Jesse Kellerman is the 28-year-old son of Faye and Jonathan Kellerman. Jesse received his BA in psychology from Harvard and his MFA in playwriting from Brandeis University. He now lives with his wife in New York City.
This second thriller from Kellerman (yes, he is the son of Jonathan and Faye), which comes on the heels of the best-selling Sunstroke, shows that the author is clearly getting the hang of this writing thing. Jonah Stem, a third-year New York City medical student, has more trouble than he can possibly handle. Not only is his surgery rotation at a large Manhattan hospital a soul-crushing, grueling affair but he has girl problems in a big way. The novel opens with Jonah leaving the hospital in the early morning hours and coming upon a young woman being brutally stabbed. Jonah intervenes and ends up killing her assailant in self-defense. The media pounces, and Jonah is a hero. A passionate affair ensues between Jonah and the beautiful victim, Eve Gones (who makes a full recovery), but Jonah slowly realizes that Eve's behavior is not only unbalanced but increasingly and dangerously masochistic. When Jonah tries to end the relationship, Eve refuses to listen and begins ruthlessly to threaten and stalk her former lover. The pages fly as Jonah attempts to disentangle himself from the biggest trouble he's ever seen. Recommended for all fiction collections.-Andrea Y. Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Libs., CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'Kellerman...shows that his impressive debut, Sunstroke, was no fluke with this gripping psychological page-turner that echoes the best of Hitchcock... Kellerman artfully conveys [a] descent into near madness, making the step-by-step degradation of a decent man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time plausible and chilling ' - Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'A shivery psychological thriller...the talented Kellerman travels to Ruth Rendell country, and the bet here is that you won't have read a more nightmarish novel all year ' - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) '[M]any perverse diversions and delights...unnerving...psychologically complex... That Kellerman maintains such a grimly hilarious perspective on his subject is its own twisted tribute to the survival instincts of writers who go down to the depths to entertain their readers ' New York Times Book Review 'With a nerve-jangling creepiness rising out of well-drawn, absorbing characters, "Trouble" has a lot to say to 21st century readers about the gray zone where heroes become villains, victims turn aggressive and love and violence are different sides of the same coin. That these issues are being raised by a young writer more than a little familiar with mysteries...only adds to the fun of watching him deconstruct the myths and stereotypes of the genre and serve them up as something disturbingly and deliciously different, altogether perfect for our times' - Los Angeles Times A major talent...a thriller so tightly wired that the reader's self-control shatters nearly to the level of protagonist Jonah Stem's...frightening suspense, wry humor and superior characterization and dialogue' - Baltimore Sun 'A mesmerising story of malevolence and obsession...Kellerman's powerfully descriptive prose drives his nightmarish narrative on at a fast pace and makes Fatal Attraction seem like gentle teasing in comparison.' Sunday Telegraph
Kellerman, the son of bestsellers Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, shows that his impressive debut, Sunstroke, was no fluke with this gripping psychological page-turner that echoes the best of Hitchcock. Jonah Stem, a young medical resident at St. Agatha's, a midtown Manhattan teaching hospital, heroically intervenes when he encounters an attractive woman desperately fleeing a knife-wielding assailant early one morning on a street near Times Square. After Stem kills the man in self-defense, he enjoys a brief celebrity, but his life soon becomes complicated when the woman he rescued, Eve Gones, seeks him out and the two begin a frenzied affair. Taken aback by Gones's masochism, Stem attempts to end the relationship, but soon finds himself stalked relentlessly. Kellerman artfully conveys Stem's descent into near madness, making the step-by-step degradation of a decent man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time plausible and chilling. Author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.