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By Jonathan Kellerman
“With his most up-to-date, [Jonathan Kellerman] not just brings his ‘A’ video game but additionally ratchets it up a notch or 3. . . . Victims will continue you up at night.”—Bookreporter
Acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a pal on this planet, yet whom did she pass so badly as to finish up meticulously prepared in the sort of grotesque homicide scene? One glance activates LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his professional in homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. yet even Alex is stymied while extra slayings take place within the similar ghastly fashion—with no obvious connection one of the sufferers. And the one clue left behind—a clean web page bearing a query mark—seems to be either a menacing taunt and a chilling cry for support from a tortured, savage soul. to finish the bloody spree and forestall citywide panic, Alex navigates the secretive global of psychological overall healthiness therapy, from the smooth workplace of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered psychological establishment the place he as soon as realized his craft. As each one jagged piece of the puzzle suits into position, a portrait emerges of a sinister brain at its so much unimaginable—and an evil soul at its such a lot unspeakable.
“Expertly crafted, judiciously paced and echoing with better social concerns.”—The Star-Ledger
“The mix of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the main unique whodunit duo on account that Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes
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A steel-gray Caesar-do attempted yet didn't conceal a receding hairline. A furry white soul patch sprouted below hyphen lips, bristly and stiff as icicles. He regarded up. “Help you men? ” “We’re searching for Jay Sloat. ” His eyes narrowed and he stood and stepped round the table. only a contact below Milo’s six 3 and approximately as cumbersome, he wore a pale, untucked blue chambray blouse with pearl buttons, stovepipe black denims, grey suede needle-toe boots, a diamond in his left earlobe. plenty of muscle but additionally a few middle-aged padding. “Don’t trouble telling me, you’re evidently police officers. I haven’t performed whatever, so what provides? ” large, faintly Slavic midwestern intonation. “Lieutenant Sturgis, Mr. Sloat. ” Milo prolonged his hand. Sloat studied it for a moment, continued a quick clasp prior to retrieving his vast paw. “Okay, now we’re all BFFs. might you please inform me what’s occurring? ” “Sorry if this is often frightening you, Mr. Sloat. It’s on no account our goal. ” “It’s no longer scary me,” acknowledged Sloat. “I suggest I’m no longer anxious in my opinion simply because i do know I haven’t performed something. I simply don’t get why the law enforcement officials are right here whilst I’m attempting to paintings. ” He frowned. “Oh, guy, don’t inform me it’s anything to do with George. whether it is, I can’t assist you, I simply paintings for the fellow. ” Milo didn’t solution. Jay Sloat pressed his fingers jointly prayerfully. “Tell me it ain’t so, men, ok? i want this task. ” “It ain’t so. George is the landlord? ” Sloat secure, exhaled. “So it’s now not approximately that. very good. ok, then what’s up? ” Milo repeated the query. Sloat stated, “Yeah, he’s the landlord. George Hassan. He’s rather an ok man. ” “Why could we be trying to find him? ” “No cause. ” “No cause, yet he’s the 1st one you considered. ” Sloat’s brown eyes grew to become piggishly small as they studied Milo, then me, then Milo back. “George goes via a classy divorce and she or he retains claiming he’s conserving again on her. She’s threatening to shut down the enterprise if he doesn’t open the books. final week, she despatched round a personal investigator pretending to be a buyer, dude’s dressed like a dork, starts off asking me if i've got extra of those great worsted matches within the again. Worsted. What a doofus. I acknowledged, ‘Hey, Dan Tana, when you really are looking to test anything on, let’s do it, if it is a online game, cross play it in different places. ’ man became white and bought the fuck out. ” Sloat grinned and winked. His bronzed face was once smoother than while we’d entered; recounting his dominance placed him again in his convenience area. Milo acknowledged, “I pay attention you. good, this has not anything to do with George. ” “What then? ” “It’s approximately your ex-wife. ” Sloat’s jaw muscular tissues swelled. His students extended. “Vita? What approximately her? ” “She’s lifeless. ” “Dead,” stated Sloat. “As in police lifeless? Oh, guy. What occurred? ” “Someone murdered her. ” “Yeah, I acquired that. I suggest who, how, whilst? ” Milo ticked his arms. “Don’t understand, nasty, 5 nights in the past. ” Sloat stroked his soul patch. “Wo-ho,” he stated, in a smooth, virtually boyish voice. “Someone ultimately did the complain. ” We didn’t reply. He acknowledged, “I want a cigarette, let’s cross open air.