Devil's Waltz: An Alex Delaware Novel (Mass Market Paperback)

An Alex Delaware Novel

By Jonathan Kellerman

Ballantine Books, 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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For Devil's Waltz: An Alex Delaware Novel

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

“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.”
—Wichita Falls

“[A] highly successful series . . . Kellerman provides a meaty layer of interpersonal relationships beneath the surface of his plot.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Detective fiction’s best-loved shrink, handsome, intrepid, immeasurably sensitive, is in top form.”
—Kirkus Reviews