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Victims [PDF / EPUB] Victims Unraveling the madness behind LA’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery f Unraveling the madness behind LA’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition For the compelling proof look no further than Victims—Kellerman at his razor sharp harrowing finest   Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene By all accounts acid tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesue tableau One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs Alex Delaware But despite his finely honed skills even Alex is stymied when slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion yet with no apparent connection among the Victims And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a uestion mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges   Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate 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 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 of the case This one will haunt his waking life and his darkest dreams long after its end.

  • Hardcover
  • 338 pages
  • Victims
  • Jonathan Kellerman
  • English
  • 14 October 2014
  • 9780345505712

10 thoughts on “Victims

  1. says:

    I have read books off and on in this long running series I have not read them in any particular order; most books work well as a stand a lone book Our protagonist is Alex Delaware a child psychiatrist who is a LAPD homicide consultant He primarily works with Detective Milo Sturgis This story deals with a serial killer in fact two serial killers working together The victims and killers came in contact with each other at the now defunct Ventura State Hospital Sturgis and Delaware are under pressure as the bodies pile upThe book is well written The characters are interesting I have the feeling that the story at times is sort of melodramatic I was given this book by a friend otherwise I probably would not have read it I am so tired of stories about serial killersI read this as a paperback book published in 2012 by Ballantine Books The book is 419 pages

  2. says:

    When a shrewish combative woman named Vita Verlin is murdered LA homicide detective Milo Sturgis is called to the scene When he sees that the victim has been ritualistically disemboweled he calls in his friend psychologist Alex Delaware to consult Alex and Milo have been working together through twenty seven books spanning a period of nearly thirty years and this is the most gruesome case they've ever seenThere's certainly no shortage of suspects The victim apparently didn't have a friend in the world and alienated virtually everyone with whom she came in contact with from her own psychiatrist to her landlord and even to the people she casually encountered at the local diner Initially the challenge seems to be simply sorting through the people the woman had offended and coming up with the one who hated her enough to have killed her so savagely But then another victim is killed obviously by the same person and this victim is the polar opposite of Verlin He's the nicest guy on the planet and everyone loved himOf course this complicates matters enormously and unfortunately as the body count keeps rising the clues do not This is a very careful systematic killer who's leaving virtually nothing behind that will serve as evidence save for an enigmatic taunt that he or she leaves at each crime sceneI've been a bit disappointed with some of the later books in this series in which Alex simply tags along with Milo when there's no real apparent reason for him to be involved in the case Here however it seems clear that the means to finding the killer is through the psychology involved in the case and as in the earlier books Delaware actually has a believable and useful role to play As a result this book is much fun to read and turns into an intricate puzzle that only someone as talented as Alex Delaware will ever be able to solve

  3. says:

    Alex Delaware is in for a particularly gruesome ride in this the latest thriller from Jonathan KellermanAs bodies keep turning up all laid out neatly tidily but extremely dead the only clue is an almost blank sheet of paper and in the middle is a uestion mark ? Detective Milo Sturgis has seen it all or so he thought The clock is ticking the clues are few and the bodies are mounting Alex criminal psychologist and charged with helping the police read those clues wonders if this time he’s out of his depth But those finely honed skills keep working drawing on his knowledge and the evil depths of the criminal minds Haunting him both day and night his dreams are dark and dreadful Thinking back to when Alex was a medical student he feels there might be a link there? Can he work out what it is? Can Milo and his team along with Alex and his skills his intuition solve the crime and stop the brutal murders before there are ? A wonderful page turning thriller full of psychological suspense and brilliant entertainment Highly recommended

  4. says:

