Search Results: "Jonathan Kellerman"


BOOK REVIEW

DOUBLE HOMICIDE by Jonathan Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Two sets of blue-collar dicks, working doggedly out of hard-pressed departments in a thoroughly believable way: nothing fancy here, but oh-so-refreshingly readable."
The prolific Kellermans (he: The Conspiracy Code, 2003, etc.; she: Street Dreams, 2003, etc.) jointly pen a pair of crisp, smart novellas. Read full book review >

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A COLD HEART by Jonathan Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"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."
The sleuthing shrink returns for a 17th session. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 26, 1980

"One approach, only—but effectively carried through."
Behavior-therapy techniques that parents can apply to help their children overcome everyday, yet often debilitating, anxieties—with a thorough discussion of normal worries so parents can decide when to use them. Read full book review >

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BILLY STRAIGHT by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Readers leery of Kellerman's style will be hard put to find the purple patches usually associated with it."
While Alex Delaware, his psychologist-sleuth (The Clinic, 1997, etc.), is out on a one-book hiatus, Kellerman produces his best work yet. Read full book review >

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THE BUTCHER'S THEATER by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1988

"So, while there's enough solid professionalism here to fill a 300-page police-procedural, at more than double that length this sags and flattens—offering neither the focused, atmospheric suspense of Gorky Park and Pattern Crimes nor the chilling intensity of such other psychomanhunts as Red Dragon and Nightbloom."
Kellerman's mysteries featuring psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware (When the Bough Breaks, etc.), though intelligently written and thickly textured with realistic illness/therapy detail, have been marred by slow pacing, overwrought effects, and disappointing windups. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1985

"Still, for readers with a taste for the slightly gothic and the very gritty, this is ugly, busy entertainment—if too hyped up to work as a grimly real reflection of recent headlines involving child abuse."
The narrator-sleuth in this rather overwrought psycho-mystery is L.A. child psychologist Alex Delaware, who's "retired" (at 33) after having something of a nervous breakdown—following his consultant work on a harrowing child-molestation case. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JONATHAN SWIFT by Leo Damrosch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A rich and rewarding portrait of an irreplaceable genius."
A feisty, first-class life of the sage and scourge of English Literature. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN EDWARDS by Philip F. Gura
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Controversial, and a quick, enjoyable read. Gura will grab at least some of the audience of armchair-history-lovers that professional historians always claim they want to reach."
A gauntlet-throwing biography of the 18th-century minister and theologian who's in the pantheon of great American intellectuals, along with Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. DuBois, and the James brothers. Read full book review >

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HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Entertaining as the conscientious excavation of ancient misdeeds is, it all ends up having disappointingly little to do with the motive and the culprit in the unlikely murder of the tale's most charming character."
Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware (Breakdown, 2016, etc.) deals with his oldest client yet, a deceptively sweet old lady who gently importunes him to provide his services but dies without explaining why. Read full book review >

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GUILT by Jonathan Kellerman
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Too slick, too generous with coincidences and too cute by far. One pet pooch in particular is so endearing she ought to be in a Disney movie."
The only clue to a buried baby's identity is a vintage Duesenberg. Read full book review >

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VICTIMS by Jonathan Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Fans of this long-running series (Mystery, 2011, etc.) will get exactly what they've come to expect: a thoughtful Alex, a mildly sarcastic Milo and a well-constructed plot, although here the final sequences seem more in keeping with TV melodrama than Kellerman's usual product."
A serial killer eludes a cop and a psychiatrist. Read full book review >

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MONSTER by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"And no one else in the cast has substance enough to make a long book seem shorter."
A psychologist hunts the killer of a psychologist when Dr. Alex Delaware returns after a hiatus that perhaps should have extended beyond one book (Billy Straight, 1999). Read full book review >