Dr. Death

Dr Death A brutalized corpse discovered in a remote region of the Hollywood Hills plunges psychologist detective Alex Delaware into a landscape of rage and madness as he struggles to solve this most baffling o

  • Title: Dr. Death
  • Author: Jonathan Kellerman
  • ISBN: 9780345413888
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • A brutalized corpse discovered in a remote region of the Hollywood Hills plunges psychologist detective Alex Delaware into a landscape of rage and madness as he struggles to solve this most baffling of homicides.To some, Eldon Mate was evil personified Others saw the former physician as a saint But one thing was clear Dr Death had snuffed out the lives of dozens of humA brutalized corpse discovered in a remote region of the Hollywood Hills plunges psychologist detective Alex Delaware into a landscape of rage and madness as he struggles to solve this most baffling of homicides.To some, Eldon Mate was evil personified Others saw the former physician as a saint But one thing was clear Dr Death had snuffed out the lives of dozens of human beings and now someone had turned him into a victim When Mate is found mutilated in a rented van, harnessed to his own killing machine, Delaware is asked to aid his old friend, homicide cop Milo Sturgis, in the hunt for the death doctor s executioner But Alex harbors secrets of his own that threaten to derail the partners friendship as well as the increasingly complex investigation With page turning suspense and vivid portraits of L.A s darkest side, perennial bestseller Jonathan Kellerman s latest tale of psychopathology taken to the extreme delivers an unforgettable journey into the most sinister corners of the human mind.

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    About “Jonathan Kellerman

    • Jonathan Kellerman

      Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation plastic bubble units on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan s former students, continues to break ground Jonathan s first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980 One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD In 1985, Jonathan s first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller BOUGH was also produced as a t.v movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel Since then, Jonathan has published a best selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN 1999 Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children.



    755 thoughts on “Dr. Death

    • Ok series! intrigue,twists and turns to find who's the evil killer,then there's a bit of mystery,fun and surprises also in the storyline (paperback!)



    • Another novel in the Alex Delaware series that feels a bit like two stories pinned together in order to create an interesting plot. 'Dr. Death' is interesting, but in the end I felt it too contrived because of the plot pasting. Still, definitely interesting.The book has three candidates who could have killed the character Dr. Death, who, unlike the real-life Dr. Kevorkian, on whom the character Dr. Death is modeled (only Kevorkian's last two real-life suicidal patients Kevorkian helped to die we [...]


    • Not my favorite Alex Delaware book, the whole premise was a bit contrived, but I still liked it. I think it's because I love the character of Alex Delaware and also his best friend Milo. Love how they play off each other. I also enjoy reading the inner struggle that Alex Delaware goes througheach mystery forming a little piece of his being.


    • I really enjoyed this book and especially the ending. It has an exciting surprise ending, I couldn't put it down! I would recommend this to anyone!


    • I've read this before and remembered who the killer was; nevertheless, I didn't remember the majority of the story so it was still somewhat entertaining, I guess, for serial killer fiction. I don't intend to ever read it again.Dr. Delaware is called in on a case that may conflict with his psychological counseling of a teenage girl he had been treating. His cop friend Milo is acting weird and not returning Dr. Delaware's calls. Dr. Delaware seems particularly inept in this book, until he catches [...]


    • What a horrible book. My touchstone is the Spencer series by Robert B. Parker. Every second or third chapter, it seems, Parker writes a dull scene between the detective and his psychologist girlfriend. They discuss the case. These scenes seldom move the story forward and are the low-points of each book. Imagine an entire book told from the psychologist’s perspective and you have this novel, for the protagonist is a psychologist who works with the police.Aside from this problem, the book is giv [...]


    • Pure junk.Rarely does anything happen during the course of the story; most of the intrigue involves people sitting around talking about what's already happened, what's already been uncovered and investigated, and theorizing about what it means or what they don't know for sure. Then later someone admits to the thing they theorized about before, with few events actually occurring in the present. Dullsville.Plus the description. Any time a new character or location is introduced he goes on and on a [...]


    • Shocking. Gripping. Page-turner.I was expecting something in the line of Val McDermid but this turned out to be completely different. Towards the end,I couldn't even comprehend it and I guessed it would have been better if I didn't. But no use in closing one's eyes to what's happening around,I guess. Entirely different from most of the books in the genre,Kellerman does it again. My first read of him,'On the edge',made quite an impression on me. And it's the same with this one too. Looking forwar [...]


    • After a Dr. Kevorkian type of doctor is found dead, murdered and hooked up to the machine he would use for his mercy killings, Milo enlists Alex's help in solving the case. But Alex has a conflict of interest, a connection to the case that he can not legally or morally divulge. There was an unrealistic conclusion, where Alex confronts the person involved, and all is poured out to reveal their motives.


