Alex Delaware is a psychologist. He's been working for years with the LAPD as a consultant with his good friend Detective Milo Sturgis. Together they've solved many a crime by combining their talents.
A young woman is found dead in her home in unusual circumstances. But the DVD found next to her ratchets up the stakes even more. Elise was a teacher at a private prep school. On the DVD she claims she was emotionally and physically abused for the last year and half - by other teachers at the school.
As Milo and Alex delve into the case, they are hampered in their efforts by both City Hall, the police department and the wealthy parents of the students at the school. What is going on and how far does the deception go?
I always enjoy this series - I've read every one. I have no doubt that I will enjoy the read every time I pick up the latest. The plotting is good and current - this type of allegation has been in the headlines. Earlier novels featured more of Alex being a psychologist and actually working with patients. Recurring characters such as Robin seem to be an obligatory entry in this novel. The focus in Deception is more on Milo and the machinations of the political and police departments. The quick witted banter between Milo and Alex is entertaining. Did I enjoy it - yes. Is it one of the better books in the series - in my opinion, no. But that certainly won't stop me from picking up the next one.