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When a mutilated murder victim is found, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis calls in his friend, psychologist Alex Delaware. Alex is shocked to realize he recognizes the victim: he and his girlfriend, Robin, saw her two nights earlier at a restaurant. The time of death suggests the beautiful and melancholy young woman alone at the bar perished not long after Alex and Robin noticed her sitting there. Answers are hard to find, and Alex and Milo uncover layer after layer of dark secrets in the highest of places.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2012
Edition: Ballantine Books premium mass market ed.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780345505705
Characteristics: 404 pages ;,19 cm.


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If you can struggle through the bloated writing and content of the first 200 pages the final scenes are an interesting wind up. The ersatz child psychology on helping a child to deal with dying mother infuriated me. Even the scene where mother was in hospice and the new step dad leaves the room as though he lost out a power struggle with the psychologist was so bad. And they don't do CPR when someone is in 'hospice' FGS. So if you are going to throw in a diversionary sub plot at least do some research on professional protocols.
As for the main story, it was a slog.

libraryfan83 Jun 14, 2012


mikeyppl Dec 15, 2011

Far from his best work but still a good read.

Nov 21, 2011

For a book that makes fun of CSI, the ending seemed straight out of an he had 5 minutes till the credits rolled, and had to wrap things up. All that was missing was Horatio with his sunglasses.

Jul 29, 2011

The usual Alex and Milo story - if you've read one, you're read them all. Kellerman needs to shake up his style - it is always the two main characters sitting around theorizing about what might have happened, and then gradually filling in the blanks. There are 200 sentences that start with "Maybe...."

Jul 10, 2011

I can't say I enjoyed this as much as previous novels by this Author.

Jun 22, 2011

Somewhat disappointing and needlessly complicated. Not Kellerman's best.

steelelady Apr 30, 2011

really quick read in this excellent series

debwalker Apr 09, 2011

Alex and Milo venture again into the dark side of L.A. Another great read.

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