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Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 bestselling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.

The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitués for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman—alone and enigmatic among the revelers—waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex can’t help wondering what her story is, and whether she’s connected to the silent, black-suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel.

Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade’s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex’s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last.

But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life. And even when a tipster’s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo’s best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal.

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"When Lt. Milo Sturgis of LAPD homicide asks psychologist Alex Delaware to view the faceless corpse of a young woman in Kellerman's enjoyable if only average 26th Alex Delaware novel (after Deception), Alex is shocked to recognize the gunshot victim as someone he and wife, Robin, saw the night before in a restaurant bar. A link turns out to exist between the dead woman and a sinister-looking man Alex and Robin observed outside the bar that night. An anonymous tip leads to an online service that matches 'sugar daddies' with 'star-quality sweeties.' The victim, who called herself 'Mystery,' had a 'daddy,' Markham McReynolds, whose wealthy, anything-goes family offers plenty of suspects, including McReynolds's wife, two sons, and two daughters-in-law. Kellerman's bantering detectives make it look almost too easy as they put together the clues and possible scenarios, despite the unusual solution to the crime. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children, as well as the lavishly illustrated With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York. Their four children include the novelists Jesse Kellerman and Aliza Kellerman.

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OneMansView, February 21, 2011 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Illusions and deceptions meet reality (3.5*s)

Immediately, in this tidy little novel, psychologist Alex Delaware notes that LA is a "company town where the product is illusion ... Communication means snappy dialogue, the scalpel trumps genetics, and permanence is mortal sin." As though on cue, Alex and his sculpture wife Robin are having a farewell drink at the old Fauborg Hotel on its last night of existence, when they notice a fantasy figure sitting alone: a lithe, young female dressed in a white silk mini-dress, matching silk scarf and clutch, backless silver stilettos, elegant diamond watch, and an ivory cigarette holder. As Robin says, "Someone's channeling Audrey Hepburn."

A visit the next morning to Alex's home by irascible, food-hound good buddy, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, would normally have been unnotable, until he downloaded photos from his cell phone taken only hours before. There she was, lying off the road, the throwback outfit mostly intact, with her head destroyed by a shotgun blast. Fortunately for the case, Robin, with some police assistance, is able to produce a very accurate sketch of the victim and a mysterious bouncer type who they had observed outside the hotel.

With some very helpful anonymous tips based on the sketch, especially one leading to the SukRose web site offering to connect "sweeties" with "sugar daddies," Alex and Milo begin to connect the dots, driving all around LA's expanse of hills, valleys, secluded expensive homes, and areas that are decaying to do so. The pace of the book is good and the sleuthing is plausible. Although the story is hardly gripping, reality does intrude on convenient illusions and deceptions, many of them involving never ending beauty and virility.

A secondary story line is the assistance that Alex, in his professional capacity, renders to a dying madam and her son. The characters, that is, Milo and Alex are merely sketched; there is undoubtedly an assumption that long-time fans know these characters well. Action, over background information or any sort of deeper thinking, dominates this easily read effort.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345505699
Subtitle:
An Alex Delaware Novel
Author:
Kellerman, Jonathan
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20110329
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 in 1.2 lb

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Product details 336 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345505699 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Lt. Milo Sturgis of LAPD homicide asks psychologist Alex Delaware to view the faceless corpse of a young woman in Kellerman's enjoyable if only average 26th Alex Delaware novel (after Deception), Alex is shocked to recognize the gunshot victim as someone he and wife, Robin, saw the night before in a restaurant bar. A link turns out to exist between the dead woman and a sinister-looking man Alex and Robin observed outside the bar that night. An anonymous tip leads to an online service that matches 'sugar daddies' with 'star-quality sweeties.' The victim, who called herself 'Mystery,' had a 'daddy,' Markham McReynolds, whose wealthy, anything-goes family offers plenty of suspects, including McReynolds's wife, two sons, and two daughters-in-law. Kellerman's bantering detectives make it look almost too easy as they put together the clues and possible scenarios, despite the unusual solution to the crime. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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