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City of the Dead

by Jonathan Kellerman

Series: Alex Delaware (37)

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The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense. Los Angeles is a city of sunlight, celebrity, and possibility. The L.A. often experienced by Homicide Lt. Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware, is a city of the dead.   Early one morning, the two of them find themselves in a neighborhood of pretty houses, pretty cars, and pretty people. The scene they encounter is anything but. A naked young man lies dead in the street, the apparent victim of a collision with a moving van hurtling through suburbia in the darkness. But any thoughts of accidental death vanish when a blood trail leads to a nearby home.   Inside, a young woman lies butchered. The identity of the male victim and his role in the horror remain elusive, but that of the woman creates additional questions. And adding to the shock, Alex has met her while working a convoluted child custody case. Cordelia Gannett was a self-styled internet influencer who'd gotten into legal troubles by palming herself off as a psychologist. Even after promising to desist, she's found a loophole and has continued her online career, aiming to amass clicks and ads by cyber-coaching and cyber-counseling people plagued with relationship issues.   But upon closer examination, Alex and Milo discover that her own relationships are troublesome, including a tortured family history and a dubious personal past. Has that come back to haunt her in the worst way? Is the mystery man out in the street collateral damage or will he turn out to be the key to solving a grisly double homicide? As the psychologist and the detective explore L.A.'s meanest streets, they peel back layer after layer of secrets and encounter a savage, psychologically twisted, almost unthinkable motive for violence and bloodshed.   This is classic Delaware: Alex, a man Milo has come to see as irreplaceable, at his most insightful and brilliant.… (more)
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Good twists and turns.. nice characters but... Light. ( )
  Brumby18 | Jun 9, 2022 |
Some of the Alex Delaware novel plots are pretty farfetched, and this is no exception. However, I almost believe this one more because the connections are based in a chance collision between Alex's professional lives, and less on a what-if riff. Still, glad to be back with the crew, witness healing in action, and it's always an interesting plot-twisting ride.

Advanced Reader's Copy Provided by Edelweiss. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I always enjoy Jonathan Kellerman's books! I've been listening to them on audio at bedtime and this one kept me awake much longer than expected! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Apr 4, 2022 |
When social influencer Cordelia Gannett ends up dead, Alex Delaware is called into the investigation by Milo to provide psychological insight into the crime. Cordelia is someone Alex had encountered before presenting herself as a psychologist in a custody case, making the situation that much more strange. When bodies start piling up, things get more and more confusing for Milo and Alex to work out. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Feb 24, 2022 |
City of the Dead begins with a bit of misdirection as we follow a couple of movers as they go about their job just long enough to think one of them is going to be the murderer or the victim when suddenly they hit something. A deer, they think, but when they get out to look, they discover the body of a naked man. And so begins the 37th Alex Delaware novel by Jonathan Kellerman.

Homicide Detective Milo Sturgis invites Alex along and a second body is discovered just down the street making the man’s death look less like an accident and perhaps a murder or maybe the murderer was run over while fleeing. Forensics show the man was murdered as well and the story focuses in on the woman and identifying the man.

The victim is someone Alex knows from a few years back, a woman who tried to testify in a custody case, but she was a fake. She has become an internet influencer/podcast therapist, though and had been doing well before being murdered. The investigation looks at her family and past relationships for clues. There are multiple red herrings and dead herrings, too.

Meanwhile, Alex is also dealing with a seriously rude lawyer who wants him to get to work on a custody case.

There comes a time in every series when it is time to start thinking of moving on and letting the characters ride off into the sunset. I think it might be time for Alex, Milo, Robin, and the gang to live happily ever after. To resolve this mystery took far too much coincidence to resolve. Alex seemed more detached than usual and altogether too perfect. Kellerman is a good writer, so City of the Dead kept me intrigued and reading as fast as I could, but in the end, I was left with a stale cookie of a book.

I received an e-galley of City of the Dead from the publisher through NetGalley

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The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense. Los Angeles is a city of sunlight, celebrity, and possibility. The L.A. often experienced by Homicide Lt. Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware, is a city of the dead.   Early one morning, the two of them find themselves in a neighborhood of pretty houses, pretty cars, and pretty people. The scene they encounter is anything but. A naked young man lies dead in the street, the apparent victim of a collision with a moving van hurtling through suburbia in the darkness. But any thoughts of accidental death vanish when a blood trail leads to a nearby home.   Inside, a young woman lies butchered. The identity of the male victim and his role in the horror remain elusive, but that of the woman creates additional questions. And adding to the shock, Alex has met her while working a convoluted child custody case. Cordelia Gannett was a self-styled internet influencer who'd gotten into legal troubles by palming herself off as a psychologist. Even after promising to desist, she's found a loophole and has continued her online career, aiming to amass clicks and ads by cyber-coaching and cyber-counseling people plagued with relationship issues.   But upon closer examination, Alex and Milo discover that her own relationships are troublesome, including a tortured family history and a dubious personal past. Has that come back to haunt her in the worst way? Is the mystery man out in the street collateral damage or will he turn out to be the key to solving a grisly double homicide? As the psychologist and the detective explore L.A.'s meanest streets, they peel back layer after layer of secrets and encounter a savage, psychologically twisted, almost unthinkable motive for violence and bloodshed.   This is classic Delaware: Alex, a man Milo has come to see as irreplaceable, at his most insightful and brilliant.

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