Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel

By Jonathan Kellerman

NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • Don’t pass over the excerpt of Jonathan Kellerman’s The Murderer’s Daughter in the again of the book!

Jonathan Kellerman writes razor-sharp novels that lower to the fast. Now comes Motive, which pits psychologist Alex Delaware and murder cop Milo Sturgis opposed to a vicious felony mind—the style in basic terms Kellerman can convey to chilling life.
Even having countless numbers of closed instances to his credits can’t hold LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don’t get solved—and the sufferers who pass with no justice. sufferers like Katherine Hennepin, a tender lady strangled and stabbed in her domestic. A unmarried suspect with a fantastic alibi results in a useless end—one even Alex Delaware’s professional perception can’t clarify. the single factor to do is movement directly to the following homicide case—because there’s consistently a subsequent one.
This time the sufferer is Ursula Corey: a winning, appealing divorcée who’s been gunned down—not a theft yet an execution, against the law that smacks of easy, savage revenge. And in addition to that theoretical intent come robust contenders for the function of perp: the lifeless woman’s enterprise partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. yet simply as Alex and Milo imagine they’re zeroing in at the probably suspect, a weird and wonderful new clue stirs up eerie echoes of the unsolved Hennepin homicide. And the invention of one more crime scene bearing a similar taunting signature increases the threat of a serial killer on a project, whose twisted procedure is surpassed in basic terms via his manipulative and crafty madness.

Praise for Motive
“Jonathan Kellerman has mastered the paintings of lean, evocative prose [in] a sequence that grows enhanced with each one volume.”—New York magazine of Books
“One of [Kellerman’s] top works to this point . . . Motive is splendidly made, both well-driven via plot and personality, and shouldn’t be missed.”Bookreporter
“[Motive] may also retain style veterans guessing. . . . The twists are either surprising and logical, and the byplay among the leads entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Jonathan Kellerman
“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology talents and darkish mind's eye are a powerful literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times
“A grasp of the mental thriller.”—People
“The mixture of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the main unique whodunit duo on the grounds that Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes

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Kleffer laughed back, tilted his hand from side to side. “Sear, turn, sear, turn. That’ll soften your mind. Asshole deserved it, he was once a shithead from day one, even unloading at the Guatemalans. ” “The Guatemalans? ” “The prep men, they’re just like the spine of the kitchen, you don’t piss them off. Asshole really hit one within the face, claiming the man was once messing him up on objective. that is silly, the Guatemalans are pros. you may get away with loads of shit in a kitchen yet you don’t mess with the Guatemalans, they recognize greater than you. That used to be his challenge, considering he used to be smarter than every body, going to Harvard. ” “We’ve been informed Yale. ” “Same difference,” acknowledged Kleffer. “So what in case you took Persian fucking philosophy? are you able to conceive a badass sauce? are you able to marry flavors? The kitchen is the last word try, Asshole couldn’t face up to it. He by no means beloved me simply because each time we ended up within the related position, i used to be larger up. That’s why he stole Kathy from me. i do know it used to be him. ” He stubbed out his cigarette, lit one other. “I depart big apple and are available right here. So wager who exhibits up? It’s like, you’ve acquired to be kidding. ” “J. J. confirmed up at Beppo—” “No, no, a spot within the Valley, fusion Italian eastern, I’m now not operating, I’m consuming. ” Kleffer’s eyes narrowed. “I’m having dinner with Kathy, the relationship’s going solid, I’m pondering we’re sturdy, everything’s copa. instantly, who’s status on the desk? I say hello yet I don’t invite him. He sits down besides, like we’re bros. genuine pleasant, gentle, like a special individual than an asshole who’d hit a Guatemalan. What am I going to do, kick him out and appear like a dick in entrance of Kathy? So he has a few beverages with us, quickly he’s conversing extra to Kathy than me. ” I acknowledged, “Talking approximately what? ” “Basically how fucking nice he's. Harv-Yale, no matter what. How he was once a chef, the culinary international had its ‘charms’ there’s not anything greater than feeding people, sooner or later he’s gonna take on international hunger, yet now he’s moved on, time for a transformation, he’s operating in legislation. I knew it was once bullshit yet who cares? All i wished used to be to eliminate him, get Kathy domestic and … he leaves, supplies me a bro-hug, I by no means see him back. ” He smoked greedily. “I by no means imagine something approximately it, why could I? ” I acknowledged, “You by no means hooked up him with the fellow you suspected Kathy of seeing. ” “The bastard she cheated on me with? ” stated Kleffer. “Why could i believe it’s him, he’s a dick. ” “How quickly after he confirmed up—” “Maybe a coupla months. ” Head shake. “She drops it on me. You’re out, Darius. no longer announcing it yet i do know: one other guy’s in. It fucking broke me. ” Patting the left part of his chest. “Why might i feel it’s him? She stated she was once trying to find balance. ” “Working in law,” acknowledged Milo. “Yeah, yeah, yet that didn’t check in simply because I knew it used to be bullshit. Asshole’s slicing greens, now he’s a legal professional? ” “He acknowledged he was once an legal professional? ” “Working in legislations, what the fuck does that suggest? you actually imagine it’s him? ” Milo stated, “We don’t imagine whatever but, Darius.

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