By Jonathan Kellerman
Jonathan Kellerman has made the mental mystery his personal gripping province along with his bestselling sequence of Alex Delaware novels. Now, Delaware’s new experience leads the sleuthing psychologist on a harrowing exploration into the world he understands top: the human psyche, in all its complexity, secret, and terrifying propensity for darkness.
“Been your time on the grounds that I had me a pleasant little whodunit,” murder detective Milo Sturgis tells Alex Delaware. yet there’s certainly not anything great in regards to the brutal tableau at the back of the yellow crime-scene tape. On a lonely lover’s lane within the hills of l. a., a tender couple lies murdered in a automobile. every one bears a unmarried gunshot wound to the pinnacle. the feminine sufferer has additionally been impaled through a steel spike. And that savage stroke of psychopathic fury tells Milo this situation will demand greater than typical police technique. As he explains to Delaware, “Now we’re veering into your territory.”
It is darkish territory, certainly. The useless lady is still unidentified and likely unknown to everybody. yet her better half has a reputation: Gavin Quick—and his stricken earlier finally landed him on a therapist’s sofa. It’s there, on known turf, that Delaware hopes to discover important clues. And that implies going head-to-head with Dr. Mary Lou Koppel, a favored megastar psychologist who fiercely guards the privateness of her consumers . . . lifeless or alive.
But while there’s one other gruesomely known homicide, Delaware surmises that his research has struck a nerve. As he trolls the twisted wreckage of Quick’s tormented final days, what he unearths isn’t insanity, however the cold-blooded process in the back of it. And as he follows a sequence of greed, corruption, and betrayal snaking hideously during the career he notion he knew, he’ll observe territory the place even he by no means dreamed of treading.
As provocative because it is suspenseful, Therapy is finest Kellerman that unearths the award-winning writer firing on all artistic cylinders—and wearing readers on an electrifying experience to a spot in basic terms he can take them, for an adventure they won’t quickly forget.
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This was the time of the year that Baxter and I had usually vacationed somewhere cool, and I would certainly enjoy playing bridge and learning from a master teacher, as Basil Dumont apparently was. ‘‘I’ll go,’’ Sophie said. I echoed her words. Paula’s triumphant smile made me a bit uneasy for some reason, and I suddenly flashed on that bit of conversation Sophie and I overheard when we first arrived. She must have been talking about her current husband, Avery Trowbridge. I relaxed. If Avery wasn’t going to be at the bridge retreat, there was no point in worrying over whether Paula would make good on her threat.
You still haven’t explained to me what the hell you’re doing here,’’ Paula said. She fairly spit out the words. ’’ ‘‘Tut-tut, Paula, love,’’ Avery said, his voice soothing, as if he were talking to a balky child. ‘‘I know the way your sneaky little mind works. You wouldn’t be here if Basil weren’t here. ’’ He threw back his head and laughed. ‘‘Stop being a jackass, Avery,’’ Paula said. Avery sobered. He leaned down, then placed one hand on Paula’s shoulder. From the expression on Paula’s face, he must have been squeezing it rather hard.
Rather odd-looking,’’ Marylou said. ‘‘Let’s just hope it’s comfortable inside,’’ Sophie said. ‘‘Exactly,’’ I agreed, putting my foot to the accelerator again. I drove on to the front door of the hotel, and as I pulled to a stop, a man stepped forward with a large umbrella. He opened Marylou’s door and escorted her through the rain to the porch before coming back for Sophie. When he came for me, I asked him about parking the car. ‘‘I’ll take care of it for you, ma’am,’’ he said. ’’ He was about twenty-five, tall, and muscular.
Therapy (Alex Delaware, Book 18) by Jonathan Kellerman