Victims : an Alex Delaware novel / Jonathan Kellerman.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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.
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      9780345505712 (hardback)
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      KELLERMAN, J. Victims : an Alex Delaware novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Ballantine Books, 2012. ISBN 9780345505712. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 out. 2020.
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      Kellerman J. Victims : An Alex Delaware Novel. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2012. Accessed October 22, 2020.
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      Kellerman, J. (2012). Victims : an Alex Delaware novel (First edition.). Ballantine Books.
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      Kellerman, Jonathan. 2012. Victims : An Alex Delaware Novel. First edition. Ballantine Books.
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      Kellerman, J. (2012) Victims : an Alex Delaware novel. First edition. Ballantine Books. Available at: (Accessed: 22 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Kellerman, J 2012, Victims : an Alex Delaware novel, First edition., Ballantine Books, viewed 22 October 2020, .
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      Kellerman, Jonathan. Victims : An Alex Delaware Novel. First edition., Ballantine Books, 2012. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Kellerman, Jonathan. Victims : An Alex Delaware Novel. First edition. Ballantine Books, 2012.
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      Kellerman J. Victims : an Alex Delaware novel [Internet]. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2012 [cited 2020 Oct 22]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2012 January #1

In the latest Alex Delaware novel, solving a series of murders requires putting together a particularly difficult jigsaw puzzle. What do several seemingly unconnected victims have in common? As psychologist Delaware and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis struggle to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the body count keeps growing: a nasty, friendless woman; an accountant; a married couple; a homeless man. Clues are hard to come by, and even when Delaware begins to get a glimpse of the big picture, it's fuzzy, the killer's identity hidden, perhaps forever, in the shadows of history. The first Delaware novel, When the Bough Breaks, was published in 1985, but Kellerman has kept the series from devolving into mere formula by finding new variations on the psychological-forensic-thriller format. This one is presented as a procedural, and, as with Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels, it's the step-by-step process of the investigation that keeps us turning the pages. In the long-running Delaware series, this one is in the top tier. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Kellerman's books have sold more than 40 million copies; he has had three number-one New York Times best-sellers; and his Alex Delaware novels have won both Edgar and Anthony Awards. Now that's a track record. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2011 December #1

In Edgar-winner Kellerman's less than compelling 27th Alex Delaware novel (after 2011's Mystery), the child psychologist/police consultant and his LAPD homicide detective pal, Lt. Milo Sturgis, look into the possibly ritualistic murder of 56-year-old Vita Berlin, whose mutilated body was found lying on some towels in her apartment. An odd note left in a pizza box is about the only clue. When another body turns up similarly butchered and more follow, it's enough to put even the food-loving Milo off his feed. At Milo's request, Alex talks to Berlin's psychologist in the hope of getting some insight into the difficult, self-righteous woman. Trying to figure out the tortuous link between killer and victims takes Alex back to his days as a young psychology intern and his supervisor, "a former research assistant to Anna Freud during the London years." Too many plot contrivances make this one of Kellerman's weaker efforts, but the usual effective interplay between Alex and Milo should satisfy series fans. (Mar.)

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