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Flesh and Blood (2001)

by Jonathan Kellerman

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Flesh and Blood isn't an outstanding novel, but it is a decent novel.

It has all the elements of a good murder mystery/'who dunnit' without any of the gaping plot holes that some other novels of late have included.

Essentially a young woman turns up dead whose past is less than innocent involving prostitution & stripping. As the story develops a number of possible motives emerge along with a number of possible suspects, none quiet fitting the bill. Then the second half of the story frames the underlying plot developments, a few more bodies emerge and the story hones in on those responsible in a climatic main plot ending, after which the novel continues a little to resolve all of the secondary plots.

Enjoyable read. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Sep 21, 2013 |
When Alex Delaware first saw Lauren Teague she was a sullen teenager with the usual problems: bad grades at school, moody, uncommunicative with her parents which is why they thought she needed to see a psychologist. Then years later, a shock: at a bachelor party for a fellow doctor, Delaware finds himself uncomfortably watching two strippers going through a degrading display – and one of them is Lauren Teague. And now her mother is pleading for help once again. Lauren has disappeared – and she thinks Delaware can find her. He's not so sure – but when her disappearance turns into a murder investigation, he knows he owes it to the dead girl to find out what demons drove her to such a horrifying end
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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  jsharvison | Sep 23, 2011 |
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  jsharvison | Sep 23, 2011 |
Flesh and Blood has all of the elements required for a good murder mystery, mostly believable characters, a number of suspects emerge and fade, until the real baddie appears with powerful motives and the bodies begin to pile up. The essential twist in the tail comes not with the revelation of the murderer but with the consequent rehabilitation of previous suspects and surprising bloodline connections. The plot veers between seedy low life and seedy high life with the occasional unlikely segue but that can be forgiven as I found this to be an enjoyable, well structured and nicely paced thriller. ( )
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Psychologist Alex Delaware hasn't been in private practice for a long time, but when the mother of a former patient calls and asks for his help, he can't turn her down. He couldn't help Lauren Teague when she was alive, but something about his failure with the beautiful, sullen teenager who grew up to be a high-priced call girl won't let him walk away after her bullet-ridden body turns up in an L.A. dumpster. When she wasn't turning tricks, she was a straight-A student; despite his detective pal Milo's demurral, Alex is convinced there's a connection between Lauren's death and another beautiful UCLA psych major who disappeared a year earlier. With his customary skill and compassion, Jonathan Kellerman draws us deep into Lauren's complicated life, from a university campus to a Malibu estate owned by a wealthy publisher of soft-core porn (who bears a distinct resemblance to the pajama-clad mogul who made a small white bunny famous).

Kellerman's last couple of books have been a bit disappointing, but here the bestselling author is writing up to the high standard he set in his earlier ones. With solid plotting, well-realized characterizations, and a strong narrative drive, Flesh and Blood delivers the real goods on every page. --Jane Adams

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Psychologist-detective Alex Delaware is forced to confront his own fallibility after the brutal murder of a troubled and elusive teenaged client.

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