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Jonathan Kellerman - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher's Theatre, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children's books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.

Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico. Their four children include the novelists Jesse Kellerman and Aliza Kellerman.

Featured books by Jonathan Kellerman

Killer

Killer

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

The latest addictive thriller from No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense, in his acclaimed series featuring Doctor Alex Delaware. Well-used to elevated emotions, psychologist Alex Delaware shrugs off a joking death threat from beautiful Beverly Hills physician Constance Sykes, whose attempt to secure legal custody of her baby niece is thwarted by Alex's forthright report to the court. Alex plays down the threat until LAPD's Milo Sturgis rushes to his side with the shocking word on the street that a hit's been taken out on him. But while Alex may be in grave danger, it won't be from the Beverley Hills doctor, for Connie is soon discovered brutally slain. When her sister Cherie and the baby disappear, apparently on the run, Alex's search for answers leads him to aged rockers, charming homeboys and even Machiavellian judges. As the darkest of secrets are peel away, and a cruel system churns through family lives, Alex seeks to stop a vicious killer and save a child from a life of nightmares...or worse.

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Guilt

Guilt

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

A couple find the skeleton of a baby as they are renovating their house. It appears to date from World War II. Then another is found in a nearby park which is only a couple of months old. This is Alex Delaware’s 28th mystery. He is a psychologist and is frequently called to help homicide Detective Milo Sturgis. They make an interesting pair, each bringing something different to the table. Here they wonder if they have a copy cat killer, then they come up with some crazy ideas and we have great fun following them in a slow moving tale that is not one of this best, but well worth a read.

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Victims

Victims

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Not since Jack the Ripper terrorised London has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts acid-tongued Vita Berlin had not a friend in the world, but who did she cross so badly to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment turned charnel house is enough for hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon The Crime Reader. But even Alex Delaware's finely honed skills may be stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion ...yet with no apparent connection between the victims. And the only clue left behind--a blank page bearing a question mark. Milo is under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic when he discovers a link between the victims. Meanwhile, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft; and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable - and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. 'This one was different,' Alex observes at the start. This one will haunt The Crime Reader's waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.

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Other books by Jonathan Kellerman

Serpentine

Serpentine

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

The electrifying new Alex Delaware thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense. Ellie Barker is a self-made millionaire by the age of forty, and is obsessed with reopening the coldest of cases: the decades-old death of the mother she never knew. She hires LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help. Twenty-five years ago Ellie's mother was found with a bullet in her head in a torched Cadillac that has overturned on infamously treacherous Mulholland Drive. No physical evidence, no witnesses, no apparent motive. And a slew of detectives have already worked the job and failed. This is a case that calls for the insight of brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. And as he and Sturgis begin digging, the mist begins to lift. There are too many coincidences. Facts turn out to be anything but. And as they soon discover, very real threats are lurking in the present...

Serpentine

Serpentine

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

The electrifying new Alex Delaware thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense. Ellie Barker is a self-made millionaire by the age of forty, and is obsessed with reopening the coldest of cases: the decades-old death of the mother she never knew. She hires LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help. Twenty-five years ago Ellie's mother was found with a bullet in her head in a torched Cadillac that has overturned on infamously treacherous Mulholland Drive. No physical evidence, no witnesses, no apparent motive. And a slew of detectives have already worked the job and failed. This is a case that calls for the insight of brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. And as he and Sturgis begin digging, the mist begins to lift. There are too many coincidences. Facts turn out to be anything but. And as they soon discover, very real threats are lurking in the present...

Bad Love (Alex Delaware series, Book 8)

Bad Love (Alex Delaware series, Book 8)

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2020

BAD LOVE turns murderous in this gripping novel from No. 1 internationally bestselling Jonathan Kellerman, author of KILLER, MOTIVE and BREAKDOWN. 'Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning' (The New York Times Book Review) and the tension of his nail-biting writing is perfect for those who love Harlan Coben and Patricia Cornwell. It starts with a tape delivered to psychologist Alex Delaware's house - a recording of a soul-sickening scream followed by a twisted, childlike voice chanting 'Bad love. Bad love. Don't give me the bad love . . .' Alex heard that phrase a decade ago, at a symposium for Dr Andres de Bosch and his work with troubled teens, why is he hearing it now? Then there are strange phone calls, a horrific act of vandalism and the discovery that other symposium delegates have been murdered. Unless Alex can make sense of the mind games being played he will be next . . .

Motive (Alex Delaware series, Book 30)

Motive (Alex Delaware series, Book 30)

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Alex Delaware returns in a thrilling new case, featuring one of the most devious murderers ever conceived by New York Times No.1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman, author of KILLER and BREAKDOWN. This twisting, unforgettable story is ideal for fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci. '[ Motive ] will even keep genre veterans guessing. . . . The twists are both shocking and logical, and the byplay between the leads entertaining' (Publishers Weekly) Even hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonising over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end - one even psychologist Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case - because there is always a next one. This time the victim is Ursula Corey, a successful, attractive divorcee who's been gunned down - not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of suspect: the dead woman's business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think they're zeroing in on the killer, a bizarre new clue stirs up echoes of the unsolved Hennepin murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the spectre of a serial killer on a mission, whose twisted method is exceeded only by his manipulative and cunning madness.

