Monster (Alex Delaware, #13)
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Monster (Alex Delaware #13)

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A second-rate actor is found mutilated in a car trunk. Then a psychologist at a Los Angeles hospital for the criminally insane is murdered in a similar grisly fashion. Suddenly the incoherent ramblings of an inmate at the presumably secure institution begin to make chilling sense--they are, in fact, horrifying predictions. Yet how can a barely functional psychotic locked b...more
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Published April 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 1999)
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Larry Bassett
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...more
aPriL meows 'n growls TLDR
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
Andrea
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.
jv poore
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
Ben Skyrme
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.
Lisa
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...more
Susan Poling
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
Laura Thompson
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.
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."
Bert
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
Renee Hauge
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.
Andrew Vachss
There's a place deeper than "realistic." It's called "real." A new genre: author as expert witness, and dynamite as both.
Viji (Bookish endeavors)
Kellerman is good,as always. Alex Delaware is one of my favorite heroes,a list that includes Lincoln Rhyme,Flea Marley and Tony Hill. His style is unique,not too aggressive like Rhyme but still managing to take it to a perfect conclusion. Most of the time,he seems real passionate to psychos,never believing them to have committed a crime,almost always absolving them of it in the end. I still remember the first time I read Kellerman and it was love at first sight(read),just like Lincoln Rhyme.
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Danielle Ricci
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
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...more
Brenda
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
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...more
Chris
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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...more
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
Curtis Powell
Kellerman gets the reader going ... lots of mystery ... had me all set but then we went off on wild chases down rabbit holes. I would pass on this and read some of his later works. If you like detail - this is your guy. He describes a character down to his navel size.
DutchWaG
Two recent murders lead detective Milo Sturgis and his right hand Dr. Alex Delaware to an asylum. Even though the connection seems vague, they are trying to connect some dots to one of the patients, Peake. A long list of bad memories is unfolded throughout the book,while they are trying to plot Peake into the picture. Is he truly mad? Is he set up, or totally unimportant to the murders? A good paced, well written story that sometimes may be slightly over the top, sometimes a bit difficult to unt...more
Edward
In Monster, Alex Delaware and sidekick Milo Sturgis investigate the gruesome murders of a struggling actor and a forensic psychologist. An added twist in the plot is that a patient in the forensic psychiatric hospital where the psychologist worked was seemingly able, through incoherent ramble, to portend the psychologist's murder. Kellerman takes the reader through the twists and turns expected of any suspense thriller and that will be sure to delight any fan of this genre. What I did find notew...more
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.
Barbara
The titular “Monster” of the title, as with all of Kellerman’s books, isn’t who you think it is. A nearly mute, severely mentally disabled man is serving a life sentence in a prisonlike home for slaughtering a family a decade ago; however, he now murmurs clues about deaths occurring while he’s incarcerated, which provides the book’s twisty plot. Add to this the usual colorful denizens of Los Angeles including a murdered psychologist using him for her pet project and a land development deal that...more
Pgchuis
Once again, an enjoyable read with an over the top ending. You can understand why the other police forces seem so sceptical when asked for co-operation!
Kevin Bresnahan
I have read many Alex Delaware novels, and I would put this one slightly above the middle of the pack. A young actor and psychologist is murdered, and an apparent out-of-sorts fugitive who murdered several people years ago is to blame, although he is spending life in a psych ward. The ward has many questionable characters, both staff and patient. Kellerman portrays this as a unpleasant place and it is. Alex and Milo go through the many clues and characters (standard Kellerman fare), find the per...more
Melissa
Book #10 read in 2014

This was another great one in the Delaware series. Although the "perp" was revealed pretty early on, there were still some twists at the end.
Tom
A psychiatrist who works at a state hospital for the criminally insane takes under her wing a patient who, sixteen years ago, brutally murdered a family with whom he was staying. Then the psychiatrist is murdered by someone using the same MO as the institutionalized murderer. Only she was murdered outside the institution, and the murderer was in the institution, plus years of drug therapy has rendered him unable to function. Consulting psychologist Alex Delaware is called upon to resolve this ca...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...more
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