NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis struggle to make sense of a seemingly inexplicable massacre in this electrifying psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.
LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has solved a lot of murder cases. On many of them—the ones he calls “different”—he taps the brain of brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. But neither Alex nor Milo are prepared for what they find on an early morning call to a deserted mansion in Bel Air. This one’s beyond different. This is predation, premeditation, and cruelty on a whole new level.
Four people have been slaughtered and left displayed bizarrely and horrifically in a stretch limousine. Confounding the investigation, none of the victims seems to have any connection to any other, and a variety of methods have been used to dispatch them. As Alex and Milo make their way through blind alleys and mazes baited with misdirection, they encounter a crime so vicious that it stretches the definitions of evil.
Early in bestseller Kellerman's disappointing 35th whodunit featuring L.A. psychologist Alex Delaware (after 2019's The Wedding Guest), a professional cleaner who arrives at a house the morning after a big party finds a white stretch limo parked near the pool containing four corpses. All are dressed in black and drenched in blood from the waist down. In the front seat, the chauffeur has a bullet wound to the head; in the backseat, the lone female victim holds the penis of a male victim. Delaware and his LAPD buddy, Lt. Milo Sturgis, must figure out how the four are connected, along with a motive for the murders and the staging of the bodies. The eventual explanation is a letdown, and Delaware and Sturgis make a judgment error at the climax that doesn't fit with their years of experience interviewing suspects. Overdone prose is another negative ("Misfortune is the mother's milk of journalism... those who suckle the teats of tragedy are rarely forced to confront evil directly"). Those looking for a cleverer resolution of a similar macabre setup should check out P.D. James's A Taste for Death.
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Kellerman Does It Again
Whew - what a ride!! One of Kellerman’s best.
There’s not doubt that Kellerman is a gifted storyteller, and his well-established protagonists are familiar to anyone who reads the Alex Delaware series. In the case of this book, the creative spark seems to a fluttered a bit.
The plot is cumbersome, twisted and often fairly boring to the extent that the reader has no stake in the outcome. And the ending is somewhat outlandish and unlikely.
It’s still a reasonably entertaining read, but not one of his best.