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(Alex Delaware #19)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  9,039 ratings  ·  334 reviews
In a host of consecutive bestsellers, Jonathan Kellerman has kept readers spellbound with the intense, psychologically acute adventures of Dr. Alex Delaware–and with excursions through the raw underside of L.A. and the coldest alleys of the criminal mind. Rage offers a powerful new case in point, as Delaware and LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis revisit a horrifying cri ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2005)
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Troy Turner, elfin psychopath who looks 12 but he was a year older, and Rand Duchay, a mentally challenged youth of 14 who looked like a linebacker, decided to kidnap a two-year-old toddler from a mall and kill her for fun. Since they are seen on security videotape, the only question after they are caught is how responsible are they for their actions. Most people care very little about these kids, but the grandstanding defense lawyers have a bigger stake in the outcome than the worthless caretak ...more
Jerry B
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Alex Delaware in great form - brainy thriller for sure!

We're big fans of J. Kellerman, but find that sometimes the Alex Delaware stories drift so far from his child psychology specialty that it's tough to believe either the action or the detective work. But in this latest "intellectual" thriller, we spend much of the time reading dialogue between Alex and cop buddy Milo Sturgis dissecting a variety of perplexing clues; their skills at finding motives and posing possibilities are tasked to the li
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Nov 04, 2015 added it
Another good Kellerman book. I really enjoy his writing and sometimes complex stories he devises. And Delaware and Sturgis are such a good team for solving mysteries. I'm not sure what is going to happen next in Delawares love life. I've read some of Kellermans later books, and am filling in with the ones I missed. So, I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read them in order. Still I usually do,and feel as though I'm following a good friend.
"I Find it a Bit Strange with Alex Deleware..."

The Alex Delaware series is still one that the 'jury is out on' for me at least, but does anyone else find it strange that this psychologist, no matter how decorated in the field he may be, just because he's friends with a higher up can just tag along for an initial raid into a potentially dangerous environment? I mean its one thing to bring in an expert once all said & done to look at evidence, talk to people, etc... but Alex is following Sturg
Edmond Gagnon
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I like Johnathan Kellerman's voice and main characters in the Alex Delaware series. Being a former Police Detective I find the Milo Sturgis character spot on for my kind of sleuth. I'm a bit skeptical about the amount of involvement with Dr. Delaware but the work is fiction.
I've enjoyed a couple other novels in this series, but in my opinion this one fell flat about half way through. The back and forth interaction between the protagonists was loaded with a lot of opinions and guesswork and conj
laurel jones
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
always enjoy the Alex Delaware character book. Enjoyable read...not quite the ending I expected
Landon Coleman
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Slow . . . not a recommendation
Kelly ...
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Alex Delaware is a child psychologist -- intelligent, calm and empathetic. Milo Sturgis is a dogged, gruff and sarcastic homicide detective. Alex is intuitive; Milo is calculated. Alex is confident; Milo is cocksure. Alex is a handsome, educated man. Milo is a massive, gluttonous man. Together they find themselves solving crimes using their unique personality traits. The best books of this series allow the differences of these two men to be amplified and to cause hilarity and tension. The best o ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Book
A two year old girl goes to the mall with her mother, where she is then taken and later murdered. The alleged perpetrators are two troubled boys; Troy and Rand. Alex is asked to assess both boys for their trial. Both boys are convicted and sentenced. Unfortunately it seems the wheel turns; Troy is murdered while still behind bars. Rand meets the same fate on the very evening he calls Alex 8 years later.
The bodies are piling up sending Alex and Milo on another race-against-time investigat
Jul 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2005, mystery
Sometimes Kellerman gets lost in the demons he conjures up. As a reader I need to care at least a little about the victims or give me a bad guy that's charismatic so I can at least enjoy the ride. Rage is dark from beginning to end. Creepy and dark.

The Devil's waltz was creepy and dark but had a intriguing villain and plot. Rage's plot is completely crushed under all the weight of the bad and disgusting things that are revealed. This is too much reality intruding in my murder mystery for me. I h
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Psychologist Alex Delaware receives an unsettling phone call from Rand Duchay, a mentally challenged young man he evaluated several years before. At that time, Rand and his friend Troy Turner kidnapped and murdered a young girl, and Alex was asked by the court to determine whether the two young teenagers could be tried as adults. Rand, recently released from his imprisonment in a youth facility, asks Alex to meet him, but when Alex arrives, Rand is nowhere to be found. Very soon after that, his ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alex receives a phone call from a former patient who has just been released from prison. Rand wants to talk to Alex about a the death of the toddler he went to prison for killing. Before Alex can meet with him Rand is found dead. The prime suspect is the toddler's "Father", but then several things comes to light.

The other teenager (Troy) involved in the murder was killed in the Juvenile Detention Center he was sentenced to shortly after he was sentenced, after saying something about getting "ric
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Psychological thriller fans
Kellerman is back. This story is a real grabber and one I could hardly put down.

