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Jonathan Kellerman's "psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix" ( Los Angeles Times ), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author's new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California's eternal sunshine.
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case--and draw out the disturbing truth.
Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation--all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface--a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, "the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes" ( Forbes ), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman and Guilt
"A solid, poignant tale of violence against the innocent . . . cool, brisk and polished."-- The Washington Post
"Action-packed . . . Kellerman proves he can keep readers entertained and engrossed in a story that keeps them on the edge of their seats to the final page."--Wichita Falls Times Record News

"Certainly one of [Kellerman's] best offerings to date . . . Do not miss this one." -- Bookreporter
"Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."-- Los Angeles Times
"The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes."-- Forbes
"Jonathan Kellerman's novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit."-- Orlando Sentinel
"Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."-- Detroit Free Press
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345505736
Branch Call Number: KELLE
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 25 cm.


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orchids3lady Feb 13, 2019

Don't you just love it when men describe senior women as 'clearly past her expiration date'.

Let me describe the book 'Guilt':


Feb 04, 2018

A bit slow moving as the plot takes a long time to develop and the denouement explodes like a cannon and is somewhat unsatisfying for the reader. Not terrible but not terrific.

Jan 05, 2018

There are really two cases on the go here and the question of their connection pops up throughout the novel. First, the body of a child is found when a bronze box is unearthed and it turns out to have been there since the 50s. Who lived in the house back then? Is the father the man who parked his beautiful Duesenberg in the driveway so many years ago? More importantly, is there a crime? And then two criminal certainties hit Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis - one of them being a young woman with an impeccable background dead of a gun shot wound. Los Angeles and Hollywood are full of movie stars and want-to-be's and get set to get close to a few. Does the title apply, and if so how, is for the reader to decide. Not one of Kellerman's best but an enjoyable diversion.

An interesting plot but shallow characters. Nice twist with finding the first body but reads a bit like a fairy plodding to an inevitable happy ending. Not much of a contribution to his oeuvres but ok quick read

Gary Geiserman
Aug 12, 2015

Well written as always. First half turned out to be plodding; so the second half was very engaging. Huh? Oh well, an accomplished author/etc has a lot to do these days of wine and capitalism. >>>> Lawsuit anyone?

Aug 19, 2013

Whodunit involving two buried infant bodies in unmarked graves and a runner who is found stabbed. Are the crimes related?
The story takes a detective and a psychologist to follow the clues, interview people to come to their conclusion. A little bit hard to read because of the Author's style of writing and so it took longer. Would have a hard time reading the author again.

Aug 13, 2013

I've been disappointed lately by a lot of my go-to authors, so I was so happy to read such a solid entry in the Alex Delaware series. I was also pleasantly surprised that this one came with a twist at the end that took me by surprise. The writing was, as always, excellent; relationships and interplay between Alex, Milo, and Robin were perfect as well. Blanche was an unexpectedly great sidekick.

Also, some of the recent books in this series (or at least the ones I've read recently) have been on the gorier and creepier side. Despite its beginning, this one didn't end up being too much of either of those, which was refreshing. A definite recommend from me.

Jul 06, 2013

not his best-

May 23, 2013

About average for this series. I continue to enjoy Kellerman's physical descriptions of clothing as much as his narrative.

btmslt Apr 13, 2013

An alright Delaware/Sturgis mystery. However, Kellerman's others are better.

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