    SPOILER ALERTWhile just as riveting as some of his others the crime details that is this one falls flat for the aspects that are not concerned with the crimes For those of us dedicated to the series there are unanswered uestions Are Milo and Rick no longer together? Why was Rick so obviously absent? Just a passing reference to his name and surgery in general Milo makes a sandwich from ingredients that would have not been present in their refrigerator if Rick had been living with him No mention of Milos' being gay No it's not important to the story but it is to the series and to those of us who know himRe Robin Alex too light though okay I wonder how this reads for new readers I don't think there was mention of how Robin refurbishes band instruments which I think is a really uniue skill to give to a characterAnd about the victims in the book The beginning held me close but I have to say that as Alex than Milo got closer to discovering the connections history and identities of everyone involved the prose became boring it was like reading the file than being entertained by the story It is as if the story was so complex it was that it needed long passages of explanation not because the reader is stupid but because all the stuff Kellerman had in his head had not made it into the textThe victims of the book and there are plenty of them eventually lose specificity The first victim is drawn big and bold with a supporting history and other ancillary and ultimately connecting co characters all of which make the reader likelovehate her The 2nd 4th victims begin to blur There are pets thrown in for good emotional measure and in the end there is some redemption for some victims and survivors Not formulaic but predictable The horror involved in the commissions of the crimes is soon diluted by predictabilityI liked this one I might recommend it if asked by a fan of the series I would NOT recommend it to a person first taking on the Delaware books Another reviewer here asked who is Alex Delaware? I have to agree that there is too little personality in all the characters to generate a real interest Again like a procedural or a psych report it was reportage than tale spinningSPOILER ALERT I think JK came up later with and then added a co conspirator It didn't feel natural or inevitable I think the story would have been stronger if the bad guy had masterminded all of it alone He certainly had enough time and practice By adding a sponsorguardian to the euation Grant is reduced to an accidental criminal another victim If JK is making a point here about the failure of the system to care for people when signs of insanity are first emerging and if he is trying to advertise the existence and damage caused by incompetents in the medical and psych fields I wish he would do it in nonfiction For this a crime story of major magnitude let's keep it real and grittyBut I did like it and I am glad I got it and I can't wait for the next one because I am optimistic that JK will come back down to earth and write a thriller not a treatiseAn aside It occurs to me when I read Kellerman and Grisham lately that popular writers who have gained much popularity and financial success seem to strut their stuff in their books Naming designer labels and the prices of clothing and possessions is freuent Trips taken by the characters in this book through the Panama Canal are not the vacations of the average book buyer I get the feeling though I have no proof of this that the writers are flaunting the knowledge they have acuired by their own experiences And there is nothing wrong with writing about things and travels that the average reader will not acuire However I think there is a problem with it when the majority characters in the book are also average In the above example a retired psych recounts his former riches travels cars and houses I felt as if Kellerman invented that character to talk about what HE owns what he does and what he values I am not sure there is anything inherently wrong with that but it's sort of like an intrusionI have felt the same way about Grisham's novels for years That does not detract from a good story nor does it enhance a poor one but it is abrupt in the reading and sort of causes a displacement from the people in the book Yes there are rich lawyers in Clanton and in LA but the people that we care about in the stories seldom get to experience life on that side of the tracksSo it's a rhetorical complaint There is nothing wrong with showing a contrast between characters' lots in life and that's a good device to accentuate the downtrodden aspect of the victimized I'm just saying that there is some sense of its being added on like an extra rich frosting to a creation that would stand uite well on its own basic ingredients We KNOW the lawyers and doctors and psychs are wealthier than most of their clients We KNOW the old saw about police being terribly underpaid I am uestioning why the writers go so far to separate the high from the lower economic characters It feels like the writer is separating himself from those people regardless of how benevolently he seems to treat them in the text For the perpetrators of terrible things as in Kellerman's Victims there is the reuisite story of the abandoned and befuddled pre adolescent whose life went whacko and pushed him into insanity That's what we need to know about in detail The other is filler

  5. says:

    I like Jonathan Kellerman books; I have read most of them I believe this is #27 in the Alex Delaware series It is with regret that I cannot give this one an effusively enthusiastic review I read a couple other reviews where readers said things like Kellerman must HATE Dr Delaware and gay LA Police Detective Milo by now but I still like them and a review that suggested that Kellerman just phones them in now I love the LA locations because I live there nowbut I did not find this novel to be an enthusiastic study of his beloved characters The plot was far out and I like that but I wasn't feeling it As an example of the issues the dialogue between cliche characters the security guard at the subdivision for rich people who doesn't want to be seen talking to the real policeman who cannot color match his clothing is uite tedious The security guard wishes he was a policeman so he's a little bit insecure while denying the fact that any crime could ever occur on his watch because they have such good security Meanwhile the reader suspects that the serial killers are lurking nearby This scene causes the reader to daydream about what to read next while he is reading here YawnOne other reviewer complained he didn't like reading about Dr Delaware and his relationship with his woodworker girlfriend or wife I forget if they're married now and dog Well I did not notice any description whatever about this relationship He may have mentioned having dinner together once I would like intimate details of the family relationship and tender feelings; this would serve to make the story believable I suggest a scene where Delaware sits and cries while he rinses blood off his hands in his koi pond while his bulldog barks and growls behind him then he turns around and catches Milo stroking his penis through his new gabardine trousers because he's become unintentionally aroused after taking a class in LA Fashion for the Professional Man and he now has young surfers hitting on him because he is so fashionably dressed Girlfriend Robin helps solve the crime by devising a way to hide a corpse in a celloPlease jazz it up a little Give us something that makes us laugh and groan in recognition and dismay make us cry a little

