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(Alex Delaware #29)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  10,565 ratings  ·  804 reviews

After thirty-five riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes.
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Hardcover, 335 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was ok

In this 29th book in the series, child psychologist - and LAPD consultant - Alex Delaware can't anticipate the trouble that will ensue when he consults on a child custody case.

Constance Sykes - a pathologist, claims her sister Cherie Sykes - a band groupie, is an unfit parent. So Constance tries to get custody of Cherie's toddler. When Alex comes down on Cherie's side Constance becomes enraged and hires a hit man to get rid of him. (These child custody cases can get really ugly!)

Alex is The Romance Fox
Jeez, what's happening to this series???
I have been reading Alex Delaware & Milos Sturgis LA adventures since the first book came out years ago and really liked them until the last two or three books..........which have so not done it for me.

Okay, so this is the 29th novel in the series and maybe the author is getting a bit tired of writing or finding new ideas or plots but really!!!!!!
The magic between the two protagonists is just not there!!!! It's beyond missing!!!!!
There are very few p
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kellerman is back to form in this edition of his Alex Delaware novels. As usual, the psychologist is involved in a situation that eventually teams him with homicide detective Milo Sturgis. The change involves his return to a court involved custody case where he is instrumental in determining the future guardianship of a very young child. A simple case, seemingly simple solution. But nothing is ever simple or easy in Delaware's world.mI read this quickly, caught up in the action and wanting to kn ...more
Cindy Knoke
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Kellerman's more recent books have been disappointing, but his current effort lives up to the very best of his impressive earlier novels. An engrossing, fun, read.
Yes I am a fan, and yes I have read all of his books.
The early chapter where Kellerman introduces his recurring character, and alter ego, Alex Delaware to potentially new readers, does embody what I dislike in Kellerman's writing though, which is a rather grandiose egocentrism.
The character Delaware is a psychologist who worked earl
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is certainly the last Kellerman I'll ever buy, and maybe the last one I'll read. His dialogue has gone beyond bad to ridiculous. It's like he's writing normal dialogue in English, sending it through a really cheap translation app, turning it into, I dunno, Korean, and then translating it back. For example, no modern American woman in 2014 would use the word "daren't." Nobody has used that word since 1922. I don't care how compelling his plots are, if he doesn't understand how people talk, h ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
In a day when quite a few big-time authors who shall remain nameless are becoming known for quantity rather than quality, it's refreshing to find one who's steady as he goes. Yes, folks, Jonathan Kellerman, who's written more than 30 psychological thrillers including the popular Alex Delaware series, has done it again, keeping him right at the top of my list of favorite authors.

This one begins as Delaware, a psychologist who specializes in children and is a frequent police consultant, is called
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
When you like a writer and have been reading his books forever, it is hard to admit he has lost his luster. Nothing is really wrong about Killer but nothing is really right either. His stern righteousness is a new trait in Alex Delaware which doesn't fit with the psychiatrist we have grown to love and respect. It is well written, the plot is ok but the characters are flat, they do their usual routine, i.e. Milo binges on food, and the workaholic Robin stays nicely out of the way. Each one of the ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I thought that this book was garbage,the premise of the story is just ridiculous.
A woman who is involved in a child custody battle looses and just decides she is going to kill him. A former patient that he treated who is now one of LA top gang banger murderers alerts him to the contract on his life. Milo stops by her house to have a talk with her and finds her body on the floor.

My idea of a good mystery book is something that is believable and keeps me thinking and interested.

Psychologist and part time police consultant, Dr Alex Delaware had been requested by the courts to handle some “difficult” cases, so after initially saying he didn’t want the extra work, he was persuaded by a hard working judge to agree. The cases were not too difficult, and his paperwork generally had both parties agreeable within a short time – but then he was given a child custody case, Sykes v Sykes, which was the strangest and most bizarre he had ever handled.

Connie Sykes was a successful
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
ARC for review.

