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Complusion by Jonathan Kellerman
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Complusion (2008)

by Jonathan Kellerman

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Series: Alex Delaware (22)

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Another great offering from a master in psychological-themed thrillers, this book delves into the a shape shifter and seemingly unconnected murders. It features Alex Delaware and a newly-healed Milo Sturgis, and starts with a tipsy twit who thought her other friend was going to be the designated driver for the evening.

Then there is a financial genius who mentions his luxury car was stolen but returned, and a request by a condemned death row inmate who can offer the whereabouts for a missing 15 year old young man, and you have threads and twists of those threads that kept my attention riveted.

What I like about Kellerman's writing is how well and compassionately he draws his characters. Yes, Alex and Milo are able to pull all-nighters and speak in coherent sentences the next day, which is a trademark of any detective fiction, but throw in a whiny son and a sex-changed prostitute and a potential suspect who seems to disappear and re-appear at will, and I found myself reading "just one more" to find out what, really, was going to happen next. ( )
  threadnsong | May 4, 2017 |
Review: “Compulsion” by Jonathan Kellerman. It started out slow then flowed smoothly up to the slow drawn out ending. I feel this wasn’t one of Jonathan Kellerman’s best but still a good read.

It started out with a missing young girl which led to a stolen Bentley. Then the story moves on to a witness claiming a man about the age of 40, getting out of a luxurious Mercedes ran up to an older lady and murdered her while she was walking out into her driveway to retrieve her morning newspaper. As the psychologist/detective Alex Delaware begins his investigation on these two incidents he also has a sixteen year old unsolved mystery of a young teenage boy disappearing while selling magazines house to house re-opened that he was working on.

The story reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes book. Interesting, intriguing, suspense, and having a mastermind put together all the connections and confusion of disguises and compulsions……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Clearly this author is not for me. Many people like him but this book fell flat for me. I had a really hard time staying interested and finishing this book. ( )
  add_dragon | Mar 26, 2016 |
A good thriller. I liked the end about the dot.com guy. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jan 23, 2016 |
Several seemingly unrelated murders tied together loosely, initially only by the fact that the killer seems to like extravagant black cars. Despite this being an abridged audio, I felt that it flowed fairly well, with the exception of a rather quick & tidy ending.

Despite the lukewarm reviews for this one, I enjoyed it -- certainly enough to read more of Jonathan Kellerman and his Alex Delaware series. ( )
  indygo88 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345465288, Mass Market Paperback)

Once again, the depths of the criminal mind and the darkest side of a glittering city fuel #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s brilliant storytelling. And no one conducts a more harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr. Alex Delaware.

A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night. A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer’s use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware.

What begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well-heeled center of L.A. society to its desperate edges; across the paths of commodities brokers and transvestite hookers; and as far away as New York City, where the search thaws out a long-cold case and exposes a grotesque homicidal crusade. The killer proves to be a fleeting shape-shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death–and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness.


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LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware must solve a series of murders involving the use of expensive black automobiles at the scene of the crimes. And what does a child missing for sixteen years have to do with their search for the perpetrator?… (more)

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