Perennial bestseller and acknowledged master of the psychological thriller, Jonathan Kellerman has created a riveting and memorable Alex Delaware novel about a troubled and elusive young woman whose brutal murder forces the brilliant psychologist-detective to confront his own fallibility. Lauren Teague is a beautiful, defiant, borderline-delinquent teenager when her parents bring her to Alex Delaware's office. But for all Alex's skill and effort, Lauren resists-angrily, provocatively. Reluctantly, the psychologist chalks Lauren up as one of the inevitable failures of a challenging profession. But years later, when Alex encounters Lauren as a stag party's featured entertainment, both doctor and patient are sticken with shame. And the ultimate horror takes place when, soon after, Lauren's brutalized corpse is found dumped in an alley. Alex disregards the advice of his trusted friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, and jeopardizes his relationship with longtime lover, Robin Castagna, in order to pursue Lauren's murderer. As he investigates his young patient's troubled past, Alex enters the shadowy worlds of fringe psychological experimentation and the sex industry, and then into mortal danger when lust and big money collide in Southern California. Jonathan Kellerman's L.A. is evil, seductive, and unforgiving, and Flesh and Blood is mind-opening in its drama of a driven man's personal quest, breathtaking in its ingenious plot, filled with unforgettable characters, and topped off by a terrifying climax. This is suspense fiction at its finest.
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by Jonathan Kellerman
"Kellerman is in top form in this densely plotted tale of child psychologist Alex Delaware and his friend, Detective Milo Sturgis. Ten years earlier, Delaware had been unable to help Lauren Teague, then a 15-year-old. After a more recent encounter (which leaves them both overwhelmed by guilt and shame), Lauren's body is found in a dumpster. Alex feels compelled to find her killer, no matter the personal cost. John Rubinstein's performance is like listening to a full-cast recording. Each character is fully developed, distinctive, and immediately identifiable. Rubinstein makes Alex's quandary understandable and poignant, and his sandpapery voice gives Sturgis a surprising vulnerability. The dialogue is crisp, the situations fraught with danger. Each chapter brings shocking revelations. More than a story of dysfunctional families and maladjusted personalities, the novel is an examination of our darker natures. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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