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Rage (Alex Delaware, No. 19)

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A book by Jonathan Kellerman

Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware stars again after playing second fiddle to Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor in last year'sTwisted. It's been eight years since Alex provided a psychiatric evaluation of two teenagers, Troy Turner and Rand Duchay, … see full wiki

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Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
1 review about Rage (Alex Delaware, No. 19)

Kellerman Needs a Change of Pace

  • Jun 20, 2006
Rating:
+1
There is nothing really wrong with Rage, an Alex Delaware mystery by Jonathan Kellerman, but there's nothing really right with it either. If anything, the entire book gives an aura of going through the motions as Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the murder of a young man newly released from incarceration after participating in the murder of a toddler. The ups and downs of the book trace the history of the toddler's family after the little girl was killed, and a couple of seminary students who take in foster kids who also have a disturbing tendency to end up dead.

Alex Delaware is still in the funk that he has been in ever since Robin left him however many years ago that was. Unfortunately, that funk seems to extend over into the novels as they just don't generate the excitement that they once did. It appears, in this book, as those the bloom may be wearing off the rebound romance between Alex and Allison, but Robin may be making a comeback.

The identity of the actual killer will come as no surprise, although the motivation for the killings is very contrived and fantastical.

Since Kellerman is so clearly going through the motions on this series, I wish he would put Delaware aside for a while and focus on some of the other fine characters he has developed. Maybe, just maybe, it's time for Alex and Milo to take a very long vacation before they tackle another mystery.

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