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Silent Partner (Alex Delaware #4)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  10,740 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.

At a party for a controversial Los Angeles sex therapist, Alex Delaware encounters a face from his own past—Sharon Ransom, an exquisite, alluring lover who left him abruptly more than a decade earlier. Sharon now hints that she desperately needs help, but Alex evades her. The
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Published May 20th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Oct 09, 2012 Cassidy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Look, I like Jonathan Kellerman. Generally, the mystery itself keeps me turning the pages quickly, and the characters have at least one interesting/unique quality that I am curious to understand better. There are a few good descriptions thrown in, too. Not high-class fine literature by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly well done, addictive, and enjoyable.

However, to be fair, this last read was more than a little tasteless. The plot was quite far-fetched, and the scenes between Dr. De
Feb 04, 2012 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, mystery, crime
Child psychologist Alex Delaware was feeling in need of a comforting shoulder himself – with partner Robyn and himself struggling in their relationship, when she announced she was going away for business, he was both sad and relieved. And at the party which he hadn’t been going to attend, but did at the last minute, seeing a previous love set his emotions running all over the place.

Sharon Ransom was as beautiful as she was when he was head over heels in love with her as a student. Even though a
Narrator: Alexander Adams
Rating: 2 stars

I wasn't enjoying it yet found myself riveted. It's not the type of thriller I like (dated plotlines, for me) yet I couldn't stop. I was tempted to abort many times as I was getting tired of the many sexual reminiscences (and more explicit than is usual for this genre) but, to my disgust, kept listening.

This was not (to my disappointment) a thriller in the same vein as a police procedural and the plot wasn't centered
Dec 11, 2009 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I had stopped reading Jonathan Kellerman as they were getting to all be the same. Picked this up in the free pile in Bali. And I could hardly put it down! As all his books, pretty unlikely story, but the twinships and the mystery of it all kept me riveted.
Mal Warwick
Oct 07, 2016 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All too often, books marketed as psychological thrillers hinge on some obscure syndrome that an author has picked up from a conversation with a psychologist — or has simply imagined into existence. Jonathan Kellerman writes psychological thrillers grounded in his decades of professional experience as a child psychologist. And he sticks close to home: his hero, Alex Delaware, is also a child psychologist.

An out-of-the-ordinary investigator

Alex is not your average sleuth. Still in his 30s, he’s re
Jul 24, 2012 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012
And now for something completely different... sort of. The mystery this time does not involve a patient, but rather, Alex Delaware himself. It had a very different tone from the previous titles, and it gripped me right away. It was fascinating seeing this "other side" of Delaware and learning more about his past and about some of his issues, taking the "good guy" persona and really opening it up. Oh yeah, Delaware has issues. And by the end, I find that I am liking him much more than when I star ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to read and follow. First there was one girl, then two, then three. One was misformed at birth, two were adopted, after the mother was killed, and then separated because one was crazy and one wasn't. Then in the end the crazy one, I think, killed herself but it was assumed the sane one had committed suicide, but then maybe she didn't. At the end, if the sane one was still alive she went crazy. And then a police officer and an ex-cop was disgraced for some reasons, that were explained ...more
Aug 01, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex and Robin are on a break- when Alex reluctantly attends a party for a former colleague and runs into a former girlfriend. Sharon is as sexy as ever, but due to her former head games, Alex avoids her. When she is found dead the next day, he is racked with guilt and investigates. When I originally read this years ago, I laughed at the *spoiler* triplet twist (really?!) that he uncovers. In this book, Alex is more vulnerable than usual and is messed up by the revelation, so he doesn't reconcil ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading book #7 in this series, I felt like I didn't know Alex Delaware very well. That has certainly changed after reading Silent Partner! It provides quite the window into his psyche. It's also a good mystery. Through the myriad of psychological disorders on display here, there is a pretty good story. Though, it's also pretty messed up! You really feel for Alex at the end. The mystery-solving psychologist definitely becomes very human.
May 28, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't my favorite novel. It was a short book. As embarrassing as it is I actually got lost as to who was who. Their were a lot of characters that popped up and not a lot of time to explain. I still enjoyed the story line.
Feb 13, 2015 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the Alex Delaware novels, this is the one that haunted me the most after reading it. Because the narrator takes care to depict only his interpretation of actions and dialogue of an old love interest, the reader needs to work to determine what is truth, what is falsehood, and what is embellishment. All the characters possess mendacity to a certain extent, but the old lover takes special delight in lying, veering from baldfaced lie to soul-baring truth with the alacrity of a calf-roping mou ...more
Dennis D.
Another three star effort from Jonathan Kellerman.

