By Jonathan Kellerman
Ballantine Books, $28.00, 338 pages

As the body count grows, all with the same type of mutilation and calling cards, Detective Milo Sturgis and psychological consultant, Dr. Alex Delaware work feverishly to find the perpetrator before any more victims turn up. Witness information and clues point to some connection to a mental hospital that was closed years before. Hindered by lost records and uncooperative former employees, they search for a man seen near some of the killings, described as wearing a heavy shearling-lined coat, even in the very hot Los Angeles weather. An engrossing puzzle is laid out from the first page, as the search for an obviously disturbed murderer leads to many frustrations and dead ends before new clues and answers begin to appear.

New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman has written twenty-seven Alex Delaware novels in addition to other crime novels, children’s books and numerous non-fiction works. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He is definitely one of America’s most popular crime writers. Victims is the latest entry in the Alex Delaware novels. It is every bit as enjoyable as fans have come to expect. It is a pleasure to read, and very satisfying for fans of mystery and crime novels.

Reviewed by Fran Byram