Rage (Alex Delaware, #19)
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Rage (Alex Delaware #19)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  5,702 ratings  ·  187 reviews

Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they murdered a younger child. While Troy died violently behind bars, the hulking, slow-witted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age twenty-one, he’s emerged a haunted, rootless man with a pressing need: to talk—once again—with psychologist Alex Delaware. But when Rand’s life comes...more
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Published May 24th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published 2005)
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Alex Delaware in great form - brainy thriller for sure!

We're big fans of J. Kellerman, but find that sometimes the Alex Delaware stories drift so far from his child psychology specialty that it's tough to believe either the action or the detective work. But in this latest "intellectual" thriller, we spend much of the time reading dialogue between Alex and cop buddy Milo Sturgis dissecting a variety of perplexing clues; their skills at finding motives and posing possibilities are tasked to the li...more
Psychologist Alex Delaware receives an unsettling phone call from Rand Duchay, a mentally challenged young man he evaluated several years before. At that time, Rand and his friend Troy Turner kidnapped and murdered a young girl, and Alex was asked by the court to determine whether the two young teenagers could be tried as adults. Rand, recently released from his imprisonment in a youth facility, asks Alex to meet him, but when Alex arrives, Rand is nowhere to be found. Very soon after that, his...more
"I Find it a Bit Strange with Alex Deleware..."

The Alex Delaware series is still one that the 'jury is out on' for me at least, but does anyone else find it strange that this psychologist, no matter how decorated in the field he may be, just because he's friends with a higher up can just tag along for an initial raid into a potentially dangerous environment? I mean its one thing to bring in an expert once all said & done to look at evidence, talk to people, etc... but Alex is following Sturg...more
Feb 08, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychological thriller fans
Kellerman is back. This story is a real grabber and one I could hardly put down.

Faced with talking to a young man he's done a psychological profile on years ago, Alex Delaware shows up only to be stood up. Later the young man, a slightly retarded hulk of a guy, is murdered. Alex enlists his friend, Milo Sturgis, to help him find out what happened. In the process, he discovers there are very evil things being done in plain sight by people pretending to be what they aren't. The search for and unco...more
This is not the first Alex Delaware I've read, nor will it be my last, but I was quickly drawn into the book loving about the first 150 pages or so---then it was repetitive and boring!! I would've easily given this 4 stars but with what I just wrote plus the fact I hated the ending---this brought it down to 3 stars, thinking if possibly only 2!
As another reviewer wrote, I'm not impressed not do I care about driving directions in California or any place else. He makes much "filler" to describe s...more
Suzy Black
Most of the Alex Delaware novels tend to run into each other after reading a few - the plots are different, but it's usually just the same song, different verse. This one, however, stands out for me as one of the better ones. Maybe I was more engaged with the plot - I don't know - but I really liked this book. Two young men have murdered a toddler and after the trial and a month into his incarceration, one of the boys is murdered. After spending 8 years in a juvenile facility, the second your ma...more
Read it while babysitting grandchildren. It was fine for that. I may be a bit jaded, but I do get tired of idiosyncratic types that are supposed to charm us with their flaunting of flouting convention. Nevertheless, there is enough plot to sustain interest through the book.

I am pretty sure that I have read other Kellerman books (by Jon or Faye), but I only remember this one because I read it last week.
Well, since I have just started Rage, I haven't yet learned anything, well, that is except for how Kellerman never ceases to entertain me as long as he keeps to Milo and Alex and doesn't try to add any new characters to the mix. Plus, Kellerman continues to make Alex's love interest not only totally, completely perfect but also totally, completely wooden and unrealistic.
I really like Kellerman's books, but I was always feel he goes on and on for too long...

Bought in Malé, Maldives, during my honeymoon ;o)
I like Kellerman, easy read...good mystery.

Psychologist Alex Delaware receives an unsettling phone call from Rand Duchay, a mentally challenged young man he evaluated several years before. At that time, Rand and his friend Troy Turner kidnapped and murdered a young girl, and Alex was asked by the court to determine whether the two young teenagers could be...more
David Coleman
i picked up Kellerman because Stephen King recommended him as a writer in King's own autobiographical ON WRITING book. King's point was that you could do worse if you want to see how a top pop writer crafts a novel.

after reading RAGE, however, and thinking i'd made a mistake, i also picked up FLESH AND BLOOD by Kellerman, as well.

while both are fairly well-written and King's point taken for the 'not for every taste' slant he'd offered it in, i was disappointed.

though i liked the angle of havin...more
Jonathon Kellerman has crafted an intensely riveting plot, seated in a murder from nearly a decade in the past, where two boys murdered a toddler, then were sent to youth prison as part of a plea deal. Unfortunately neither boy really got a deal, as both wound up dead.

Trying to determine why, we have physchologist Alex Delaware interviewing children, teens and adults, and in some cases putting his ethics on hold to try do his police work.

