Compulsion

Compulsion Cover

Compulsion

By Jonathan Kellerman

Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345465283, 410pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2008

Description
Once again, the depths of the criminal mind and the darkest side of a glittering city fuel #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman's brilliant storytelling. 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. These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer's use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive. 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.A. society to its desperate edges; across the paths of commodities brokers and transvestite hookers; and as far away as New York City, where the search thaws out a long-cold case and exposes a grotesque homicidal crusade. 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.


About the Author
Jonathan Kellermanis the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, andTrue Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authoredDouble HomicideandCapital Crimes. With his son, bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored the first book of a new series, The Golem of Hollywood. He is also the author of two children s books and numerous nonfiction works, includingSavage Spawn: Reflections on Violent ChildrenandWith Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York."

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