Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman

In the spirit of reading series books as standalones, I begin my journey with Alex Delaware. Guilt is #28 in the Alex Delaware series.  I haven't read any of Jonathan Kellerman's novels prior to this so I'm always hopeful this will be a great introduction to an extremely popular author. I have actually read a book by Jesse Kellerman, who is the son of Jonathan Kellerman, named Trouble. Now I get to see what the father can do. Obviously Kellerman (senior) is a seasoned author with a large fan base or else how did this series make it to #28? I look forward to seeing why he's one of the nations bestseller's.

Synopsis:  A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.

Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.

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