    • sigh. I keep reading these books, but I confess I cannot stand Alex Delaware. I find him (and his partner, Robin), dull as ditchwater. On the other hand, I LOVE Milo (particularly performed by John Rubinstein in the audio books), and I suppose his character is the reason for my continuing to read/listen to this series. The stories aren't bad, either. ;)



    • Looking at a regular Dr. Kevorkian here. Except in this case, the Dr. Death was Eldon Mate and he was found brutally murdered in his own "death van". Alex Delaware is a psychologist who sometimes (as in 14 books, sometimes) assists his Homicide Detective friend, Milo Sturgis, on cases. Sturgis calls in Delaware to the scene and they meet the couple of hikers who discovered the body. It's a gruesome one and one where a considerable amount of people are happy Mate is dead, while others are sad tha [...]


    • My favorite of the the Kellerman books so far. Keeps you guessing throughout. Well conceived plot twists and surprises.


    • Meh. Who done it. You got me, Mr. Kellerman. Didn't see that one coming especially since I was bored to tears. At least throw in an expert here or there who intimately profiles serial killers. Give me something I can cling to. Instead I was tossed back and forth with the protagonist doing all the tossing! Alex Delaware doesn't seem to like his job, his wife, his role in this tale and it all felt sophomoric. I don't think I'll be reading Kellerman's work again. But what do I know.


    • 14th in a series, yet the first Jonathan Kellerman novel I've read. I enjoyed it, it was balanced with individual character development and story development. I really enjoyed the nuances of having several plausible suspects, and needing to really stick it out to discover the guilty party.


    • I must say that I only read this book because someone gave it to me. I thought the mystery was satisfying and surprising in it's conclusion. I didn't really enjoy all the twists and turns of the of the pschologist's personal life, but all in all it was a complicated and suspenseful.


    • I absolutely love the Alex Delaware series, and this book in particular has really just increased the obsession I have with Alex. Whereas a lot of the other books I've read have had a psychotic undertone to it, all the thrills and tension; Dr. Death has for some reason just gone above and beyond. I guess for me the most fascinating aspect was the intense challenge of personal and professional values being faced by Alex. Another aspect is also the subject of assisted suicide and the various opini [...]


    • I've tended to like all the Alex Delaware novels, but I feel Jonathan Kellerman is off his game in this one.Most of the book, as I slogged through, I kept being distracted as to why Alex and Milo didn't investigate the "hiker" who found Dr. Death. I thought it was common procedure to investigate whoever finds a dead personAlex had noticed he and his girlfriend claimed "to hike all the time", that no one had noticed the death van, that the killer clearly wanted an audience so left the van in the [...]


    • I was in the mood to read something that wouldn't make me think too much--a pass some time while reading sort of thing. This was enough to fit the bill. The story moved along okay. It wasn't nearly compelling enough for me to stay up late reading it at night (which I didn't want to do, anyway). If you're after the same thing I was--an okay book that won't get in the way of anything else in your life--then this might fit the bill. Though there have to be better books out there that will fill the [...]


    • This is not the format I read, but I am assuming the story didn't change. I was fortunate enough to have a hardback copy given to me. This was a bit harder to read than most Alex Delaware novels, because there are so many possible villains, and so many aliases used. I kept going back to check names and aliases. The plot twist caught me really unaware! If this was your first Kellerman/Delaware novel, you may want to go back, check out his earlier works. You will be glad you did!


    • Good book, interesting plot, but a little confusing at times. Don't know If reading as opposed to listening would change that. There are a lot of suspects, but most in my opinion weren't valid. I'm mostly surprised that Dr Delaware didn't pick up on the possibility in the witness as the witness was excited not horrified and sad. I do like Jonathan Kellerman books.


    • I liked the book. Jonathan Kellerman is a good author and I really enjoy the Alex Delaware novels in particular. This isn't one of his best books. It was slow and didn't have a whole lot going on. It may not be one of the best, but it wasn't bad either. It's definitely worth a read if you're a fan of Kellerman.


    • Great psycho thriller. Not for the squeamish. I felt that the clues led to the murderer, which is what a budding sleuth like me desires. However, a very unexpected killer and ending. The story picks up momentum and becomes hard to put down.


    • The build was good, just like every other book in the series. However, this one arguably had the most anticlimactic ending in the series. In retrospect, the mystery wasn't as complex and the plotting wasn't as intricate compared to previous installments.





    • Interestingychologist/detective series with main character working with a gay LA detective to solve crimes, in this case the brutal murder of a Jack Kevorkian-like figure. Nice plot twists, although I had this one figured out half-way through. My third California detective novel in a row. Time to move East.Mr. King, here I come!


    • Not my favorite Kellerman. I did like the twist (view spoiler)[that the hiker who found Dr. Death's body was actually the serial killer himself, but the name was entirely different than his past aliases, and the book didn't really go anywhere after that. (hide spoiler)]The book ends up dealing with two different cases, in a sense. One of the Doss family, whose patriarch comes to Alex years ago about him helping his daughter Stacy, cope with the death of her mom. Her mom has been put to death by [...]


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