The protagonist, Alex Delaware, runs into an old flame, psychologist Sharon Ransom, at a party. She’s distressed, and confides in him that she needs help. Despite the fact that he had once dumped her because she was a psycho hose-beast, it turns out that he and Robin, his most recent girlfriend, are conveniently ‘on a break,’ so he agrees to a future lunch date with Sharon. After the party, guilt sets in, and he calls and cancels the date via voi

I read this book many years ago (mid nineties) and I remember liking it then and I enjoyed rereading recently. It definitely has an eighties feel to it.
Basically Alex and Robin are having problems ( a recurrent theme) and Alex runs into an old flame who ends up dead soon after. I have to admit I have never been a fan of Robin so I always end up liking the books she is mostly absent from more. Here the other love interest is Sharon, a former college girlfriend. She is a beautiful brunette with a
Jan 20, 2015 Gabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, it's my first book by this author, so I am looking forward to find more.

- good descriptions about psychoanalysis and in general the life of a doctor in psychology-psychiatry, all tho' in the book there is not much emphasis on the differences between the two
- interesting plot, well build that will keep you captivated and engaged wanting for more
- characters are quite unique and colorful with twisted developments
- some humor is present and this makes it even more entertaining
- a very d
I am a Jonathan Kellerman fan and enjoy the Alex Delaware books - it is this reason that I decided to go back to the very beginning and read the Alex D series from the start.
I have read later Alex D books so I thought it would be interesting to start from the beginning and see the character develop, the relationships, etc. I've read the first 4 books now and I'm going to have to take a break. These early Alex D books do not read as easily as the later books. It's obvious, to me, that Kellerman m
May 26, 2013 Judi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I want to like Jonathan Kellerman's writing; I really do. He's highly touted, and he's a psychologist who writes crime fiction, so I should like him...but I don't. He's like Dan Brown (whose writing I also don't like) in that his books are full of himself, and he likes himself A LOT. I'm just beginning Chapter 8 in Silent Partner, and the purple prose has me chuckling, e.g.,

All at once I was rock hard. And furious about it.

