Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Deception - Jonathan Kellerman

Deception is the 25th (!) novel in Jonathan Kellerman's hugely successful Alex Delaware series.

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.

Read an excerpt.

Kellerman is the husband of Faye Kellerman who writes a very good recurring police series as well. And their son Jesse Kellerman is also a thriller author.


Anonymous said...

I've read this serires for many years also. I've kind of been hit and miss in catching up in the last few years. This one sounds like one I would like to read. Thanks for sharing!

bermudaonion said...

Wow, I can't believe that series has been around that long and I've never read a single book in it.

Jeanne said...

I've also followed this series for years; I just picked up the one that came out in paperback to take with me to a car repair place. Jonathan Kellerman never fails to entertain me.

Pamela said...

This one sounds good! I've read all the books in the series so far. Some have been better than others but I've always found all of them interesting.