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Night moves
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
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544 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
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An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to find the murdered and brutalized corpse of a total stranger in their house. This baffling, twisted tale tests Alex and Milo to their intellectual and emotional limits.
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LP MYSTERY Kellerman, J.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The master of the psychological thriller makes all the right moves in this new novel of spellbinding suspense.

Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve alone. That's when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the darkest motives lurk. And if ever the good doctor's insight is needed, it's at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal.

There's no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim's missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family's home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. Despite that, their cooperation seems guarded. And that's more than Milo and Alex can elicit from the Corvins' creepy next-door neighbor--a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude.

As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips. And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest--and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets--a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there's enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins. Including the deadliest.

Praise for Night Moves

"Exceptionally well-plotted . . . Newcomers will find this an easy entry point into this long-running series." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A taut, procedural thriller . . . One of the most tightly plotted, tightly written of the Alex Delaware series . . . a real puzzler . . . Fans of the long-running Delaware series will be thrilled with this one, and because each book functions just fine as a stand-alone, there's nothing keeping new readers from diving in." -- Booklist

"Jonathan Kellerman continues to amaze, dazzle, delight and entertain. . . . Night Moves is simply the best." -- Bookreporter

Author Notes

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a child psychologist to 16 consecutive bestselling novels of suspense, including The Butcher's Theater, Jerusalem, and Billy Straight and 32 previous Alex Delaware novels, translated into two dozen languages. He is also the author of numerous essays, short stories, and scientific articles, two children's books, and three volumes on psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children.

(Publisher Provided) Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City on August 9, 1949 and raised in Los Angeles. He received a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Southern California. At the age of 22, he won the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

He has served as Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the School of Medicine at USC and as a consultant to the State of California, the U.S. Army and the Superior Court of Los Angeles. He is the founding director of the Psychosocial Program at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. The first books he published were medical texts: Psychological Aspects of Childhood Cancer (1980) and Helping the Fearful Child (1981).

His first novel, When the Bough Breaks (1985), was made into a television movie and received the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher awards. He has also written many bestselling crime novels featuring the Alex Delaware series, children's books, and nonfiction works. His fiction book, co-authored with son Jesse Kellerman, The Golem of Hollywood, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. His recent books include The Murderer's Daughter, Breakdown, and The Wedding Guest.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In bestseller Kellerman's exceptionally well-plotted 33rd mystery featuring L.A. psychologist Alex Delaware (after 2017's Heartbreak Hotel), Alex's close friend on the LAPD, Lt. Milo Sturgis, asks for his help in investigating a gruesome murder. When Chet Corvin, a senior vice president in a reinsurance firm; his wife, Felice; and their two children returned home from a restaurant one night, they found a dead man in their den with his face blasted off and his hands severed. The Corvins all insist that they have no idea who he is, let alone why the killer would have left him in their house. The only potential lead is Chet's alerting Alex and Milo that one of their neighbors, Trevor Bitt, is weird. The pair soon learn that Bitt is a legendary artist, best known for comic book illustrations of disturbing subjects, and their suspicions are heightened by Bitt's refusal to speak with them. Another murder only makes the case murkier. The leads' bantering friendship lightens an otherwise grim story. Newcomers will find this an easy entry point into this long-running series. Agent: Barney Karpfinger, Karpfinger Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

One of the most tightly plotted, tightly written of the Alex Delaware series, Kellerman's latest opens with a real puzzler: How and why did the faceless, handless body of a murdered man wind up in the home of an ordinary suburban family? The man clearly wasn't killed there; there's no sign of blood or violence. Delaware, a psychologist who often consults on police cases, and his usual partner, detective Milo Sturgis, wonder whether the distraught and confused family might be somehow involved, especially the overbearing and arrogant father. However, a second murder soon convinces Alex and Milo that the solution lies elsewhere. What follows is a taut procedural thriller; we follow Alex and Milo as they test theories, follow up speculations, interview potential suspects and persons of interest, and eventually find the needle of truth buried in a haystack of what-ifs. Fans of the long-running Delaware series will be thrilled with this one, and, because each book functions just fine as a stand-alone, there's nothing keeping new readers from diving in here.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist