Good Minds Suggest: Jonathan Kellerman's Favorite Adrenaline-Laced Books

Posted by Goodreads on August 3, 2015

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Psychology professor by day, acclaimed suspense novelist by night, Jonathan Kellerman has made it his life's work to understand the human mind—especially what makes our hearts race. The author of dozens of bestsellers, he balances writing with his career as a former clinical psychologist turned professor at the University of Southern California.

His Alex Delaware series, which stars a crime-solving, L.A.-based child psychologist (sound familiar?), kicked off in 1985 with When the Bough Breaks and now includes 30 books, most recently Motive, released earlier this year. But Kellerman's latest book is a standalone: The Murderer's Daughter features psychologist Grace Blades, an accomplished woman with a troubled past and secrets to keep who becomes embroiled in a homicide investigation.

Kellerman tells Goodreads, "During breaks from writing, I love an exciting thriller. Here's a brief list of some of the adrenaline-laced novels I've enjoyed."

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
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"I discovered this classic as a young boy, and it played a major role in fueling my desire to write novels. Such excitement, passion, suspense—if only I could learn to do this! Long after its publication in 1844, this one retains its freshness because of its masterful treatment of eternal human themes."

The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald
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"Kenneth Millar, writing as Macdonald, was in my opinion the finest of the 'hard-boiled' detective novelists to emerge during the post-World War II era. He was a writer's writer, and his Lew Archer novels far surpassed those of Chandler and Hammett in terms of plot, style, and substance. The core of this book—the dark side of Southern California affluence, the past returning inevitably to haunt the present— synced with what I'd experienced as a clinical psychologist and helped focus my goals as a crime novelist."

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (Goodreads Author)
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"Lee is an enormously popular novelist who creates utterly brilliant, action-packed, yet emotionally resonant thrillers year after year. The opening scene of Gone Tomorrow is one of the most suspenseful collections of words ever assembled by a human being. Jack Reacher gets the job done, usually brutally, but no robot, he. Quite the contrary, a terminator with soul."

Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming
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"I'll bet most people are familiar with James Bond via the borderline cartoonish films based loosely on the series created by Fleming. The original James Bond was far from a superman nor was he a heedless Don Juan. Quite the contrary, he was actually kind of...sensitive. And when he wasn't on assignment, he struggled with tedium as a Foreign Service desk jockey. I'll forgive Fleming all the nonsense about 'shaken, not stirred' because he created some top-notch suspense novels. I like this one because it offers a fascinating view of gangland-era Las Vegas as perceived by an Englishman."

The Genius by Jesse Kellerman
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"Yes, he's my son, but read this masterpiece and tell me I'm wrong. The book depicts the challenges faced by a complex young man as he navigates the dark side of the art world, encounters a creepily astonishing legacy left behind by a psychotic master of the macabre, and discovers a series of horrific, unsolved sexual murders. The book won a slew of awards and was on the bestseller list internationally for nearly a year. The kid's got chops, and I'm proud to be his dad."

Vote for your own favorites on Listopia: Best Thrillers

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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Jonathan Kellerman has been a favorite author of mine since I was a teenager. Great list too.

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T.T. Thomas Agreed, Erin. Also his wife, Faye Kellerman is an exquisite writer. And now their son, Jesse? Looking forward to reading "The Golem of Hollywood" co-written by Jonathan and Jesse. Good list!

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Catherine I've been reading Jonathan's books for years. I haven't read all of Jesse's yet, but the ones I have read have been fantastic, including "The Genius", "The Executor" and "Sunstroke".

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Peter Hi, Jonathan,
Good to see you on this site.
When will The Amati see you and Faye at The Met?


Peter and Edith

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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* T.T. wrote: "Agreed, Erin. Also his wife, Faye Kellerman is an exquisite writer. And now their son, Jesse? Looking forward to reading "The Golem of Hollywood" co-written by Jonathan and Jesse. Good list!"

I had no idea until now the son was writing. I'll try him out. I have several books by Faye but haven't tried them yet. So many books, so little time kind of thing.

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VENETTE TIVEY I have followed Lee Child from the beginning of the Reacher series. With books 13 (Gone Tomorrow) and 14 (61 Hours) I feel he has done his best work.

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Sandi Jonathan and Faye Kellerman and Lee Childs have been favourites of mine for many years now.

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Diane Hoach Your books are some that I look for everyplace I go that has books. Thanks for your list of books to read. I love to read your books and am looking forward to some on your list that you enjoyed. I have read many of the books listed. Thanks again for your contribution to my reading..

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Rhoda Cooper I have been a fan of Jonathan Kellerman's books for years. Also love Faye K. books. Still can't forget The Butcher's Theatre" read long time ago & was absolutely enthralled & still remember...& may try to find & reread.
I find Jonathan's prose so intelligently written...just love reading. Looking forward to reading Murderer's Daughter. Now reading Motive. The. "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" -- son, Jesse is a chip off the old block...couldn't miss with Mom & Dad accomplished authors.

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Sue Hayes I have read your books for years but with recent vision issues I am now listening to audio. I just finished listening to 35 Alex Delaware books and waiting to borrow #36 "Serpentine". So many hours of listening pleasure. Thank you for sharing your talent. I have also listened to several of Faye's books and I have two of Jesse's checked out now.

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