The Murder Book Paperback
Part of the Alex Delaware series
Twisting, brutal and terrifying but ultimately redemptive, THE MURDER BOOK by New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, author of KILLER and BREAKDOWN, is recommended for fans of David Baldacci and Harland Coben. 'Optimism is a feature of The Murder Book although the premise is macabre ...Kellerman ameliorates the horror with a surprising number of generous characters' (Telegraph) Alex Delaware's relationship with his long-term partner is on the rocks.
He is floored when Robin announces she's heading off on a three-month music tour.
But he soon has other things to think about. He is sent an envelope with no return address. Inside, he finds an album with gold letters on it - THE MURDER BOOK.
It's full of macabre pictures of murders, with brief descriptions of how, and why, the victims died.
One picture - marked 'Not solved' - shows the horrifically mutilated body of a young woman.
Unsettled, Alex calls his friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, who seems strangely familiar with the case.
What connects the photograph with Milo's past? What's more, why has it been sent to Alex - and by whom?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 12/05/2003
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780747265016
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Review by ct.bergeron
.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality—an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival, and that of longtime friend, homicide detective, Milo Sturgis.The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos—a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images: a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp.This was one of Milo’s first cases as a rookie homicide cop: a vicious killing that he failed to solve, because just as he and his training partner began to make headway, the department closed them down. Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo. But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth, and over the years he managed to forget. Or so he thought.Now, two decades later, someone has chosen to stir up the past. As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago, their every move is followed and their lives are placed in jeopardy. The relentless investigation reaches deep into L.A.’s nerve-centers of power and wealth—past and present. While peeling back layer after layer of ugly secrets, they discover that the murder of one forgotten girl has chilling ramifications that extend far beyond the tragic loss of a single life.