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Blood Test

(Alex Delaware #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,271 ratings  ·  351 reviews
When the parents of deathly ill five-year-old Woody Swope vanish with their child, psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and his friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis, begin an investigation into their disappearance. Their search, however, leads them into an amoral underworld, where drugs, dreams, and sex are all for sale and where fantasies are fulfilled -- even at the cost of ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published March 25th 1986)
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Luffy
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The author has one thing going for him...he sure knows how to write. I've never, in my capacity as a reader, come across a writer who can bring forth so much imagery so swiftly and so disconcertingly.

The bare bones of the plot are too febrile for the type of venture that Jonathan Kellerman wants. The book is like Rudyard Kipling's Quiquern. It's a book about storytelling, not about a story.

The treatment is out of the top drawer. Sometimes the author keeps on writing a scene in its details, somet
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Ami
The second book of Alex Delaware series definitely DID NOT appeal to me like the first book. Maybe because the first half of the book, it only talked about a kid who suffered cancer and ended up missing with the rest of the family (possibly brought back to this cult who called themselves The Touch) and a minor case about a messed up father who lost custody.

Well, it was boring :(

I guess, when I pick up a mystery / thriller book, I always need a dead body, a case to solve. The dead bodies (as men
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Larry Bassett
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the second book in the Alex Delaware series. A protagonist, hero who drives a Cadillac Seville is not my type even if a talks a good psychological game. Alex’ choice of cars takes him down a notch in my view. Makes him a bit ostentatious as far as I am concerned. But that is likely a relatively meaningless quibble in the big picture. In my first two encounters with Alex I liked reading his psychological observations. But this book may have gone beyond the pale as far as I am concerned.

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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I have decided to start this series from the beginning, because I have the majority of the books on my TBR so I picked this one up recently. I enjoyed Blood Test, it was quite character driven, and it raised a lot of questions in terms of morals and so on. Tough to read at times, it was engaging and interesting. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
William
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
AUDIO WITH EBOOK
Picky readers probably rate this lower
published over thirty years ago the author of what California was like in the mid-eighties when the state wasn't politically lopsided and the economy wasn't in the red.
Good story with insightful look at medicine, psychology, and crime. a term to understand before you read: "misattributed paternity"
The only thing that is a minus for me is how Delaware and his mate talk to each other.
Everydayreader1
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second Alex Delaware series book, Dr. Alex Delaware is asked to consult on a case where a family wants to terminate treatment of their child for cancer. While this is under discussion, the child disappears from the hospital, under mysterious circumstances, and the parents are later found murdered.


A great fast-paced read from beginning to end. Lots of twists and turns and drama around every one of them. I'm loving every word of these books. What else would one expect from Jonathan Kellerm

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Maureen
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Alex Delaware and the situations he gets involved in....this one had twists and turns galore...great read !!
Brenda
When psychologist Dr Alex Delaware was asked to meet Woody Swope and his family, he had no idea where this meeting would lead him. Woody was five years old and had cancer. His doctor at the cancer clinic was an old friend of Alex’s and valued his expertise; the family were not convinced treatment was helping Woody and they were threatening to remove him from the hospital.

Playing checkers with Woody had Alex realizing he was a sweet, innocent child, one who had a good chance of surviving with the
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Linda
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
2nd novel in the Alex Delaware series. Dr. Delaware, psychologist and his friend, detective Milo Sturgis, investigate the disappearance from a hospital of a very ill 5-year old boy, who urgently needs treatment. While the story as such is potentially interesting, hardly anything happens in the first part. The continuous lengthy and irrelevant discussions with an overkill of details, are very annoying... E.g."he was wearing a belt with an oversized buckle in the shape of an Indian Chief" or "his ...more
Eugenie
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
There was a great deal of irrelevant information which for me had the effect of overshadowing the real storyline and making the novel somewhat confusing
Kathy Davie
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Second in the Alex Delaware thriller series based in Los Angeles and revolving around a child psychologist and Milo Sturgis, a detective friend.

My Take
This is a much smoother story — with the perspective from Alex's first person protagonist point-of-view. And by smoother, I mean that Alex's life has so few bumps. Sure, someone is trying to kill him…mmm, I do sound jaded, don't I? The story's primary focus is on the Blood Test-specific characters while feeding us dribs and drabs on other core cha
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Stephan
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This is only the second book I have read from this author. The first was also part of the Alex Delaware series. The book started out in the court room where a crazed father loses visitation rights to his children. He confronts or solicits help from Alex to help regain his visitation rights. When Alex will not help, his pled for help turns into threat. The story then quickly shifts gears to an 11 year old boy who has cancer. Alex is contacted by an old friend to consult on the case. However after ...more
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Rosey Whiting
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Blood Test. Johnathan Kellerman is a fabulous writer. This is the second book in the Alex Delaware series, and I can honestly say that it was better than the first, which in my experience isn't usually true. I've almost always thought that the first book or movie in a series is the best.

I really like Kellerman. There was one instance in the book that Alex had the flu, and his great description had me feeling like I had the same thing Alex did (in my head). His descriptions of location
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Gwen
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
An entertaining read, but not one of his best. There are three different plots. The author attempts to tie them all together, but the book has a stop-and-go, "meanwhile, back at the ranch," feel. Once the reader settles into one storyline, an old one rears its head. The characters are nevertheless fully fleshed with dialogue, appearance, actions, and reactions, making Blood Test, for the most part, an enjoyable read.

