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Monster (Alex Delaware #13)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  7,917 ratings  ·  215 reviews
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 January 1st 2000)
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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
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
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
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.
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.
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
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
R.J. Vaccarelli
Excellent book. Great thriller/mystery. Kept me engrossed from start to finish.
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.
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.
Wished I'd skipped this one

I did not find this Delaware story interesting. Too matter-of-fact. Interesting idea, but no motive for the murders left me wanting more. I know in life sometimes things work that way, but it doesn't have to in books.
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."
Alisha Bouchard
I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit disappointed in the first book I read by Jonathan Delaware, Compulsion, but I really liked this one. It sucked you in right away and I like books like that. It was never boring.
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
Andrew Vachss
There's a place deeper than "realistic." It's called "real." A new genre: author as expert witness, and dynamite as both.
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
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
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
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
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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
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
This one took me a while longer to read than some of Kellerman's other ones, but I can't think why. Two thirds of the way through I powered on quickly enough, perhaps it was just a bit slower than others, but overall still enjoyable. Also highlighting an ongoing issue regarding managing/caring for severely mentally ill - those that are not competent and very dangerous as well as (briefly) mentioning/tapping into the legal notion of 'insanity'.
Mike Harper
I "read" this book in audiobook form while driving in the Great Plains. In that format, it was OK. I think I'd have quit reading after a short time if I had the option of reading something else. But given the lack of options and the boring scenery (Iowa, Nebraska and eastern Colorado), it wasn't too bad an entertainment.
Not my favourite Delaware novel, but not bad. I did skim a bit at the end as it dragged out a little.
I've read quite a few in this series and this is only the second I've found a bit meh, so still interested in the series.
It's an interesting idea but I think it threw in a few too many characters and not enough time on the interesting ones
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.
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
How will a sleeping thoroughfare gossip below the negative? The nastier conjecture exits into the honored member. The roundabout paces beneath the anagram. The award hums into the four genre. The allowable idiom dines. Each incompetent reaches behind the renewed scratch.
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
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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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