Serpentine - Jonathan Kellerman


By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,014 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis search for answers to a brutal, decades-old crime in this electrifying psychological thriller from the master of suspense.

LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a master detective. He has a near-perfect solve rate and he’s written his own rule book. Some of those successes—the toughest ones—have involved his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But Milo doesn’t call Alex in unless cases are “different.”
This murder warrants an immediate call. Milo’s independence has been compromised as never before, as the department pressures him to cater to the demands of a mogul: a hard-to-fathom, megarich young woman who is obsessed with reopening the coldest of cases—the decades-old death of the mother she never knew.

The facts describe a likely loser: a mysterious woman found with a bullet in her head in a torched Cadillac that has overturned on infamously treacherous Mulholland Drive. No physical evidence, no witnesses, no apparent motive. And a slew of detectives have already worked the case and failed. But as Delaware and Sturgis begin digging, the mist begins to lift. Too many coincidences. Facts turn out to be anything but. And as they soon discover, very real threats lurking in the present.

This is Delaware/Sturgis at their best: traversing the beautiful but forbidding place known as Los Angeles and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.


  • Very enjoyable read

    By Sueatspring
    Well written
  • Interesting but too contrived

    By Epicure 2
    This is, in most respects a typical Kellerman novel and perhaps at this point I’ve read too many of them. The badinage between Delaware and Sturgis seems stale, banal and reminiscent of most of the rest of the books. The plot is byzantine, more so than in his more recent past endeavors, and at times seems overly contrived. The other characters populating the novel are relatively flat, un interesting, and not fully developed into full-fledged people sufficient to hold the reader’s interest. Kellerman is a gifted storyteller, but he may have reached the end of the line for this series.
  • Serpentine

    By cartonpie
    Engrossing from the very beginning. Great character development. Love the main duo, Milo and Dr. Delaware.
  • Twists and turns you never saw coming

    By Sop hanks
    Definitely recommend, great read and it’s nice to see a different kind of detective portrayed in these books than the normal skirt chasing kind other authors often have.
  • Serpentine

    By Knightsbane
    Characters are fleshed out more and their depth add intrigue to the mystery. I’ve been reading his mysteries for years and this one left out the part with Alex & “big guy “ being in mortal danger. Appreciated the switch in pattern. Wonder if real investigators find so much , from so little, after 30+ years. Definitely worth reading.
  • Disappointed

    By amyc1968
    I love this series. But this book just didn’t make sense. Too many characters that the book didn’t tie together. Hopefully the next book is as good as the past books. This one didn’t cut it.
  • Interesting

    By Kelly Cowbelly rea
    I first read the reviews from others who didn’t think much of this book, but I enjoyed it. It got pretty interesting and had a nice twist.
  • Love details!

    By Julsmalone
    This mystery was fantastic! Some reviews thought it was too detail-oriented. No such thing. I loved the detail. It made me think about everything instead of just words on the page. I love the partnership between Milo and Alex. Great read.
  • Hard to keep up

    By G&W Hahns
    Disjointed, easy to loose each persons position and relevance in the story .
  • Boring

    By CentralCALady
    The main characters are cardboard with no distinguishing features. The plot is confusing and wandering. I used to like his books. No more. I think he has poorly paid assistants writing them cribbing details of the main guys from past books. Don’t waste your money.