Victims

Victims

Audiobook CD - 2012 | Library ed.
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"Unraveling the madness behind L.A.'s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction's #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman's universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims--Kellerman at his razor-sharp, harrowing finest. Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn't a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment-turned-charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion. yet 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 cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges. Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, 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 honed his craft--and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable--and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. "This one was different," Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, p2012.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9780307944054
0307944050
Branch Call Number: CD FIC KEL3595
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (11 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Rubinstein, John 1946-

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JudithE
Jul 21, 2012

I always like these characters, and the story was quite interesting, and the dénoument well worth reading. However, I found a couple of points where the author seemed to have made a mistake -- one character described as another, for example. And, *small spoiler*, dogs described as starving when there was dog food available and the dogs were clearly loved, and the dogs described as defecating, when starving animals don't do that. Perhaps the author is getting old, as we all do.

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Leabee
Jun 10, 2012

Authors tend to get into a rut with familiar characters such as Delaware and Sturgis, and Kellerman has done it with this one. This book was the first Kellerman I didn't actually finish. The book consists of little more than interesting descriptions of each new person the duo goes to interview. These descriptions are vivid and well-written, and he clearly has an eye for the idiosyncrasies of people, but it does get tiresome after the sixth or seventh one. The story plods, and towards the end it was just getting more and more preposterous. I would skip it unless you particularly enjoy his brief character studies.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Jun 07, 2012

Love this narrator! The story is good but *spoiler* I didn't quite get the jump to assuming Shakar was a fraud - they didn't even consider the possibility of it being a descendant. It works but it was a bit of a leap in deductive process.

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