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Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel

by Jonathan Kellerman

Random House Publishing Group | October 21, 2008 | Hardcover |

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When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as "master of the psychological thriller" (People). Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something "real dead . . . buried in your marsh." The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it's a prank, but when a young woman's body turns up in L.A.'s Bird Marsh preserve no one's laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city's under siege to an insidious killer. Milo's first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

The murdered women are prostitutes-except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh's grim tableau.

Conveniently-perhaps ominously-Selena's blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate' s jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo's instincts and Alex's insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man's past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers-about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike-plunging even deeper into the murky marsh's enigmatic depths.

Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.'s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don't come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.

Bones is classic Kellerman-relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: October 21, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345495136

ISBN - 13: 9780345495136

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Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel

Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel

by Jonathan Kellerman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: October 21, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345495136

ISBN - 13: 9780345495136

About the Book

In #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Kellerman's new Alex Delaware novel, the psychologist-sleuth follows a grisly trail of bones to a devious and malevolent killer.

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Chapter 1 Everyone does it is not a defense! Wrong. If everyone did it, that made it normal, right? And after Chance did the research he knew he did nothing wrong. Googling high school cheating because writing an essay was part of the punishment. Finding out four out of five high school students—that’s eighty frickin’ percent—did it. Majority rules. Just like that thing on his Social Action study sheet...social norms. Social norms are the cement that holds societies together. There you go, he was being a big help to society! When he tried to joke about that with the parental units, they didn’t laugh. Same as when he told them it was civil rights, no way could the school force him to do community service outside the school property. That was against the Constitution. Time to call the ACLU. That got Dad’s eyes all squinty. Chance turned to Mom but she made sure not to give him any eye contact. “The ACLU?” Big wet Dad throat clear, like after too many cigars. “Because we make a significant monetary contribution to the ACLU?” Starting to breathe hard. “Every goddamn year. That’s what you’re saying?” Chance didn’t answer. “Cute, extremely cute. That’s your point? Well let me tell you something: You cheated. Period. That is not the kind of thing the ACLU gives half a shit about.” “Language, Steve—” Mom broke in. “Don’t start, Susan. We’ve g
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When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as "master of the psychological thriller" (People). Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something "real dead . . . buried in your marsh." The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it's a prank, but when a young woman's body turns up in L.A.'s Bird Marsh preserve no one's laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city's under siege to an insidious killer. Milo's first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

The murdered women are prostitutes-except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marsh's grim tableau.

Conveniently-perhaps ominously-Selena's blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estate' s jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milo's instincts and Alex's insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled man's past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers-about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike-plunging even deeper into the murky marsh's enigmatic depths.

Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.'s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers don't come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.

Bones is classic Kellerman-relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.

From the Jacket

COMPULSION

"A genuine page-turner . . . The comfortable banter that has helped make Delaware and Sturgis such durable crime-story heroes is as rapid-fire, keen, and wryly funny as ever, and the mystery they aim to solve is certainly not routine."
-Booklist

OBSESSION

"Jonathan Kellerman's novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit."
-Orlando Sentinel

"The characters are rich, the story's well-plotted and you won't stop reading."
-Boston Herald

GONE

"The denouement accelerates to breathtaking, heart-pounding speed."
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Sharply written and well-paced."
-Entertainment Weekly

RAGE

"[An] adrenaline-fueled read."
-People

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 two dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher's Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, and Twisted. 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 novelist Jesse Kellerman.

Editorial Reviews

COMPULSION

"A genuine page-turner . . . The comfortable banter that has helped make Delaware and Sturgis such durable crime-story heroes is as rapid-fire, keen, and wryly funny as ever, and the mystery they aim to solve is certainly not routine."
-Booklist

OBSESSION

"Jonathan Kellerman's novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit."
-Orlando Sentinel

"The characters are rich, the story's well-plotted and you won't stop reading."
-Boston Herald

GONE

"The denouement accelerates to breathtaking, heart-pounding speed."
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Sharply written and well-paced."
-Entertainment Weekly

RAGE

"[An] adrenaline-fueled read."
-People
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