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Night Moves

(Alex Delaware #33)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  10,295 ratings  ·  815 reviews
The new novel from Jonathan Kellerman, 'MASTER OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER', perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and David Baldacci.


A brilliant criminal psychologist, Alex works with the police to help solve the most complex of crimes in Los Angeles, city of illusions, glamour and infamy.

An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to f
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Headline
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James Thane
As the thirty-third Alex Delaware novel opens, a very dysfunctional L.A. family of four returns from a Sunday night dinner out to find a murder victim left in the family's den. The victim's face has been blown away by a shotgun and his hands have been cut off. He's obviously been killed somewhere else and left here, but why?

Homicide Detective Milo Sturgis is totally flummoxed and so does what he always seems do do with every even remotely complicated case that he sees: he dials up his buddy, psy
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tempted as I am to give this one 5 stars just because psychologist and LAPD consultant Dr. Alex Delaware has long been near the top of my 10 all-time favorite "heroes," I have to be honest and say this one isn't my pick of the 33-book litter. Do not think I didn't enjoy it, though - it's just that the pace seemed a little slower and the number of characters maybe half a dozen too many for my aging brain to keep straight through a rather complex plot that jumps from suspect to suspect and back ag ...more
Dr Alex Delaware, criminal psychologist and his Detective friend and associate, Milo Sturgis worked together to solve the crimes of Los Angeles. Milo's solve rates were legendary but the current case was testing their strengths.

Called to a home in an up-market area, Alex was soon involved with the case. The black and whites, the police dressed in protective garb, along with Milo asking questions of the family members - the victim had been brutalised and the initial thought was what a struggle it
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, I really sped through this book, a complicated story which begins with the murder of an unknown man, left in a family's house while they are at dinner. Who is the victim? Why was he left in this specific home--and this specific room? And what about the neighbors and the rather odd family dynamics at play here? There are so many investigation twists and turns as the team of Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware (police and psychologist, respectively) lead the search for identity, purpose, motive, ...more
This is the 33rd novel in the Alex Delaware series and I have read many, if not most, of the books. The first novel, When the Bough Breaks, was published in 1985. That is 33 years. One book every year. After reading last year's Heartbreak Hotel I was thinking the series had run its course and I was finished even if Jonathan Kellerman wasn't. I guess old habits die hard because when this novel was released I added it to my already crowded TBR shelf. I wasn't disappointed.

For those not familiar wi
Chris Conley
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nobody does this type of police/psychological mystery the way Jonathan Kellerman does. Alex and Milo are a strange team. They work beautifully together and manage to solve the crime...or, in this case, crimes. This book was as full of enough twists and turns to make me dizzy.
Kathi Defranc
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Kellerman is back with our friends Detective Milo Sturgis and Dr. Alex Delaware, a psychologist advisor to the police.Their wonderful relationship has gone on for years, enduring the passage of time and horrible situations they have investigated. Milo again phones Alex, late at night, with a strange new murder. A family was out for supper, returned home and with everyone upstairs the father runs to the den downstairs to find a mutilated dead body! With the face blown off and the hands r ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I had trouble focusing on this book because there were so many characters. The story was well written and fairly interesting with several changes in direction. I guess the combination of characters and direction is what held me back from giving this title a higher rating.
May 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not for me. 2 of 10 stars
Liz Barnsley
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. Alex Delaware 33. And I’ve read them all. Scary! Also shows how good this series is and what quality of writing and storytelling you get from it. I’ve given up on a lot of long running series but not this one because I enjoy the read every time. Obviously I have my favourites and I love some more than others, but none have been bad, or dull, or same old at all.

The main characters of Milo and Alex have been through a lot together over the years. The emotional cases, the difficult cases, the
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I normally love the adventures of Alex and Milo, but this effort did not appeal to me. It seemed like 99% of it was dialogue, and much not interesting, repetitive, and pointless. There were too many characters, none of which I cared for, and who I got mixed up throughout. I had a hard time wanting to read more. About 60 pages from the end I called it quits. The ending did not matter to me.
Angela Holtz
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my GOD!!! How, after this many books, does this man still pull me in?

Milo calls Alex in for yet another murder. I love how Alex isn't even pretending that he doesn't enjoy helping out. It's not that he likes the murder, he likes helping to solve the puzzle and knowing that he's doing something for the greater good. Plus he gets to hang with his best friend.

