Summary

"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
Jonathan Kellermans "psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix" ("Los Angeles Times"), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed authors new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern Californias eternal sunshine.
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infants body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctors vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case--and draw out the disturbing truth.
Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation--all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface--a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, "the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes" ("Forbes"), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.
Praise for Jonathan Kellerman and "Guilt"
"A solid, poignant tale of violence and innocence . . . cool, brisk and polished."--"The Washington Post"
"Certainly one of Kellermans] best offerings to date . . . Do not miss this one."--Bookreporter
"Jonathan Kellermans psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--"Los Angeles Times"
"The combination of Alex Delaware and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes."--"Forbes"
"Jonathan Kellermans novels are an obsession; once started it is hard to quit."--"Orlando Sentinel"
"Kellerman doesnt just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."--"Detroit Free Press"

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