Faced with talking to a young man he's done a psychological profile on years ago, Alex Delaware shows up only to be stood up. Later the young man, a slightly retarded hulk of a guy, is murdered. Alex enlists his friend, Milo Sturgis, to help him find out what happened. In the process, he discovers there are very evil things being done in plain sight by people pretending to be what they aren't. The search for and unco
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This is not the first Alex Delaware I've read, nor will it be my last, but I was quickly drawn into the book loving about the first 150 pages or so---then it was repetitive and boring!! I would've easily given this 4 stars but with what I just wrote plus the fact I hated the ending---this brought it down to 3 stars, thinking if possibly only 2!
As another reviewer wrote, I'm not impressed not do I care about driving directions in California or any place else. He makes much "filler" to describe s
Suzy Black
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Most of the Alex Delaware novels tend to run into each other after reading a few - the plots are different, but it's usually just the same song, different verse. This one, however, stands out for me as one of the better ones. Maybe I was more engaged with the plot - I don't know - but I really liked this book. Two young men have murdered a toddler and after the trial and a month into his incarceration, one of the boys is murdered. After spending 8 years in a juvenile facility, the second your ma ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Years ago a toddler was kidnapped and killed by two teenagers who seemed to have done it for a thrill. It appeared to be an open and shut case, and the more remorseless of the two died in jail. When the other young man is released from jail years later, he reaches out to Dr. Alex Delaware who had initially evaluated him, but he himself soon dies suspiciously. Alex and Milo work together to solve the case, and discover a depraved individual who preys on young vulnerable women (mostly in foster ca ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Read it while babysitting grandchildren. It was fine for that. I may be a bit jaded, but I do get tired of idiosyncratic types that are supposed to charm us with their flaunting of flouting convention. Nevertheless, there is enough plot to sustain interest through the book.

I am pretty sure that I have read other Kellerman books (by Jon or Faye), but I only remember this one because I read it last week.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Well, since I have just started Rage, I haven't yet learned anything, well, that is except for how Kellerman never ceases to entertain me as long as he keeps to Milo and Alex and doesn't try to add any new characters to the mix. Plus, Kellerman continues to make Alex's love interest not only totally, completely perfect but also totally, completely wooden and unrealistic.
I really like Kellerman's books, but I was always feel he goes on and on for too long...

Bought in Malé, Maldives, during my honeymoon ;o)
Nic Mörkötarha
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Another book that feels like it was hastily wrapped up, no real closure. It's still a decent read but don't expect anything grand.
Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
I like Kellerman, easy read...good mystery.
Paul Weiss
A bewildering conglomeration of psycho-babble!

Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers, little more than children themselves, when they kidnapped and murdered a young child. Troy, clearly the instigator and an evil sociopath lasts mere weeks in prison and receives his just desserts shanked by a fellow inmate. Rand, a somewhat more pathetic slow-witted dysfunctional creature who appears to have been relentlessly drawn into the deed of kidnapping by bad company somehow survives his incarc
Mukta Mohapatra
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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Cristine Cris
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The idea of foster care is for children to go to a safe home and be cared for until their parents can take over their care or they age out, or sometimes the children are adopted. It’s always a heartbreaking story when a child is not cared for, is abused or manipulated in foster care. It’s even worst when you find out the abuser has been doing it for years to multiple children.

In the book Rage, two children are accused of kidnapping a small child and killing her. During the investigation and tri
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware with friend Homicide detective Milo Sturgis are pulled back into a case from years before. Two teenagers had killed a little girl, one teenager got killed in prison, the other released and killed a few days later, but not before calling Dr. Alex to tell him he needed to talk to him, when Alex turns up at the meeting place, Rand, now 21 was not at the meeting place.

When Rand is found dead, Alex and Milo are pulled into the murder, but it goes on from there, they fin
Marianne Nichols
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis gem was published in 2005. I have no idea how I missed it. But wandering around the library the other day, I came upon it. It did not look familiar. Who knew? It wasn't! It is now in it's place in my mind of the lives of these friends, erma, I mean characters. Couple of guys could be the bad guy. I went back and forth between them almost through the whole book. I won't give it away here, because you know, I never do. I sure missed Robin and Spike in this one. ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
So far, I've read 1-19 of the Delaware books. I didn't enjoy the last couple as much as the previous ones. I listened to this book and, at one point, I had to go back almost to the beginning and re-listen because I just didn't know what was going on. I don't know if I kept daydreaming instead of listening. It just didn't seem interesting enough to keep my attention and then I was lost. What are they talking about? Who are they talking about? Then, once I was back on track, I found the ending to ...more
Tonya Lucas
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Kellerman's RAGE was wonderful. Dr. Alex Delaware was a great character to explore. I loved the plot in this book and the twists and turns I never saw coming. Child adoption is critical in our society for all the children who are orphaned, but to take their lives into your own hand for your own selfish desires and mischief, is so wrong. Fantastic book, eye opening to the mean-crazy world that exist out there.
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-food
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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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