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True Detectives

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  4,674 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
In Jonathan Kellerman’s gripping novels, the city of Los Angeles is as much a living, breathing character as the heroes and villains who roam its labyrinthine streets. Sunny on the surface but shadowy beneath, this world of privilege and pleasure has a dark core and a dangerous edge. In True Detectives, Kellerman skillfully brings his renowned gifts for breathless suspense ...more
Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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May 02, 2009 Coco rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book could not be classified as a whodunit, but rather a whothoughtaboutit. All they did was think. And talk. And talk some more. Boring. Where's the action? The tension? This moved along more slowly than a glacier (sorry, Al Gore). I used to be a big Kellerman fan, but his last two books just haven't lived up to his earlier works. I don't think it's because he has introduced new characters, I think it's because he just types 'em up and sends 'em out. I liked his other book where Detective ...more
Barbara Elsborg
I struggled with this. So many characters to keep track of. I just kept forgetting who was who. I really liked the two main ones, Moe and Aaron but the plot was too much for me. In the mix of sleaze and drugs and beatings and murder and prostitution - the pace seemed very slow. I liked the bit where Aaron saved a life - won't spoil by describing - but that section was the only bit that I found gripping. I've read lots and lots of Kellerman's earlier books but hadn't tried him again for a while. ...more
Susie John
Apr 30, 2009 Susie John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this, it's as good as the first book they were featured in, Bones.

Review - "PI Aaron Fox and L.A. cop Moe Reed, interracial half-brothers who played minor roles in 2008's Bones, take center stage in bestseller Kellerman's routine 24th Alex Delaware novel. When Fox, who used to work for the LAPD, looks into the missing-persons case of 20-year-old Caitlin Frostig, he runs into conflict with Reed. The brothers end up pursuing some predictable lines of inquiry, checking out Rory Stoltz, Fr
Edmond Gagnon
I wasn't too thrilled with this one. Although it was a good story, I found it hard to follow on occasion and was bored by all the theories and conjecture the rambled on for pages.
I've read better by Kellerman.
Apr 13, 2009 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a huge disappointment! I had a horrible time remembering which brother was Moe and which was Aaron. I remember having the same trouble in the last book when they were introduced. Their brotherly conflict, while understandable, was boring to read about. There was WAY too much detail about clothes they were wearing, their home, etc. It didn't make me interested in them or the people they were looking to find and the crime(s) they were trying to solve.

Additionally, the story went in circ
I was disappointed in this book. I couldn't find a character that I liked. Moe Reed and Aaron Fox, half brothers that have a tenuous relationship and now they find they are both working the same cold case.
The story revolves around the seamy side of Beverly Hills and the surrounding area, including drugs,
prostitution, and murder. Success has bred all kinds of nasty habits for those involved and the truth is there behind the locked gates for someone to find.
Marie-Jo Fortis
True, the pace can get slow now and then--but sometimes, slow is good. True, the brother's rivalry theme could have been better developed. True, I am a new Kellerman reader. True, I am somewhat surprised by the reviewers who find this novel either "bland" or "too complex."

Why complex? Is it because Kellerman intertwines the personal stories of the two brothers ironically called "Moses" and "Aaron" with the actual crime plot? (I say "ironic" because Moses is the one who enters the promised land,
Mar 07, 2012 Dlora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
I didn't like this detective story so much, probably because I didn't like the animosity between the main characters. Both sons of policemen, we have Moses Reed, an up-and-coming homicide detective, serious minded, shy and unsure of himself, but strong and his half-brother, charismatic Aaron Fox, a snazzy dresser who likes fine things, currently raking in the dough as a private eye who has quit the police department after ten years because "he was tired of being penned up like some pet pony." Mo ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I'm fond of Jonathan Kellerman's books, but this one was a disappointment. Generally, his books are well-plotted with interesting well-developed characters & unusual spins on behavior that keep me absorbed & in suspense. I also really like his wife's books (Faye Kellerman) & I enjoy the way they mix their LA characters into each other's worlds. It makes the world of their LA more real somehow.

