Silent Partner Author:Jonathan Kellerman Romance is the last thing on Alex Delaware's mind when he attends a cocktail party for physcology professor Paul Peter Kruse at one of Los Angeles's most lavish estates. Alex knows about Kruse's "clinical" sex games and dubious experiments, so he can't understand why such a man has received a prestigious academic endowment. He's further surpri... more »sed to encounter a face from his own past among the guests- Sharon Ransom, the lover who left him abruptly more than a decade earlier. As exquisite, alluring, and unreadable as ever, Sharon hints that she needs help. Alex evades her and the next day she is dead, an apparent suicide.
Driven by guilt and sadness, Alex plunges into the maze of Sharon's life- a riveting journey that will take him through the pleasure palaces of California's ultra-rich into the dark closets of a family's disturbing past, and finally into the alleyways of the mind, where childhood terrors still hold sway. With little to go on but Sharon's long-ago tales, he puts together a web of clues- an old film, some crude childish drawings, a photograph- when suddenly his investigation takes a deadly turn: a murderer strikes.
Alex's friend LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, warns him away from the grisly trail. But whether the answer to Sharon's death lies in the mind, in the heart, or in the hard facts, Alex must grasp it to make peace with her memory.« less