  6. says:

    The thing to know about Jonathan Kellerman's books and me is that I'm done with them and should have stopped a few back I was bored and restless while I read this book I used to be a big fan but either I've changed or the author has His work no longer seems fresh and new exciting Perhaps if he wrote something else different genre different characters he could recapture the zing that seems to be missing for me

  7. says:

    35 stars

  8. says:

    Jonathan Kellerman's Victims is the 27th novel in his Alex Delaware series coincidentally it was written in 2012 the 27th year since the series had started 27 books in a series is a ridiculously high number and the repetitiveness of the setup makes it impossible for the author to say anything new about the recurring characters Apparently many readers crave familiarity and come back to Alex and Milo for the same old stuff reheated over and over again like in TV sitcoms It took me a while to figure out why I can read essentially the same book twenty something times even if I am tired with Dr Delaware's and lieutenant Sturgis' shtick and totally fed up with Robin and some other recurring characters I just like meeting the supporting cast which is different in each book and Mr Kellerman a competent writer is usually able to create interesting supporting characters and portrays them wellThe plot of Victims begins when a body of a middle aged woman is found decorated with a necklace of her own intestines Further murders with similar signatures occur and Milo and Alex work hard to find the disemboweler and prevent the citizens of Los Angeles from full blown panic The plot is uite interesting for the first half of the novel About mid book though my interest began to wane As is the case with most mystery writers Mr Kellerman is skillful in setting up the mystery than in providing a satisfactory solution The coincidences become too convenient and what's worse the mystery begins to unravel mainly through conversations between Alex Milo and Petra Instead of writing about solving the case the author writes about characters talking about solving the case It is admittedly a well known and overused detective fiction gimmick yet it takes away the punch and makes the plot seem theatrical rather than realisticDespite Mr Kellerman's impeccable credentials as a psychologist I find the ending implausible The climactic scenes happening in the vicinity of SeaBird Estates have the feel of belonging in a cheap movie rather than in real life The unfulfilled promise of the premise disappoints A month from now I will not remember much about this serial killer procedural written by a prolific serial writer Two and a half stars mostly for a really interesting first half

  9. says:

    Well here we are at #27 in this series and everything is still the same One of the reasons I like this series is that it is a solidly written formulaic police procedural It's like watching Law Order You Pick the Series You know what you're going to get In this series we have broody complicated child psychologist Alex Delaware and his friend homicide cop Milo Alex's minor character girlfriend Robin who is used by Kellerman so we readers can follow Alex's thought processes Dialogue between the two vs paragraphs of exposition All the good guys are solidly good All the bad guys are freaky creepy The reasons I like this series are also my criticisms though formulaic episodic the characters are all status uo with no real growth and no real surprises Nonetheless I keep readingThis one keep me involved but I was able to put it down when I was finished and haven't thought about it much since Like many of Kellerman's novels this one has a fair amount of post mortem inflicted gore The killer dispatches his victims uickly and when they are solidly dead meticulously dissects them So it's not at all for the sueamish or those who prefer their murder victims done away with off stage ala Agatha Christie

  10. says:

    In this 27th Alex Delaware mystery Kellerman takes us all the way back to Ventura State Hospital where Alex trained and some flowers of evil had their birth Robin and Blanche put in cameo appearances and most of the text is given over to Alex and Milo Petra and Raul ratiocinating an entire criminal history before any attempt is made at apprehension For Alex Delaware fans this one will bring a welcome sense of a circle finally closed and readers of Kellerman's Savage Spawn will trace the lineaments of his thought on this unhappy subject Suggestion build an index of all characters all names mentioned as you read For such highly cerebral subject matter you'll be glad you did

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