This book is okay, but just okay. The characters are okay, the plot is okay, it's just kind
Jan 18, 2015 Tj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-police
We met Moses Reed and Aaron Fox in a previous Alex Delaware book. Moses and Aaron are brothers. They share the same mother but different fathers who were police officers. On the surface Moses and Aaron are completely different and have lost their way as brothers. They become less stiff and more trusting of each other as they look deeper in the disappearance of a college student.

Caitlin Frostig seemly disappeared without a trace. Her case has grown cold but is still open and still assigned to Mos
Aug 13, 2011 Cornmaven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of readers didn't like this book because Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware were peripheral. But I really enjoyed the character development between the brothers, and thought their exchanges were fabulous. The two are unique, and both have unique flaws, which is essential to recurring characters in mainstream mysteries/crime stories. Aaron Fox's wardrobe and current fad knowledge reminded me a lot of Spenser (Robert B Parker), and made me wistful for those books.

I though the exploration of the
In Jonathan Kellerman's True Detectives, a spinoff from the Alex Delaware mystery series, this story focused on two brothers who weren't cut from the same cloth--Moses Reed, a LAPD detective, and Aaron Fox, a former cop turned PI--and both shared a troubled family history in the line of law enforcement. But the two of them come together to work on a most disturbing cold case of Caitlin Frostig, who disappeared years ago. With the help of Milo and Alex, Moses and Aaron would crack open this case ...more
Evyn Charles
Sep 20, 2009 Evyn Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a long-time fan of Jonathan Kellerman's and have read all of his books. I also enjoyed his son's books (Jesse Kellerman) and the 2 he has co-written with his wife Faye.
This story follows the half-brothers Moses Reed (LAPD) and Aaron Fox (private eye). These 2 were introduced in JKs previous book (I think); their troubled relationship is fleshed out in the process of reluctantly teaming up to solve a couple of murder/disappearance cases. JKs usual protagonists Milo Sturgis and Alex De
Dino Mascolo
May 01, 2011 Dino Mascolo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book unabridged, and it was a big disappointment. I couldn’t believe how poor the writing was. Some of the phrases used were downright juvenile. For instance, “it smelled like a snot filled nose”. Then there was the inordinate amount of time wasted on describing the way people were dressed. I got the impression that the Author was just trying to fill up pages with words so he could pump out another best seller. All of this would have been okay if the story was good, but it was ...more
Jan 29, 2017 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two brothers introduced in an earlier Alex Delaware book, get top billing in this story. Moses and Aaron are half brothers through their mother, who have a strained relationship due to past family drama with their fathers. Moses is a straight laced LA cop while Aaron is a biracial PI, and their personalities are very different, but they are thrown together to solve a case of a missing woman. Delaware, Milo and Petra make welcome cameos but overall, the book didn't live up to it's Cain & Abel ...more
Jan 30, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Kellerman, but not a Alex Delaware, although he does make an appearance, as does Milo and Blanche. I was reluctant to read a non-Alex book, but I am happy I did. Both brothers act like asses, although I have to say, Moses the white brother is more of an ass than Aaron the black brother, who is an ass in his own way, but way less of a jerk than Moses. In the end you get a better understanding of both brothers, and their complicated relationship.
May 30, 2017 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very confusing.. Too many characters. I listed to this and had to keep going back to remember who was who..
Mar 07, 2017 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A missing girl. A despondent father. A case so cold that it is given to a newly transferred detective as a “welcoming” present. The case concerns one Caitlyn Frostig who disappeared one night on her way back from her shift at a local bar. No one saw her disappear. She had no enemies and her boyfriend has an air tight alibi. The case is a dead end on the surface at least until the employer of Caitlyn’s father gets involved. His employee is distracted by the disappearance of his daughter
Mary Newcomb
Moses Reed and Aaron Fox are brothers, one a LAPD officer, one a private investigator. They are both working on a missing persons case which quickly becomes very complicated. Our heroes, Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware make cameo appearances in this convoluted tale. I would prefer more of them and less of the brothers. However, the mystery was dark, complex and full of fascinating characters (other than the protagonists).
Apr 20, 2009 Kayeb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alex Delaware is but mentioned a few times, as the younger genration starts to take over more, I guess. The brothers continue the same style of conversation we have seen in his previous books, so the characters are not that different from those introduced before....but a new story line.