I did not enjoy the scenes designed to horrify or titillate. I thought they coul
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Nancy
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alex is asked to consult with a family whose five year old son is battling cancer. Although treatable, he picks up a strange vibe from the family, which is then corroborated when the boy is mysteriously removed from the hospital and the family disappears. Alex and his cop friend Milo investigate and find out the disturbing secrets behind the family regarding the boy and his older teen sister. I never thought of exotic greenhouse flowers the same way after this book.
Elinor
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This older crime novel simply did not stand the test of time. It's well written, but contains almost pornographic descriptions of mindless sex. And one of the main characters is a highly sexualized teenaged girl who acts out because she was abused as a child -- yet she is portrayed as such an evil temptress that men simply can't resist her. Oh, please.
Steve
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This one is better with age. I'd given it four starts before for some reason, but it is a five star book. As before, I'd forgotten the details but not the plot. Great book!
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
An excellent series, the beginning of a long standing saga with Alex and Milo working to solve detective crimes with a psychological bend.
Kristine Hansen
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, books-i-own
Alex has a new challenge - a child with cancer whose parents refuse to allow treatment. Only what should have been a somewhat cut and dried case turns nasty when the family disappears, then the parents are found murdered. Alex is on the trail again, this time with a child's life in the balance.

This definitely had a rather twisted storyline. It's funny, going back and reading these books from the beginning of the series as it gives me such a different perspective on Alex. I came into the series
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Lorna Collins
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read Jonathan Kellerman because of his exquisite mastery of the English language. Unfortunately, in the early books, Alex Delaware is too much of a superhero. He is injured, beat up, shot, and he bounces back. The later books are more cerebral, and Alex uses his skill as a psychologist to deal with threatening situations. SPOILER: This book contains not one but two endless monologues summarizing what really happened. And both contain facts new to the reader. I gave this one a better review tha ...more
Ken Schloman
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Second book in the Alex Delaware series is a good read but seems to develop slowly. I do like the Delaware character but there is something about the writer's style that seems to slow the pace of the novel. At times it seems that there is over description, which creates a slow pace. I honestly prefer the writing of his wife, Faye Kellerman. Still the author develops a complex plot and story. If the reader likes complex thrillers that peer into the darker parts of humanity, the novel is well wort ...more
Caitlin
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is classic twisted, wild Jonathan Kellerman. It's pulpy to be sure, and the writing isn't refined, but it kept me gasping in shock all the way to the end. Perfect audiobook for long road trips and boring plane rides.
Tgordon
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series and this man! Phycologist? Yes a Dr in my book!!! Great drama and would love to marry him!
Melanie Chabrol-
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
JONATHAN KELLERMAN HAS DONE IT AGAIN! Since we have our air conditioner broken I decided to finish his book and started another book.
BLOOD TEST, the name got my attention. I LOVE DELAWARE/ STURGIS.

IT'S TERRIBLE WHEN A BABY IS MISSING AND TERRIBLY SICK, 5YEAR OLD WOODY SWOPE WAS BEING TREATED IN A HOSPITAL AND WENT MISSING. EACH DAY THAT PASSES HIS CANCER GETS WORSE.

THE WAY EACH CHARACTERS WAS INTRODUCED, THEN IN THE BOOK LEARNING ABOUT THEM, THE POSSIBILITY OF WHO TOOK HIM AND WHY WAS ENDLESS
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Robert Beveridge
onathan Kellerman, Blood Test (Signet, 1986)

I spent most of this book waiting for that proverbial other shoe. Kellerman, in my mind, has always been one of those Andrew Vachss-style one-trick ponies who blames all of the world's problems on one narrow, and possibly specious, band of the psychotherapeutic spectrum. I hasten to add that I based that opinion on reviews and a cursory reading of Kellerman's first Alex Delaware novel, When the Bough Breaks, a few years back (I read it in tandem with o
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Kaykay Obi
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alex Delaware has been asked by a friend, a pediatric oncologist, to speak with a family who is considering refusing cancer treatment for their son. The family is gone before he gets the chance to do so, leaving him a dark and bizarre case to solve.

This is my first Delaware read. I loved the book. Fast-paced, suspenseful and intriguing, I couldn't put it down. My put off, however was the over description - sometimes a page is dedicated to character description. Also I didn't like Alex's over inv
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Sheila
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. While I did enjoyed Blood Test I have to admit the end was a little hokey. Alex's crime-fighting cape must prevent him from being arrested for all the crime he commits, as well as preventing him from ever being seen sneaking around until he is in a room with no exits. (Seriously, Jonathan Kellerman, is this going to be a theme?)

Two plus points (besides the fact I kind of liked the plot of this better than the first book) - more Milo and less Robin. Unfortunately
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CF
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
Very good read. Everyone and everything is somehow connected in this thriller. Starring Alex Delaware, a semi-retired psychologist who specializes in children and families. Delaware gets mixed up in a case that has the Swope family at it's heart, trying to pull a severley ill child out of hospital, and the Moody family, trying to put their family back together after Mr Moody was found guilty of trying to kidnap his children.

Rape, abuse, murder, intrigue, mystery, cultism and odd characters are
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Tom LA
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Second book by Kellerman on Delaware. You can still feel the not-yet-mature writer here and there, although his first-person Voice is definitely already present, and some dialogues are very strong.

Overall nicely constructed, in a very traditional way, but I felt it lost rythm and grip too often.

Delaware doesn't feel very human, in this book. In some scenes, he is all buddy buddy and sensitive and heroicly altruistic. In other scenes, he is cold, super-hero like, to the point of being impossible
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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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Other books in the series

Alex Delaware (1 - 10 of 35 books)
  • When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware, #1)
  • Over the Edge (Alex Delaware, #3)
  • Silent Partner (Alex Delaware, #4)
  • Time Bomb (Alex Delaware, #5)
  • Private Eyes (Alex Delaware, #6)
  • Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware, #7)
  • Bad Love (Alex Delaware, #8)
  • Self-Defense (Alex Delaware, #9)
  • The Web (Alex Delaware, #10)
  • The Clinic (Alex Delaware, #11)
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