Crime Scene

Crime Scene

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"A corpse lying at the bottom of the stairs. A beautiful but troubled young woman. A brutal, decades-old murder. And the man charged with making sense of it all. Clay Edison is a former star athlete turned coroner's investigator. It's his job to care for the dead and the people they leave behind. It's not his job to solve mysteries. But some cases--and some people--can't be resisted. What he discovers will set him on a quest to overturn a hideous injustice, no matter the consequences"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399594601
0399594604
Branch Call Number: FIC KELLERM
Characteristics: 381 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kellerman, Jesse - Author

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ValinOR14
May 20, 2018

3½ stars. I'm kind of surprised I ended up liking this book as much as I did. I think that as I read the first third of the book I kept asking myself why I was continuing to read it ... but then it really improved! I definitely plan on reading the next one.

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KathyBou
Jan 23, 2018

Not up to Kellermans usual standard. Fragmented and incoherent in places. I was disappointed

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MB_kcls
Jan 16, 2018

When I entered Crime Scene into my book journal it earned a rare notation of UGH!

Crime Scene is B-O-R-I-N-G. The plot is plodding, the victim, the suspects and their peripherals are boring and it's hard to care about them; the main character doesn't know who he is or what he wants to be. I was shocked to read he is in his early 30's when he comes across as in his late 80's: no fount of interest or excitement that Clay Edison

I am a longtime fan of Jonathan Kellerman and his wife Faye. After half a dozen or so his novels, I am less a fan of Jesse, but willing to give him a few more chances.

This book is a stinker. It suffers from zero cohesiveness which I believe is because of the shared authoring. Both the plot and the characters could have been so much better. Father or son need to decide who will write this character well or they need to let him fall into obscurity where he already has one foot and is teetering on the other.

The best line in the whole book is "I suppose I found him ... superficial? He sounded like what an Ikea chair would sound like if it could talk."

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This book got off to a good start, however, about halfway through I found myself losing interest. I found the characters were a little uninteresting, hence, the waning interest. I did, however, pick up the book again to finish and did so, but found that overall, I was very slow in finishing. As far as mysteries go... oh, I don't know, I wasn't very impressed considering the well-known author(s).

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jazpur
Sep 24, 2017

In a word, pedestrian.Some writing teams combine seamlessly with exciting results. The Kellermans, individually are good to read but this one dragged..

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Ltbisesi
Sep 24, 2017

The pacing is slow and the action and suspense is absent.

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bill556
Sep 08, 2017

Thought I hadn't read Kellerman before. Turns out I read 'Mystery' back in 2011. I gave it a 1out of 10.
This one I would say 5 out 10. Not bad; not good. My mind would drift off while I was reading; Wait. Why is he putting on snow chains? I thought he was working around Berkley.
Anyway, I might try another of his humpteen dozen books later when I've nothing else to read.

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stan_jetton
Aug 25, 2017

i bailed about two thirds through. The pace was terribly slow. the characters uninteresting. I very rarely not finish a book. I kept waiting for something to pick up the pace. Alas, this story not for me.

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USAF1969
Aug 24, 2017

So Kellerman and son introduce a new character, Clay Edison, a deputy coroner. Great character, really good storyline, an interesting crime, and very realistic look at how things can get messed up in murder investigations without anyone knowing it until fresh eyes get engaged. Clay is a somewhat flawed character, but a deeply honest and committed one, so that was fun to see play out. And some of his dialogue (mostly, but always with himself) made me laugh out loud. From the book ending I definitely see more books coming with this character will definitely read them. Oh, and for fun there is a cameo appearance by one of my favorite crime novel characters, Alex Delaware, which is really well done. Don't want to see Alex go away.

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Judi1926
Aug 20, 2017

I listened to the audio version of this book. I found it very slow and it certainly did not capture my imagination. The narrator's voice did not help. It seemed to be the same tone for the complete novel. I did not connect with any of the characters. I struggled to finish this book, where I have never had problems before.

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