Mystery, by Jonathan Kellerman, a-minus, Narrated by John rubinstein, produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from audible.com.
This was one of the better Alex Delaware books again. The only problem with this book was that there was so much dialogue, with much of it focused on game playing to keep people from guessing the truth, that it got kind of frustrating. But the plot was good, and I liked Robin in this book. John Rubinstein has narrated most of Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series and he does it extremely well. In this book there were two issues. Alex and Robin had been at a restaurant where they had many fond memories. But the restaurant was being torn down. This was its last night, and it was clear from the poor service that most of the wait staff had already been let go. At a table near Alex and Robin was a young woman, lovely to look at, but dressed in a way that portrayed a much earlier time in the movies, and she used a cigarette holder to smoke. She was obviously waiting for someone, but when Alex and Robin left, no one had come. Then, the next day when Milo Sturgis came to his house, he learned that the girl in question had been found dead with her face blown away by a shotgun. Alex and Milo began a long search for the murderer which took them through the various family members of this girl’s sugar daddy who had died a few months prior to this girl. Research found her on the internet signing up as an escort with one client, Marcus Sussy. Her name on line was Mystery. While they were unraveling the mysteries in this case, Alex had another issue. A Madam that he had known in the past contacted him. She now had a little boy that she seemed to be raising carefully and lovingly. But she was dying of cancer. She wanted Alex to make sure that her son got through her death and the grieving process. As an ethical psychiatrist, Alex could not let anyone know about his work with this woman and her son, and he also had to be careful about delivering tips he got from this woman to Milo regarding the case of the murdered woman. This is L.A. noire at its best.