In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.
It's psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past.
This connection is only the beginning, a single link in a forty-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.
At 33, burnt-out child psychologist Alex Davenport is persuaded to look into the murder of a psychiatrist that may have been witnessed by a little girl who won't talk about it. The murder trail leads to evidence of a group of child molesters. PW stated that Kellerman, a child psychologist himself, writes "with authority and humor, sensitivity and more than considerable skill.''
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When the Bough Breaks
I started reading Kellerman several years ago, but his more recent books. I wish I had read this one first... To know the beginnings of Alex, Milo, and Robin. As usual I was captivated and unable to put the book down. I lived in the LA area for years and I love that I know the places he visits and talks about even though names are changed. I have read no other fiction than Alex Delaware novels for the last 5 years. Mr Kellerman, thank you.
When he bough breaks
Excellent reading. Somewhat confusing at times. Strange ending.