Victims by Jonathan Kellerman

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When a writer raises this level of expectation, he should have something to deliver, and Kellerman doesn't, in this case.
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“With his latest, [Jonathan Kellerman] not only brings his ‘A’ game but also ratchets it up a notch or three. . . . Victims will keep you up at night.”—Bookreporter
 
Acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up meticulously arranged in such a gruesome murder scene? One look prompts LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his expert in homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion—with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a chilling cry for help from a tortured, savage soul. To end the bloody spree and prevent citywide panic, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once learned his craft. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, a portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.
 
“Expertly crafted, judiciously paced and echoing with larger social concerns.”—The Star-Ledger
 
“The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes

Includes an excerpt of Jonathan Kellerman’s Guilt.
 

About Jonathan Kellerman

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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 February 28, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 434 pages
Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Victims
All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Dec 29 2011

the final sequences seem more in keeping with TV melodrama than Kellerman’s usual product.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Mar 02 2012

VICTIMS is far more than an entertainment designed to fill several hours; it is one of those books that keeps the reader brooding and thinking for a good long while.

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The Uncustomary Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Nov 02 2012

‘Great big piles of greasy, grimy gopher guts…’ is the song line that unfortunately comes to me as I’m reading these beginning chapters. The usual gory beginning of an Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis case, as always, leaves me wanting to read more…

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Apr 02 2012

Full of twists and turns, excellent police procedural detail and emotional rollercoaster rides, Victims is sophisticated, harrowing and utterly gripping.

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Men Reading Books

Good
Reviewed by Dave on Mar 18 2012

This makes for a very intense and fast paced read...just the way I like them. In fact, this style and genre are at the core of what this blog is all about…thoroughly enjoyable for men reading books.

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Literary Treats

Good
Mar 20 2012

I’m happy to say that Victims, the latest in the series, is the Delaware series at its best.

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Onyx Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

When a writer raises this level of expectation, he should have something to deliver, and Kellerman doesn't, in this case.

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Murder by Type

Good
Reviewed by Beth C. on Feb 22 2012

Kellerman’s books may be described as formulaic but with Kellerman that isn’t a bad thing... Kellerman has found a formula that always works.

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Reviewed by Alan Williams on Mar 29 2012

The set pieces of procedural investigation are exceptionally well described, with the portrayal of the various settings and elements bringing the pages to life, and drawing the reader in to keep turning page, after page.

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