In top form in his latest mystery featuring L.A. forensic psychologist Alex Delaware (who had a bit part in the author's previous novel, Billy Straight), Kellerman devises a deviously twisted, contemporary tale that draws pulsing suspense from the ageless relationship between madness and evil. Delaware teams up with his pal Milo Sturgis, of LAPD Homicide, to track the murderer of Claire Argent, a young doctor who worked at Starkweather Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Argent's badly mutilated body connects her death to the unsolved murder of a young, aspiring actor whose body had been sawed in half. Kellerman masterfully strews the trail of the investigation with crumbs, challenging his heroes (and readers) to distinguish promising clues from red herrings. Argent, who recently left a prime research job to work at Starkweather, led an extremely isolated life that had nothing in common with that of the murdered actor. The Starkweather staff is reticent and unhelpful until a young aide reveals that the doctor had been spending time with an inmate known as the Monster, a mentally deficient man who had been convicted of murdering and mutilating a young family 15 years earlier. Kellerman focuses on Delaware and Sturgis as they probe the hospital's milieu, the Monster's crime, the doctor's troubled and puzzling history and additional murders. A tense climax in the hills above L.A. brings together all the tautly woven threads as Kellerman delivers another chilling look into the dark corners of the human psyche. Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild main selections. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Yet more madmen: When a psychotic at the Starkweather Hospital for the Criminally Insane starts predicting murders, Dr. Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis must turn to him for clues. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"[A] SURPRISING AND COMPLEX STORY OF EVIL . . . STUNNINGLY DRAMATIC."
--"People "(Page-turner of the Week)
"UNSETTLING AND THRILLING . . . RIGHT FROM THE START OF "MONSTER," JONATHAN KELLERMAN DOES EVERYTHING RIGHT."
--"The" "Baltimore Sun
""KELLERMAN DELIVERS . . . GET READY TO SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON. . . . GET READY TO BE HORRIFIED . . . AND PERVERSELY INTRIGUED."
--"Rocky Mountain News
""Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller."
""Riveting . . . Kellerman's latest shiver-producing, hair-raising, shocking, suspenseful thriller [is] definitely his best yet. . . . The tension is palpable, the plot filled with devilish convolutions, and the sense of impending danger heart-stoppingly tense. . . . Dr. Alex Delaware is at his brilliantly analytical zenith."
--"Booklist" (starred and boxed review)
Kellerman "has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form."
"--Los Angeles Times Book Review
""Often, mystery writers can either plot like devils or create believable characters. Kellerman stands out because he can do both. Masterfully."
""Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."
"--Detroit Free Press
""In top form in his latest mystery featuring L.A. forensic psychologist Alex Delaware, Kellerman devises a deviously twisted, contemporary tale that draws pulsing suspense from the ageless relationship between madness and evil. . . . A tense climax in the hills above L.A. brings together all the tautly woven threads as Kellerman delivers another chilling look into the dark corners of the human psyche."
--"PublishersWeekly" (starred review)
"Nobody evokes Los Angeles better than Kellerman."
"--Los Angeles Times"
""Monster," a furiously paced mind-bender, contains enough mystery to hold readers spellbound."
""Kellerman is an ace at spinning a story that holds the reader's interest, plausible but unpredictable until the final page."
--"The Denver Post
""Recommended . . . Intelligent, well-drawn characters and the kind of plot twists that make the best mysteries fun to read."