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Therapy: An Alex Delaware Novel

By Jonathan Kellerman

at the back of the yellow crime-scene tape, a brutal tableau awaits. On a lonely fans’ lane within the hills of la, a tender couple lies murdered in a vehicle. each one sufferer bears a unmarried gunshot wound to the top. even though the feminine continues to be unidentified, her male spouse has a name—Gavin Quick—and a afflicted previous that had landed him on a therapist’s sofa.
“Labyrinthine twists, first-class pacing, and hard-boiled, swaggering dialogue.”—The Washington Post
It’s there, on universal turf, that psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware hopes to discover important clues. And that suggests going head-to-head with Dr. Mary Lou Koppel, a celeb psychologist who fiercely guards the privateness of her consumers . . . alive or useless. As Delaware follows a series of greed, corruption, and betrayal snaking hideously during the career he proposal he knew, he’ll pass into territory even he by no means dreamed of treading.

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Robin subsidized away a number of steps. Spike iced up; his head shifted from lady to lady. it could actually get like that, blood brother. He moaned. * After Robin drove away, I trailed Allison up the steps to the terrace, wearing a still-shuddering puppy. once we reached the touchdown, she checked out me—no, at him. Touched his whiskered flews tentatively. “Look at this little man. I overlook how lovely he's. ” Spike licked her hand. “You are very, very adorable! ” Spike started panting seriously, and he or she petted him a few extra. He wriggled, twisted his head again and controlled to make eye touch with me. A understanding glance, wealthy with triumph. Moments later, he was once mendacity at Allison’s toes, nibbling on his moment bite stick in as many mins, damning my technique with a jaundiced eye. a few men have the entire good fortune. * Mary Lou Koppel’s homicide had shaken Allison, and that why she’d dropped by way of. As I made espresso for either one of us, she pressed for information. I informed her the little I knew. “So it can be a patient,” she stated. “At this aspect anything’s attainable. ” Her palms have been tight round her mug. I stated, “You’re disappointed. ” “Not on a private point. ” She took a sip. “I have had patients—mostly husbands of patients—who made me uneasy. yet that used to be in general years in the past, whilst i used to be taking extra referrals from organizations . . . i assume Mary Lou’s demise hits on the subject of domestic. considering we all know what we’re doing and perhaps we get overconfident. It’s not only me. I’ve gotten calls from 3 different psychologists who simply desired to discuss it. ” “People who knew Mary Lou? ” “People who recognize I’m seeing you and inspiration they can get a few inside of info. Don’t fear, i used to be discreet. ” “What was once on their minds? ” “Our line of labor, the unpredictablity of people. i assume they wish to persuade themselves that Mary Lou was once assorted, and that’s why it occurred to her. ” I acknowledged, “They’re hoping she ticked off a few talk-show nut, and it had not anything to do along with her perform. ” “Bingo. yet from what you’re telling me, it can be a sufferer. somebody who met the fast boy within the ready room. ” “Given the short boy’s impulsiveness—his habit with women—the suspect pool has grown past the ready room. ” “But Mary Lou’s murder,” she acknowledged. “It needs to be anything relating to her paintings. ” “Any proposal approximately having access to her sufferer records? ” I stated. “I can’t work out how to get round confidentiality. ” She considered that. “Not with no a few type of transparent and current danger—documentation of a probability. ” “There was once not anything like that during Gavin’s chart. And if she used to be threatened through someone, she didn’t permit directly to me or Milo. We’ve bought a gathering along with her companions day after today. ” “Gull and Larsen. ” “Know them? ” I stated. “I’ve acknowledged hello to either one of them yet not anything extra. ” “Any impressions? ” “Gull comes throughout very smooth—very a lot the Beverly Hills minimize. Larsen’s extra the educational variety. ” “Gull was once Gavin’s preliminary therapist,” I stated. “It didn’t figure out, and Gavin used to be transferred to Koppel. Now that Gavin’s useless, probably he can let us know why. ” “What a kid,” she stated.

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