I'll be honest, Alex is so vanilla. He sometimes drives me crazy. But I still like him. Now Milo, that's my dining companion for the "what
Alex and Milo work a weird case, where a body is dumped in a house in an upscale neighborhood. A shotgun blast to the face and the hands are sawed off, making identification of the victim problematic, and the family is dysfunctional. The weird neighbor, who won't speak to the police, is a famous cartoonist, and there is some question as to whether he has an unhealthy relationship with the 17-year old daughter. When a major character dies in a seedy motel, the pieces begin to fall in place. Howev ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to the Meridian Library book for my copy. It is always an entertaining thriller to read an Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis story and this one did not disappoint. Alex is called to help Milo with a case. The body is located in the library of a Pacific Palisade home. It is minus the face and hands and no identification on the corpse. The homeowners had never seen or heard of the man.On one side of the home is a man noted for his weird and exotic cartoons. He refused to talk with Milo and ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read all of Jonathan Kellerman’s books and I must admit I haven’t been as enthralled by the latter ones. The earlier novels were gripping but I feel the recent ones have become formulaic.
Night Moves features psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis Kellerman’s usual protagonists.
An unidentified man is murdered and dumped in Chet Corvin’s House. Milo and Alex set out to discover who the man is and who murdered him.
Unfortunately this book did not really grip me, the characters
JoAnne Pulcino
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Another well executed tale of a murder solved by the winning team of Alex and Milo. Always an enjoyable read even when I felt there was an over abundance of characters and theories that got in the way of the flow.
Keep solving guys!!
Donna Davis
I always enjoy the Alex Delaware series. It takes a fun read to make me look forward to my stationary bike--which is generally not my favorite thing--and this did that. My rule for myself is that I am allowed to stop pedaling early, but if I do, the audio book gets turned off, and sure enough, I have been riding it full tilt to sneak in a few more pages.

The best parts are the dialogue, and of course, the adolescent characters that only Kellerman can craft so effectively. That said, I cringe whe
Kirsty ❤️
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like a couple of other authors I've picked back up this year I used to read the Kellerman books a lot then for reasons I no longer remember I stopped. Picking them up again is interesting. I just slipped easily into the two leads of Alex and Milo. It's like I've never been away. So a testament to 2 strong characters standing the test of time. 

The story has multiple strands which now and again I got a bit lost with but does eventually all pull together. With the story taking lace over several dis
Christine Roberts
Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels are like my version of a warm, cozy sweater. I think I don't need another one, I think "I've used this comfy thing 30+ times, surely it can't be any different" and then I start reading.
As always, Alex and Milo are funny, fierce, and the best buddy cop bffs in the book world. This time we're on the hunt for a mystery killer who removed someone's hands and decimated their face, and then left them to be found in someone else's house. Our cast of suspects in
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the interplay between Dr. Alex Delaware and Lt. Milo Sturgis when they are working on a case and Night Moves was no exception. When a corpse is found in the "man cave" of a wealthy businessman, Sturgis and Delaware are on the case. Many twists and turns, as well as additional dead bodies, finally lead them to their solution. I really liked that this novel focused more on the case and less on Delaware's personal life which I find kind of boring. There is only so much one can read about his ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a solid 4.5 stars raised to a 5. Alex works with Milo (and many other characters any Kellerman fan will recognize from previous novels) after a body is found in a family’s home with no head and no hands. It is pretty much a procedural if the reader can overlook logic and accept Alex as an integral part of the team, and is very well done. I would highly recommend this novel. It is fast and riveting reading.
Marla Madison
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kellerman at his best! Love the Milo/Alex combination as they figure out whodunnit. Highly recommended reading for suspense lovers.
Dez Nemec
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, mystery
I have read most if not all of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. I love Alex and Milo, although Blanche is probably my favorite character. When I saw this was a Delaware novel, I immediately requested the book for review.

The story starts immediately with a body, which I always appreciate. Right from the first sentence, Alex is rolling out to catch up with Milo. And what an interesting conundrum - a man is found with no face and his hands have been removed, and he is in a house that is n
A bit below average, thrill-wise, for the series. Not a lot of action here, but it may be worth your time if you enjoy reading about crimes involving extra-dysfunctional people (mainly a family and their weird neighbors). 2.6 stars or so.

The usual stuff: there's an odd crime, Milo calls Alex to consult, they eat at a lot of different places, the French bulldog smiles, Robin is still beautiful, and every twenty pages or so something very minor happens to advance the case. Plenty of unnecessary de
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tidy murder mystery with perennial favorites Alex Delaware and his sidekick, Milo Sturgis. Originally these stories focused on children because Alex was a child psychologist. After 32 books, the duo engages with a wider range of cases and the series benefits from the expansion in topics. Author Kellerman writes Everyman tales, recognizable for their touchstone qualities of normalcy until they aren’t. Once they veer off into craziness, the shift is quite jarring. The reader is left wondering why ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. Another great installment. Recommended.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great series right from the very beginning with Book #1 back in 1985. The characters of Police Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and psychiatrist Alex Delaware blended perfectly to create stories that were not only well done but entertaining and left the reader wanting more. Offering #33 brings suspenseful situations with a headless body with the hands also missing along with plenty of different takes as to how the case may go. In a's Kellerman at his best ...more
Paula Adams
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Milo/Dr. Delaware book with lots of unusual twists.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding Dr. Alex Delaware addition

I have been reading this series since the very beginning WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS in 1985. 33 books in 33 years. Wow, hard to believe.

What is also hard to believe is how consistently good this series has stayed and how different each story has been.

Author Kellerman has outdone himself this time. I loved this mystery thriller. Alex, psychologist, teams up with his best friend Lt. Milo Sturgis of the L.A. Police Department when a mutilated corpse is found.

I lo
Paris        (kerbytejas)
I found the story to be a bit repetitive, slow at making forward progress, and not very interesting.
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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

Other books in the series

Alex Delaware (1 - 10 of 37 books)
  • When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware, #1)
  • Blood Test (Alex Delaware, #2)
  • 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)
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