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A Cold Heart by Jonathan Kellerman
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A Cold Heart (2003)

by Jonathan Kellerman

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This was not one of the best Alex Delaware books but I still enjoyed it. Petra makes another appearance in this book with a new partner Eric. Alex is with a new love interest and Robin is living with a new man. Lots to complicate their personal lives.

There are several murders in and around the LA area as well as others around the country that Alex thinks might be related. Petra is trying to solve one, Milo another and others have given up on some of theirs or put them down to things like drugs. There are many heads required to solve this one. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
Jonathan Kellerman is a master at creating psychologically nuanced novels of suspense—an author whose name is synonymous with unrelenting action, intriguing plot twists, and penetrating insight into the criminal mind. Now he ventures into bold, new territory with his biggest and best novel yet. ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 27, 2015 |
Juliet Kipper, a gifted painter, is strangled in the LA gallery where her first solo show has opened to critical acclaim, and Milo Sturgis takes on the murder investigation as a favour to an old friend. He consults Alex Delaware, who, researching parallels with other deaths, looks for artists killed when on the verge of a breakthrough or comeback. And he finds two others. A few weeks earlier, blues player Edgar Michael 'Baby Boy' Lee was stabbed just after finishing his set at The Snakepit. The remains of China Maranga, a punk singer, were found by the Hollywood sign a month after her disappearance three years ago. And Alex discovers both were clients of Robin Castagna, his ex-lover. The investigation points to a gruesome, sadistic pattern of death, taking Milo and Alex into the dark side of the art world, and Robin into terrible danger.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
I hadn't read an Alex Delaware novel in over 18 months. I found all my old favorites characters : Milo, Rick and some new ones. I especially liked Petra (and found out that Kellerman wrote a novel with her character as the lead). It's more a transition novel for the characters. Alex finally puts his relationship with Robin behind. Milo is settling in his new office digs. The plot is interested and twisted. It's a good mind twister with a lot of threads dangling in the wind. I got it mid way but only because I'm a mystery addict and I pounder every single way the plot can go while reading. A good summer read. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Aug 25, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
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To the music men:

Larry Brown, Rob Carlson, Ben Elder, Wayne Griffith, George Gruhn, John Monteleone, Gregg Miner, John Silva, Tom Van Hoose, Larry Wexer.

And to the memory of Michael Katz.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345452569, Mass Market Paperback)

In Cold Heart, the latest thriller from bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, Dr. Alex Delaware picks up on clues missed even by his closest friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis. Leave it to this canny shrink to figure out that the only thing two otherwise unconnected murder victims have in common (they're both artists making comebacks after early career burnouts) may hold the key to their deaths. Even for Alex, this unlikely link is a stretch, especially since Baby Boy Lee was stabbed outside a nightclub and Julie Kipper was bludgeoned in the bathroom of an art gallery. But when a concert pianist dies on the eve of his greatest triumph, Alex is sure that the murders are not only the work of the same killer but also connected to the unsolved slayings of a Boston ballerina and an L.A. rock singer. By an even greater coincidence, two of the victims were tangentially involved with Alex's former lover, Robin Castagna, which provides the good doctor a few well placed paragraphs to ruminate on what went wrong in their romance as well as rescue her from the serial murderer who's targeted her as his next victim.

As usual, Kellerman manages to make even a far-fetched plot like this one ring true, but after 17 Alex Delaware mysteries, his series protagonist holds few surprises for the reader, who longs for something to shake Dr. D. out of his smooth complacency. Losing Robin didn't do it--maybe the new woman in Alex's life will. --Jane Adams

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LAPD homicide detective tries to stop a vicious psychopath who's made cold-blood murder his chosen art form.

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