Some of the answers (including most of the mystery surroun...more
Sometimes Kellerman gets lost in the demons he conjures up. As a reader I need to care at least a little about the victims or give me a bad guy that's charismatic so I can at least enjoy the ride. Rage is dark from beginning to end. Creepy and dark.

The Devil's waltz was creepy and dark but had a intriguing villain and plot. Rage's plot is completely crushed under all the weight of the bad and disgusting things that are revealed. This is too much reality intruding in my murder mystery for me. I h...more
Milo and Alex are at it again as they try to figure out who killed a young man, just out of the children's youth lock-up. Alex had consulted on the case that sent the boy to jail and he calls Alex when he's released. But Alex never meets with him because he's killed first. Tracking the killer leads to more gruesome murders and abuses. I listened to this book on audiobook. The reader is good; I like him. And I absolutely LOVE Milo. Many times I wish he was the central character - he's so much mor...more
Mar 06, 2014 Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults who like mysteries
Dr. Alex Delaware is a psychologist who also helps his friend a police detective solve mysteries.
He is good at getting into tight places at times. But lucky for him he has a good friend.
In this book he actually manages not to get himself in danger. He is working on a case that happened 8 years ago. No one knew the extent of the crime back then. By the time Alex and Milo are done asking questions and searching the truth will come out.
I like the Dr. Delaware books. They always are good. They lead...more
Renee Pawlish
I had almost given up on the Alex Delaware series, and this book's done nothing to make me change my mind. It wasn't that the book was BAD, it just wasn't that good. Very little action, and the suppositions made that magically become real became annoying. It's definitely a brainy type of mystery, but that being said, it wasn't like Kellerman tried to really trick you. It was "I think maybe this person did it" and then Alex and Milo just went with it and that's who did it. I think I have one more...more
Alex Delaware, trusty youth psychologist turned forensic psychologist, delves into an old murder (of young child by two young teen boys) when one of the convicted boys-now-young-man gets murdered upon his release from prison.

Factors that lead to a complex web of several homicides include:

- hypocrisy - guy who poses as a do-gooder (who actually is raping the troubled girl teens he is fostering, and then bills the state for their surgical abortions)

- infidelity - several pairs of spouses are doing...more
Psychological thriller with psychologist Alex Delaware, who receives a phone call from a mentally challenged man who has been in prison for 8 years following his taking part in the killing of a toddler; the man simply states that he’s not a bad person. However, Delaware attempts to meet with him only to find him dead. When the other teen convicted of the crime, Troy, also turns up dead, Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware turn their attentions to the other players in this case including an amoral nym...more
Romaine Hislop
The book Rage is a fantastic book in my opinion because it has all the factors that interest and appeal to me. It includes crime and mystery which is wrapped into a incredible plot that leaves each reader interested, surprised and satisfied. Readers explore how a detective uses the help of a child psychologist to figure out how and why certain crimes occur, the story is very long but always interesting every step of the way. The author of this book has many other fascinating most which are serie...more
Carol Macdowell
Love Alex Delaware, although sometimes he could expend a little more energy. This case was extremely complicated with all sorts of possibilities. Thought provoking and definitely a page turner. Always a better read with the absence of Robin. She is such a twit.
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.
Penny Pascoe
I really like kellerman and Alex Delaware stories. But about half way thru this book I realized I was bored so I stopped reading. I did not care to find out who murdered a boy who had killed a toddler.
Another great book! Easy to read, similar format to Alex Cross novels - so if you like that, you'll like this. Love the partnership between Sturgis and Delaware. Very easy to read, and hard to put down towards the end!
After finishing the last Kellerman that I read, which was Twisted, I glanced through the first few pages of Rage and couldn't put it down.

Plotting was excellent. Another one where I twigged to the twist when it was presented, which is something I want to happen. I don't see it as the book being too transparent; it's more like I find it engaging and my muse is firing on all cylinders. This is why you read when you're a writer; you're watering the crops.

My only complaint was the ending, which seem...more
Nov 05, 2008 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
I've grown accustomed to Kellerman's writing style for the Dr. Delaware character and though I don't think it's the best thing I've ever heard, it's not all that bad either. This book was one of the more disturbing ones in the Dr. D series I've listened to. And also probably the one with the least satisfying ending. We had a lot of build up, tension, thrills, chills, suspense and such only to have the conclusion thrown at us in a few paragraphs. Kind of anticlimactic, really. Still, of the J Kel...more
Mike Calhoon
AD#19: Of Mice & Men/ story of Big guy
This is a good page turner mystery. The protagonists are a Psychiatrist and a cop, a gay cop at that although he doesn't make too much out of it at least in this book. The plot is properly convoluted. Although bad things happen to kids as well as adults, it's not overly graphic and a lot of the plot consists of the two protagonists hashing out possible scenarios between themselves. His writing is breezy, jaded enough to fit into a mystery genre that involves cops, coroners, and lawyers. He's now...more
This felt a bit unfinished at the end.
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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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