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Devil's Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman

Devil's Waltz (1992)

by Jonathan Kellerman

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Series: An Alex Delaware Novel (7)

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sick child, Munchausen theory - someone makes child sick for attention - good

Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him that one of them may be a monster.
  christinejoseph | Feb 2, 2016 |
Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman
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Over the course of eighteen months, young Cassie Jones has spent her life in and out of Western Pediatrics Hospital. Her doctors are baffled as they can find no underlying causes to her episodes of breathing troubles, gastric distress and seizures. Finally, her primary care physician calls in Alex Delaware, a psychologist as a consult. Alex’s instinct tells him the problems may not be medical but rather the result of outside interference with the likely suspects being Cassie’s parents, Chip and Cindy Jones. And the more time he spends at the hospital he becomes aware of an institution that is harboring its own secrets, long time employees leaving in droves, the security is enforced like a police state, a staff that is completely demoralized. Then, even as Cassie suffers another setback, a physician is brutally murdered. Alex turns to his police detective friend, Milo Sturgis, to help him seek answers to the many questions that keep popping up.

While this book is part of a series starring Alex Delaware, it stood well by itself. There were interesting discussions regarding a possible psychological syndrome that was responsible for Cassie’s ill health. It became a little more convoluted as to the happenings in the hospital and its troubles. And I lost some interest in reading that. All in all, it was a decent read and I would consider reading others in the series if I happen to come across them.

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  punxsygal | Jan 16, 2016 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Well, what to say about this one? I liked it better than 'bad love', but not as much as the first book I read by Kellerman. To me, the adventures of Alex Delaware are getting boring. There's a problem, he's called for help and, no matter what, he always solves it. I know that is the 'recipe' for most detectives / thrillers, but a step or two outside the ordinary path's lines wouldn't hurt, in my opinion. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
Interesting read. ( )
  magentaflake | Aug 1, 2012 |
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Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold.

—Alfred, Lord Tennyson
To my son, Jesse, a gentleman and a scholar.
Special thanks to Reuben Eagle, Allan Marder, Yuki Novick, Michael Samet, Dennis Payne, and Harry Weisman, M.D.
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It was a place of fear and myth, home of miracles and the worst kind of failure.
"The Tujunga detective—a gal, actually, named Dunn—said Vicki was home when it happened, watching TV in the next room."

—Reference to Marge Dunn, a character in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mysteries written by Faye Kellerman.
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The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the  terrifying disease that causes parents to induce  illness in their own children. Now, in his most  frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove  that a child's own mother or father is making her  sick.

Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones  is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet  her parents rush her to the emergency room night  after night with medical symptoms no doctor can  explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and  deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of  devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex  Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him  that one of them may be a monster.

Then  a physician at the hospital is brutally murdered.  A shadowy death is revealed. And Alex and his  friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis have only hours  to uncover the link between these shocking events  and the fate of an innocent child.

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Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright and energetic. But over the past 18 months Cassie has been rushed to Western Pediatric Medical Center with alarming frequency. Each time her pediatrician fails to come up with a diagnosis and finally calls in Dr. Alex Delaware. Instinct tells him that someone is deliberately making Cassie ill, and the prime suspects are the parents. But Alex also realizes that something disturbing is going on in the hospital itself. And presiding over the demoralized doctors and the grim atmosphere is a financial wizard who is also Cassie's grandfather. Then a staff physician is murdered, and Alex rushes to identify the link between the shadowy machinations at Western Peds and the fate of a child before another innocent life is lost.… (more)

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