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Over the Edge

(Alex Delaware #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10,051 ratings  ·  374 reviews
When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before--and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in ...more
Paperback, 433 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published April 23rd 1987)
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Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be somewhat boring at times with too much talking and not enough action. And we barely got any breaking and entering, which is one of my most favorite things about the first two books (and Alex in general). And if the end of Blood Test was hokey, the end of Over the Edge was d r a w n o u t f o r a s l o n g a s p o s s i b l e. This is how I summed up the final third of the book for my husband..."Alex went somewhere and they talked, and then he went somewhere else and they ...more
jv poore
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have yet to read an Alex Delaware novel that I didn't like, but some stand out more than others. This was particularly unique and intriguing as it related to use of "natural" hallucinogens, among other drugs, to alter and control a person that had a very loose grip on reality to begin with. Amazingly well-written, the story pulled me in immediately and held my interest to the very end. Excellent and unique mystery.
William Arsenis
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Jonathan Kellerman's novels, starting with WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS back in 1986, two years before I began writing a novel of my own.

I had to wait a while for BLOOD TEST, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, and THE BUTCHER'S THEATER to come to a bookstore near me because I was in Europe at the time.

Then OVER THE EDGE hit the bookshelves. This is the only thriller I've ever read twice. I was so excited about this novel that I purchased several copies of OVER THE EDGE and sent them to my frie
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Dr. Delaware receives a surprise middle of the night call from a patient he treated years ago. This young man is incoherent and Alex feels he must follow up and find out what is going on. What follows is a confusing, talk-heavy novel, that required a bigger suspension of disbelief than I was willing to give it.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kellerman fans.
(Book 3 of author's Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.) When child-psychologist Alex Delaware gets an incoherent, late-night call from a former patient, he is pulled into an investigation of the brutal murders of male prostitutes, among others. This rather salacious story has a lot of twists and turns which end when all is fully revealed during the final Sturgis/Delaware confrontation with the masterminds (i.e. guilty parties in the 'drawing room'). If only the book actually ended at that point. ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I almost gave up on this author at one point over a very trivial matter. I didn’t like his options. That’s why wars are fought, people are killed and countries fall. Opinions. I’m so glad that I got over my feelings as this author is not one to ever be skipped over my pride! This was another great Alex Delaware book! One of Alex’s former patients is in a mental facility and apparently breaks out and murders a male lover!!! And then accused of other murders!!! Is this brain child an evil geniu ...more
Mal Warwick
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alex Delaware had left behind his practice as a child psychologist three years earlier. But when he receives a call in the middle of the night about a former patient, he doesn't hesitate to rush out to the psychiatric hospital where the young man was living. Except that Jamey Cadmus is no longer there. He's now in the hands of the police, accused of being the notorious Lavender Slasher, who has murdered six boy prostitutes. Alex has his work cut out for him when the high-priced lawyer hired to d ...more
I think this review said exactly how I felt about this.

This book was long. And it FELT long. Why? Because OMG so many talks and not enough action. There were very detailed talks about drugs and prescriptions, and some scientific things. I got headaches over it. In the beginning, Alex also talked to his friend Lou about bonds and financial stuffs. Again, my eyes started to blur. It went on and on and on and on.

Plus not enough Milo. Because when Milo and Alex zooming in on the murderers, that sce
Oct 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious. Found myself skipping great chunks of nothing but description. Kellerman is notorious for detailed descriptions of the scenery, but this was ridiculous. Also found myself skipping chunks of dialogue of main character with other secondary characters who I knew had little to do with the outcome of this story. I don't need detailed life histories of story people who ultimately don't matter. Having said that, the last chapter was quite touching and demonstrated how well Kellerman does write ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd of the Alex Delaware-Milo Sturgis series...I've read the later books in the series & loved them, so like many other series I'm trying to get thru the earlier ones...Alex receives a late night distressing call from one of his earlier patients in a study of young geniuses...perturbed by the deranged rantings Alex follows up & becomes entangled in a serial murder case with Milo on opposite sides...neat twists, but not as fast moving as his later work...still a very good read!
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
The actual mystery is interesting. Alex Delaware is contacted by a patient he treated 5 years earlier. The patient's words are a word salad. All Alex knows is that he needs help. He rushes to the hospital to find him missing. Alex needs to find him and figure out what is happening with him and why he contacted him.
This book was published in the 80's and I just came across it now. As a writer, Kellerman has clearly changed over the years, however, this book carries some of the biases of the time
Another psychological thriller by Kellerman. In this one, Alex Delaware, the child psychologist gets a midnight call from his disturbed former patient, Jamie, who has been lost for follow up for many years. He is in distress and is incoherent. Later Delaware comes to know that Jamie, the rich heir is accused of serial murder of homosexual men, including his lover. Jamie's uncle and his family lawyer hire Delaware and things start to get further puzzling. Jamie, the child protegee comes from a ps ...more
* kyrat
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Given that I love psychology and mystery novels this was a nearly perfect fit for me.

I loved the psychological background on schizophrenia and the "dim cap" (diminished capacity defense) that the author provides as part of the story.

