Tuesday, April 25, 2006

GONE by Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman, GONE: An Alex Delaware Novel (Ballantine Books, 2006).

In Gone, his 20th Alex Delaware novel, Jonathan Kellerman snatches your attention and holds it hostage until the last sentence.

Coaxed by her boyfriend and fellow actor Dylan Meserve, Michaela Brand stages her own kidnapping to garner attention for her fledgling career. The hoax is uncovered and the actors prosecuted. Michaela's public defender refers her to psychologist Alex Delaware for evaluation. When the actress later turns up dead, Delaware teams up once again with homicide detective Milo Sturgis to solve the crime. Their investigation leads them to the bizarre "school" where Michaela and Dylan studied their craft. Was Michaela murdered by her boyfriend, their wealthy and neurotic acting coach, or the school's janitor, a convicted Peeping Tom?

Jonathan Kellerman

You might also enjoy works by Stephen White. His protagonist is Dr. Alan Gregory, a clinical psychologist from Boulder, Colorado.

Psycho Killer Booklist from Overbooked.org
Psychological Suspense Crime Fiction Booklist from Overbooked.org

For you consideration:
I was engrossed by this mystery. It was suspenseful, but didn't seem like much of a "psychological thriller." Kellerman fans, do you agree? What defines a good psycho-thriller?

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Booklist recently published its compilation of the Year's Best Crime Novels

The following titles from the list are owned by the Memphis Public Library (as of 5/4/06):

Blunt, Giles. Black Fly Season.
Arvin, Reed. Blood of Angels.
Box, C. J. Out of Range.
Hewson, David. The Sacred Cut.
Burke, James Lee. Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel.
Beaton, M. C. Death of a Dreamer.
James, P. D. The Lighthouse.
King, Laurie R. Locked Rooms: A Mary Russell Novel.
Hawke, Richard. Speak of the Devil.
Twelve Hawks, John. The Traveler.
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