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True Detectives

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  3,504 ratings  ·  288 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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Coco
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
Susie John
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
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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
Wendy
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
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Tj
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
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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,
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Dlora
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
Caitlin
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
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Cornmaven
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
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Kristen
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
Dino Mascolo
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
Evyn Charles
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
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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
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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
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Ann Aldrich
This book is so poorly written that I had to check the front sheet to confirm this was actually a later Kellerman effort instead of the first book he wrote as a teenage novice. It is,in fact, a late book rather than the first one ever. It's pretty dreadful. The characters are flat and shallow. Everything is written in short, blunt sentence fragments, no matter which character is speaking-- or, most of the time, just thinking., There is no plot. The "action" is all presented through lengthy expos ...more
Andy
I enjoyed this mystery book by kellerman. It features some of the side characters of his normal books as the main characters. The book doesn't have a lot of action but has a interesting characters throughout the book I enjoyed. It is about the disappearance of a teenage girl and the death of another "woman of the night." Investigating the case is a flashy private eye and a police detective who happen to be brothers and get along like oil and water. This conflict makes it funny and interesting.
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
Kayeb


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
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Laurel-Rain
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,”
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Nel Langley
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
Marsha Graham
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
Kathy kennedy
I have been a John Kellerman fan for years. This book stars two half brothers. One is white. One is black. Both of their fathers were LAPD officers who have died. The 2 sons show more than usual sibling rivalry. The dialog in the book is moronic and the author reduces the text to basic racial stereotypes. The plot was convoluted. Alex and Sturgis, the usual main characters are peripheral. This is one to miss and I wish that I had read the Goodreads reviews before reading this. I listened to it a ...more
Ellen
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
Daniel
Two brothers,one white, one black (same mother, different fathers)are detectives. One of them works for the LAPD and the other one is a private detective. They find themselves working on the same case and end up solving a completely different crime.

The animosity that exists between the brothers was supposed to add to the story. It just doesn't work.

The story dragged on and on and the ending was predictable.
Donna
Fans of the Alex Delaware series are bound to be disappointed in the fact that Alex and his bulldog, as well as Milo Sturgis, make only cameo appearances in this book. Also, as others have observed, a great deal of space in True Detectives is given to developing the personalities and relationship between the two main characters of this spin-off series, the brothers Aaron and Moses. The plot of this book was somewhat sluggish as a result of all that detail.

That said, now that I know these charact
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Merredith
This was a book in the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series, but not really. They were scarcely in it. Instead it focuses on two new characters, brothers we met in the last of Kellerman's books. One is a PI and one is a homicide detective, now under Milo. These guys are both more likeable than Alex is, so i was glad to get to know them. I liked the little parts that explained their history. The story/mystery itself was sad, as usual, and moved along at a good pace. I wonder if this will spawn a new ...more
Jeff
Despite being a fan of Aaron and Moses in the Delaware novel 'Bones', I was let down by this book. The plot was hit or miss, starting slow, then gaining some momentum, but by the end losing some steam and having rather unexciting plot twists. The backstory of life between the two half brothers was a double edged sword. While it was nice to flesh out the characters, some of the flashbacks felt a little forced. Also, after 'Bones' I liked Moses a bit better than Aaron, but after this book Aaron ca ...more
Adam Stasiak
I am probably one of the biggest Jonathan Kellerman fan out there, but I was a little let down with this book. It started a little slow for me and ended just as slow. The best part for me was when he added Alex Delawares character to the story. I also enjoyed how he added so many other characters to the story that were familiar. I'm not saying it wasn't good because Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis were not in it, becasue I truly enjoyed his book Billy Straight. It just wasnt as exciting as other ...more
claude lambert
I admire any successful author who writes a book every year. And Mr. Kellerman has a whole family of writers: I love that. His books are always of top quality: page turners, interesting plots, interesting characters.
This last book is an attempt of renewing his usual genre: it has more "cops talk", I am not too fond of that.

I always end up his books, however, with an uneasy feeling: they are very good, the author is an interesting person, so what it is that I do not like? It is hard to point out
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Rhonda
to be honest, i almost stopped reading this two times, but i hate that, and i like kellerman ( usually) and so i kept reading. i couldn't wait fot it to be over, though. there were lots of characters and odd names and the story was convoluted and blah blah blah. a bunch of twisted, messed up people living their disturbed and dysfunctional lives. what i have enjoyed about kellerman's alex delaware series is...hmm... alex delaware. he barely made an appearance in this one, as did milo sturgis, his ...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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