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When a young couple takes possession of their dream home, they can't wait to remodel the neglected mansion. That is until they make a gruesome discovery of a rusted metal strongbox containing two rotting leather doctor's bags. And inside each bag, swaddled in sheets of sixty-year-old newspaper, lies a tiny human skeleton.

The case hits the media, and theories abound. The most likely culprit is a mysterious woman, employed as private nurse to wealthy L.A. families during World War Two and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis consults psychologist Alex Delaware for insight into the perpetrator's motives. But the horror is just beginning.

Two more bags are discovered, but this time the infants inside have been dead less than a month. Is a copycat at work? Or is there a link between the two finds which goes back decades? By the time both cases close, Alex and Milo will have confronted unprecedented narcissism, cruelty, deceit and a cold but fiendish objectification of the human spirit that shakes both men to the core . . .

Publisher: London : Headline, 2013.
ISBN: 9780755374540
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 04, 2018

A bit slow moving as the plot takes a long time to develop and the denouement explodes like a cannon and is somewhat unsatisfying for the reader. Not terrible but not terrific.

Jan 05, 2018

There are really two cases on the go here and the question of their connection pops up throughout the novel. First, the body of a child is found when a bronze box is unearthed and it turns out to have been there since the 50s. Who lived in the house back then? Is the father the man who parked his beautiful Duesenberg in the driveway so many years ago? More importantly, is there a crime? And then two criminal certainties hit Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis - one of them being a young woman with an impeccable background dead of a gun shot wound. Los Angeles and Hollywood are full of movie stars and want-to-be's and get set to get close to a few. Does the title apply, and if so how, is for the reader to decide. Not one of Kellerman's best but an enjoyable diversion.

An interesting plot but shallow characters. Nice twist with finding the first body but reads a bit like a fairy plodding to an inevitable happy ending. Not much of a contribution to his oeuvres but ok quick read

Gary Geiserman
Aug 12, 2015

Well written as always. First half turned out to be plodding; so the second half was very engaging. Huh? Oh well, an accomplished author/etc has a lot to do these days of wine and capitalism. >>>> Lawsuit anyone?

Aug 19, 2013

Whodunit involving two buried infant bodies in unmarked graves and a runner who is found stabbed. Are the crimes related?
The story takes a detective and a psychologist to follow the clues, interview people to come to their conclusion. A little bit hard to read because of the Author's style of writing and so it took longer. Would have a hard time reading the author again.

Aug 13, 2013

I've been disappointed lately by a lot of my go-to authors, so I was so happy to read such a solid entry in the Alex Delaware series. I was also pleasantly surprised that this one came with a twist at the end that took me by surprise. The writing was, as always, excellent; relationships and interplay between Alex, Milo, and Robin were perfect as well. Blanche was an unexpectedly great sidekick.

Also, some of the recent books in this series (or at least the ones I've read recently) have been on the gorier and creepier side. Despite its beginning, this one didn't end up being too much of either of those, which was refreshing. A definite recommend from me.

Jul 06, 2013

not his best-

May 23, 2013

About average for this series. I continue to enjoy Kellerman's physical descriptions of clothing as much as his narrative.

btmslt Apr 13, 2013

An alright Delaware/Sturgis mystery. However, Kellerman's others are better.

Apr 02, 2013

A great book, lets you wondering constantly who dunnon it. I will definitely try and read from this author

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