Deception (Alex Delaware series, Book 25)

Deception (Alex Delaware series, Book 25)

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2020

DECEPTION is at the heart of this shockingly intriguing novel, showing that privilege can be a front for evil. New York Times No. 1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman's books are a must-read for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. DECEPTION is 'all you could ask for in an LA thriller' (Daily Mail). On a DVD found near her lifeless body, Elise Freeman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at a prestigious LA prep school. If ever homicide detective Milo Sturgis could use Dr Alex Delaware's psychological prowess, it's now. From the start, this case promises to be an uphill climb for truth and a down-and-dirty fight for justice. Alex and Milo must penetrate the citadel of wealth and scholarship to expose the dirty secrets and deadly sins festering amongst LA's elite. But power and position are not easily surrendered, and Alex and Milo may well be walking into a highly polished death trap . . .

Private Eyes (Alex Delaware series, Book 6)

Private Eyes (Alex Delaware series, Book 6)

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Complex and compelling, PRIVATE EYES is a formidable thriller from the internationally bestselling Jonathan Kellerman, author of KILLER and BREAKDOWN, and perfect for fans of Harland Coben and Patricia Cornwell. 'A thriller which gives your wits a work-out. Endlessly intriguing; as good as they come' (Literary Review) Psychologist Alex Delaware regards Melissa Dickinson as one of his greatest achievements. A tormented seven year old when she first appeared in his LA surgery, two years on she was fully recovered. Years later, Melissa contacts Alex, desperate for him to help her mother, Gina. Gina was a budding Hollywood starlet until a vicious acid attack left her disfigured. Crippled with fear, Gina has hidden from the world for two decades. But before Alex can help, she disappears. Now Alex is locked in a search leading him into a grotesque labyrinth of hidden histories and desires . . .

Self-Defence (Alex Delaware series, Book 9)

Self-Defence (Alex Delaware series, Book 9)

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

An ingenious and terrifying thriller from New York Times No. 1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman, author of KILLER and BREAKDOWN. An 'absorbing thriller in which Kellerman steers deftly round blind alleys and false clues to arrive at intolerable truths' (Literary Review), perfect for fans of James Patterson and Harlan Coben. Lucy Lowell is traumatised after serving jury duty on the trial of a depraved killer. Horrific images haunt her waking life and at night she's terrorised by the recurring nightmare of a small child watching a terrible scene unfold in a darken wood. Lucy's terrified that she's losing her grip on reality. Her psychologist, Alex Delaware, thinks her dreams are repressed memories of something very real - a very real murder. Alex knows that delving into Lucy's mind might awaken past terrors but nothing could have prepared him for the horrors about to be unleashed.

Breakdown (Alex Delaware series, Book 31)

Breakdown (Alex Delaware series, Book 31)

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Criminal psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware is pushed to his limit like never before in Breakdown by New York Times No.1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman. Fans of Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben will love this sabre-sharp storytelling from the master of psychological suspense. Dr. Alex Delaware first meets beautiful and emotionally fragile actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her young son. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. But tragedy strikes and after her release, Zelda is discovered dead in the grounds of a palatial L.A. Estate, and her son missing. Having experienced more than enough of the city's dark side to recognise the scent of evil, Alex turns to his friend, LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis, for help in finding the perpetrator. And when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighborhood, worry turns to terror. As Alex and Milo unveil each devastating revelation and damning clue, Alex's brilliant mind is challenged as never before - and his determination grows to see a killer caged and the truth set free.

The Museum of Desire

The Museum of Desire

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

__________________________ ONE WILD PARTY. FOUR COUNTS OF MURDER. A mansion in Beverly Hills is leased out to host an event wild enough to herald the end of days. The next day there isn't a living soul to be seen. In the driveway sits a super-stretch limo, unlocked, with four bodies inside it. Nothing links the victims together. Each has been killed in a different way. Now it's up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to begin their grisliest and most baffling case yet. As they struggle to make sense of the mass slaying, they will be forced to confront a level of evil that nothing can prepare them for. Praise for Jonathan Kellerman's New York Times No. 1 bestselling thrillers: 'Sophisticated, cleverly plotted and satisfying' Sunday Telegraph 'High-octane entertainment' The Times 'Exceptionally exciting' New York Times

Lost Souls

Lost Souls

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

The gripping new thriller from multi-bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman and his son, Jesse, features a deputy coroner and a seemingly impossible case set against an atmospheric Californian backdrop. 'Storytelling at its best, I loved it' Kathy Reichs A DETECTIVE UNDER PRESSURE Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is juggling a new baby who won't sleep with working the graveyard shift. For once he's trying to keep things simple. A HAUNTING DISCOVERY When infant remains are found by developers demolishing a local park, a devastating cold case is brought back to light. A DESPERATE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS Clay has barely begun to investigate when he receives a call from a man who thinks the remains could belong to his sister - who went missing fifty years ago. Now Clay is locked in a relentless search that will unearth a web of violence, secrets and betrayal. Because in this town, the past isn't dead. It's very much alive. And it can kill.

