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.
Kellerman devises a psychologically complex, highly satisfying plot in this latest mystery (after Time Bomb ) to feature child psychologist Alex Delaware, although we wait too long for the best parts and although Delaware, his love life on hold, seems less emotionally present than in previous cases. Harvard-bound, 18-year-old heiress Melissa Dickinson, whom Delaware had successfully treated for anxiety 10 years earlier, calls him with concerns about leaving her wealthy mother, an agoraphobe. Years before Melissa's birth, Gina Dickinson Ramp had been disfigured by acid thrown for never-revealed reasons by a former lover, now out of prison and back in town. Widowed for many years, recently remarried and making progress in her own intensive therapy with a noted husband-and-wife team of behaviorial psychologists, Gina is still fragile. When she disappears, Melissa enlists Delaware's help and that of his friend, Milo Sturgis, on leave from the LAPD (for having slugged, on TV, a homophobic superior). Kellerman deftly handles the strings of his plot, keeping in question the plight of Gina and the identities of those wishing her ill, until final events make what came before seem inevitable. A brief reunion with his former lover Robin will leave readers hoping for a reconciliation in Delaware's next appearance. 150,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Jan.)
" Vividly realistic ... explores the subject with haunting
emotional power." -- "Playboy"
" A page-turner from beginning to end." --"Los Angeles Times"
" A gut-wrenching scenario... might well be Kellerman's finest." --"Booklist"
"Vividly realistic ... explores the subject with haunting emotional power."-- "Playboy"
"A page-turner from beginning to end." --"Los Angeles Times"
"A gut-wrenching scenario... might well be Kellerman's finest." --"Booklist"