An Alex Delaware Novel
By Jonathan Kellerman
Random House Large Print (2010), 448 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - June 2, 2010
This tale concerns an oversexed high school teacher who is apparently killed and placed in a tub of dry ice, a high-priced snobbish prep school, a police official's son attending the school and the official not wanting to cause the school any difficulties until his son is accepted at Yale University.
Kellerman follows his interesting and affective style: An unusual crime is committed; the case is assigned to police lieutenant Milo who asks his friend psychologist Delaware for help; Delaware makes brief astute observations throughout the novel; Delaware never seems to make a mistake; there are comments about Milo's homosexuality, both favorable and non-favorable; frequent visits by Milo to Delaware's house where he raids his refrigerator; Milo eating often in Delaware's car as the pair drive around the city; short, relevant, clear, and clever descriptions of people and locations; sharp entertaining interrogatories by Milo; excellent responses by Milo to questions when he answers by asking a cunning question; Milo relying on Delaware's insights while Milo is repeatedly praised for being smart and the story shows that he is indeed smart; twists and turns in the plot, first one, then another, then another etc. person seems to be the culprit; a penultimate or near-penultimate chapter in which Milo interrogates the murderer(s) at length and pulls together seemingly all the relevant facts; a final chapter where an almost overlooked event is clarified. The book's title is usually not clarified until the reader knows what prompted the murder.
Despite the near formula writing, the plots differ and the novels are suspenseful and well worth reading, as is this one.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.