Lost Souls

Lost Souls

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

The gripping new thriller from multi-bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman and his son, Jesse, features a deputy coroner and a seemingly impossible case set against an atmospheric Californian backdrop. 'Storytelling at its best, I loved it' Kathy Reichs A DETECTIVE UNDER PRESSURE Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is juggling a new baby who won't sleep with working the graveyard shift. For once he's trying to keep things simple. A HAUNTING DISCOVERY When infant remains are found by developers demolishing a local park, a devastating cold case is brought back to light. A DESPERATE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS Clay has barely begun to investigate when he receives a call from a man who thinks the remains could belong to his sister - who went missing fifty years ago. Now Clay is locked in a relentless search that will unearth a web of violence, secrets and betrayal. Because in this town, the past isn't dead. It's very much alive. And it can kill.

The Museum of Desire

The Museum of Desire

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

__________________________ ONE WILD PARTY. FOUR COUNTS OF MURDER. A mansion in Beverly Hills is leased out to host an event wild enough to herald the end of days. The next day there isn't a living soul to be seen. But in the driveway sits a super-stretch limo, unlocked, with four bodies inside it. Nothing links the victims together. Each has been killed in a different way. Now it's up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to begin their grisliest and most baffling case yet. As they struggle to make sense of the mass slaying, they will be forced to confront a level of evil that nothing can prepare them for.

The Museum of Desire

The Museum of Desire

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2020

__________________________ ONE WILD PARTY. FOUR COUNTS OF MURDER. A mansion in Beverly Hills is leased out to host an event wild enough to herald the end of days. The next day there isn't a living soul to be seen. But in the driveway sits a super-stretch limo, unlocked, with four bodies inside it. Nothing links the victims together. Each has been killed in a different way. Now it's up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to begin their grisliest and most baffling case yet. As they struggle to make sense of the mass slaying, they will be forced to confront a level of evil that nothing can prepare them for.

Night Moves (Alex Delaware series, Book 33)

Night Moves (Alex Delaware series, Book 33)

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2019

The new novel from Jonathan Kellerman, 'MASTER OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER', perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and David Baldacci. ALEX DELAWARE RETURNS . . . A brilliant criminal psychologist, Dr Alex Delaware works with the police to help solve the most complex of crimes in Los Angeles, city of illusions, glamour and infamy. LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes he cannot solve alone. And in this case, where the scene of the murder is as baffling as it is brutal, the good doctor's insight is crucial. There's no spilled blood and no evidence of a struggle. And without hands and a face, the body can't be identified immediately. Alex and Milo must find out how and why this disfigured corpse has appeared in Chet Corvin's upscale home when the family are certain they don't know the victim. But for some unknown reason, their cooperation remains guarded. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, Alex and Milo both know there's enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins . . . even the deadliest of all.

The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest

Author: Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

_________________________ Jonathan Kellerman's legendary thrillers have sold over 80 million copies. This might be his best yet. An uninvited guest. A missing identity. A trail of deadly secrets. When a horrified bridesmaid finds the body of a young woman at a wedding reception, it makes the bride and groom's choice of a Saints and Sinners theme all the more macabre. There are no means of identification and nobody knows the victim. The bride is convinced someone is trying to sabotage her big day. The groom is sure it's a dreadful mistake. It's up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to uncover the truth. They have a hundred guests to question, and a strong suspicion that the motive for murder is personal... The party's over. AND THE HUNT FOR THE KILLER IS ON. _________________________ 'Jonathan Kellerman's new crime thriller delivers a killer wedding in more ways than one ... a thoroughly engaging whodunit' CULTUREFLY _________________________ Jonathan Kellerman's readers love The Wedding Guest: 'Unputdownable!' 'The book ticks all of the boxes and does not disappoint' 'It has to be 5 stars!' 'This book had me gripped throughout' 'Always a thrill to read Mr Kellerman's work and this did not disappoint' 'I devoured it in one sitting'

A Measure of Darkness

A Measure of Darkness

Author: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

The fantastic follow-up to CRIME SCENE by masters of the psychological thriller genre Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. A MEASURE OF DARKNESS features deputy coroner Clay Edison in another gripping case . . . A wild party in a gentrifying East Bay neighbourhood. A heated argument that spills into the street. Gunshots. Chaos. When the smoke clears, the mystery reveals itself: there is one victim whose death doesn't match the others. She has been brutalized and abandoned, stripped of ID and left to die: it falls to Deputy Coroner Clay Edison to give her a name and a voice. Clay embarks upon a journey into a hidden world where innocence and perversity mingle . . . and before long, his relentless pursuit of the truth will lead him right into the line of fire. If you love the Alex Delaware series, and are a fan of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly, you will be hooked by A MEASURE OF DARKNESS.

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