Dr. Death

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Dr. Death

By Jonathan Kellerman

Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345508522, 473pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2008

Who killed the killer? In this brilliant and startling psychological thriller, Jonathan Kellerman, perennial bestselling author, gives a sharp and timely twist to homicide's central question.
Someone has murdered euthanasia champion Dr. Eldon Mate a self-styled Dr. Death responsible for scores of assisted suicides. In a burst of bloody irony, the killer chooses to dispatch the doctor in the back of Mate's own suicide van, hooking him up to the killing apparatus dubbed "the Humanitron" and adding some butchering touches of his own. The case is assigned to veteran LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, who turns, once again, to his friend Dr. Alex Delaware. But working this case raises a conflict of interest for Alex so profound that he can't even discuss it with Milo. The tension that develops between cop and psychologist further complicates an already baffling and complex murder investigation one whose suspects include the families of Dr. Mate's "travelers," Mate's own son, and a psychopathic killer who relishes the geometry of death.
Dr. Death is a rich brew of unforgettable characters, labyrinthine plotting, page-turning prose, and the unique insights into the darkest corners of the human mind that have earned Jonathan Kellerman international accolades as the master of psychological suspense.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
Jonathan Kellermanis the #1"New York Times"bestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, "The Butcher s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, ""Twisted, "and"True Detectives." With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored"Double Homicide"and"Capital 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, including"Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children"and"With 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."

Praise For Dr. Death

Praise for Monster

"Kellerman is in peak form. . . . A surprising and complex story of festering evil--a tale that snakes its way to a stunningly dramatic conclusion."
--People (Page-Turner of the Week)

Praise for Billy Straight

"Billy Straight is everything a thriller ought to be. The writing is excellent. The plotting is superior. The characters ring true. . . . A taut, compelling story."                  
--USA Today

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman

"Jonathan Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."
--Detroit Free Press

"Often, mystery writers can either plot like devils or create believable characters. Kellerman stands out because he can do both. Masterfully."
--USA Today

"Kellerman excels at plotting, dialogue, procedural detail and insight into
abnormal states of mind."
--Los Angeles Times

"Kellerman is the acknowledged king of the psychological thriller."
--The Dallas Morning News