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Victims (Alex Delaware #27)

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Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rh ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published 2012)
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James Thane
When a shrewish, combative woman named Vita Verlin is murdered, L.A. homicide detective Milo Sturgis is called to the scene. When he sees that the victim has been ritualistically disemboweled, he calls in his friend, psychologist Alex Delaware, to consult. Alex and Milo have been working together through twenty-seven books, spanning a period of nearly thirty years, and this is the most gruesome case they've ever seen.

There's certainly no shortage of suspects. The victim apparently didn't have a
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Delaware is in for a particularly gruesome ride in this, the latest thriller from Jonathan Kellerman.

As bodies keep turning up, all laid out neatly, tidily, but extremely dead, the only clue is an almost blank sheet of paper, and in the middle is a question mark... ? ...

Detective Milo Sturgis has seen it all, or so he thought. The clock is ticking, the clues are few, and the bodies are mounting. Alex, criminal psychologist, and charged with helping the police read those clues, wonders if th
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I like Jonathan Kellerman books; I have read most of them (I believe this is #27 in the Alex Delaware series). It is with regret that I cannot give this one an effusively enthusiastic review. I read a couple other reviews where readers said things like "Kellerman must HATE Dr. Delaware and gay LA Police Detective, Milo, by now, but I still like them" and a review that suggested that Kellerman just phones them in now. I love the L.A. locations (because I live there now)but I did not find this nov ...more
Patricia Kurz
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: KELLERMAN fans, who done it fans, etc.
Shelves: light-fiction

While just as riveting as some of his others-- the crime details that is -- this one falls flat for the aspects that are not concerned with the crime(s). For those of us dedicated to the series, there are unanswered questions. Are Milo and Rick no longer together? Why was Rick so obviously absent? Just a passing reference to his name and "surgery" in general. Milo makes a sandwich from ingredients that would have not been present in their refrigerator if Rick had been living wit
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Keep your goals specific and realistic, be happy when anything goes well."

This was a very dark book, a very twister crime scene and a lot of mystery. I think this is, so far, the best Jonathan Kellerman book I've read.

In this case, former child psychologist and LAPD consultant Dr. Alex Delaware gets a call from Lt. Milo Sturgis informing him of a murder. The crime is unlike any other, as the victim, a woman named Vita Berlin, was disemboweled in her apartment. The killer left behind a note, t
Lukasz Pruski
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jonathan Kellerman's "Victims" is the 27th novel in his Alex Delaware series (coincidentally, it was written in 2012, the 27th year since the series had started). 27 books in a series is a ridiculously high number and the repetitiveness of the setup makes it impossible for the author to say anything new about the recurring characters. Apparently, many readers crave familiarity and come back to Alex and Milo for the same old stuff, reheated over and over again, like in TV sitcoms. It took me a wh ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, here we are at #27 in this series, and everything is still the same. One of the reasons I like this series is that it is a solidly-written, formulaic police procedural. It's like watching "Law & Order: You Pick the Series." You know what you're going to get. In this series, we have broody, complicated child psychologist Alex Delaware and his friend, homicide cop Milo. Alex's minor character girlfriend, Robin, who is used by Kellerman so we readers can follow Alex's thought processes. ( ...more
Thom Dunn
In this 27th Alex Delaware mystery, Kellerman takes us all the way back to Ventura State Hospital where Alex trained and some flowers of evil had their birth. Robin and Blanche put in cameo appearances, and most of the text is given over to Alex and Milo, Petra and Raul ratiocinating an entire criminal history before any attempt is made at apprehension. For Alex Delaware fans, this one will bring a welcome sense of a circle finally closed, and readers of Kellerman's Savage Spawn will trace the l ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jonathan Kellerman fans
Shelves: kindle
The thing to know about Jonathan Kellerman's books and me, is that I'm done with them and should have stopped a few back. I was bored and restless while I read this book. I used to be a big fan, but either I've changed, or the author has. His work no longer seems fresh and new, exciting. Perhaps if he wrote something else, different genre, different characters, he could recapture the "zing" that seems to be missing for me.

Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Literary Treats

Alex Delaware is back! I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman’s mystery series featuring child psychologist/consulting detective Alex Delaware. I’d been disappointed by the last few books in the series, because they felt more like police procedurals with Alex being a fairly generic amateur detective instead of the psychology expert that made me love the series in the first place. However, I’m happy to say that Victims, the latest in the series, is
Alex is The Romance Fox
Being a fan of Jonathan Kellerman I always look forward to the next Alex/ Milo case. I find the relationship between the two interesting and really like their witty interaction. And of course, reading more about the “noir” L.A. side.
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Victims, is the 27th book in the series……pretty amazing it’s been going for so long!!!
I have to admit that this one just lacked something for me. The mystery, the crimes, the investigations, the grittiness, the build-up to solving the case is here, but I foun
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Jonathan Kellerman is one of those authors whose work I keep seeing every time I go into a bookshop and whose books I’ve wanted to pick up for a very long time. Being an avid reader of crime fiction – and fast paced thrillers in particular – I felt they would be something I’d enjoy but somehow I never got around to actually picking them up. When Victims landed on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to get started.

There are currently 29 books in the series featuring The Crime Reade
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimepieces
There has always been a fair amount of gore in Kellerman’s books but this one in particular was particularly gruesome. Vita Berlin is a malicious and unpleasant woman whose eviscerated remains are found in her apartment. It is the start of a spate of killings where the level of violence shocks even hardened detectives from the LAPD and hints at a level of mental illness from the perpetrator.

