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Alex Delaware, by his friendship with Milo, the homicide detective, is drawn into exploring and finding a serial murderer who is killing creative artists who are about to make a comeback. A sub-plot is Alex's breakup with Robin and his beginnings of a relationship with Allison, another psychiatrist we met in an earlier book.
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I actually found this book more interesting than the last few Kellerman "Alex Delaware" series. Breaking up with the ever present but not very interesting Robin, and introducing Petra, Eric, and Allison to the storyline has enriched the dialogue, the personalities, and they all work very well together.
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Alex Delaware becomes embroiled in yet another murder mystery. Someone is offing up-and-coming artists, and Delaware's cop friend Milo Sturgis needs his help. This time, Delaware's former lover Robin Castagna is directly involved.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   psychiatrist investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   psychiatrist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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