Night Moves

Night Moves

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"The #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of the psychological thriller makes all the right moves in this new novel of spellbinding suspense. Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve alone. That's when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the darkest motives lurk. And if ever the good doctor's insight is needed, it's at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal. There's no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim's missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family's home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. And yet their cooperation seems oddly guarded. But even the Corvins' thin response is more than Milo and Alex can elicit from their creepy next-door neighbor--a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude. As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips. And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest--and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets--a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there's enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins. Including the deadliest."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Ballantine Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780345541468
9780345541482
Characteristics: 395 pages ;,25 cm.

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DM_kcls
Apr 11, 2019

As has become predictable, every time Milo Sturgis asks psychologist Alex Delaware 'you free today?' Alex has a 'consultation in a contentious child custody case'. Really? Jonathan Kellerman can't think of anything new or interesting that keeps Alex busy? Or does Alex just have the most boring life in the lives of literary characters?

A headless, handless body of a stranger found in the den. Yep, sounds like the beginning of an old time Agatha Christie mystery. Nope, it's not. The solving part of the novel was not very satisfying. Too much chewing on circumstances, theories and possibilities, too little detecting.

The cover of 'Night Moves' claims it to be "An Alex Delaware Novel". Frankly, I'm not even sure why Alex Delaware had a part in 'Night Moves' except to be a food foil for Milo who is unusually talkative and glib. That this new, improved Milo exhibits any contentment or, dare I say, happiness is disconcerting to those of us who know him well. I prefer the often grunting, EFFECTIVE eater that was Milo rather than the too talkative, says nothing of import Milo. The scenes in 'Night Moves' seem repetitive throughout the book as the sarcasm and food scenes definitely are.

While the headless, handless body of a stranger found in the den is a big ball of tangled twine to be unknotted, the strings take us all over the place with names of too many irrelevant people.

Lately I think authors are so wound up in their own clever wording when writing their latest concept of a novel, they forget they need an ending. Then, as with 'Night Moves', they cobble one together (likely or unlikely, believable or convenient) and slap it on the last few pages.

3 Stars, C- because I've read them all and C- will give Jonathan Kellerman one more chance with me. Make it count Jonathan.

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digitbaxter
Feb 07, 2019

I agree with other long-time fans that this book really lacks the intrigue of his earlier books. The book seemed to ramble on between the characters and there wasn't the usual WOW ending. It left me wondering why the end was so stupid and I still didn't understand the connections between these characters. I wonder if his son Jesse cowrote this one as he has done in the past. This book did not credit Jesse, but it reads more like his books which I do not like.

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tam2128
Nov 05, 2018

Night Moves ,the new book from the award winning novelist Jonathan Kellerman , is a disappointment . Most of Kellerman's books in the Delaware series are very good .Some of the books in this highly entertaining series are excellent , sad to say a few are not good. Night Moves falls in the "not good" category.
I have to wonder how many of the readers leaving effusive comments on Night Moves have read any other books in the series. This is the thirty-third book in the series ,I have read all of the series in order. Most of the books were highly entertaining, well written books
that come with quick dialogue and a depth and style to the storytelling, itself. Discussing this book with a like-minded friend, we came to the conclusion that the book felt as if someone else had written it. The story was stripped of the guts that we have come to expect and enjoy so much in Kellerman's Delaware and Sturgis Series.
Here's hoping the new release in February 2019 is excellent

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Sep 10, 2018

Milo and Alex can do better. Not his best.

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Bookworm2228
Sep 06, 2018

4 1/2 star read. Kellerman writes really good thrillers and this one was no exception. I love his Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis characters and the way they interact. Reading one of Kellerman's books is at times like visiting with old friends. Milo is called in on a murder case, particularly puzzling and grisly and he calls Alex in for a consult. As the investigation continues, Alex's insight helps Milo look at other potential issues in the neighbourhood and between the two of them, they find a way to zero in on potential suspects. A very taut thriller that is so well written that the pages just keep turning, compulsively. I am looking forward to book #34 that is scheduled to drop next January. Kellerman is one of my favourites and this book proves it.

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okiechigal
Jul 23, 2018

not one of my favorites. Love his books usually and still liked the characters but plot was slow til the end.

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talk2terih
Jul 14, 2018

One of the best (so far) of the Alex Delaware books. Kellerman has a great writing style, injected with humor and humanity as well as crackerjack detecting and plenty of clues to mull over.

This story contains a complicated plot and quite a few characters, yet the reader follows it all easily without having to go back a few pages or chapters to refresh info on an event or character.

I read this book i a couple of long sessions, and found myself vexed at having to put it down when real life demanded my attention.

Nice to see an author getting better as a series moves forward.

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McAnnieG
Jun 24, 2018

Lt. Milo Sturgis' case has Dr. Alex Delaware brushing up on odd psychiatric conditions.
The murders are strange, the characters even stranger, and everyone is hiding a secret by being evasive or confrontational.

Not only a who-done-it, but a why-did-they-do-it story with complicated twists to keep you guessing.

Definitely had to be awake to follow this one!

Thank you HPL for access to the e format of this title.

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reader7176
Jun 18, 2018

Like all Kellerman books. Great book.

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leewardside
Apr 26, 2018

Been a fan for years, but I gave up on this one halfway through--the characters are unsympathetic and therefore too hard to invest in caring for their predicament.

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