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Publisher Description

“With his latest, [Jonathan Kellerman] not only brings his ‘A’ game but also ratchets it up a notch or three. . . . Victims will keep you up at night.”—Bookreporter
Acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up meticulously arranged in such a gruesome murder scene? One look prompts LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his expert in homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion—with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a chilling cry for help from a tortured, savage soul. To end the bloody spree and prevent citywide panic, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once learned his craft. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, a portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.
“Expertly crafted, judiciously paced and echoing with larger social concerns.”—The Star-Ledger
“The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes

Includes an excerpt of Jonathan Kellerman’s Guilt.

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 28
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

BigHerv21 ,


Great book just checking back up with the Delaware series since the last one I read a few years ago. I just hate that Pitty died stupidly to be so cunning. There just wasn't enough confrontation with the villains in the end for me, but still nice read.

Mrs. Cheryl Michaels ,

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Julia Keller ,


When on an 8 hour flight,I started his book and was facinated by it.Could not put it down. The suspects were like no others and I could not figure out what there problems were.I has to keep reading to find out. A great read on a very long trip

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