Monster

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Ballantine Books, 2008 - Fiction - 499 pages
Alex Delaware is back! And in Jonathan Kellerman's riveting and ingenious new novel, Monster, he faces one of the most grisly and baffling mysteries of his career: How can a nonfunctional psychotic locked up in a supposedly secure institution for homicidal madmen predict brutal murders in the outside world? Delaware and his friend and partner Detective Milo Sturgis must penetrate this enigma in order to stop the horrific killings.

A marginal actor is found dead in a car trunk, sawn in half. Months later, a psychologist at a hospital for the criminally insane is discovered murdered and mutilated in a tantalizingly similar way. When reports of an inmate's incoherent ramblings begin to make frightening sense as predictions of yet more slayings, Delaware and Sturgis are drawn into a web of family secrets, vengeance, and manipulation--both inside the asylum and on the streets of L.A., where death, drugs, and sex are marketed as commodities. The climactic discovery they make as they race to prevent more killings gives fresh and terrifying meaning to the concept of monstrosity.

With Monster's incomparably deft characterizations and dazzlingly dark plot twists, Jonathan Kellerman further enhances his literary position as master of the psychological thriller.


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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
19
Section 4
25
Section 5
36
Section 6
54
Section 7
69
Section 8
76
Section 23
245
Section 24
262
Section 25
276
Section 26
289
Section 27
297
Section 28
312
Section 29
328
Section 30
340

Section 9
89
Section 10
100
Section 11
111
Section 12
124
Section 13
131
Section 14
140
Section 15
145
Section 16
166
Section 17
176
Section 18
185
Section 19
193
Section 20
200
Section 21
213
Section 22
227
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
378
Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
449
Section 40
456
Section 41
475
Section 42
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Section 43
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About the author (2008)

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 his acclaimed Alex Delaware novels; The Butcher’s Theater, a story of serial killing in Jerusalem; Billy Straight, featuring Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor; and The Conspiracy Club, which features a young psychologist, Dr. Jeremy Carrier, thrust into a chilling hunt for a twenty-first-century Jack the Ripper. Kellerman 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.

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