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by Jonathan Kellerman

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural

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Kellerman gives his longtime fans another terrific procedural that focuses on man's worst impulses. There are plenty of red herrings and just plain contradictory clues that keep both readers and protagonists guessing. With this clever mystery with disturbing undertones, Kellerman demonstrates again why he is tops in his field.

Dinner with his pal, LAPD Lt. Milo Sturgis, involves psychologist Alex Delaware in a bizarre murder case. Milo has been called in to ensure that new homicide Det. Moses Reed doesn't miss anything as he works a case involving a woman's body -- minus a hand -- found in the protected marshland near Marina Del Rey. The victim worked as a piano teacher for a wealthy business tycoon's musical prodigy son. When other skeletal remains are found nearby, it's apparent they have a serial killer. Adding to this bizarre case, a storage facility auction nets a bidder a wooden box filled with human hand bones. (BALLANTINE, Nov., 368 pp., $27.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: November 2008

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