A link is discovered with a former state psychiatric hospital where a specialised care unit was set up, a
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Enjoyed this latest entry in the Alex Delaware mystery series with its psychological overtones. This episode seems more of a police procedural and less of a psychological case study than usual, though Alex's insights do assist the case. The story moves along at a fast clip, with all the back up characters who have become familiar over the years. Alex's significant other, Robin, plays almost no role in this outing.

So, plus for the plot development but some minus for limited character development
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
A series of murders occur, where the victims are knocked unconscious and then neatly gutted. Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware are initially baffled by the apparent randomness of the victims until they find a common thread tying all of the deceased back to a California state mental hospital and a severely misdiagnosed patient, who is not properly treated. Much better than the last one ... whew.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Kellerman's books aren't great, are formulaic, and blend into one another, but they're mind candy of the perfect kind, hence the five star rating.
Helen Eddon
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This is exactly what you'd expect from Jonathan Kellerman - a good, solid Alex Delaware novel. Lieutenant Milo Sturgis calls on Alex to help the police with a truly horrendous crime. Vita Berlin has been brutally murdered in her apartment - it transpires that she was an unpleasant woman but was that really the reason for her murder? However, the police soon realise that this is not an isolated incident as similar murders start to occur throughout Los Angeles. With no obvious connection between t ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Book #27 in the series but you need not read the first 26 to jump right in. I haven't. Although now I have 26 new books on my To Read lists. I got a nasty sunburn because I was so wrapped up in reading this to reapply sunblock at the pool. If you've seen my pasty white skin you'd understand how diligent I am with sunblock. I digress...

Anyway, a true police procedural which is my absolute genre of choice. Mix in a few eviscerating murders by sick, twisted maniacs and I'm a happy girl. Clues are u
Lisa Lilly
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read all Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. As always, I found myself trying to read this one more slowly so I could savor it, and instead I sped through to find out what happened. The most intriguing part to me about the murders was the disconnect among the victims and the way their personalities were radically different. The first is a woman who went out of her way to antagonize everyone she met. But everyone who knew the second victim says he was a good guy, kind, agreeable, unlikely to i ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When a shrewish, combative woman named Vita Verlin is murdered, L.A. homicide detective Milo Sturgis is called to the scene. When he sees that the victim has been ritualistically disemboweled, he calls in his friend, psychologist Alex Delaware, to consult. Alex and Milo have been working together through twenty-se
Delaney Diamond
Excellent. I listened to this on audio and it kept my attention the entire time.
Steven Belanger
Feb 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Read the Google preview, which was about half the book, maybe more. Mostly good stuff so far, though it was like watching an R-rated Law and Order episode. Very genre, overly episodical, with the minor characters and just-the-facts ma'am mixed with the unnecessary relationship stuff between Delaware and Robin that I'm guessing over 80% of the readers skip over, including me. Some of the writing, as usual, tries too hard to be brutal chic, but it's still effective, and I can see a little of the t ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
A satisfactory read; tempted to 4-star-stamp it as a decent page-turner~ until the last 1/5 of book, which contained too many mistakes for this lay person to overlook.
Although many reviewers note too much familiarity re main characters, its comfort reading for me. The longstanding camaraderie between Alex and Milo makes the storyline flow. Robin and Rick were not really involved; fine by me, since they are low on my appreciation list. Plenty of gory crime scenes for even the hard core thriller a
I found it enjoyable. If you've read most or all of the other Jonathan Kellerman "Alex Delaware" books, then you have a good idea what you're getting with this one. If you haven't read the others, you can read this one and won't be confused, but it might be more enjoyable to read one of the first Alex novels first/instead. The later books are pretty formulaic, and even the dialogue is much more clipped and short, IMO. I love the friendship between Alex and Milo, but their dialogue was almost ren ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Forse sono diventata troppo pretenziosa io con i thriller, ma questo romanzo non è riuscito ad andare oltre il 'carino, veloce, godibile'. Non sento la necessità di leggere altro dell'autore o indagare più a fondo il protagonista, Alex Delaware - in teoria psicologo cazzutissimo, in pratica laconico spettatore degli eventi (e dunque narratore) che ogni tanto fa finta di darci un contributo.
La storia è debole, le indagini Boh, io sono arrivata a pagina 167 senza nulla in mano e con l'impressi
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars

I've read all the previous Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman. Some I've enjoyed more than others -- particularly the ones that focus on the psychology of the criminal mind. This particular story, though interesting, didn't have as much detail about the perpetrator as I would have liked. In fact, there were some unanswered questions that left me wanting more information and background. I would have preferred more discussion of the psychopathology.

The murders are grisly
Not one of my favorite books by Mr. Kellerman and keep in mind I have been reading his books since when the Bough Breaks. We have Alex, Robin, Milo, Petra and a few other secondary characters from his previous books but to me this book was missing something. I do believe that Mr. Kellerman was trying to write a different type of book. I wouldn’t say that he failed significantly because some people probably gave this book 5 stars but I can’t. There wasn’t the normal rapport between Milo and Alex. ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had not read a Jonathan Kellerman novel in many years. This was a welcome return to the psychologically thrilling cases Alex Delaware takes on. Because characters such as Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis have been mainstays in Kellerman's books for so long, these characters are extremely well developed, and right away the reader falls into sync with their interactions between one another. The plot is well thought out and seems to give subtle hints to allow the reader to guess how the case might ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Being a dyed in the wool Kellerman fan (both Jonathan and Faye) I didn't bargain for what I got in picking up this read. As always it was fast moving, complex and well written. For me it was also unsettling. The repeated telling of the exploits of a serial disemboweller, one whose unsympathetic victims (whose own travesties were told in detail)...the repeated telling of "mans inhumanity to man" in the mental health and medical insurance industries made this,for me, the darkest Kellerman mystery ...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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