Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He
has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to numerous bestselling
tales of suspense (which have been translated into two dozen languages),
including fifteen previous Alex Delaware novels; The Butcher's Theater,
a story of serial killing in Jerusalem; and Billy Straight, featuring
Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor. He is also the author of numerous essays, short stories, andscientific articles, two children's books, and three volumes of psychology,
including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children. Jonathan
Kellerman has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards, and has been nominated
for a Shamus Award. He and his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, have four
Alex Delaware series
Petra Connor series
This biography was last updated on 08/06/2011.
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A Conversation with Jonathan Kellerman, author of The Murder Book
Where did the idea for The Murder Book come from?
This particular novel grew out of my desire to learn more about Milo. When I wrote my first Delaware novel, When the Bough Breaks, I never thought it was going to get published let alone that I would write a series. I followed it up with two more Delaware stories and then a non-Delaware novel. At that point I said to myself if I'm going to do more books about this guy I want to learn more about him. So the next novel in the series, Silent Partner, featured Delaware as the protagonist. He wasn't just a professional solving a problem for others; he was the focus of the story. I did the same thing again in Bad Love. The Murder Book takes that same approach for Milo. He has been a major character of the series since the beginningto some extent as important a character as Alex himselfand I wanted to further explore his life. The story also grew out of my desire to write a book that resonated beyond the crime story. The Murder Book explores Los Angeles in greater depth than previous books in the series. It's a classic novel of corruption that spans several decades. I know that'...
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