Book Review: Compulsion by Jonathon Kellerman

compulsion #delaware #crime
A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night. A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer’s use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware.

Notes say that I’ve read this before but it wasnt until near the end that I remembered it, so suspect I wasnt paying real good attention last time. Anyway, am playing “series catch up”, including the Delaware books, and this was on the list.

Once again, Delaware and Sturgis are investigating what appears to be unrelated murders (the only similarity apparently being the use of high end luxury cars) and they finally pull all the threads together.

There is a certain regularity about the books that fosters a sense of comfort – but can also be a little frustrating, where you hope he’d come up with another plot device occasionally. Kellerman does try and vary things occasionally, and does better than Patricia Cornwell, who now writes Scarpetta books with such venom against her character you wonder why she bothers to continue – the money must be good eh? (or she’s stuck into a multi book contract she cant get out of).


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