[close:] In Jonathan Kellerman’s gripping novels, the city of Los Angeles is as much a living, breathing character as the heroes and villains who roam its labyrinthine streets. Sunny on the surface but shadowy ben
Sotteria Wetsch
Mar 02, 2017 Sotteria Wetsch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the brothers characters.
Cameron Wiggins
Jonathon Kellerman is best known for his crime mysteries featuring Alex Delaware. In fact, when I checked this book out at the library, I just naturally assumed it was another Alex Delaware novel. Wrong.
True Detectives, set in Los Angeles, is another good Kellerman suspense with deep psychological rifts and filled with people each with their own mental tick. Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware do appear, however they are merely background characters. Dimitri, a Russian living in the United States has
Marsha Graham
Sep 24, 2013 Marsha Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Something I don't understand: Why an elder brother (Aaron Fox) speaks black English while the younger brother (Moses [Mo] Reed) speaks standard English. Yes, the elder son is half black, whiile the younger is white, however, they were raised by the same mother. Is this the voice artist's way of making the character "sound" black? He sounds stereotyped. Good God, if he makes $300K a year as a PI, looks like Denzil Washington, lives near Hollywood, and dresses like a fashion model then one would ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Nel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Detectives sporadically features off-shoot characters from other Kellerman novels, including the famous Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis and Petra Connor. The two main characters of this this story, however, are brothers with a complex personal relationship. And those facts are among the least important to the story. It is the story that I most enjoyed about this book. There are three missing people and few actual clues as to what happened to them. Too, neither the detectives (or readers) know i ...more
The Cats Mother
I've read a couple of the Alex Delaware novels and thought they were OK but not enough to bother with the whole series; this one apparently follows on from "Bones" which I haven't read, and features two half-brothers as the heroes: Aaron is a cocky PI obsessed with clothes and image, while younger brother Moses the homicide detective is serious and driven but insecure. They don't get on because Aaron, whose father was killed on the job by being careless, resents Moe who came along when their mot ...more
Apr 12, 2009 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sibling rivalry colors this tale of two detectives – one brother, a police detective, and the other private – and follows each of them down the winding path to solving a case they are individually working. Occasionally collaborating, they piece together the puzzle that they have inherited.

Caitlin Frostig has mysteriously disappeared. Moe Reed, the police detective, and Aaron Fox, the private detective, approach the case in their unique ways. Moe has to reign in his actions to follow the “book,”
May 24, 2016 Amao rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two brothers, one PI and one Cop that have a tricky past due to their family circumstances... perfect material to flesh out interesting characters, right? Falls so flat and dull it's worse than an out of tune violin. If Jonathan Kellerman actually wrote this book, he didn't even try or was the first who was disinterested in it. Neither characters are very charming. Moe feels like he's annoyed he has to do any work. Alex is this "supposedly" suave guy (they SAY it, but never SHOW it) that comes a ...more
Laura Ruetz
I can honestly say that this is not one of Kellerman's best. In this book, the two main characters are family members, Aaron and Moses. Their broken family dynamic is supposed to be a central part of the book, or so I assume, because it was mentioned a lot, but other than making the writing from flowing smoothly, it bogged it down with a bunch of details that really were not necessary.

The book was full of little details but very little actual plot. The focus on the clothing just seemed random a
Apr 18, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Kellerman's latest didn't capture my attention like most of his previous novels. Perhaps it's because Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis are like old friends, and Aaron Fox and Moe Reed are new acquaintances or it's because Kellerman hasn't had years to flesh out their characters. Whatever the reason, I found myself trudging through "True Detectives." The plot became a little muddled - too many undeveloped characters and not enough focus. Sub-plots seemed forgotten until the end when a deus ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Wanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this as much as other books by this author. It seemed like a lot of the focus of the book was on the relationship between the two brothers and it got a little old after awhile. The whole book just felt a little uncomfortable for me. The one brother was always concerned with race, fashion and sex and that also got a little old. Lots of competition between the brothers.
The one brother, Moses, was assigned to look into a cold case he had originally worked and it evolved into a way 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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