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Compulsion Once again, the depths of the criminal mind and the darkest side of a glittering city fuelNew York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman s brilliant storytelling And no one conducts a harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr Alex Delaware A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight Two women are butchered after closing time in a small town beauty parlor These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer s use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex DelawareWhat begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well heeled center of LA society to its desperate edges across the paths of commodities brokers and transvestite hookers and as far away as New York City, where the search thaws out a long cold case and exposes a grotesque homicidal crusade The killer proves to be a fleeting shape shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness From the Trade Paperback edition


About the Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation plastic bubble units on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan s former students, continues to break ground Jonathan s first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980 One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD In 1985, Jonathan s first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller BOUGH was also produced as a t.v movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel Since then, Jonathan has published a best selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN 1999 Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children.



10 thoughts on “Compulsion

  1. Lewis Weinstein Lewis Weinstein says:

    Another quite readable psychological adventure with Dr Delaware and Milo Enough turns and twists to keep the pages turning, but not enough to create the edge of prior books in this series.


  2. Jerry B Jerry B says:

    Mediocre outing even JK seems tired of our buddy Alex We ve read every single Alex Delaware novel, so are big fans, well informed about this series What started out great the child psychologist by profession who consults with the police specifically Milo Sturgis, a gay, very interesting, and persistent homicide cop on murders where the police feel they need a consultant s help has resolved into littlethan two detective buddies, one paid, the other an amateur hardlyskillful M


  3. Susan Susan says:

    If you like Kellerman s other books, you will probably like this one I actually liked itthan some of the other ones Sometimes, I find Alex Delaware s psychological insights a little too obscure and feel they muddy the picture This time, he was a littlereigned in, and I found this book to be muchreadable as a result It still contains all of the elements we love Milo, Robin, and Alex s cute new dog The only drawback was that the two mysteries in this book got tied up a litt If you li


  4. Heidi Heidi says:

    Unfortunately not a great Delaware read Hate when characters become omnicient to save the author time it s just deadly dull in a mystery Alex surmised so much about the phsychopath that I was thinking if he d pick a few numbers, I should buy a lotto ticket Despite this dull entry, I still love Milo, Blanche and company.


  5. Mary JL Mary JL says:

    I have always enjoyed the Alex Delaware series I find the two main characters Alex and Milo very interesting I also find the many plot twists in the books interesting and suspenseful Some people see thru these twists and see things coming I seldom can figure a mystery out The way the two seperate cases are handled in this books and the twists and turns Alex and Milo enouncted where attempting to solve the crimes I found very, very interesting.Admittedly, this is not a book that will stay I have


  6. Seanna Seanna says:

    I love Dr Delaware, and I m glad he s back with Robin the Mandolin Maker, but I think Dr Kellerman might have phoned this one in just a little bit It s still worth reading because it s Alex Delaware well and Milo but this one was not the most stellar If you are reading this, Dr Kellerman, I m sorry I feel like a traitor for dissing your book with only three stars It s just that I have higher standards for you, sir, than for some of your colleaguesnow turn off the internet and get bac I love Dr Delaware


  7. Marleen Marleen says:

    Simply said, another enjoyable read and audio version of this Alex Delaware book nr 22 I d say this book isa 3 rating than a 4 rating No real compelling characters that jumped at me except for Milo of course The plot was interesting admittedly, in the sense that we haven t seen a transvestite murderer crossing paths with Milo Alex before But for me, here, there was just a bit too much violence for no reason at all.Thankfully there s the quality reading by John Rubinstein, who can Simply said, another enjoyabl


  8. Sherril Sherril says:

    I got really tired of the goofy similes and metaphors For example His spiky hair do fit him like lipstick fits a goldfish page 194 195I never noticed this about Kellerman s writing before, which makes me think that he was trying something new He needs to work on some subtlety Other than that, excellent book, as usual.My favorite quote and a reminder of why to be patient with my nieces and nephews , from page 281 Good was Antoine s age at the time of the disappearance You see a fifteen I got really tired of the goofy


  9. Carrol Carrol says:

    It has been a while since I have read or listened to a Jonathan Kellerman book His regular charachers have become pretty predictable and this story dragged a bit at least on CD If you don t have a history with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, the 2 main characters, and also with his lesser regulars, some of the subtleties are easy to miss This book doesn t give you much background development of the characters there seems to be an assumption that you have read some of the earlier books It has been a while since I have read


  10. Moira Moira says:

    This was a very well written book a little leaner and sleeker than some of the other Alex Delaware books and a real pager turner The killer was also a very interesting character My only complaint was that it seemed a bit predictable in the end and a little slow to close Still, as always, an interesting romp into the mind of a truly deranged killer.


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