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Gone (2006)

por Jonathan Kellerman

Séries: Alex Delaware (20)

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The abduction of two art students turns out to have been faked, but the murder that follows is very real--Library journal.
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I thought I might have read this before and yes, I had. But I did not remember major details, just small ones, so I read it through again.

Kellerman is not one of my favorite mystery writers but he's more intelligent than many, so holds my attention. I like Milo, the gay detective, and Alex, the psychologist hooked on crime. I like that they have flaws, even though at times some of the flaws seem ludicrous.

For example, Alex Delaware is a psychologist who gets depressed if he doesn't have a woman in his life. He feels lonely. He feels sorry for himself. It seems to me that he could have leaned a few tools of his trade to overcome these feelings, to be okay with himself by himself. But of course it is well-known that people get into this profession because they are screwed up.

But to the story.

At first, a prank. A young woman and man pretend to have been kidnapped in the wild hills of Malibu. The woman, Michaela Brand, is discovered when she runs into the road, naked, and almost causes a truck to run off the edge. The two are acting students of an eccentric teacher, Nora Dowd, who teaches acting for free but chooses her students through audition. Dowd has a large inheritance and can afford to do whatever she wants. She also is a failed actor herself. Why her students should think they can learn from her is never really answered.

Things get a lot more serious when Michaela later turns up dead. Alex Delaware, sometime consultant to the LAPD, wants in. He and Milo Sturgis work together to figure this one out. The characters include fellow acting students, Nora Dowd, Dowd's brothers Brad and Billy, a suspicious janitor named Reymond Peaty, and of course there may be some mysterious boyfriend out there. When Milo learns of another missing acting student, another blond young woman, he begins to think the acting studio may be the base of operations.

And it doesn't end there. An older couple happened to go missing and their car turned up north of LA, somewhere in the Camarillo area. The couple had been interested in acting, too.

Suspicions are all well and good but there is no evidence of any wrongdoing, other than Michaela's body, at first. Milo and Alex cover a lot of ground, from Malibu to Carpenteria and beyond.

Meanwhile, Alex is wondering how his ex-gf, Robin, is doing. And let's not forget Allison, she of the expensive taste in clothing, hair, and makeup.

The mystery gets stranger and the truth almost gets derailed from time to time. Only to end in...well, I'll leave that to you.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Auf dem Rückweg von einer Probe verschwinden die Schauspielschüler Dylan Meserve und Michaela Brand spurlos. Drei Tage später werden sie in den Bergen von Malibu schwer traumatisiert aufgefunden. Sie behaupten, entführt und gefoltert worden zu sein. Aber die forensischen Untersuchungen belegen, dass die Entführung nur inszeniert war, ein übler PR-Gag – der sich auf böse Weise rächen soll. Denn kurz darauf wird Michaelas Leiche gefunden. Und die junge Frau ist genau so misshandelt worden, wie sie es zuvor geschildert hatte ...
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
Enough murders, too many suspects, twists and turns to keep you up all night--reading. What has Dr. Delaware got himself into? One of Jonathan Kellerman's best. ( )
  SmithfieldJones | Jun 6, 2019 |
This novel opens with a young, naked girl running out of a forest in front of an old farmer's truck claiming she was kidnapped. When it turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by two wanna be actors/actresses, Alex is asked to evaluate Michaela to see if she is mentally stable. Shortly after meeting with her, he is told the case has been settled. Shortly after that, it all come to an ugly head when she is found murdered and left in a vacant lot. Milo is on the case and immediately calls Alex. The two fo them take on the case. Alex is a psychologist, but he is more like a detective the way he works with Milo to solve this case. One question leads to another and another. One suspect leads to another and another. Lots of suspects, more victims, missing persons, questionable property owners and a helpful neighbour all populate this story. Once again Milo plays the big yet unassuming detective that people talk to and Alex plays his role as sidekick and shrink to the tee. This is not a novel full of action, it is a slow, dramatic story that relies a lot on dialogue between Alex, Milo and those they are interviewing. It was not the best Alex Delaware novel I have read, but it was still enjoyable. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
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