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Private Eyes (Alex Delaware #6)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  6,497 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.


The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is eleven years since seven-year-old Melissa Dickinson dialed the hospital help line for comfort—and found it in therapy with Alex Delaware. Now the lovely young heiress is desperately calling for
ebook, 528 pages
Published May 20th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1992)
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Cynthia Corral
It took me two months to get through this, as I couldn't read more than two pages at a time without getting bored to tears. Finally, after 400 pages, it started to get good. But like every single other Alex Delaware mystery, it ends with him randomly figuring out who the bad guy is, knowing exactly where to find him, and then the bad guy just confesses every single detail of his crimes.

400 pages of dullness and an unbelievably boring premise, and then the reader is suddenly thrown into an horrif
Barbara Mitchell
Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series is one that I haven't read in order. I pick them up at book sales though and save them for times when I need an Alex Delaware fix. I just love this character, a pediatric psychologist who solves crimes, often with his friend Det. Milo Sturgis of LAPD. Delaware is smart, caring, and at the moment of this story lonely. Sturgis is gay and takes a lot of you-know-what from other LAPD cops. In this story he has been put on suspension for a period of months an ...more
One word. BORING.

All those hundreds of pages, just about a client whose agorophobic mother went missing and I just lost all my interest. Darn shame because at least this time, Milo was doing some private investigating outside of LAPD. But I didn't like the client much (sounded whiny to me). And as always, there was lots and lots of things that I thought could just be left out. I didn't really care about the 'flashback' moments of Alex and Melissa. I didn't care about the solution. It was dull. I
Feb 24, 2015 Gwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a painful read. The first half of the book is invested in characterization and setting. One main character in particular is painstakingly and repetitively depicted as a take-charge, courageous, likeable child and then as a take-charge, self-centered, annoying young adult. No character, no matter how insignificant, is left unexplored. Setting—interior, exterior, and history—is ruthlessly depicted in mind-numbing detail. I found myself skipping entire pages, knowing I chanced missing ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012, library
I was pleasantly surprised by this, the 6th in the Alex Delaware series. Compared to the previous titles, this one was positively tight plot-wise-- much more focused and much less conspiracy-oriented (though it did have some of that far-fetched feeling). Delaware continues to be a fascinating character, but the real treat was getting to hang out a little more with Milo, who begins to dabble in the world of private investigation in this book. Also-- Robin returns. I'm not sure how I feel about th ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprising ending! The author leads the reader to imagine all kinds of conspiracies, and then changes direction. Who knew!
I've enjoyed this series, even though the psychologist's wimpiness is occasionally annoying.
Jun 16, 2016 Jeanny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An early one I missed great story and profile of rich and famous Hollywood style
Feb 03, 2016 Nena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Audiobook) This is not the first book that I have read in the Alex Delaware series, but this is the one I remember best so this is the one that is going to get a written review.

Even though the formula is always the same (Alex is introduced to the Crime, Alex and his partner Milo deduce and then the killer is revealed) I always enjoy the chemistry between Alex and Milo. I do not care much for the girlfriend, Robin, and think the stories could lose her as she adds nothing to them, however not so
Sep 28, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An older Alex Delaware that I hadn't read has him treating a young girl and years later being contacted by the same girl and getting involved with her mother who is being treated by a couple of Drs. for acrophobia. There is a lot of time spent on the psychological aspect and less on the unfolding mystery until the mother goes missing. The search for her opens up a convoluted mystery that goes to nearly the end before being resolved. The psychological bits slowed things down, but all in all a dec ...more
Jason Price
Jun 01, 2016 Jason Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Hollywood, everyone has their secrets. This is an appropriate mantra for this novel from psychological drama pro Jonathan Kellerman. It starts with a phone call from a former 9 year old client Melissa who is now all grown up and ready to take on the world. The world may prove to be easier to conquer than the issues that are about to unfold inside her own family home. Melissa is concerned about going away to college and separating from her mother Gina, a former model and actress who is now an ...more
Nan Williams
Not his best.

The first 400 pages seemed to be an exercise in VERY LONG descriptive passages. OMG! I was reading on my Kindle, but I'm sure some of those descriptions were a couple of pages long in book form. Everything, and I mean absolutely everything, was described in the greatest detail. You not only "saw" what the protagonist saw, but you heard it and breathed it and felt it and tasted it! Actually, it wasn't "bad," it was just quite excessive. And the author would go from (for example) a ve
Mar 06, 2015 Yolande rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Kellerman is one of my favourite authors, and I absolutely love his books and writing style, along with the two main characters, Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis. I did take longer to read this book than I usually do as it was a bit hard to maintain the usual momentum I expect from him and found it overly complex in some areas with a lot of different characters. I found if I put it down for a day or two and came back to it, I was having to backtrack to remember who some characters were. A ...more
May 18, 2009 Jude rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kellerman is one of my staples...hero of the child psyche, friend to Milo Sturgis (Holloywood detective; gay). This story was one of compartmentalized family, agoraphobia, hyper vigilance, the very rich. His stories don't always end happily but he brings clinical understanding to the unhappy situations.
Feb 03, 2016 Julien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alex-delaware, crime
Retired child psychologist Alex Delaware is called by a former, now grown-up patient who is concerned about her mother. When things start to get out of control, he calls in the help of the suspended LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. Together, they unravel the dirty secrets of not-so-old money in the snobbish hills of San Labrador.

