D.A. Ball
February 09, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Web

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jonathan Kellerman
publisher
Bantam
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a C

Psychologist/novelist Jonathan Kellerman averages a best-seller a year, which may be taking its toll. In The Web, his usual hero, psychologist/detective Alex Delaware, and his girlfriend are lured onto a paradisiacal Pacific island. All is not as it seems — fortunately, because it seems dull for a long time. Even when things finally get rolling, Kellerman writes twice as much exposition as action. But he throws in some killings, a plane crash, cannibalistic rituals, giant venomous insects, and a hero and heroine who wade into horrific danger solely so the plot can go on — a plot of borderline plausibility and cardboard people. Kellerman fans may appreciate the familiar style, but compared with other Kellerman tales, this one is slow and thinly told.

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