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Book Title: Bad Love|
The size of the: 2.48 MB
Date of issue: November 1st 1994
The author of the book: Jonathan Kellerman
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780553568707
Read full description of the books Bad Love:My feelings are mixed about this one. I liked the introduction and characterization of the French bull dog, Spike. Kellerman is either a true dog person, or his research was thorough. Spike’s actions at the end were implausible, probably physically impossible, but the reader doesn’t mind. It would be nice if a dog of that size and build could have done what he did, so suspension of disbelief is set aside in favor of willing the dog success.
I liked the descriptions of the tape. They lend tension and an overall eerie tone to the entire piece. Very frightening.
I liked the occasional humor. In fact, I think that, of all the books in this series, this one has the most appealing dialogue between good friends Detective Sturgis and Dr. Delaware. When Sturgis is fingerprinting Delaware and asks him a question, Delaware responds with “I’m not saying a word without my lawyer, pig.” When Spike comes between Delaware and his on-and-off-again squeeze, Robin, Milo comments, “Oedipus Rover.”
I didn’t like the uptight character given Dr. Delaware in this one. His sanctimony in previous books was a turn off but acceptable in a character brimming with confidence and chutzpah. Turning him into a whiny, jump-at-shadows wimp may have been an attempt to humanize the protagonist. If so, it backfired, merely making him contemptible and, on occasion, annoying.
I didn’t like the use of two disparate storylines for the purpose of misdirects, shades of Blood Test. Parallel storylines work in Kellerman’s books only when the two plots are interrelated. When they don’t have anything to do with each other, the minor plot feels obstructionistic, more like one is being used to pad the work. It gets in the way of the real story and is wasted reading.
More wasted reading was the detail invested on the homeless camp. This is my second time reading this book, and I skipped dozens of pages addressing the plight of the homeless in the Los Angeles area. I got the sense I had stepped out of a novel and into an advocate’s cause célèbre. Admittedly, homelessness is an issue worth tackling, but it didn’t advance the story, not one iota, and should have been filed for a future novel emphasizing homelessness.
Kellerman had to work hard to weave all his loose threads together in this one, and I didn’t find the ending convincing. I think sometimes he falls in love with characterization and setting and, at the eleventh hour, has to force himself to consider plot. If I re-read this one again, it will be selectively, revisiting only the parts I liked.
Read information about the authorJonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.
Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children. He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post-doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA.
IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation (plastic bubble units) on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families. The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world. Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine. Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan's former students, continues to break ground.
Jonathan's first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980. One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD.
In 1985, Jonathan's first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller. BOUGH was also produced as a t.v. movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel. Since then, Jonathan has published a best-selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year. In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN (1999.) Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children.
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