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Crime scene : a novel, Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman

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Crime scene : a novel
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Crime scene
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a novel
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Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
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eng
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  • "A former star athlete turned deputy coroner is drawn into a brutal, complicated murder in this psychological thriller from a father-son writing team that delivers "brilliant, page-turning fiction" (Stephen King). Natural causes or foul play? That's the question Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Figuring out motives and chasing down suspects aren't part of his beat--not until a seemingly open-and-shut case proves to be more than meets his highly trained eye. Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor, done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life. What emerges is a history of scandal and violence, and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed. Walter Rennert, it appears, was a broken man--and maybe a marked one. And when Clay learns that a colleague of Rennert's died in a nearly identical manner, he begins to question everything in the official record. All the while, his relationship with Tatiana is evolving into something forbidden. The closer they grow, the more determined he becomes to catch her father's killer--even if he has to overstep his bounds to do it. The twisting trail Clay follows will lead him into the darkest corners of the human soul. It's his job to listen to the tales the dead tell. But this time, he's part of a story that makes his blood run cold. Praise for Jonathan Kellerman "Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--Los Angeles Times "Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."--Detroit Free Press "A master of the psychological thriller."--People Praise for Jesse Kellerman "Gripping and compelling. but what truly separates Kellerman from the pack is his prose. Jesse Kellerman tightens the noose slowly, and we his readers can do nothing but turn the pages."--Harlan Coben, on The Genius "Kellerman has a gift for creating compelling characters as well as for crafting an ingenious plot that grabs the reader and refuses to let go."--Publishers Weekly (starred review), on The Genius"--
  • "A corpse lying at the bottom of the stairs. A beautiful but troubled young woman. A brutal, decades-old murder. And the man charged with making sense of it all. Clay Edison is a former star athlete turned coroner's investigator. It's his job to care for the dead and the people they leave behind. It's not his job to solve mysteries. But some cases--and some people--can't be resisted. What he discovers will set him on a quest to overturn a hideous injustice, no matter the consequences"--
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  • Clay Edison, the hero of this disappointing series launch from bestseller Kellerman and son Jesse (The Golem of Paris), was a promising college basketball player until a devastating injury ended any hopes of a professional sports career. Years later, Clay works as a deputy for the Alameda County, Calif., coroner’s bureau. A routine call ends up involving him in a complicated investigation. Walter Rennert, a retired psychology professor, apparently died from falling down the stairs at his Berkeley home, but his daughter, Tatiana Rennert-Delavigne, suspects murder. Tatiana’s father and a graduate student, Nicholas Linstad, ran a study that ended violently when one of their subjects murdered a girl. That subject, a minor, was released from prison about a decade earlier, shortly before Linstad took a similar fatal tumble. Clay’s attraction to Tatiana sways him to dig deeper into her father’s death. The familiar story line isn’t enhanced by pretentious prose. When Clay shoots a basketball, he “felt the weightless instant, when gravity releases its stranglehold, and you float, and the ball becomes vapor, pebbled breath rolling back against the tips of your fingers.” Fans of the senior Kellerman’s long-running Alex Delaware series will enjoy seeing Alex make a cameo appearance. Agent: Barney Karpfinger, Karpfinger Agency. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/21/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 34, p)
  • Kellerman Senior (Heartbreak Hotel, 2017, etc.) and Junior (Potboiler, 2012, etc.) team up again in this tale of a case so cold it's been marked solved for years.No matter what his daughter says, all the evidence suggests that former Berkeley psychology professor Walter Rennert died of natural causes after falling down a flight of stairs in his own home. But Tatiana Rennert-Delavigne tells Deputy Clay Edison, of the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau, that she can't forget the remarkably similar death 12 years ago of Rennert's graduate student Nicholas Linstad. Rennert and Linstad had already achieved the worst kind of fame imaginable when Julian Triplett, one of the subjects they'd chosen for a study of how exposure to violent images affects learning and impulse control, fatally stabbed Rennert's lab assistant, Berkeley undergrad Donna Zhao, back in 1993, and Tatiana would dearly love to see her father posthumously vindicated of any role, however unwilling, in Donna's murder. As Clay quickly realizes, however, there's no obvious reason to reopen the case. Triplett confessed years ago and served his time in prison, and both Linstad and Rennert are dead, the latter of nothing more sinister than a ruptured aorta. So Clay, whose interest in Tatiana gradually develops an amatory dimension, has to battle everyone he meets, from uncooperative witnesses to the defensive counterparts who handled the original investigation to his own boss, who wants him to stick to his own caseload. Clay's own work on the case is unrelenting, and his heart is clearly in the right place, but neither the Kellermans' flat prose nor the dearth of interesting suspects nor the plodding detection generates much momentum. Even so, the hero's job gives his perspective welcome novelty, and the treatment is never less than professional. First of a series apparently aimed at readers willing to invest their time and attention in the hope of more excitement down the road.(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2017)
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10567234
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Kellerman, Jonathan
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813/.54
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Kellerman, Jesse
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Clay Edison novels
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  • Coroners
  • Murder
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Crime scene : a novel, Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
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24 cm
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First Edition.
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381 pages
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9780399594601
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2017030577
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Crime scene : a novel, Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
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24 cm
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First Edition.
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381 pages
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9780399594601
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2017030577
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399594601
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