A few pages later: The weight between my legs grew oppressive. I dropped
Jul 02, 2014 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is was a great read. I really did have trouble putting the book down through the 650 pages plus. Some people do not like Kellerman's deep descriptions but I really do love the complete picture that he paints. In typical Kellerman fashion there is a massive amount of characters involved in the plot so keeping everyone straight can be difficult. It would be nice if he would include a relationship chart in the back of the book to keep everything fresh. There was not as much Milo in this one bu ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting modern take on the "noire gumshoe," with a wonderfully twisted femme fatale. Alex Delaware is a burnt out psychologist and modern man with lot's of depth, and his psyche is explored extensively here. Yes, it starts out slow and becomes very complex, with layers of LA corruption involving police, starlets, billionaires, and Alex. The femme fatale concept is taken new places here; read to learn! Female clinical grad students can be brilliant, lovely, and devious. This novel ...more
Fred Forbes
Like other novels in the Alex Delaware series this one moves right along but the ending is a bit forced and convoluted. This character came along 8 years before James Patterson started writing about another shrink in law enforcement - Alex Cross. Wonder where the idea came from? At any rate, Delaware is a complex character and is best enjoyed by getting to know him, his sidekick and his love interest by reading some of the earlier works. I think this one is #27 and I have read of listened to mos ...more
ChaCha Ala Mode
Aug 18, 2014 ChaCha Ala Mode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
Sometimes the past is not how it appears. Sometimes it comes back to bite you. In this edge of your seat plot twister I was sucked into a murder/suicide mystery. I loved the not quite knowing what was going on, the internal turmoil of the hero and his dysfunctional relationships with himself. This is one of the best novels in this series. The hero is not perfect and begins to question everything, which makes him so much more human. I loved the fact that up until the very end, I had no idea who d ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
Weird stuff. As I've read these first four books in the Doctor Alex Delaware series, I've been thinking this doctor needs to heal himself. In Silent Partners what has been implicit is now explicit - Delaware is not OK. While he manages to solve mysteries, including this one involving an old girlfriend and an intricate past, he has been acting more out of control in each book, more obsessive and depressed. So, in pursuing justice and closure for his patients and friends, he finds himself coming a ...more
Alice Deering
Jul 07, 2013 Alice Deering rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read all of the books in this series to date but missed this one and Time Bomb somehow. I really enjoyed this story. As other reviewers mentioned the main focus here is on Alex. Quite the eye opener into his past relationship with the mysterious Sharon.
Sam Jones
Apr 24, 2016 Sam Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite Alex Delaware novel so far. Definitely not action packed but the plot had me intrigued from beginning to end. Characters were more interesting- especially Alex. If you're interested in the human condition you will definitely enjoy this book.
Apr 12, 2009 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sex and old loves are woven deep in this murder mystery. Psychologist/detective Alex Delaware will have to unravel the threads of an old lover's life in order to solve this one.
Jill Wiseman
Apr 22, 2014 Jill Wiseman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audio-book
First of Kellerman's novels that I've ever bailed on. Horrible.
Welcome back to the fourth instalment of my Kellerman Reread. Alex Delaware returns after his last adventure in Over The Edge and life couldn’t be more different. He’s working more and his life is troubled. While Milo and Rick have reconciled, Alex and Robin are working through some big issues and consequently she’s once again largely gone from the narrative in a practical sense. Her absence and the question of whether it’ll be permanent looms over Alex and the narrative, especially due to Ale ...more
Denise Link
I wasn't a huge fan of this one. Part of the problem is that it was written in the 80s, but the bigger issue for me is that Alex is not ripe yet. I'm reading these out of order, so I've known Alex as a mature person, and here he's just a pup. Plus, we hardly see Milo. And the plot is soooo convoluted and full of coincidences.
Mar 19, 2017 Gerard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than the suspenseful story weaving, it's about the people! Good read!
Heather Stilson
A really enjoyable read, full of interesting characters. It was quite lengthy, at almost 500 pages, and it gave the author a chance to develop the major and minor story lines really well. This is the first J. Kellerman book that I've read and I'm looking forward to reading many others.
Feb 27, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was one of my less favorite Alex Delaware novels. I think I'm beginning to stand by my initial thought that Jonathan Kellerman is not very good at writing female characters. They tend to be a little too static for my tastes, just kind of there for Dr. Delaware to make out with or "fix" with his therapeutic charms, maybe fill in a plot hole here or there. His girlfriend Robin was in particular bland in this book, conveniently needing space and disappe
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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)
  • When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware, #1)
  • Blood Test (Alex Delaware, #2)
  • Over the Edge (Alex Delaware, #3)
  • Time Bomb (Alex Delaware, #5)
  • Private Eyes (Alex Delaware, #6)
  • Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware, #7)
  • Bad Love (Alex Delaware, #8)
  • Self-Defense (Alex Delaware, #9)
  • The Web (Alex Delaware, #10)
  • The Clinic (Alex Delaware, #11)

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