Compulsion

Compulsion

An Alex Delaware Novel

Book - 2008
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Once again, the depths of the criminal mind and the darkest side of a glittering city fuel #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s brilliant storytelling. And no one conducts a more harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr. Alex Delaware.

A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night. A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer’s use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware.

What begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well-heeled center of L.A. society to its desperate edges; across the paths of commodities brokers and transvestite hookers; and as far away as New York City, where the search thaws out a long-cold case and exposes a grotesque homicidal crusade. The killer proves to be a fleeting shape-shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death–and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780345509598
Branch Call Number: FIC Kelle
Characteristics: 410 p.

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btmslt May 11, 2012

Another good read from Kellerman. Alex and Milo continue to outdo the criminal.

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budster
Aug 21, 2008

I personally like the Alex Delaware character and have followed him through many of Kellerman's stories. This was a fast paced read but the ending wasn't as good as other novels........ I felt a little let down when I finally turned the last page.

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