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Night Moves (Alex Delaware 33) by Jonathan…

Night Moves (Alex Delaware 33) (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Jonathan Kellerman (Author)

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Title:Night Moves (Alex Delaware 33)
Authors:Jonathan Kellerman (Author)
Info:Ballantine Books (2018), 416 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:2018/01, psychological fiction, detective fiction, edelweiss

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Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman (2018)



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You really can't go wrong with an Alex Delaware novel :-)
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  Adrianne_p | Jun 4, 2018 |
Alex Delaware, a psychiatrist, was frequently called upon by Los Angeles homicide detective Milo Sturgis to assist in solving especially gruesome and thorny murders. In NIGHT MOVES, he was called to a house where the family came home from dinner and discovered the mutilated body of a man in the father’s den/office. While there were no signs of a struggle or even the expected blood splatters, the man’s face was unrecognizable and his hands had been amputated. Identification would, therefore, be very difficult. A major question was why was the body in that location?
As Alex joined in the interviews with the family members–father, mother, seventeen-year-old daughter, and thirteen-year-old son–he quickly determined that their family dynamics were very strange and hostile. The father paid no attention to the children while the mother refused to let the police talk to them. The children’s bickering went beyond that seen in a “normal” family.
The houses in the neighborhood were expensive and the people were not at all friendly with each other. As he talked with some of them to find out what they might have seen, a few mentioned one of the residents was unusually strange. He was a famous cartoonist whose cartoons were on the twisted side and he did not talk to any of the neighbors, even refusing to acknowledge their friendly greetings. He would not answer the door when the police first came to his house and later refused to talk to them.
As the story progressed, there are other murders and Alex and Milo tried valiantly to find a link between them. The hunt for both the identity of the first victim as well as finding the killer or killers took them to several areas of southern California. The story had as many twists as did the roads they traveled to reach them.
NIGHT MOVES was a fast read though it did drag a bit in the middle. The last quarter of the book made up for that as more characters are introduced and some people prove to not be who Alex and Milo thought they were.
Once again, Jonathan Kellerman proves that it is possible to write an excellent crime novel without including descriptive sexuality or crude language. Unfortunately, too many of the chapters are unnecessarily short. ( )
  Judiex | Mar 17, 2018 |
This installment of the Delaware/Sturgis saga was a disappointment. The previous entry in the series ("Heartbreak Hotel") revived my interest in the series after several uninspiring entries. But "Night Moves" goes back to what was bothering me about the series -- a black pessimism, plots that get difficult to follow, and characterization that does not adequately differentiate one-time characters. I suppose I shall continue to read the Kellerman books. I loved the early books in the series, and I still like the dog. But I also suppose I shall continue to wonder why I read them now. ( )
  annbury | Mar 17, 2018 |
Good book. Always like this series. ( )
  gail616 | Mar 14, 2018 |
This was a great series right from the very beginning with Book #1 back in 1985. The characters of Police Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and psychiatrist Alex Delaware blended perfectly to create stories that were not only well done but entertaining and left the reader wanting more. Offering #33 brings suspenseful situations with a headless body with the hands also missing along with plenty of different takes as to how the case may go. In a nutshell...it's Kellerman at his best ( )
  Carol420 | Mar 4, 2018 |
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"Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve alone. That's when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the darkest motives lurk. And if ever the good doctor's insight is needed, it's at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal. There's no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim's missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family's home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. And yet their cooperation seems oddly guarded. But even the Corvins' thin response is more than Milo and Alex can elicit from their creepy next-door neighbor, a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude. As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips. And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest, and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets, a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there's enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins"--… (more)

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