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Dr. Death by Jonathan Kellerman
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I like the voices of the characters in Kellerman's books, and the writing and dialogue are far better than the average entry in this genre. Action and detail pile on constantly in a suspenseful way. However, in this particular book, Kellerman takes preachy tendencies to an extreme. These tones are present in most of his mysteries, but they are extreme enough in this novel to slow down the reading. It's not thought-provoking: it's annoying. ( )
  ijustgetbored | May 26, 2017 |
okay mystery — Alex Delaware

To some, Eldon Mate was evil personified. Others saw the former physician as a saint. But one thing was clear: Dr. Death had snuffed out the lives of dozens of human beings and now someone had turned him into a victim. When Mate is found mutilated in a rented van, harnessed to his own killing machine, Delaware is asked to aid his old friend, homicide cop Milo Sturgis, in the hunt for the death doctor's executioner. But Alex harbors secrets of his own that threaten to derail the partners' friendship as well as the increasingly complex investigation.
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  christinejoseph | Jul 15, 2016 |
Dr. Eldon Mate, better known as "Dr. Death", helps with the aid of killing terminally ill people, but when he is found butchered in his "DEATH" van, Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware are called onto the case to find out who killed the killer. As Delaware and Sturgis begin looking into the dark corners of the late"Dr. Death's" life they find any number of suspects...from relatives of those he killed, to his own family members.

Jonathan Kellerman expertly educates and entertains the reader in the worlds of crime and psychology. He has advanced the police procedural by adding the interesting but often misunderstood applied field of psychology,i.e. psychotherapy. Dr. Death may not be his best but it still very good and definitely worth reading. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I enjoyed it. I thought it was good.
I love Jonathan Kellerman. I have nothing but positive and good things to say about him :-) ( )
  Adrianne_p | Nov 19, 2013 |
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Dr. Eldon Mate, a.k.a. Dr. Death, has been the bane of the Los Angeles D.A.'s existence, the bête noir of all opposed to assisted suicide, and the angel of mercy to countless "travelers" who have gone to their reward via Mate's good offices. He's also turned up in the back of his van, attached to his own death-dealing "Humanitron" machine and too far away from most of his blood and a certain external organ.

Enter Milo Sturgis, L.A.'s only openly gay homicide detective, and for the 14th time in 15 years (1985's Edgar-winning When the Bough Breaks through 1999's Monster), enter also his good friend, child psychologist and LAPD consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Unbeknownst to Sturgis, however, is a potentially case-stymieing doctor-patient conflict of interest. One of Delaware's young patients' mother was either the beneficiary or victim of Dr. Death's services, depending upon your point of view. The father, Richard Doss, is firmly in the latter camp, giving Delaware ample pause:

After hearing the details of the murder, I felt better. The butchery didn't seem like Richard's style. Though how sure of that could I be? Richard hadn't disclosed any more about himself than he'd wanted to. In control, always in control. One of those people who crowds every room he enters. Maybe that had been part of what led his wife to seek out Eldon Mate.
Maybe. But the fact is that there's no shortage of motivated suspects from both within and without the late doctor's circle of influence. And as usual, Jonathan Kellerman (himself a child psychologist and recognized authority in childhood psycho-pathology) guides Delaware's engaging first-person narrative with expertise, keeps Detective Sturgis real, and rudders his taut story to its satisfying end with sharp, true-to-the-ear dialogue. With Dr. Death, Kellerman's legion of Delaware fans will be very well pleased, and first-timers will almost certainly join the legion. --Michael Hudson

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LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis and his friend, psychologist Alex Delaware try to find the murderer of a physician known for his work in assisted suicide.

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