From the Publisher
Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more explores
the corruption of California''s golden coast and
produces a novel of complex characterizations and
nonstop suspense. By the time psychologist Dr.
Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was
done: A sniper had opened fire on a crowded
playground, but was gunned down before any children
were hurt. While the TV news crews
feasted on the scene an Alex began his therapy sessions
with the traumatized children, he couldn''t escape the
image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle.
What was the identity behind the name and face: a
would-be assassin, or just another victim beneath
an indifferent California sky?
Intrigued by a request from the sniper''s father to
conduct a "psychological autopsy" of his child, Alex
begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence,
neglect, and loss. Then suddenly it is more than a
pattern -- it is a trail of blood. In the dead sniper''s
past was a dark and vicious plot. And in Alex
Delaware''s future is the stuff of grown-up nightmares:
the face of real human evil.
Also available on BDD Audio Cassette.
From the Jacket
"A meticulously constructed thriller."
"Virtually impossible to put aside until the final
"Though a time bomb is ticking away at the heart of this
novel, readers will forget to watch the clock once they
begin it." -- Chicago Sun Times
"Scythe -sharp...a great, good read."-- New York
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Published: April 29, 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345460693
ISBN - 13: 9780345460691