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Blood Test (Alex Delaware #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  9,105 Ratings  ·  296 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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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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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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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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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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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.
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!
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
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.
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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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
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 Tabasco
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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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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Robin
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012
This book didn't grip me right away as the first did; it felt like it took awhile to get going. I also had a more difficult time suspending my disbelief in this one. To be fair, book one had a similar array of seeming disparate parts tied into a pretty bow by the end, but for this book to have the same trope was a little much even for me. Eventually I started just rollin' with it, and it turned into an interesting ride. As I'm getting going in this series, I am definitely enjoying the trip back ...more
Suzanne
I picked up this one and a couple of other early entries in this series when amazon offered them on sale for Kindle. It's very interesting going back to read the second book in a series that's now more than 25 books strong - the plot is more baroque and less thematically dense than recent books, and the hero-team of Alex and Milo was both on its own and struggling against institutional indifference to their efforts at best, hindrances at worst. That's in sharp contrast to the latest, where they ...more
Tami
Mar 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
My least favorite Kellerman book to date (I've read a whopping 4 now). Although he merge two unsuspecting story lines together masterfully, the story was riff with incest, sexual exploits of a cult. I did not like the PORNO mixed in with my Murder Death Kill storyline. I SKIPPED many many pages in this novel and surprised I actually finished it. The ending was "too perfect" as everything got tied up in a nice shiney bow. BLAH

I do NOT recommend this book to anyone ... especially NOT for one sexua
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Martha
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
The second in Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware mysteries. A bit too tidily netted together but entertaining none-the-less if you like the crime-solving-hero who is independently wealthy, has a perfect girlfriend, and is a magnet for unscrupulous weirdos.
Catherine  Mustread
Family dysfunction to the max is at the heart of this mystery, #2 in the Alex Delaware child psychologist series set in Southern California. Cults, perversions, kid with cancer, corrupt cops and a former big time LA lawyer combine in this thriller.
Susan
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
So good. On the the next in the series.
Strawberry Fields
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I continue to love this series. The investigations of the police who have a psychologist on the scenes and interviews give a different perspective on the crimes and the people who commit them.
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.
Karla Burrow
Pg. 432 "I drove east on Sunset slowly and thought about families...A good chunk of my life had been spent sorting out the scrambled communications, festering hostilities, and frozen affections that characterized families in turmoil. It was easy to believe that nothing worked. That blood ties strangled the soul...There were families that worked, that nurtured and loved. Places in the heart where a soul could find refuge."
Alex is called by Dr. Melendez-Lynch to try and convince a family that wh
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Rosemary
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read most of the Alex Delaware novels and now i'm reading them again because i enjoy them.

What I enjoy about this series is
1. Alex Delaware - he's a neat guy.
2. Milo Sturgis - there is noone in crime novel land to equal him.
3. Lots of descriptions. I love descriptions. I find the descriptions of Milo's wardrobe to be the high point of the Alex Delaware novels.. I wonder if Mr. Kellerman goes blindfolded into a thrift store, picks out an armful of clothes and that's Milo's wardrobe for the b
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Jamie
What did I think??? What did I THINK???!!! I thought WOW! Another great read. Another great mystery thriller, another great, well written twist by Kellerman. Even though Alex is retired (at a whooping age of 35) he does work still here and there, especially for the courts when it comes to cases that involve kids in nasty divorces. BUT, that's really nothing to do with this book. Alex gets called by an old friend, a doctor who is fervent about treating cancer patients, especially kids. Mendez ask ...more
Boremomsn.Com
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Kellerman is easy to read, this one was no different, and it was a fast read. This plot involved yet another out of the way place where all the bad happened. It is different than the previously read books, yet the similarity of having to go out of town where it all started is the same as the earlier read books. Maybe this plotting is how the author's mind works, and at least the books work, still, it is time to pull the predictability factor back and come up with plots that are as different as l ...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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Other Books in the Series

Alex Delaware (1 - 10 of 33 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)
“To trust someone is to take the greatest risk of all. (180)” 91 likes
“His experience and training should have taught him that families are the cauldrons in which violence is brewed. (144)” 12 likes
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