I found it an interesting exploration of how police & prosecutor's viewed gay victims/gay suspects in the 80's. Labelling someone as deviant certainly does make it easier to assume the person is capable of serial murders. I also found the Milo character's experie
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I think I have found another favorite author! Very interesting, fast paced and full of suspense. If you haven't read Jonathan Kellerman, now's the time to start! Alex Delaware is a great character. He's been added to my favorites too. I can't wait to read more of Kellerman's books and find out what other adventures Alex has! Every time I read one of these books, it gets me more and more interest in psychology. I found myself looking things up that I read about in this book because I ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a terrific read. The plot was more than a little bizarre, but the story-telling was excellent. Lots of psychologist talk.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-twice
This is the third novel in the Alex Delaware series, and the fourth which I have read. I had previously read books 1,5, and 2 in that order.

"When the bough breaks" may very well be the best mystery I have ever read. It's fast paced, the charachters are interesting and they feel real. Kellerman describes a beautifully fascinating California life for some of us who have never been there. And the twists and turns were as sickening and perverted as they were unexpected.

The immediate follow up "Blo
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, kindle
This book felt like a bit of a departure from the style of the first two Alex Delaware books. It read less like a "whodunnit" and more like a "whydunnit." It was also very cerebral in nature-- very, very little action, and lots (and lots) of discussion/conversation that really felt like it was going nowhere. The pace was slow to start, but it did eventually (about 2/3 of the way through) turn around, stuff started happening and my interest finally engaged in a big way. Alex Delaware continues to ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Going back and hitting a few of this series I missed, and enjoying it.

Kellerman writes well, and I like his characters.

This book was especially relevant this week, being Pride week, and Milo's conflicts with his new boss, whose attitude towards gay cops is filtering down into the ranks of the people he used to work well with under his former boss.
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Oldie but goodie!

These are the kind of mysteries I love. Lots of character development, some information, this time on psychotic drugs. This is longer than a lot of books you can get these days, but so worth it!
Kathy Davie
Third in the Alex Delaware psychological thriller series set in the early 1980s and revolving around a child psychologist who helps fight crime in L.A. It's been three years since When the Bough Breaks , 1.

My Take
It's so weird to read about an answering service, so ya know this is in the days before answering machines.

That Mainwaring is such a jerk, all holier than thou. He's a useful conduit for Kellerman to take a whack at psychiatrists and insurance companies. Yep, those insurance companies
(#3 in the Alex Delaware series) I am so glad I didn’t give up on this author. This was the best, by far. This is a story about Jamey. A very intelligent boy who calls Alex in the middle of the night and is not making sense, sounding psychotic and talking in unrelated words. Alex knew Jamey from several years back. Alex participated in a program for highly intelligent teens and befriended Jamey. He was surprised to see such a troubled boy. He was far from the Jamey he knew. That evening, Jamey e ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was pretty heavy on detailed descriptions of things (food, clothing, drugs) which I thought took away from the action of the story a bit. Child psychologist Alex Delaware gets a 3am phone call from a former patient he hasn't heard from in 5 years. The incoherence of the phone call was enough to get Alex to go and find Jamey to see what help he needed. It turns out that Jamey has been arrested for murder - and not just one, but several. Alex is hired by Jamey's lawyer as a consultant bu ...more
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A good solid 3 stars because the author educates the reader using interesting fiction as opposed to reading a text book. Without telling the reader he draws on actual events that took place in California.

What kept it from a higher rating: his character descriptions are stereotypical.
his banter with his girlfriend is silly
I'm not sure if I buy his nerd/tough guy persona

The series is several decades on going so I am guessing that his writing improves
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Another page turning all night read! Alex receives a call in the middle of the night from a former patient that sets him off on a road of grisley discovery. Alex is like a bulldog --- once his mind catches something he can't let it go until all the pieces are revealed. All the great secondary characters are back, Milo, Del, and Robin. Great read!

Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
The best Alex D. yet.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
longer than it could have been, it needed tightening up - but still enjoyable.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't think there would ever be an Alex Delaware book that I couldn't bother to finish.
A few chapters in, I started wondering if anything worthwhile was ever going to happen, so I decided to check out what other people had written here about it and that's when I decided it wasn't worth persisting.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Continuing with the need to re-read one of my favorites, Jonathan Kellerman, Over The Edge is an earlier novel that reminds me again why I'm so hooked on Dr. Delaware and his sarcastic friend Milo. This time the mystery isn't easy to figure out, and the psychological injections are fascinating. Jamie is a former patient with a history between the good old doctor that's unusual for Alex, with life working out the kinks and allowing him to once and for all make up for the past.

We still have Robin
Child psychologist, Dr. Alex Delaware gets a call in the middle of the night from a patient he has seen in the past but feels that he let the boy down. Now, Jamey Cadmus is in a psychological hospital and begs for help.

When Delaware arrives at the hospital, he finds that Jamey has escaped. When he tries to look into the treatment Jamey was receiving, he's stalled. The following day, Jamey is accused of being the lavender slasher killer. He's said to have murdered a number of homosexual young men
Mukta Mohapatra
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very dated drama/thriller from the late 80s. Every character is smoking and homosexuals are deviants.

Jamey was a troubled genius in a study Alex Delaware did to prove that genius does not result in insanity. In my family, we have had quite a few geniuses who ended up insane in their 30s, so this intrigued me.

Jamey calls Alex after 5 years ranting about plumes, glass canyons and white zombies. Alex can't understand him and when he tries to find Jamey, he finds that he has escaped from
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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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