The Murder Book

The Murder Book

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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753168294
  • 9780753168295

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Jonathan Kellerman's dual professions, novelist and child psychologist, have taught him a good deal about human behaviour and what motivates most people, consciously or unconsciously: money, status, power, sex and drugs - and the lengths some will go to, to achieve them. Those motivations are all here in this 17th collaboration between psychologist Alex Delaware and his old friend Detective Milo Sturgis. Alex is currently immersed in personal problems. His long-term relationship with Robin Castagna has run into the buffers and Robin has taken herself off on an open-ended tour in aid of charity. They miss each other but can find no way back, so the arrival of a different kind of quandary is a welcome distraction. It begins with the arrival in the mail of a put-together collection of macabre photographs of violent murders, bound in a file labelled 'The Murder Book'. All the murders have been solved bar one - the vicious mutilation of a teenage girl, dumped in a ditch on the freeway. It means nothing to Alex, but when he contacts Milo it is very evident that it means a great deal to him - though the 'incident' occurred more than 20 years earlier when Milo was still a rookie, struggling to establish himself in the Los Angeles Police Department. Soon after Milo and his mentor, the eccentric Pierce Schwinn, began their investigation into the case they were abruptly and inexplicably taken off it and sent in different directions - and Milo is shocked by Alex's news that it has resurfaced. Whoever put the Murder Book together obviously had inside access to police files and police procedure. But who? And why send it to 'outsider' Alex, after all this time? The problem is irresistible and the two friends don't even try to resist it - though every step they take towards its unravelling reveals deeper and wider complications and implications, involving more and more influential people and taking Alex and Milo into situations fraught with danger to themselves. It's not a pretty story, but certainly a gripping one. Readers will need strong nerves, and sometimes strong stomachs, but as the complications multiply it becomes increasingly difficult to stop turning the pages. (Kirkus UK)
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