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And no one conducts a more harrowing and suspenseful manhunt than the modern Sherlock Holmes of the psyche, Dr. A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night.

A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware.

What begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well-heeled center of L. The killer proves jonatgan be a fleeting shape-shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death—and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness.

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Published March compulsoon by Ballantine Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Compulsionplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 29, Lewis Weinstein rated it liked it Shelves: Another quite readable psychological adventure with Dr. Enough turns and twists to keep the pages turning, but not enough to create the edge of prior books in this series.

Apr 14, Susan rated it really liked it. If you like Kellerman’s other books, you will probably like this one. I actually liked it more than some of the other ones. Sometimes, I find Alex Delaware’s psychological insights a little too obscure and feel they muddy the picture. This time, he was a little more reigned in, and I found this book to be much more readable as a result. It still contains all of the elements we love–Milo, Robin, and Alex’s cute new dog.

The only drawback was that the two mysteries in this book got tied up a litt If you like Kellerman’s other books, you will probably like this one. The only drawback was that the two mysteries in this book got tied up a little too neatly and easily.

However, both stories were compelling and enjoyable. Jul 04, Jerry B rated it it was ok.

Compulsion – Jonathan Kellerman

Mediocre outing — even JK seems tired of our buddy Alex! We’ve read every single Alex Delaware novel, so are big fans, well-informed about this series. Compuulsion started out great – the child psychologist by profession who consults with the police; specifically Milo Sturgis, a gay, very interesting, and persistent homicide cop; on murders where the police feel they need a consultant’s help kelletman has resolved into little more than two detective buddies, one paid, the other an amateur hardly more skillful Mediocre outing — even JK seems tired of our buddy Alex!


Alex joins Milo seemingly whenever he wants presumably being paid at premium consultants’ ratesoften as little more than a pastime, not because compulsio skills are pertinent, which is pretty far-fetched in terms of the state of most public budgets! His relationship with live-in girlfriend Robin, always an on-again, off-again, “affair”, barely gets a nod herein, with a silly custom musical instrument buyer paying too much attention jomathan her a lame attempt at stalker suspense, resolved equally poorly in our opinion.


Meanwhile, the excuse for the plot, a serious of murders involving luxury autos, barely holds our attention, and while we plodded along to see whodunit, we hardly cared by the time we got there. To us, the series has run its course. While Milo per se is one of the more interesting police characters to come along over the last couple of decades, and while the original premise of Delaware’s involvement was novel, there’s virtually nothing left to excite or entertain us. It seems to us we’re at that deadly state of an author not knowing what to do or where to go except to the bank, as he churns out contract-fulfilling installments of mediocrity.

Nov 26, Mary JL rated it liked it Recommends it for: I have always enjoyed the Alex Delaware series. I find the two main characters–Alex and Milo–very interesting. I also find the many plot twists in the books interesting and suspenseful. Some people see thru these twists and see things coming–I seldom can figure a mystery out. The way the two seperate cases are handled in this books and the twists and turns Alex and Milo enouncted where attempting to solve the crimes I found very, very interesting.

Admittedly, this is not a book that will stay I have always enjoyed the Alex Delaware series. Admittedly, this is not a book that will stay in my memory in sharp detail. There is nothing unusual in it; it is a standard Alex Delaware mystery, and Kellerman I find up to his usual standards.

So, as many of my books get, it gets a solid, three starsan plesant, gripping mystery to pass a copule evenings with. May 14, Seanna rated it liked it.

Kellerman might have phoned this one in just a little bit. It’s still worth reading because it’s Alex Delaware well and Milo but this one was not the most stellar. If you are reading this, Dr. I feel like a traitor for dissing your book with only three stars.

It’s just that I have higher standards for you, sir, than for some of your colleagues Yours, I buy in hardback. Jul 12, Heidi rated it it was ok Shelves: Unfortunately not a great Delaware read! Hate when characters become omnicient to save the author time it’s just deadly dull in a mystery. Alex “surmised” so much about the phsychopath that I was thinking if he’d pick a few numbers, I should buy a lotto ticket Despite this dull entry, I still love Milo, Blanche and company.


Oct 28, Sherril rated it really liked it. I got really tired of the goofy similes and metaphors. He needs to work on some subtlety.

Book review: Jonathan Kellerman’s *Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Novel*

Other than that, excellent book, as usual. My favorite quote and a reminder of why to be patient with my nieces and nephewsfrom page You see a fifteen I got really tired of the goofy similes and metaphors. You see a fifteen-year-old capable of something like that? Teens don’t have as much as adults. Some folks think that’s a good reason not to execute young criminals. Sometimes not till middle age. keellerman

It has been a while since I have read or listened to a Jonathan Kellerman book. His regular charachers have become pretty predictable and this story dragged a bit – at least on CD. If you don’t have a “history” with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, the 2 main characters, and also with his lesser regulars, some of the subtleties are easy to miss. This book doesn’t give you much background development of the characters – there seems to be an jnoathan that you have read some of the earlier books.

I enjoyed the book much more than my husband, who was new to the series, did. I think he would have rated it even lower than I did. Oct 14, Moira rated it really liked it. This was a very well-written book – a little leaner and sleeker than some of the other Alex Delaware books – and a real pager turner. The killer was also a very interesting character. My only complaint was that it seemed a bit predictable in the end and a little slow to close. Still, as always, an kellerjan romp into the mind of a truly krllerman killer.

Sep 02, Jo rated it it was amazing. This one was no exception. Couple of surprises in two of the story lines. Writers are supposed to be careful with language! Words are how you get inside someone else’s head — as Stephen King said IIRC, the closest thing we have to telepathy. To knowing how other people xompulsion and feel and see. If we compulsikn take care how the fuck can we pass on anything?

If the details aren’t right how compuleion any of us know anything, any fact or placename or thing about another living soul?

Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Novel

It all becomes gibberish. But I bet he thought that wouldn’t work, because it’s an Aggie school.

Yes, I know it comes off as weird or obsesso jonathab I get so incensed over details. But it’s like the time in a writing workshop IN New Mexico!