“Compulsion” By Jonathan Kellerman


By Jonathan Kellerman


Must admit, this is another involving, quick read by Kellerman.

It is fast-paced mystery, involving Alex Delaware, a child psychologist, and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis of the LAPD (he’s gay).

The case of a teenager’s disappearance years ago is picked up by Milo, along with the case of a retired school teacher’s murder, the recovery of a girl’s body and the murder of a shop clerk. Alex is called to chip in with his insight and discuss the case. The murders were gruesome and brutal and the murderer (apparently) drove a large dark luxury car.

The twist at the end was worth the read.

The plot grabs your undivided attention most of the time.

Kellerman’s knack of pairing Milo and Alex is sure commendable. Milo’s strength lies in tracing out details, putting the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together, definitely with Alex’s psychological insights. Milo is a very interesting, persistent homicide cop. While Alex’s expertise lies in his in-depth approach. Also, his long time girlfriend, Robin, is back with him in this one and thankfully their unexciting conversations were limited enough.

A strong, fast paced and well written novel with ample detailing (of people and places and situations). Clean writing; crisp dialogs; interesting plot; enjoyable over all.



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