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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780345505699
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,25 cm.


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If you can struggle through the bloated writing and content of the first 200 pages the final scenes are an interesting wind up. The ersatz child psychology on helping a child to deal with dying mother infuriated me. Even the scene where mother was in hospice and the new step dad leaves the room as though he lost out a power struggle with the psychologist was so bad. And they don't do CPR when someone is in 'hospice' FGS. So if you are going to throw in a diversionary sub plot at least do some research on professional protocols.
As for the main story, it was a slog.

libraryfan83 Jun 14, 2012


mikeyppl Dec 15, 2011

Far from his best work but still a good read.

Nov 21, 2011

For a book that makes fun of CSI, the ending seemed straight out of an he had 5 minutes till the credits rolled, and had to wrap things up. All that was missing was Horatio with his sunglasses.

Jul 29, 2011

The usual Alex and Milo story - if you've read one, you're read them all. Kellerman needs to shake up his style - it is always the two main characters sitting around theorizing about what might have happened, and then gradually filling in the blanks. There are 200 sentences that start with "Maybe...."

Jul 10, 2011

I can't say I enjoyed this as much as previous novels by this Author.

Jun 22, 2011

Somewhat disappointing and needlessly complicated. Not Kellerman's best.

steelelady Apr 30, 2011

really quick read in this excellent series

debwalker Apr 09, 2011

Alex and Milo venture again into the dark side of L.A. Another great read.

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