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Rage (Alex Delaware #19)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,470 Ratings  ·  266 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
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Published May 24th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published 2005)
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Troy Turner, elfin psychopath who looks 12 but he was a year older, and Rand Duchay, a mentally challenged youth of 14 who looked like a linebacker, decided to kidnap a two-year-old toddler from a mall and kill her for fun. Since they are seen on security videotape, the only question after they are caught is how responsible are they for their actions. Most people care very little about these kids, but the grandstanding defense lawyers have a bigger stake in the outcome than the worthless caretak ...more
"Suicide does that. Right, Doctor? Leaves all that guilt residue."

The plot was very interesting: Two teenage boys kidnap and kill a two year old girl. They go to prison, and flashfoward eight years later, one dies while incarcerated and the other one finishes his sentence. Now, twenty one year old Rand wants to talk about the murder, but he ends up dead instead.

This book is typical Jonathan Kellerman: a plot figured out by lots and lots of theorising. It was entertaining, but the ending left a
Jul 05, 2010 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Another good Kellerman book. I really enjoy his writing and sometimes complex stories he devises. And Delaware and Sturgis are such a good team for solving mysteries. I'm not sure what is going to happen next in Delawares love life. I've read some of Kellermans later books, and am filling in with the ones I missed. So, I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read them in order. Still I usually do,and feel as though I'm following a good friend.
"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
Jul 25, 2007 Writerlibrarian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Alasandra Alawine
Jan 16, 2015 Alasandra Alawine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex receives a phone call from a former patient who has just been released from prison. Rand wants to talk to Alex about a the death of the toddler he went to prison for killing. Before Alex can meet with him Rand is found dead. The prime suspect is the toddler's "Father", but then several things comes to light.

The other teenager (Troy) involved in the murder was killed in the Juvenile Detention Center he was sentenced to shortly after he was sentenced, after saying something about getting "ric
Mar 23, 2008 Christy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 14, 2013 Rumeur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Juan Araizaga
Apr 03, 2015 Juan Araizaga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5,4 o 3 días después; en verdad no recuerdo cuando lo comencé, las vacaciones pierden mi temporalidad.

Estuvo guardado por un año. En algún lago leí buenos comentarios y recordé que lo tenía.

Tiene un muy buen comienzo, hasta una buena premisa... pero después de las primeras paginas se torna aburrido. Descripciones, situaciones y detalles innecesarios. No me importaba que comieran donas cada día. Sin embargo, tiene buenos giros que te hacen dudar de quién es el culpable -como toda buena novela n
Suzy Black
Jul 01, 2009 Suzy Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nic Mörkötarha
Another book that feels like it was hastily wrapped up, no real closure. It's still a decent read but don't expect anything grand.
Susan Jones
Feb 15, 2016 Susan Jones rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not rape things up at the end of the book! Messy ending.

I agree with Spike Mcgee when he wrote: " He(Kellerman) walks away from the book. Just ends it with no conclusion! It's as if he decided he wrote the required amount of pages and said, "Well, that's it!" and sent it off to the publisher. Two big no-no's for a writer."
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Publication Date: May 24, 2005

Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they murdered a younger child. While Troy di
Oct 19, 2014 Aivel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a couple of Alex Delaware books mostly formulaic - a grisly crime -a psychologically demented killer against the dynamic duo of a celebrated child psychologist and a celebrated detective. He-he always got to finish Alex Delaware novels so its probably ok but mostly with forgettable plot. That is my beef with Rage, it is littered with mostly forgettable characters, as in I read this in about 4-5 days and during that time I actually had to flip back a few pages because I can't remember ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 05, 2009 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Virginia Markhart
I was surprised at how difficult this book was to read. I have read several in the Alex Delaware series and enjoyed them all. This one was too complicated for me. Tons of whodunit theories between Mila and Alex left me bewildered and confused. Lots of loose threads at the end that I would have liked to see tied up.

The story began with the kidnap/murder of a two year old chld. The two teenage boys who did the deed where quickly caught and prosecuted. One was killed in prison, the other a few days
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)
Feb 24, 2015 Val rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Kellerman outdid himself on this one. Two young boys kidnap and murder a little girl for no apparent reason. Troy, the sociopath of the two dies violently in jail just a month after the murder and it is put down to gang related retribution. Rand, the second boy is now out of prison. He is a bit slow and always thought of as a follower. Within a short time of being released and, after calling Dr. Delaware, asking to meet, he is found dead too. There is no shortage of suspects but the sto ...more
I like Kellerman, easy read...good mystery.
Mar 28, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Feb 23, 2013 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Danni Zheng
This is the first book from the Alex Delaware series I've read. Overall, it was a good read. There were some interesting plot points and I enjoyed the banter between Alex and Milo.

The only thing I was disappointed about was the hasty ending. It felt as if Kellerman decided he didn't want to write anymore and wrapped it up as fast as he could. I was definitely left with a sense of "What? That was it!? What about all those unanswered questions brought up throughout the investigation?"
Bradon Nave
Jan 30, 2016 Bradon Nave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book held my attention for the first half or so. Well written, I assumed the primary storyline would stick to the murder of a small child and the evaluation of two young individuals associsted with it. About midway through, additional murders were thrown into the mix that were potentially unrelated entirely and didn't seem to tie into the overarching story at all. The ending had me wanting more, but that's just me. Over all I'm glad I picked this one up.
Sep 03, 2014 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was the first book I've read from Mr. Kellerman and I thought the story was pretty boring. There were parts that had promise and at times the pace quickened, but the majority of the book was painfully boring to me. I also hated the ending. I'm not a big fan of unanswered, unresolved issues, unless the story continues on in a future novel, but looking at the next novel in this series there appears to be nothing regarding Rage. I had expected more, especially since the reviews were pret ...more
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
At some point I struggled reading this book,though It still drew me in to want to know why this two mentally challenged kids would kill a toddler.There was so much issues that were dealt with and I think Jonathan did a good job bringing to light all those things to the surface.At first I had thought I would never read another psychological thriller but now am interested to know how his other books will turn out.In short it was compelling.
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
Jul 05, 2016 Judith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like Jonathan's writing and story telling having read about 5 of his books. But this is really, really bad. Characters are poorly portrayed and totally uninteresting. Way too many characters and all unsympathetic. This is a page turner in that you want to be done with it already. The ending left me saying, "What? What?" In conclusion, awful and if I could give it zero or negative stars I would.
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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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