Unnatural History: An Alex Delaware Novel (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The most enduring detectives in American crime fiction are back in this electrifying thriller of art and brutality from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Los Angeles is a city of stark contrast, the palaces of the affluent coexisting uneasily with the hellholes of the mad and the needy. That shadow world and the violence it breeds draw brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis into an unsettling case of altruism gone wrong.

On a superficially lovely morning, a woman shows up for work with her usual enthusiasm. She’s the newly hired personal assistant to a handsome, wealthy photographer and is ready to greet her boss with coffee and good cheer. Instead, she finds him slumped in bed, shot to death.

The victim had recently received rave media attention for his latest project: images of homeless people in their personal “dream” situations, elaborately costumed and enacting unfulfilled fantasies. There are some, however, who view the whole thing as nothing more than crass exploitation, citing token payments and the victim’s avoidance of any long-term relationships with his subjects.

Has disgruntlement blossomed into homicidal rage? Or do the roots of violence reach down to the victim’s family—a clan, sired by an elusive billionaire, that is bizarre in its own right?

Then new murders arise, and Alex and Milo begin peeling back layer after layer of intrigue and complexity, culminating in one of the deadliest threats they’ve ever faced.

Mysteries & Thrillers
John Rubinstein
hr min
February 7
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

ChefGirl401310 ,

A little disappointed

I’ve been a huge fan of this series since 1995. I’m pretty sure I’ve read/listened to them all. I didn’t get as much enjoyment out of this story.
One of the characters is a 20-something that is in the book’s opening. She’s insufferable! Her being difficult felt over the top to me.
Several characters didn’t feel developed enough, and some felt like they got way too much spotlight.
There’s a section where Alex goes on and on and ON about the homeless population. It honestly felt like a commercial, or a campaign. It wasn’t the normal musings of his character. I kept waiting for that lengthy discussion to come full circle or mean something to the story. I don’t think it ever did.
Without giving anything away there’s also lengthy points made about whether a character should, shouldn’t or will not use pain medicine. Again, I had no idea what this had to do with anything.
I do enjoy this narrator. He does a great job brining the characters to life, especially Milo.

Planrman ,

Bad narration!

I couldn’t get beyond the horrible narration. The guy was simply reading the text. The tone and flat delivery was completely distracting.

patriphx ,


I’ve enjoyed many books of this series. This one was pretty boring.

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