Dr. Alexander Delaware, a child psychologist in Los Angeles, is called in to evaluate the case of a leukemia patient whose parents want to discontinue chemotherapy. When the boy disappears from the hospital and his parents are found dead, the only leads are the boy's sensual older sister and a holistic-meditative cult called The Touch. Delaware's search for the child takes him to a small town near the Mexican border where he finally unearths the dark secrets kept by the boy's family and the townspeople. He also uncovers drugs and group sex in the commune and survives a few harrowing attempts on his life. (Particularly well-drawn is a failed assassination at the tale's end, which has intriguing mythic echoes.) As in his praised first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, Kellerman draws on his experience as a clinical psychologist to enrich and broaden his considerable storytelling talents. Imbued with a vivid sense of place and featuring a strong supporting cast, including Milo Sturgis, Delaware's burly gay detective friend, this second adventure points happily toward an Alex Delaware series.
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Review: Blood Test (Alex Delaware #2)User Review - Stefan - Goodreads
The second book in Jonathan Kellerman's bestselling series was just as exciting as the first. The subject matter was a bit off putting at times, but overall was an exciting read (the small-town was one of several interesting support characters). Read full review
Review: Blood Test (Alex Delaware #2)User Review - Cheryl - Goodreads
I had trouble getting into this, but hit the half way point and couldn't put it down. Psychosis, nymphomania, other manias, dirty cops, dirty doctors, death and mayhem. It gets entertaining. Oh, I almost forgot.... Big emphasis on organics. Read full review