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Jonathan Kellerman is a master at creating psychologically nuanced novels of suspense—an author whose name is synonymous with unrelenting action, intriguing plot twists, and penetrating insight into the criminal mind. Now he ventures into bold, new territory with his biggest and best novel yet. A Cold Heart features Kellermans brilliant signature style—but in this tour-de-force he mines even deeper the emotional landscape of his characters: psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, Milos colleague Petra Connor, and Alexs ex-lover, Robin Castagna—bringing them all vividly to life as never before.

“Ive got a weird one, so naturally I thought of you,” says Milo Sturgis, summoning his friend Alex to the trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. What makes it “a weird one” is the lack of any obvious motive, and the luridly careful staging of the murder scene—which immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion . . . but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer.

Delawares suspicion is borne out when he compares notes with Milos associate, Petra Connor, and her new partner, a strange, taciturn detective with a past of his own named Eric Stahl. The Hollywood cops are investigating the vicious death of Baby Boy Lee, a noted blues guitarist, fatally stabbed after a late-night set at a local club. What links Baby Boys murder with that of painter Juliet Kipper is the shadowy presence of an abrasive fanzine writer. This alias-shrouded critics love-the-art/disdain-the-artist philosophy and his morbid fascination with the murders leads Alex and the detectives to suspect theyre facing a new breed of celebrity stalker: one with a fetish for snuffing out rising stars.

Tracking down the killer proves to be maddening, with the twisting trail leading from halfway houses to palatial mansions and from a college campus to the last place Alex ever expected: the doorstep of his ex-lover Robin Castagna, whose business association with two of the victims casts her as an unavoidable player in the unfolding case. As more and more killings are discovered, unraveling the maddening puzzle assumes a chilling new importance—stopping a vicious psychopath whos made cold-blood murder his chosen art form.

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"Often, mystery writers can either plot like devils or create believable characters. Kellerman stands out because he can do both. Masterfully." USA Today

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"[F]ortunately for readers of a series that still ambles on confidently, [Dr. Alex Delaware is] smarter about murder than he is about love." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"Detective fiction's best-loved shrink, handsome, intrepid, immeasurably sensitive, is in top form, even though the 400 pages of his latest case might have called for some shrinking themselves." Kirkus Reviews

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"Of course, Kellerman provides a meaty layer of interpersonal relationships beneath the surface of his plot....Booksellers should have little trouble moving this along." Publishers Weekly

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"Kellerman...is able to underscore the crime-solving thrills with enough psychological insight to engage more cerebrally inclined readers....The eighteenth Delaware novel is not one of the best, but that won't stop the cash registers from ringing." Connie Fletcher, Booklist

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"Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"[A Cold Heart] shows all the Kellerman class we have come to expect. I proclaim 'his best yet' with every new book, but — and this should be no surprise — he manages to trump himself every time....A bloomin' good whodunit." Wichita Falls

Synopsis:

The 17th New York Times bestseller featuring psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware is now in mass market paperback. Delaware joins a chilling police hunt for a killer who preys on promising young artists.

Synopsis:

Jonathan Kellerman is a master at creating psychologically nuanced novels of suspense — an author whose name is synonymous with unrelenting action, intriguing plot twists, and penetrating insight into the criminal mind. Now he ventures into bold, new territory with his biggest and best novel yet.

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the worlds most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to numerous bestselling tales of suspense (which have been translated into two dozen languages), including seventeen Alex Delaware novels; The Butchers Theater, a story of serial killing in Jerusalem; and Billy Straight, featuring Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor. He is also the author of numerous essays, short stories, and scientific articles, two childrens books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, have four children.

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fourstringsRick, March 10, 2008 (view all comments by fourstringsRick)
One of the very best items I saw in this novel is that Jonathan Kellerman has murders happening that are not repeated in the same manner and that he and his gay buddy from the L.A.P.D., Milo Sturgis, really have a go of it in trying to piece this fantastic psychological idiocy together, as his M.O. seems to change and he doesn't keep chasing the same types, which is a great indicator as to the personality of a murderer that has started his career, but, garrots one person, sheives another, and the twists and turns just keep coming at you chapter by chapter.
It just seems that you cannt put the "tail on the donkey" in this story so easily, it is one of Kellermans trickiest turnover novels I have ever read, as you are looking one way then another...and the very good thing about this theme is that it keeps this up and you think that you have answered who the Mental-Murderer is throughout, but, your mind has changed a hundred times already, and you have two pages left in your fingers and you are still in a muddle!
This is great writing at it's best and I have already acquired three new books for friends as gifts to those that seem to always have the answer.
Let them have a crack at "A COLD HEART" and call once in a while to say "hello" and there will be silence more times than not!
A TOP SHELF piece of writing, Mr. Kellerman! TOPS!
You'll never top this one!
(IMHO)
Rick the reader.....
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345452566
Author:
Kellerman, Jonathan
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Alex Delaware Novels
Series Volume:
89
Publication Date:
December 30, 2003
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.96x4.20x1.19 in. .45 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345452566 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Often, mystery writers can either plot like devils or create believable characters. Kellerman stands out because he can do both. Masterfully."
"Review" by , "[F]ortunately for readers of a series that still ambles on confidently, [Dr. Alex Delaware is] smarter about murder than he is about love."
"Review" by , "Detective fiction's best-loved shrink, handsome, intrepid, immeasurably sensitive, is in top form, even though the 400 pages of his latest case might have called for some shrinking themselves."
"Review" by , "Of course, Kellerman provides a meaty layer of interpersonal relationships beneath the surface of his plot....Booksellers should have little trouble moving this along."
"Review" by , "Kellerman...is able to underscore the crime-solving thrills with enough psychological insight to engage more cerebrally inclined readers....The eighteenth Delaware novel is not one of the best, but that won't stop the cash registers from ringing."
"Review" by , "Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form."
"Review" by , "[A Cold Heart] shows all the Kellerman class we have come to expect. I proclaim 'his best yet' with every new book, but — and this should be no surprise — he manages to trump himself every time....A bloomin' good whodunit."
"Synopsis" by , The 17th New York Times bestseller featuring psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware is now in mass market paperback. Delaware joins a chilling police hunt for a killer who preys on promising young artists.
"Synopsis" by , Jonathan Kellerman is a master at creating psychologically nuanced novels of suspense — an author whose name is synonymous with unrelenting action, intriguing plot twists, and penetrating insight into the criminal mind. Now he ventures into bold, new territory with his biggest and best novel yet.
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