An Alex Delaware Novel
Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345460714, 528pp.
Publication Date: December 2, 2003
The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the terrifying disease that causes parents to induce illness in their own children. Now, in his most frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove that a child's own mother or father is making her sick.
Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him that one of them may be a monster.
Then a physician at the hospital is brutally murdered. A shadowy death is revealed. And Alex and his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis have only hours to uncover the link between these shocking events and the fate of an innocent child.
Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to numerous bestselling tales of suspense (which have been translated into two dozen languages), including seventeen Alex Delaware novels; The Butcher’s Theater, a story of serial killing in Jerusalem; and Billy Straight, featuring Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor. He is also the author of numerous essays, short stories, and scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, have four children.
“Often, mystery writers can either plot like devils or create believable characters. Kellerman stands out because he can do both. Masterfully.”
“Kellerman has shaped the psychological mystery novel into an art form.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Jonathan Kellerman is back with [A Cold Heart], and it shows all the Kellerman class we have come to expect. I proclaim ‘his best yet’ with every new book, but—and this should be no surprise—he manages to trump himself every time. . . . A bloomin’ good whodunit.”
“[A] highly successful series . . . Kellerman provides a meaty layer of interpersonal relationships beneath the surface of his plot.”
“Detective fiction’s best-loved shrink, handsome, intrepid, immeasurably sensitive, is in top form.”