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Devil's Waltz (1992)

por Jonathan Kellerman

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Séries: Alex Delaware (7)

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The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the terrifying disease that causes parents to induce illness in their own children. Now, in his most frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove that a child's own mother or father is making her sick. Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him that one of them may be a monster. Then a physician at the hospital is brutally murdered. A shadowy death is revealed. And Alex and his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis have only hours to uncover the link between these shocking events and the fate of an innocent child.… (mais)
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This book was so primal, it ought to have been narrated as an audiobook by a screaming Kurt Cobain. It was so shocking. You know there cannot be a lot of red herrings, but the author did not let that bother him.

Is Kellerman really inferior in writing to his wife Faye? That's what someone told me. Faye better than even Jonathan? Scary.

I read book 34 first. Reason for that simply was the title, 'The Wedding Guest'. I thought I was going to be treated with a cozy like experience. But I can no longer convey my impressions. I've forgotten about book 34.

Maybe that's Kellerman's sins. His books don't stick in the mind. I never see his name in the bestsellers list. He ought to out dough James Patterson. Patterson's books too are forgettable. But will the latter get 5 stars from me? No. ( )
  Jiraiya | Mar 13, 2021 |
Stewart liked this book
  rooke25cr | Dec 25, 2019 |
The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the terrifying disease that causes parents to induce illness in their own children. Now, in his most frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove that a child's own mother or father is making her sick. Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him that one of them may be a monster. Then a physician at the hospital is brutally murdered. A shadowy death is revealed. And Alex and his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis have only hours to uncover the link between these shocking events and the fate of an innocent child.
  Cultural_Attache | Jul 22, 2018 |
sick child, Munchausen theory - someone makes child sick for attention - good

Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him that one of them may be a monster.
  christinejoseph | Feb 2, 2016 |
Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman
3 stars

Over the course of eighteen months, young Cassie Jones has spent her life in and out of Western Pediatrics Hospital. Her doctors are baffled as they can find no underlying causes to her episodes of breathing troubles, gastric distress and seizures. Finally, her primary care physician calls in Alex Delaware, a psychologist as a consult. Alex’s instinct tells him the problems may not be medical but rather the result of outside interference with the likely suspects being Cassie’s parents, Chip and Cindy Jones. And the more time he spends at the hospital he becomes aware of an institution that is harboring its own secrets, long time employees leaving in droves, the security is enforced like a police state, a staff that is completely demoralized. Then, even as Cassie suffers another setback, a physician is brutally murdered. Alex turns to his police detective friend, Milo Sturgis, to help him seek answers to the many questions that keep popping up.

While this book is part of a series starring Alex Delaware, it stood well by itself. There were interesting discussions regarding a possible psychological syndrome that was responsible for Cassie’s ill health. It became a little more convoluted as to the happenings in the hospital and its troubles. And I lost some interest in reading that. All in all, it was a decent read and I would consider reading others in the series if I happen to come across them.

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  punxsygal | Jan 16, 2016 |
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The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the terrifying disease that causes parents to induce illness in their own children. Now, in his most frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove that a child's own mother or father is making her sick. Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is a model of devotion. Yet when child psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate, instinct tells him that one of them may be a monster. Then a physician at the hospital is brutally murdered. A shadowy death is revealed. And Alex and his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis have only hours to uncover the link between these shocking events and the fate of an innocent child.

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