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Doctor Death - Jonathan Kellerman

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Author: Jonathan Kellerman / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      08.05.2009 22:57
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      An excellent read

      I just did not want to put this book down, I was so wrapped up in it. Jonathan Kellerman has done it again. He is one of my favourite authors - mind you I have an awful lot of them!
      This offering centres around the killing of a euthanasia champion, a doctor who has helped a lot of terminally ill people say goodbye to this world when they have decided to go, not wait until the Almighty decides that for them. Obviously, there are quite a few people who might disagree with that so when Dr. Eldon Mate is found murdered in the back of his own 'suicide van' hooked up to his 'Humanitron machine' and grossly mutilated to boot, the hunt for his killer is not an easy one.

      Who bore him grudges? Families of those he had assisted to die? The son he had abandoned as a small child but who aspired to make his father proud of him? Was this a murder-for-hire case, paid for by the rich business whose wife had been one of Dr. Mate's 'victims'? Then again, had Joanne Doss been one of his victims? Dr. Mate used to love to see his name in the Press, used to bask in all the publicity, yet he had not acknowledged this one in any way. Could it have been a copycat killing?
      From the beginning you are introduced to Kellerman's characters. Milo Sturgis, veteran of the LAPD Homicide Dept, to whom the case is assigned. His friend, psychologist Alex Delaware. Yet this case tests their friendship, as Delaware finds himself in a conflict of interest that he finds he cannot even discuss with his friend.

      This was an excellent read and a worthy addition to the Kellerman stable. If you've never read one of his books before, this one will give you an excellent place to begin.

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      05.07.2001 07:43
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      If you have never heard of Johnathan Kellerman before, you are missing a treat. He is the author behind the crime thriller series following Alex Delaware. Doctor Death was the first book by Kellerman I read, and it is so gripping, I have read it many times since. The focus of the book is Dr Eldon Mate, he is also given the alias of Doctor Death. This is mainly because he is the thorn in the side of the District Attorney in Los Angeles. Mate seems to be befriending travellers, and he sees it as his duty to help them on their journey down the road that ultimately leads to their death. Mate is witnessed acting in a strange manner, and even invents a machine to help with his killing, which he calls "The Humanitron". Alex Delaware, who is the base for this whole series of novels, is a child psychologist, (the same profession as the author Delaware), who works on a freelance basis for the local police department in Los Angeles. Stuck for answers, and the investigation at a dead end, Delaware calls in an old friend called Milo Sturgis, who is a homicide setective, and openly gay, which is a combination usually not found in Los Angeles. At first it seems, that the deaths are simply assisted suicides, however Sturgis soon discovers that not all of the people dying were willing victims. Alex narrates the story in first person terms, and it enables you to get a better insight into the characters and their thoughts. I love the style of writing from this book, and the twists and turns in the plot leave you eager to turn the page to satisfy your curiosity.

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        01.05.2001 21:12
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        Jonathan Kellerman has done it again. Created a masterpiece that you won't want to put down. He has long been one of my favourite authors - mind you I have an awful lot of them! This one makes sure he stays there. It centres around the murder of a euthanasia champion, a doctor who has helped a lot of terminally ill people escape from their pain, and say goodbye to this world when they have decided to go, not wait until the Almighty decides that for them. Obviously, this creates problems as there are quite a few people who might disagree with that so when Dr. Eldon Mate is found murdered in the back of his own 'suicide van' hooked up to his 'Humanitron machine' and grossly mutilated to boot, the hunt for his killer is not an easy one. Who bore him grudges? It is up to Detective Milo Sturgis, veteran of the LAPD Homicide Dept, to whom the case is assigned, to find out. He enlists the aid of his friend, psychologist Alex Delaware. Yet this case tests their friendship, as Delaware finds himself in a conflict of interest that he finds he cannot even discuss with his friend. And Sturgis has to try to figure out who wanted Dr Death dead, and was prepared to kill him in such a way. Was it a family member of one of those Dr. Mate had assisted to die? Maybe, the son he had abandoned as a small child but who aspired to make his father proud of him? Or,was this a murder-for-hire case, paid for by the rich business whose wife had been one of Dr. Mate's 'victims'? Then again, had Joanne Doss even been one of his victims or was hers a copycat killing? Dr. Mate used to bask in all the publicity, enjoyed seeing his name and photograph in the Press, yet he had not acknowledged this one in any way. From the beginning you are introduced to Kellerman's characters and they are very real. He is brilliant at creating people that you can see, feel, smell. Real people. I thought this was an excellent r
        ead. If you've never read one of his books before, this one will give you an excellent place to begin.

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        An Alex Delaware thriller. People are voluntarily dying before their time in California. Some call it assisted suicide, others, murder. The man at the centre of the row, nicknamed Doctor Death, continues to work, but Detective Milo Sturgis comes to Delaware with the suspicion that some patients are not willing collaboAn Alex Delaware thriller. People are voluntarily dying before their time in California. Some call it assisted suicide, others, murder. The man at the centre of the row, nicknamed Doctor Death, continues to work, but Detective Milo Sturgis comes to Delaware with the suspicion that some patients are not willing collaborators.