Compulsion Alex Delaware thrillers typically have a swollen first half with disparate mysteries that seem unlikely to fall together, then a fast-paced, bow-tidy second half. The… Compulsion Alex Delaware thrillers typically have a swollen first half with disparate mysteries that seem unlikely to fall together, then a fast-paced, bow-tidy second half. The… 2008-03-25 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Ballatine Books
Book Review

Compulsion (2008)

Compulsion | COMPULSION Police psychologist Alex Delaware is back on the case in Jonathan Kellerman's latest thriller
COMPULSION Police psychologist Alex Delaware is back on the case in Jonathan Kellerman's latest thriller
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2008; Writer: Jonathan Kellerman; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Ballatine Books

Alex Delaware thrillers typically have a swollen first half with disparate mysteries that seem unlikely to fall together, then a fast-paced, bow-tidy second half. The police psychologist's latest outing follows suit — he's chasing a chameleon psycho who's cut open victims from San Francisco to NYC — but mixes in an unnecessary cold-case subplot. Jonathan Kellerman is best in Compulsion when fleshing out his characters with spirited details (one vixen has ''tarantulous eyelashes'') or adding intrigue via the killer's twisted, cross-dressing motive. In the end, Delaware's 22nd appearance brings some majorly unexpected whammies. B+

Originally posted Mar 21, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints
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