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New York Times best seller

Psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis search for answers to a brutal, decades-old crime in this electrifying psychological thriller from the master of suspense.

LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a master detective. He has a near-perfect solve rate, and he’s written his own rule book. Some of those successes - the toughest ones - have involved his best friend, the brilliant Psychologist Alex Delaware. But Milo doesn’t call Alex in unless cases are "different". This murder warrants an immediate call. Milo’s independence has been compromised as never before, as the department pressures him to cater to the demands of a mogul: a hard-to-fathom, mega-rich young woman who is obsessed with reopening the coldest of cases - the decades-old death of the mother she never knew. 

The facts describe a likely loser: a mysterious woman found with a bullet in her head in a torched Cadillac that has overturned on infamously treacherous Mulholland Drive. No physical evidence, no witnesses, no apparent motive. And a slew of detectives have already worked the case and failed. But as Delaware and Sturgis begin digging, the mist begins to lift. Too many coincidences. Facts turn out to be anything but. And as they soon discover, very real threats lurking in the present.

This is Delaware/Sturgis at their best: traversing the beautiful but forbidding place known as Los Angeles and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.

©2021 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Another Kellerman Gem

I find Kellerman's books are all well written containing numerous surprise endings, and entertaining characters. His detailed descriptions of virtually every character introduced put you right in the conversations each time with a mind's eye view. This book is no exception, and the audio presentation (very well done) only enhances the overall result. A very good read.

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Loved it

I was waiting for this book and was not disappointed thank you Jonathan and the narrator again as excellent on of my favourite of both

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  • Me
  • 2021-02-16

John Rubinstein makes a great story even better.

I cannot longer separate Milo's voice from Rubinstein in my mind. He inhabits the character that well. Kellerman never disappoints, but John Rubinstein takes it to another level. Sort of like we are sitting around a pub and he's just telling me a tale.

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  • 2021-02-09

interesting story & top-notch narration

The story held my interest until the end. Builds suspense. Enjoyed it and the narration.

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Good book

This was a good book but I have enjoyed other Alex Delaware novels more. This was set so far in the past, I found it harder to follow.

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  • 2021-02-06

Loved it!!! I can't wait for next.

Like always...loved it!!! Milo and Alex never let me down for a great read. Now it's the waiting game.. for the next book!

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 2021-02-06

Kellerman and Rubinstein, never disappoint

I am not sure which I enjoy more, the story, or the characters. Either way if you are a fan of the series, this edition will be well worth a credit and a lovely way to tune out the news of the day, and get through this pandemic.

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  • Richard Edwards
  • 2021-02-06

jonathan kellerman at it again!

ive been a kellerman fan for years! as this is kellerman at his finest! side note to the author: make sure nothing too bad happens to milo’s heart, as alluded to? amazing story line as well. i couldn’t stop listening! i love the plot twists! Dudley Do nothing, was an awesome character!!! and i loved the ending. very appropriate!

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  • Joan A. Busby
  • 2021-02-06

my favorite narrator

Kellerman's mysteries are excellent but Rubinstein's narration brings the characters to life so well I feel like these are my dear friends. Can't wait to listen to their latest adventure.

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  • Marcia L. Faerber
  • 2021-02-11

Love John Rubinstein

As always, love a good Jonathan Kellerman but the narrator makes the book. Perfect pair.

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  • Deborah
  • 2021-02-06

Thank you for another great Alex Delaware novel!

Jonathan Kellerman’s novels are consistently wonderful — book after book, year after year. This book is no exception. The plot is interesting, the characters engaging, and the writing is great. As always. I can’t think of another author who has had a series that has maintained such high quality for so many books. Each is a gem!

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  • Leigh Neely
  • 2021-02-06

I love these two guys

Another fantastic adventure with Milo and Alex. A cold case that has been worked for years with no results is forced in Milo. In his intrepid way, he starts peeling the onion and making discoveries. Great story.

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  • Pam
  • 2021-02-06

kept me guessing

Jonathan Kellerman does not disappoint! loved it... John Rubinstein is perfect! can't wait for the next one!

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  • Cynthia Kouskolekas
  • 2021-02-21

Alex and Milo's Impending Retirement

First, let me say that the first Audible book I ever listened to was Kellerman's "Survival of the Fittest", and I was hooked! Now, sadly, it appears that it is time for me to say goodbye to Alex and Milo.
Kellerman's books have become predictable, and somewhat, boring. Is it just me, or is Alex Delaware becoming a bit of a narcissist? I mean...he is always one or two steps ahead of Milo....making Milo look more and more inept. Alex's character loves to let the reader know that - not only is he wiser than Milo but - he is healthier, wealthier, and has lots more sex with his partner, Robin (the perfect woman, btw).
Now, let's discuss the Narrator...or not! This was, no doubt, the worst narration of a Kellerman book that I have listened to. I mean...Milo's accent was horrible! I feel like a jilted fan...but everything must come to an end at some point.

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  • Judy Schafe -Runge
  • 2021-02-14

Mixed feelings

I used to like this author, but I’m having trouble with the overload of description in his last couple of books. All that minute detail, I find myself zoning out and waiting for the story to return. A good story but too much filler.

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