Deception

Deception

An Alex Delaware Novel

Book - 2010
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"Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help--to whoever may be listening--comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.'s most prestigious prep schools. With Elise now dead by uncertain means, homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy. And if ever he could use Dr. Alex Delaware's psychological prowess, it's now. From the get-go, this case promises to be an uphill climb for truth and a down and dirty fight for justice. Allegations of rape, assault, and possibly murder at this esteemed institution renowned for molding Ivy Leaguers make for a social and political time bomb--especially given that one of the students has connections high up in City Hall. As the scandal-conscious elite of L.A. close ranks around Windsor Prep, Alex and Milo must penetrate the citadel of wealth and scholarship to expose the hidden anguish, dirty secrets, and deadly sins festering among society's manor-born. But power and position are not easily surrendered, for that's when the best and the brightest turn brutal and ugly. Searching for predators among the privileged, Alex and Milo may well be walking into a highly polished death trap."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345505675
0345505670
Call Number: KELLERMAN
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Brentwood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Preparatory schools -- Fiction.
Women teachers -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Sexual abuse victims -- Fiction.
Police -- California -- Los Angeles -- Fiction.
Psychologists -- Fiction.
Sturgis, Milo (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Delaware, Alex (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.

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I have read quite a few Kellerman novels and I found the characters shallow and the overall the book was a bit boring. Ok for a fast read but not memorable.

fmisaac Jul 16, 2012

prep school substitute teacher murdered

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librarianatlarge
Jan 17, 2012

One of Kellerman' better reads. I always enjoy Milo Sturgis as a character. This one has an interesting murder, the usual descriptions of driving around in LA, and Milo constantly eating. I always enjoy these books and this was no exception. Recommended light reading.

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scorpio21
Sep 06, 2011

Psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis are my favorite duo when it comes to investigating a crime.

osd2012 Jul 08, 2011

The best book ever.

Krajzel May 06, 2011

Once again Jonathan Kellerman comes thru as a truely great author.

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Carterpenj
Jan 29, 2011

A good contemporary mystery where Alex Delaware and Milo solve the mystery of the woman murdered with dry ice.

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22950009541673
Jul 01, 2010

Unending description and sniping, with some swearing.

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