Kellerman has largely escaped the malady that has overcome once good, now horrendous series as they reach 20+ books (the Alex Cross and Kay Scarpetta novels have become nearly unendurable). Though Kellerman's Alex Delaware (the psychologist who spends most of his time working with the police) was never as compelling as Cross and Scarpetta at their respective bests, neither does reading even the latest installments of Dr. Delaware's adventure make me want to pour bleach in my eyes
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is there left to say about Kellerman’s books? This plot deals with an interesting case of child custody between sisters. I have listened to the last several Kellerman books, and John Rubinstein does a superb job of bringing the characters to life. There is a segment of the book that deals with one of Alex Delaware’s past clients. As I was listening, I thought—this is how to tell a past/present story. So many current books jump back and forth between two periods, and there is a better way to ...more
I've read quite a few Kellerman novels and have loved every one. Alex Delaware is one of my favorite fictional characters; most of the Kellerman novels I've read have had him in them.

I don't review many books, but this one hit a nerve and I'm still reeling from it. Kellerman writes great novels; no doubt in my mind that he's one of the best. I've often thought about how he comes up with all of these amazing ideas. His characters are another accomplishment. Even the walk-ons seem to have depth.

Paul Juniper
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've not read an Alex Delaware for a while as I found them to be all of a sameness. In the end that's what attracted me to this book. I like the main characters, Alex and Milo. The book has enough twists and turns to be very interesting. I think if you have children it would be very upsetting to read.
Ray Palen
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Author Jonathan Kellerman has been pumping out thrillers for nearly thirty years and the center-piece of his opus has been the Dr. Alex Delaware series. Beginning in 1985 with the release of WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS the Delaware series now enjoys its 29th installment with release of his latest effort entitled KILLER.

Dr. Alex Delaware is a brilliant psychologist who has often assisted law enforcement with his unique insight into the deadly and disturbed minds that exist out there. The novels in this
Steven Belanger
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another step in the right direction from Kellerman, whose last book, Guilt, was also very good. Both novels are more readable and much less judgmental than were his previous 8 to 10 works, perhaps more. The last two books are also much less vicious and violent.

By now, if you've read Kellerman's twenty-nine Alex Delaware novels as I have, you've figured out his formula: The first 10%-20% of the work sets up the very large cast of characters, their backgrounds, and any of the many conflicts that m
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Alex Delaware is asked by a judge to help assess a custody situation for a sixteen-month old girl between an unwed mother Ree and her successful sister Connie. Ree left the child with her sister for 88 days while touring with some high school friends and her elder sister Connie is a dominating, cold hearted, emotionless and successful owner of a pathology laboratory. When Connie is found dead, suspicion falls on Ree, who has mysteriously disappeared. Book #29 in the series kept me guessing all t ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fact that this time it's basically only Dr. Alex Delaware who's at the center of the plot, was rather refreshing. It's Alex who first meets the possible victims/perpetrators by way of a custody case he has been assigned to. Right from the start the story is captivating, and the characters well fleshed out. Of course, thus far we miss Milo and wonder when will he make his entry ? We don't have to wait too long because then, one of the main players in the custody case is murdered and our favor ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book, as always for Kellerman. My only complaint was the story was a little too straight forawrd (for a Delaware novel anyway). I had the "whodoneit" figured out early on this one. Still a good story. I'm out of the loop on the Delaware novels and I've missed several in the series, but the plot line remains the same, so being out of order doesn't hurt anything.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A few words about book series. I'm skeptical about them. It's not that there's anything wrong with them. It's just that I prefer to visit new worlds and experiences when I read. But I understand the attraction to series. Some readers like to enter an escape world that they are familiar with. They like to see their constant hero/companion struggle and win over and over again. There's a certain amount of pleasure and security in that. I totally understand. I remember how I became obsessed with the ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Killer by Jonathan Kellerman is a 2014 Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Alex Delaware, mild mannered psychologist become the target of killer . Connie Sykes is out to gain custody of her niece when the child's mother left her with Connie for a while so she could go off on her own adventure . When Alex is called in the evaluate the situation, he decides the child is better off with her mother. Connie didn'
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Killer is Jonathan Kellerman's 29th novel featuring the child psychologist/law enforcement consultant Alex Delaware, partnered with LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. It begins with Alex being asked to assess the maternal fitness of two sisters involved in a custody dispute. It seems a simple case and his report a mere formality, but denied guardianship of her niece, Constance Sykes blames Alex, and contracts a killer.

It may seem odd to nominate the Alex Delaware series as a 'comfort read' but my fam
this is prob the best that I have read of his


sychologist and part time police consultant, Dr Alex Delaware had been requested by the courts to handle some “difficult” cases, so after initially saying he didn’t want the extra work, he was persuaded by a hard working judge to agree. The cases were not too difficult,
I have long been a fan of Jonathan Kellerman. There was a time where thrillers/mysteries such as Kellerman's were all that I bothered to read. Kellerman was always a "must-read" author for me during this dozen or more years of my life. The Delaware series has always been enjoyable for me, but after reading so many of them my passion somewhat slacked off a bit and I wasn't in a huge rush to give up other reads to continue on with the many can relate to, reading time is often a very p ...more
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads. It is the 29th in the Alex Delaware series.

Alex Delaware is a brilliant psychologist who consults often with the police. He also helps the courts with custody cases. He prepares evaluation of the parties involved and makes recommendations on which parent should get custody. His latest case seems to be a no-brainer. A sister is trying to get her sister declared an unfit mother so she can claim custody of her niece. While the mother might not make the most mon
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I felt confused while reading this book and betrayed when I finished it. I love Kellerman's Alex Delaware series. I like the interaction between the characters and the vivid descripion. Most of all, I love the complicated plots. This book, however, had flat characters, bland description, and no plot. I got the sense that the author was racing a deadline, that the last several chapters were hastily tacked on to get the d**mned thing off his desk and in the publisher's hands.

My confusion began ear
Jordyn Redwood
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This is my first read (or listen) of this author.

Alex Delaware is a psychologist. In this book he's asked to give an evaluation of the care of a young child and whether or not the home is suitable in a dispute between two sisters-- one rich and one poor.

Neither of these sisters are prize winners, but he sides with the biological mother (the poor one). After that, there is a hit put on Alex's life. Then, within a few days, the rich sister pops up dead and the poor sister and child are missing.
Gloria Feit
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

After many years of training and working in hospitals, followed by establishing his private practice, Dr. Alex Delaware was contacted by a family court judge with a new approach: He was asked to undertake work ascertaining the facts surrounding divorce proceedings, evaluating the effects on children. Specifically a particularly complicated case. Alex was hesitant and struck a hard bargain, agreeing only to be employed by the courts, rather than serving on a panel of experts, employed b the attor
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy from Ballantine Books through Netgalley and the author in exchange for my honest review.

I haven't read an Alex Delaware book in a while and forgot how much I enjoy reading them. I enjoyed reading this one so much that I feel the need to go add a bunch of the ones I haven't read to my TBR list.

"Killer" the 29th story in this series centers around a custody battle between an infant's mother, Cherie and Connie, the aunt. Connie is claiming her sister is unfit to be a mother
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was my "appointment" book....I read it in bits ad pieces at my dr. appointments, dialysis visits, etc., so it took me much longer than usual to complete it...That being said, I will state that I am an avid fan of Jonathan Kellerman's novels and always look forward to the release of his latest. However, if you have never read one of his novels, don't start with this one. I don't feel this was his best effort. I thought it started out slow with a lot of introspective narrative on the par ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Forensic Psychologist Alex Delaware is asked to consult on a child custody case between two sisters. The case seems pretty clear cut but, when one of the sisters is murdered shortly after threatening him and the other sister disappears with the child, he has no choice but to help his best friend, LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis, to investigate.

I am a long-time fan of author Jonathan Kellerman and that is due, to a great extent, to his ability to create very well-rounded characters and to then show c
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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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