Review: Killer by Jonathon Kellerman

Title: Killer {Alex Delaware #29}

Author: Jonathon Kellerman

Published: Ballantine Books February 2014

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Status: Read from February 04 to 05, 2014 — I own a copy {Courtesy Netgalley/publisher}

My Thoughts:

Killer is Jonathan Kellerman’s 29th novel featuring the child psychologist/law enforcement consultant Alex Delaware, partnered with LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. It begins with Alex being asked to assess the maternal fitness of two sisters involved in a custody dispute. It seems a simple case and his report a mere formality, but denied guardianship of her niece, Constance Sykes blames Alex, and contracts a killer.

It may seem odd to nominate the Alex Delaware series as a ‘comfort read’ but my familiarity with it makes it so for me. I find I easily slip into the rhythm of the narrative, lulled by the soporific voice of the Doctor. I can rely on the personalities, and circumstances, of the main characters remaining largely unchanged and the plots, though somewhat predictable, are always satisfyingly resolved. I have to admit my attachment to the series make it difficult to be objective but honestly even at its worst, you can expect a solidly crafted, readable novel.

Is this Kellerman’s best? No, though perhaps the better of the last half a dozen or so novels. With the fate of a missing toddler in question, Milo and Alex disagree about the identity of the suspect assumed not only responsible for the child’s disappearance, but also a string of related murders. And in the face of mounting evidence, and recent events, Delaware succumbs to a rare display of self doubt.

The last few books have been dominated by Delaware’s role as a law enforcement consultant and I like that in Killer, Delaware returns to his ‘roots’ so to speak, as a child psychologist. A subplot involves the reappearance of a former patient, once a truculent teen struggling with Diabetes, now a gang leader in an unique position to repay Alex for his help. Wile I love Milo, I hope that this is an indication Kellerman will be shifting the focus back to Delaware’s practice.

If you aren’t familiar with the series, I think you could pick this up to read as a stand alone but you’d be missing out. As a long time fan,  I enjoyed Killer, zipping through it in a couple of hours, happy to catch up with old friends and lose myself in a new case.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 14:41:33

    I do love the Alex Delaware character, but haven’t read one of these books in awhile. This one sounds good, as I, too, like the child psychologist in him. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. stacybuckeye
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 12:59:02

    I read thfirst 5 or 6 of this series many moons ago and have always intended to go back to it. Maybe this is the year!

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