An Alex Delaware Novel
by Jonathan Kellerman
Publisher: Bantam Books / A Bantam Book
Jonathan Kellerman's six successive, critically acclaimed bestsellers have earned him a place in the front rank of suspense novelists. Now Kellerman's psychologist-detective Dr. Alex Delaware returns in a gripping new tale with all the compulsive readability, vivid characterization, and Southern California ambience for which Kellerman's earlier novels -- among them Over the Edge, Silent Partner, and Time Bomb -- are famous. The story unfolds in the old-money bastion of San Labrador, a high-security enclave where Los Angeles's ultra privileged live behind high walls, safe from prying eyes. But safety, no matter how well cushioned by cash, is just an illusion . . .
The voice belongs to a woman, but Alex Delaware remembers a little girl. It is nearly a decade since he last saw Melissa Dickinson, then an uncommonly bright seven-year-old tormented by so many fears that she dialed a hospital help line for comfort -- and found it in therapy with Alex Delaware. Now she's a lovely young woman, an heiress to one of San Labrador's largest fortunes. Healthy, strong and headed to Harvard, she should be brimming with hope. But her worst childhood fear has returned to obsess her. Her longest running nightmare threatens to come true . . .
Twenty years ago a vengeful assailant left Melissa's actress-mother, Gina, irreparably scarred and emotionally crippled. Now the attacker, whose motive was never discovered, has surfaced from prison to haunt the streets of Los Angeles once again. His target, Melissa fears, is all too obvious: her fragile mother, whose agoraphobia has kept her confined to the Dickinson estate like a princess in a tower from some long-ago fairy tale.
When, without warning, Gina vanishes, Alex tries to find answers from the police and from Gina's high-priced psychotherapists. Melissa is certain her mother has been abducted, and Alex enlists the help of his skeptical friend, detective Milo Sturgis -- now on disciplinary leave from the LAPD. Together they race against time to uncover an extraordinarily horrifying pattern of dark secrets, old and new, that have imprisoned many lives, only one of them Gina Dickinson's. A riveting thriller and a penetrating novel, Private Eyes is Jonathan Kellerman's finest and most emotionally resonant work to date.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover shows shelf wear and discoloration. The plastic film over the title and author letters on the front dust cover is raised. Dust cover flaps are discolored. Pages may be tanning from age. Page edges are tanned from age. Previous owner's "Library of" stamp is on the front endpaper.
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