Serpentine - Jonathan Kellerman


By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 671 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.


  • 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.
  • Serpentine

    By Melinda G
    Not a great outing for Alex and Milo. None of the characters (of which there were too many) were appealing, too many descriptions of California traffic (Kellerman filler), and the resolution was boring. Earlier books were great - this was just formulaic.
  • Can’t put these books down

    By TCWinger
    I shouldn’t read Kellerman books because they’re so good I can’t stop reading them hours on end, to the detriment of getting anything else accomplished. I’m sure I’ve stayed up many a night into the wee small hours to finish his novels. It helps that I used to live in LA so his attention to detail about LA cities and streets makes his books so interesting and full of memories. To say nothing about keeping you on the edge of your seat with the crimes he’s writing about. I’ve come to know his characters over the years by reading all of his books. Milo is a wonderful detective who you can really like, irascible as he is competent. You wish you had a therapist like Dr. Alex Delaware. Thoughtful, even keeled, loving and romantic with his wife, Robin. I can always picture in my mind the instruments she’s working on from the author’s attention to detail in his storytelling. You won’t be disappointed in any of Jonathan Kellerman’s novels. Janis H
  • Disappointing

    By rcritic
    I have always enjoyed J. Kellerman books but this one failed to hold my interest. Too many characters, too many directions while driving all over LA and environs, too much food! When did Robin return .. last book I read they had separated. Look forward to the next ... maybe shorter book.
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