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Dr. Alexander Delaware, a child psychologist in Los Angeles, is called in to evaluate the case of a leukemia patient whose parents want to discontinue chemotherapy. When the boy disappears from the hospital and his parents are found dead, the only leads are the boy's sensual older sister and a holistic-meditative cult called The Touch. Delaware's search for the child takes him to a small town near the Mexican border where he finally unearths the dark secrets kept by the boy's family and the townspeople. He also uncovers drugs and group sex in the commune and survives a few harrowing attempts on his life. (Particularly well-drawn is a failed assassination at the tale's end, which has intriguing mythic echoes.) As in his praised first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, Kellerman draws on his experience as a clinical psychologist to enrich and broaden his considerable storytelling talents. Imbued with a vivid sense of place and featuring a strong supporting cast, including Milo Sturgis, Delaware's burly gay detective friend, this second adventure points happily toward an Alex Delaware series.

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September 29th, 2014
Another excellent Alex Delaware book!
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July 13th, 2014
Kellerman writes for his readers! He is an excellent author. combining suspense & strategy with wildly sexual content. If anybody.has wondered what a cult would operate like. This author explains it all. The only thing that was annoying was parts of the ending. He doesn't inform us what punishment Sherriff Houten was assigned. Plus I was sad to read @ Nona's ending. She is not viewed as a victim, which I thought she was, & should have been forgiven for her role in the kidnapping.
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May 2nd, 2013
It's great to read a well edited book after reading many self-published books that could use good editing. This is an early Dr. Alex Delaware novel that tackles the topic of childhood cancer. Some of the book is predictable but it's an easy novel to read for pleasure. It doesn't tackle the deep psychological issues associated with childhood cancer, instead it uses the cancer as a backdrop for a mystery surrounding a strange holistic group. Jonathan Kellerman succeeds in offering the reader a quick read meant to entertain.
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March 9th, 2013
Once again, Mr. Kellerman combines his talent as a writer and a story teller and his ability to challenge the reader to look beyond the surface of our humanity and consider the complexities of life. The decisions and choices we make, how we live our lives and how we perceive other people. Each person has a history, a story to tell and our stories are more similar than we think for every person has known hurt, pain, joy, rejection, fear, peace... and the results from these experiences influences who we become. Thank you for another thought-provoking and entertaining book.
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