DR ALEX DELAWARE IS BACK!!!how can a nonfunctional psychotic locked up ina supposedly secure institution fior homiclial madmen predict bruital murders in the outside world??
a marginal actor is found dead in a car truck,sawn in half..Months later, a psychologist at a hospital for the criminallly insane is discovered murdered and mutilated in a tantalizingly similar way..when reports ofan inmate's incoherent.ramblings begin to make frighteningly sense as predictions of yet mmore slayings, delaware and Strugis are drawn into a web of family secrets, vengenance, and manipulation=both inside the asylum and on the streets of LS, where death, drugs and sex are marketed as commodeties... this book finally reveals how it is possible to get to the truth of the matter that has created this MONSTER
It was a very intresting read, intense.
Consulting psychologist Alex Delaware has a novel approach to crime-solving: he uses his training to unlock the secrets in the minds of the victims and jiggles the clues he finds there until the right scenario emerges. So when Alex's LAPD buddy Milo finds the hacked-up body of a woman psychologist named Claire Argent in an abandoned car trunk--the second such murder in eight months--Alex heads for her place of employment: the Starkweather State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
One of Argent's patients at Starkweather is Ardis "Monster" Peake, imprisoned for the unbelievably brutal murders of his mother and the family she worked for, including a small child and a baby. There's at least one eerie similarity between the mutilation of their bodies and Argent's: in all the bodies, the eyes were taken or destroyed. But Peake, diagnosed as schizophrenic and psychotic, is a well-behaved vegetable due to a steady diet of Thorazine, and he hasn't left the hospital since his incarceration 15 years before. How is it, then, that Claire Argent's assistant, Heidi Ott, swears she heard Peake say, "Dr. A. Bad eyes in a box" soon after he hears only the bare fact of her death? And why does Alex find Peake so empathetic, in spite of his violent past and chillingly vacant mind? When other mutilated bodies turn up, Alex and Milo begin to suspect that the real monster is very much at large. Like Kellerman's 12 previous Alex Delaware mysteries, Monster builds to a big, teeth-clenching bang and ends with some very satisfying surprises. --Barrie Trinkle
This book is a psychological thriller that reminds me of a non-cannibal Hannibal Lecter or Jeffrey Dahmer. Good big read that takes time but is enjoyable. This isn't a book you can read through in a few hours. Full of suspense, fear and drama.
Kellerman asks and answers the question: How can a nunfunctional psychotic locked up in a secure institution for homicidal madmen predict brutal murders in the outside world?
Was a hard book to get started. Went along fine for a while, then the details became clouded again. Seemed to go in many different directions at once. Hard to keep track of all of the characters and the plot. Finally at the end the book then once again became clear as to what was happening. Not sure I would read another Kellerman Book.
I have not read this book.