This novel has all the characteristics of a typicel Kellerman story. It's well-written, has lots of twists and turns when you least expect them and still manages to capture
Mukta Mohapatra
Aug 25, 2015 Mukta Mohapatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 06, 2014 Freyja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Private Eyes, a novel that is part of the Alex Delaware series, deals with a filthy rich yet agoraphobic patient and her anxiety-ridden daughter. Also, homophobia.

It is perhaps one of my favorites for it shows just how deep Alex and Milo Sturgis' friendship had gotten from the first novel, When The Bough Breaks. Also, because Jonathan Kellerman managed to illustrate the differences of lifestyles in LA based on economic standing. Coming from a country halfway around the world from where the story
Donna Mcnab
Jan 05, 2016 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr.Alex Delaware gets a call from a former child patient, who needs to talk to him. He hasn't seen her for 9 years and she is now 18 years old. She is very rich, but has other problems at home, mostly caused by a mother, who loves her very much and whom she loves very much, but has a problem with agoraphobia. Of course, the case goes on to become very involved and Alex Delaware calls in his best friend, Detective Sturgis, who just happens to be on forced leave for punching a superior while on te ...more
*Audiobook* This book was okay. The basic premise is that Alex Delaware receives a call from a former patient who he had successfully treated as a child. Now all grown up, Melissa is seeking help for her mother, a long-time agoraphobic who has been trapped in her own house for years following an acid attack on her face (like something out of a Victorian novel or superhero comic). The real trouble begins when the mother mysteriously disappears, leading Delaware down a strange path filled with une ...more
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Joni Daniels
I've been reading Kellerman's Alex Delware series since it started. Although I grew disenchanted with the deterioration of the one-a-year output, I loved the first few so much that I always held out hope that Kellerman would reutrn to his compleling character, his well fleshed out women, his simmering sex scenes, and his mixture of psychological dysfunction, sex, and horror. Private Eyes starts out so well that I was seduced into thinking this was a return to earlier days: the first 80% of the b ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really quite enjoy these Alex Dellaware novels. This is the second I've read. I have another 6 or so on my tbr pile. I haven't read them in order, and it hasn't really mattered. They work fine as stand alone novels, although it would probably be preferable to read in order if possible.
Good thrillers which you can really get stuck into. Quite long reads too, though not overly complex which I hate in a thriller. The characters are good. I really like Alex and his gay cop friend, Milo. Also Robin,
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Complicated, concentrated (despite the length) and competent. Not enough Milo or Alex, actually, although, as usual, Alex narrates. This is a great mystery in the series, but the author has clearly evolved his character and his writing is closer to genre standards unlike the first four books in the series. In the early books, Alex was in despair, and was motivated more by righteous rage and an obsessive, driven compulsion to rescue and avenge. Now, he sounds more like a private detective instead ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PRIVATE EYES by Jonathan Kellerman is 421 pages in hardback form. This is #6 in The Alex Delaware Series.

Brief Description:

The voice belongs to a woman, but Dr. Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is eleven years since seven-years-old Melissa Dickinson dialed a hospital help line for comfort--and found it in therapy with Alex Delaware. Now the lovely young heiress is desperately calling for psychologist's help once more. Only this time it looks like Melissa's deepest childhood nightmare is
ChaCha Ala Mode
Feb 23, 2015 ChaCha Ala Mode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
This was a hard one to read. It was a kindle book and for some reason this one had the writing jumbled. I do not know if this was a corrupt copy but it took longer than the non-digital ones to read. I think having to reread to figure out where the pauses and character voices changed.

Ok now onto the story. I loved this story. It had a unpredictable ending. These are the things that make a great mystery. The idea that there are multiple suspects, no real definite leads and just a random bit of res
Oct 29, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying reading this guy after ignoring him for so many years. Probably suffered from being a bit long like so many novels but the story was still interesting and I enjoyed its working out. Because I am anal about these things I am reading him in order of writing so I am really enjoying the trip back in time. These are almost historical novels now! I love the fact that Delaware has to go looking for phone booths all the time. I remember them! Six down, lots to go!
Apr 22, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psycho-killers
About 85% of the way through this book, I thought, "This conspiracy isn't nearly as complicated as his other ones." But at the end it did indeed get a lot more complicated. Basically a good story, returning characters are still great, but new characters were flimsy. I would give this book 3.5 stars because a major plot event takes place in Azusa (although it is twice misspelled as "Azuza.") I totally lived on the street Alex Delaware drove on!
Jun 17, 2015 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Longer than his usual size, and as a result dragged along at times. If you haven't read his previous books, you'll be confused at certain scenes as he doesn't explain the situation (I've read a handful of his books, but not in order. In his later years he does a better job of reminding readers of past incidents but this is one of his early works).

I enjoyed the multiple red herrings.
May 30, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't help it, because of my background and interest in psychology, I eat up Jonathan Kellerman novels. Yes, he's wordy; yes, he's descriptive down to the minutia -- but what a picture he paints! And what a well-woven psychological mystery this was. Really kept me guessing until the end, when he deftly wove together all the characters into a admittedly outlandish but fascinating conclusion. I couldn't put this one down!
Judith M Brunk
Jul 26, 2016 Judith M Brunk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was probably one of the best mysteries that I have ever read. I love Jonathan Kellerman's protagonist, Alex Delaware, and the fact that this was published in 1992 just made it more interesting. Very few cell phones and long distance calls were a big thing. Things sure have changed. I was glued to the end to figure out "who done it"
Lisa Hott
Feb 17, 2015 Lisa Hott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read

These books are so fascinating to read. I'm not reading them in order, so it's some work to understand what's going on with Alex and Robin, but the cases are always interesting and go in a direction I could never predict. Alex and Milo as a team are great. Will read every book there is !!
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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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