The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something real dead . . . buried in your marsh. The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks its a prank, but when a young womans body turns up in L.A.s Bird Marsh preserve no ones laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the citys under siege to an insidious killer. Milos first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.
The murdered women are prostitutes except the most recent victim; a brilliant young musician from the East Coast, employed by a wealthy family to tutor a musical prodigy, Selena Bass seems out of place in the marshs grim tableau.
Conveniently perhaps ominously Selenas blueblood employers are nowhere to be found, and their estates jittery caretaker raises hackles. But Milos instincts and Alexs insight are too well-honed to settle for easy answers, even given the dark secrets in this troubled mans past. Their investigation unearths disturbing layers about victims, potential victims, and suspects alike plunging even deeper into the murky marshs enigmatic depths.
Bizarre details of the crimes suggest a devilish serial killer prowling L.A.s gritty streets. But when a new murder deviates from the pattern, derailing a possible profile, Alex and Milo must look beyond the suspicion of madness and consider an even more sinister mind at work. Answers dont come easy, but the darkest of drives and desires may fuel the most devious of foes.
Bones is classic Kellerman - relentlessly peeling back the skin and psyches of its characters and revealing the shadows and sins of the souls beneath. With jolt after jolt of galvanizing suspense, it drives the reader through its twists and turns toward a climax as satisfying as it is shattering.
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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, and scientific 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 children.
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