form of Milo Sturgis. Always a clever psychological component to the varying plot lines.
Clare
Now this book was more like it. I was so pulled in to it that I read it in two days. Lots of what I love in this one, intrigue and mystery. Definitely an improvment on the previous book.
Amy
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
Debi
First time I've read an Alex Delaware. I love the audio version of this series and reader John Rubenstein owns the characters. So I will return to the audio from here on.
This story lacked the wit between Milo and Alex that I enjoy and story a bit drawn out?
Stefan
The pacing of Jonathan Kellerman's sixth Alex Delaware novel never flagged. The tension of the central mystery never really dissipated. But the plot, characters and narrative did feel overly formulaic and tired. Alex Delaware's constant cynicism about pretty much everyone he met became quite grating about one third through. In fact, only a few of the characters were described in even remotely positive terms. Furthermore, the novel's conclusion was enormously dissatisfying, both in terms of the p ...more
wally
usually i don't like a story that consists almost entirely of dialogue. but kellerman makes that work--and yes there is some settings, scenes, variation, so at least you know where the, usually two, are doing the dialogue.

but given the subject matter, doctors/patients, cops/suspects, that sort of thing, it works. actually, kellerman probably gives the reader more in the way of setting than some i've read, you know, you're reading along, two people talking mayhap, and maybe you missed the one lin
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Hayley Shaver
This was not one of Kellerman's best, but not one of his worst either.
Leo
I liked the story and its twists, but this time it really took a bunch of pages too long.
Jean
Kept me engaged from the beginning, but horrible what people can do.
Dan Smith
The Alex & Milo books are great leisure reading. I read this series for the police/psychology procedural aspects, not for Alex's relationship drama. This one is part of the getting-back-together with Robin arc (after their first breakup), so the relationship drama is not a huge part of it. There's a whole lot of exposition an odd lack of murder in this one. As in many of Kellerman's novels, the climax has an intense, Grand Guignol quality. I think that works better here than some of his othe ...more
Shaun
This was my least favorite of this series so far. It may be a while before I read another. They are just too long based on the plot. So many insignificant details.
Lorraine Roberge
Surprised

I just love these books. You are never sure who ends up being the bad guy until you finish the book.
Jules Begg
Great psychological thriller but too slow in the middle.
Georgia
I liked this Alex Delaware book. It had a specific focus, with well-defined characters, leading to a rather weird (but satisfying) conclusion. I enjoyed seeing the 'private eye' side of Milo; having him temporarily suspended from the police force was a good sidebar and set up some very interesting scenarios in which he gets more in touch with the human side of investigating a missing person case. One unsatisfying aspect--Alex gets it on with his ex-girlfriend, Robin--who I abhor. Oh well...on to ...more
Kay
In this Alex Delaware instalment, Alex helps a young woman who he treated as a child. Her mother suffers from severe agoraphobia, and through recent treatment is now feeling ready to venture outside the gates of their estate. When she leaves the estate on her own, she doesn't return. Her disappearance rattles the skeletons in the closet, and Milo and Alex team up to get to the root of the evils. Milo is still on leave after punching FBI Fhisk. Alex and Robin are friendly though not back together ...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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