Breakdown

Breakdown

An Alex Delaware Novel

eBook - 2016
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"Psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware is surprised to get the call when well-known TV actress Zelda Chase turns up half-naked, half-mad in the LA's rural Westside. He has little connection to the starlet, save a psychiatric evaluation he performed on her adopted daughter several years ago, a child who has since vanished without a trace and whom Zelda refuses to talk about. When the actress turns up dead a few weeks later without a scratch on her, Delaware calls in police lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help him crack the case--or at least the wall of silence surrounding it. When the body of a second actress turns up with the same mysterious cause of death, Delaware and Sturgis start to wonder--is this a copycat case or a coincidence? When they uncover the death of another actress, a star from another era who vanished decades ago, never to be found, they realize they're facing one of the their most baffling, mind-bending cases yet"--
"Bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman has been universally hailed as the master of psychological suspense, and the blockbuster new thriller featuring Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis confirms his status as today's preeminent practitioner of saber-sharp storytelling. Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware meets beautiful and emotionally fragile TV actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son, Ovid. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. Shortly after Zelda's release, an already sad situation turns tragic when she is discovered dead on the grounds of a palatial Bel Air estate. Having experienced more than enough of L.A.'s dark side to recognize the scent of evil, Alex turns to his friend LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis for help in finding out who ended Zelda's broken life. At the same time, Alex is caught up in another quest: the search for Zelda's missing son. And when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighborhood, worry turns to terror. As Alex struggles to piece together the brief rise and steep fall of a gorgeous, talented actress, he and Milo unveil shattered dreams, the corruption of a family, and a grotesque betrayal of innocence. With each devastating revelation and damning clue, Alex's brilliant mind is challenged as never before--and his determination grows to see a killer caged and the truth set free. Praise for Jonathan Kellerman "Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--Los Angeles Times "Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."--Detroit Free Press"--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345541413
0345541413
9780345541406
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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pspice
Aug 24, 2016

I haven't read a Delaware novel in years. I thought this was o.k.. The tie-in of two of the crimes with the main crime was far-fetched but characters were pretty well fleshed out. Fast read and passed the time without wasting it. Sometimes that's all I need.

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nionoff
Jun 02, 2016

Read many of Kellerman's Delaware books, but this one is the worst. Half the book is taken by the setup to the crime, the rest is a predictable and boring resolution. This is very lazy writing and I'm done with this series. If you want to read an exciting mystery involving a psychologist helping the police solve a series of crimes, check out Michael Robotham's Close Your Eyes. Great writing and intersting plot. Everything that this book isn't.

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Eil_1
Mar 30, 2016

I've read a few books by Kellerman and checking "my shelves" and I only gave "Rage" a 4-star rating - the others 2-3 stars. This book was okay despite the vagueness of the characters (or one-dimensional) as the Publishers Weekly states.

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peggy_15
Feb 09, 2016

I liked this book. Only because I was so disappointed in the last few Alex Delaware books, this was almost pleasure. I think Billy Straight is Kellermans best.

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