Review: The Clinic by Jonathan Kellerman


Professor Hope Devane’s male-bashing pop-psych bestseller created a storm of controversy on the talk-show circuit. Now she is dead, brutally slashed on a quiet street in one of L.A.’s safest neighborhoods. The LAPD’s investigation has gone cold, and homicide detective Milo Sturgis turns to his friend Dr. Alex Delaware for a psychological profile of the victim—and a portrait of a killer.

Hope Devane had very different public and private faces. The killer could be any one of the millions who read her book, or someone from the personal life she kept so carefully separate. As Alex and Milo dig deeper into her shadowy past, they will set an elaborate trap for her killer . . . and reveal the unspeakable act that triggered a dark chain of violence.

Pretty good book. I think this may be the first thriller/mystery novel I’ve read where the person attempting to solve the crime is a psychologist. (Or at the least, the first one I can recall ever having read.) It made the story more interesting to read, but it didn’t make it any easier for me to figure out the murderer’s identity before it was revealed in the book.

I’ll rate this one at 3 stars… the ending left a wee bit to be desired. It ended just a little too soon for me, leaving a couple of semi-loose ends that (in my opinion) should have been tied up and not left partially undone.

Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Title: The Clinic

Series: Alex Delaware #11

Published: 1/1/1997 by Thorndike Press

Rating:  ★★★


I originally posted this review on Goodreads on May 7, 2010.