Bones by Jonathan Kellerman
An Alex Delaware Novel

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Victims.

When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as “master of the psychological thriller” (People). Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something “real dead . . . buried in your marsh.” The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it’s a prank, but when a young woman’s body turns up in L.A.’s Bird Marsh preserve no one’s laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city’s under siege to an insidious killer. Milo’s first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

The murdered women are prostitutes–except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh’s grim tableau.

Conveniently–perhaps ominously–Selena’s blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate’ s jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo’s instincts and Alex’s insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man’s past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers–about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike–plunging even deeper into the murky marsh’s enigmatic depths.

Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.’s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don’t come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.

Bones is classic Kellerman–relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.

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Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.
Published January 1, 2008 by Ballantine. 573 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Once again, LAPD lieutenant Pete Decker and his Orthodox Jewish wife Rina Lazarus (Serpent’s Tooth, 1997, etc.) find themselves needing unorthodox solutions to hard-pressing problems.

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He simply dropped out of society without warning to family, friend or colleagues --- and then reappeared 10 years later as "Father Jupiter" --- the founder of a pseudoscientific cult called the Order of the Rings of God.

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Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels are very much character driven, with the psychologist often playing the slightly bemused chronologist of rumbled Los Angeles Homicide Detective Milo Sturgis.

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LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife, Rina, make their 11th appearance in this gritty thriller about a murderous religious cult.

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The Washington Post

As I read "Bones," Jonathan Kellerman's 23rd Alex Delaware novel in 23 years, I reflected on where Kellerman fits in the cosmos of best-selling crime writers.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

His lengthy series of whodunit novels featuring psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware has become a hit around the world because of its consistency.

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Europa Ganz, his estranged daughter, reports the death of her narcissist’s father after learning he may have been killed under suspicious circumstances, Decker is drawn into the world of the cult.

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