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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman. Compulsion Alex Delaware 22 by Jonathan Kellerman. And no one conducts a more harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr. Alex Delaware. A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night.
A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware.
What begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well-heeled center of L. The killer proves to be a fleeting shape-shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death—and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Compulsion Alex Delaware, Oct 29, Lewis Weinstein rated it liked it Shelves: crime-and-thrillers. Another quite readable psychological adventure with Dr. Delaware and Milo. Enough turns and twists to keep the pages turning, but not enough to create the edge of prior books in this series.
Jul 04, Jerry B rated it it was ok. Mediocre outing -- even JK seems tired of our buddy Alex! We've read every single Alex Delaware novel, so are big fans, well-informed about this series. What started out great - the child psychologist by profession who consults with the police; specifically Milo Sturgis, a gay, very interesting, and persistent homicide cop; on murders where the police feel they need a consultant's help - has resolved into little more than two detective buddies, one paid, the other an amateur hardly more skillful Mediocre outing -- even JK seems tired of our buddy Alex!
Alex joins Milo seemingly whenever he wants presumably being paid at premium consultants' rates , often as little more than a pastime, not because his skills are pertinent, which is pretty far-fetched in terms of the state of most public budgets!
His relationship with live-in girlfriend Robin, always an on-again, off-again, "affair", barely gets a nod herein, with a silly custom musical instrument buyer paying too much attention to her a lame attempt at stalker suspense, resolved equally poorly in our opinion. Meanwhile, the excuse for the plot, a serious of murders involving luxury autos, barely holds our attention, and while we plodded along to see whodunit, we hardly cared by the time we got there.
To us, the series has run its course. While Milo per se is one of the more interesting police characters to come along over the last couple of decades, and while the original premise of Delaware's involvement was novel, there's virtually nothing left to excite or entertain us.
It seems to us we're at that deadly state of an author not knowing what to do or where to go except to the bank, as he churns out contract-fulfilling installments of mediocrity. View 1 comment. Apr 14, Susan rated it really liked it. If you like Kellerman's other books, you will probably like this one. I actually liked it more than some of the other ones. Sometimes, I find Alex Delaware's psychological insights a little too obscure and feel they muddy the picture. This time, he was a little more reigned in, and I found this book to be much more readable as a result.
It still contains all of the elements we love--Milo, Robin, and Alex's cute new dog. The only drawback was that the two mysteries in this book got tied up a litt If you like Kellerman's other books, you will probably like this one. The only drawback was that the two mysteries in this book got tied up a little too neatly and easily. However, both stories were compelling and enjoyable. Jul 12, Heidi rated it it was ok Shelves: mysteries.
Unfortunately not a great Delaware read! Hate when characters become omnicient to save the author time it's just deadly dull in a mystery. Alex "surmised" so much about the phsychopath that I was thinking if he'd pick a few numbers, I should buy a lotto ticket Despite this dull entry, I still love Milo, Blanche and company. Nov 26, Mary JL rated it liked it Recommends it for: any mystery fan.
Shelves: mystery-horror. I have always enjoyed the Alex Delaware series. I find the two main characters--Alex and Milo--very interesting. I also find the many plot twists in the books interesting and suspenseful. Some people see thru these twists and see things coming--I seldom can figure a mystery out.
The way the two seperate cases are handled in this books and the twists and turns Alex and Milo enouncted where attempting to solve the crimes I found very, very interesting. Admittedly, this is not a book that will stay I have always enjoyed the Alex Delaware series. Admittedly, this is not a book that will stay in my memory in sharp detail. There is nothing unusual in it; it is a standard Alex Delaware mystery, and Kellerman I find up to his usual standards.
So, as many of my books get, it gets a solid, three starsan plesant, gripping mystery to pass a copule evenings with.
May 14, Seanna rated it liked it. I love Dr. Kellerman might have phoned this one in just a little bit. It's still worth reading because it's Alex Delaware well and Milo but this one was not the most stellar.
If you are reading this, Dr. Kellerman, I'm sorry. I feel like a traitor for dissing your book with only three stars. It's just that I have higher standards for you, sir, than for some of your colleagues Yours, I buy in hardback.
View 2 comments. Nov 29, Marleen rated it liked it. Simply said, another enjoyable read and audio version of this Alex Delaware book nr. No real compelling characters that jumped at me except for Milo of course. But for me, here, there was just a bit too much violence for no reason at all. Thankfully there's the quality reading by John Rubinstein, who can Simply said, another enjoyable read and audio version of this Alex Delaware book nr.
Thankfully there's the quality reading by John Rubinstein, who can give voice to such a variety of characters with accuracy and gusto. His unique talent of giving voice to such a range of people is truly amazing and immensely entertaining, believe me, it's so worth the listen.
This narrator deserves a 5-star rating. Oct 28, Sherril rated it really liked it.
Several seemingly unrelated murders tied together loosely, initially only by the fact that the killer seems to like extravagant black cars. Despite this being an abridged audio, I felt that it flowed Seemingly random and unrelated acts of violence involving luxury vehicles sends a homicide detective and a psychologist on the haphazard trail of would-be suspects. Unlike other more contemporary Compulsion : An Alex Delaware Novel. Jonathan Kellerman.
Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Novel
Compulsion is a fast-paced mystery, as I have come to expect from Jonathan Kellerman. It is an unusual pairing that works pretty well. After a medical leave of absence, homicide detective Milo Sturgis is starting back slowly, working a nine-year-old case about the disappearance of a year-old. Then the pace picks up with the murder of a retired schoolteacher and the recovery of the body of a young woman. Milo calls on his friend Alex Delaware to sit in on interviewing witnesses to offer insight and also to talk over the cases, usually over a meal.