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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Deception by Jonathan Kellerman

I normally shy away from what I like to refer to as "man" books, but I was asked to review Jonathan Kellerman's new book, "Deception," and I was pleasantly surprised - I liked it, I really really liked it! (ok, sorry for the Sally Fields impression!)

Here's my review - see what you think!

(Warning - the music is a little heavy on this one, but I thought it went well with the book! You must might want to turn your volume down a bit. "Watch This" by Slash featuring Duff McKagan and Dave Grohl)

When the body of Elise Freeman was found in a bathtub full of dry ice, it became a case for Los Angeles Police Department’s homicide unit. But when it’s discovered that Ms. Freeman was a teacher at one of L.A.’s most prestigious private schools and that she had left a DVD message accusing other teachers there of sexual harassment and abuse, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is brought in to keep the case from exploding into the media’s eye.

Because of the bizarre nature of the death, Sturgis once again turns to his buddy, psychologist Alex Delaware, to help him try and piece together the crime, and figure out who would have so twisted as to commit this heinous act.
As the two enter the hallowed halls of upper-crust education at Windsor Prepreatory Academy, they soon find a bevy of teachers scrambling to clear their names, a mass of spoiled rich kids who seemed oblivious to a teacher’s death, and an administration desperately trying to keep Sturgis and Delaware from digging too deeply into school records and policies.

And to make things more complicated, the police chief’s son is a senior at the Academy, shooting for an Ivy League admission, and the chief wants this case quietly closed, and now. But nothing Sturgis and Delaware are ever involved in is considered quiet, and the two stir up one hornets’ nest after another, trying to find the killer.

They discover the mousy little teacher was not quiet the innocent victim she portrayed herself to be on the DVD, and that Elise Freeman had quite the dark side herself. As clues lead the detective and doctor up and down the California coast, it soon becomes clear that the lifestyles of the rich and famous in education can hide vicious and dangerous secrets. But could those secrets and deceptions lead to murder?

“Deception,” by Jonathan Kellerman, is the twenty-third book in the Alex Delaware series, which began with “When The Bough Breaks,” back in 1985. A psychological thriller, “Deception” contains all the thrills and intrigues of a mystery with a healthy dose of spine-tingling mind games that will have readers captivated from the first page.

To keep a series about two main characters, “Delaware” and “Sturgis,” going for so long and for them to continue to be so popular is an achievement that few authors can boast of. For a first time reader, a lot of the inside jokes and references to past associations and events can be rather confusing, but fans of the good doctor and the flamboyant detective will enjoy the easy camaraderie the two obviously have settled into.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, and I was not obligated to give a favorable review, but I did!)


Heather said...

Jonathan Kellerman is one of my favorites (as is his wife, Faye). They may have male leads, but they are not the gruff, macho male leads I don't like in some of the grittier mystery series. Alex Delaware is on my list of my Top Ten characters (here's my post about it

raymeds said...

It is pretty sad when you are expecting something so much because you have a idealized idea that what it would be. but at the moment that you have it in your hands it is something different.