Alex Delaware

34 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 550 ratings

When the Bough Breaks Summary

In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

It's psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past.

This connection is only the beginning, a single link in a 40-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.

©2003 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2012 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • When the Bough Breaks

    • An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 1
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit dated, but OK.

    • By C. Shepherd on 09-06-15

    Regular price: £29.59

  • Book 2

    • Blood Test

    • Alex Delaware, Book 2
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    It is a case unlike any psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware has ever encountered. Five-year-old Woody Swope is ill, but the real problem is his parents. They refuse to agree to the one treatment that could save this boy's life. Alex sets out to convince Mr. and Mrs. Swope - only to find that the parents have left the hospital and taken their son with them. Worse, the sleazy motel room where the Swopes were staying is empty - except for the ominous bloodstain. The Swopes and their son have vanished into the sordid shadows of the city.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic read

    • By sarah on 19-11-15

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 3

    • Over the Edge

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before - and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn't five years ago.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too much detail

    • By Venetia on 26-09-13

    Regular price: £32.59

  • Book 4

    • Silent Partner

    • An Alex Delaware Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Sharon Ransom is the most beautiful woman in the room; she’s also the most troubled. So when former lover psychologist Alex Delaware bumps into her at a lavish LA cocktail party, though still attracted to her, fear of reviving unhappy memories prevents him from offering the help she seems so desperate for. Hours later, Sharon’s body is discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tortured by guilt, Alex wants answers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great plotting!

    • By T Dinn on 03-04-18

    Regular price: £16.79

  • Book 5

    • Time Bomb

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    A sniper opens fire on a crowded Californian schoolyard but is killed before any children are harmed. When the sniper’s identity is revealed, a media frenzy erupts – why would they want to take innocent lives? Psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to help the kids cope with the ordeal but is quickly drawn into exploring the motives of the would-be assassin. Alex soon finds himself on a bloody and twisted trail into the world of political extremism from which there may be no way back…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By S. Rifflart on 25-05-16

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 13

    • Monster

    • An Alex Delaware Novel
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, very good reader, sloppy editing

    • By Peter on 31-07-11

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  • Book 14

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  • Book 15

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  • Book 17

    • A Cold Heart

    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    Alex Delaware is summoned to a trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. There is no obvious motive, and the careful staging of the murder scene immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion, but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer. As more killings are discovered, unraveling the puzzle assumes a new importance - stopping a vicious psychopath who's made cold-blooded murder his chosen art form.

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  • Book 18

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  • Book 20

    • Gone

    • Alex Delaware Series, Book 20
    • By: Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, they are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified. They've had a harrowing ordeal: held at gunpoint by a sadistic abductor who subjected them to a horrific regime of confinement, starvation, and assault. But doubts arise about their story and, as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great performance

    • By deborah on 27-01-17

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