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Unnatural History: The gripping new Alex Delaware thriller from the international bestselling author

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Horticultural Faux Pas (plants out of season or growing zones, like daffodils in autumn or bougainvillea in Alaska): NO Kellerman knows his native Southern California landscaping as well as the fact that silver-dollar eucalyptus is an interloper from Australia and both it and bougainvillea are hillside fire hazards.

The book takes you through the tent city scattered around Los Angeles looking for clues, and we are guests on the journey toward resolution. The Wishers project itself—bringing strangers with troubled histories into his home—seemed potentially explosive,” Delaware muses.The victim had recently received rave media attention for his latest project: images of homeless people in their personal “dream” situations, elaborately costumed and enacting unfulfilled fantasies. Although the series started out because Alex is a child psychologist and was brought in where a child was traumatized by a crime that has long since passed. Jonathan Kellerman as always is insightful and thought provoking using his character, Alex, to raise some of the social issues around homelessness.

Riveting and full of twists and turns that’ll keep you glued to the pages, I found this to be one of Kellerman’s best books to date…and that’s really saying something when you look at his extraordinary body of work. Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs. Although always formulaic, they were exciting, held my interest, and left me wanting to know when the next one was being published. Or do the roots of violence reach down to the victim’s family—a clan, sired by an elusive billionaire, that is bizarre in its own right? The blue building sat on the north side of Venice Boulevard, perched on a grubby corner, the entrance on a side street.That's the situation when twenty-nine-year-old photographer Donny Klement is found shot to death in his studio. No one had told me to glove up but I covered my hand with a corner of my blazer and prepared to nudge. I've enjoyed many of the Alex Delaware novels and while this was not my favorite it was a good, solid read.

A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people.

In Alex's personal life, he sees patients in his child psychology practice; hangs out with his longtime girlfriend Robin and their cute French bulldog Blanche; plays his guitar and listens to jazz; etc. And the plot is a sinister tale full of twists, turns, deception, mayhem, suspicious personalities, revelations, homelessness, familial dysfunction, mental illness, and murder.

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