Crime Scene

Crime Scene

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A former star athlete turned deputy coroner is drawn into a brutal, complicated murder in this psychological thriller from a father-son writing team that delivers "brilliant, page-turning fiction" (Stephen King). Natural causes or foul play? That's the question Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Figuring out motives and chasing down suspects aren't part of his beat--not until a seemingly open-and-shut case proves to be more than meets his highly trained eye. Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor, done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life. What emerges is a history of scandal and violence, and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed. Walter Rennert, it appears, was a broken man--and maybe a marked one. And when Clay learns that a colleague of Rennert's died in a nearly identical manner, he begins to question everything in the official record. All the while, his relationship with Tatiana is evolving into something forbidden. The closer they grow, the more determined he becomes to catch her father's killer--even if he has to overstep his bounds to do it. The twisting trail Clay follows will lead him into the darkest corners of the human soul. It's his job to listen to the tales the dead tell. But this time, he's part of a story that makes his blood run cold.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399594601
Branch Call Number: F KEL
Characteristics: 381 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kellerman, Jesse - Author

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bill556
Sep 08, 2017

Thought I hadn't read Kellerman before. Turns out I read 'Mystery' back in 2011. I gave it a 1out of 10.
This one I would say 5 out 10. Not bad; not good. My mind would drift off while I was reading; Wait. Why is he putting on snow chains? I thought he was working around Berkley.
Anyway, I might try another of his humpteen dozen books later when I've nothing else to read.

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stan_jetton
Aug 25, 2017

i bailed about two thirds through. The pace was terribly slow. the characters uninteresting. I very rarely not finish a book. I kept waiting for something to pick up the pace. Alas, this story not for me.

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USAF1969
Aug 24, 2017

So Kellerman and son introduce a new character, Clay Edison, a deputy coroner. Great character, really good storyline, an interesting crime, and very realistic look at how things can get messed up in murder investigations without anyone knowing it until fresh eyes get engaged. Clay is a somewhat flawed character, but a deeply honest and committed one, so that was fun to see play out. And some of his dialogue (mostly, but always with himself) made me laugh out loud. From the book ending I definitely see more books coming with this character will definitely read them. Oh, and for fun there is a cameo appearance by one of my favorite crime novel characters, Alex Delaware, which is really well done. Don't want to see Alex go away.

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Judi1926
Aug 20, 2017

I listened to the audio version of this book. I found it very slow and it certainly did not capture my imagination. The narrator's voice did not help. It seemed to be the same tone for the complete novel. I did not connect with any of the characters. I struggled to finish this book, where I have never had problems before.

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reader7176
Aug 13, 2017

This is the first book by Jonathan Kellerman that I have not finished. Did not read the Golem series either confusing, did not grab my attention and never held it. Returned to library unfinished!

redwagon21 Aug 11, 2017

I am so disappointed. I never stop reading a book once I start it. I figure that anyone who has taken all that time to write a book deserves the courtesy of having it read. I guess I should never say never.

Jonathan Kellerman was once one of what I call "my" authors. I have read all his books. I even gave one to my daughter when she left for Air Force Boot Camp, to read on the plane.

Sorry to say, No more for the Father & Son. I will still read Faye.

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LarryKlein
Aug 06, 2017

Great story - A little slow moving but still holds attention as it progresses.

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peggy_15
Aug 05, 2017

Wow!! Kellerman's back.
No long, long, long descriptions of every character, major or minor, from the hair on top to the toenails. No long, long, long descriptions of places. His Delaware books were starting to read like an exercise straight out of a creative writing class. Particularly noticeable and irritating while listening to audiobooks.

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maucarden
Jun 25, 2017

Gosh that Jonathan Kellerman fella sure can write. I can tell from all of the awards he has won over the years.
Seriously now, wife Faye Kellerman is also an outstanding writer, so son Jesse has some serious writing chops in his background. Jonathan and Jesse have teamed up to write the first in a series featuring Clay Edison, a deputy assigned as a death investigator with the Coroner's bureau of Alameda County in California.
Edison's job is strictly to help determine the manner of death whether it be homicide, suicide, accidental, natural causes or undetermined. He investigates the scene of the death looking for information that would aid in the determination. Is there a shoe untied on the body near a flight of stairs? Is there a knife sticking out of the body? It is not Edison's job to figure out the who or the why, just the how.
But in the recent death of Dr Walter Rennart he is drawn into a deeper investigation by the doctor's beautiful daughter Tatiania who insists her father was murdered despite everything pointing to a natural death. It is an earlier murder of a young coed that Dr Rennart lost his reputation over that soon piques Edison's interest.
There is a special delight in getting in on the ground of a new series, especially one that seem like it will go places. Clay Edison is a thoughtful character who has much room to grow in the following books.
I've always read Jonathan Kellerman. He writes a hell of a story. Problem is, I'm not overly fond of elitist Dr. Delaware. So I am hoping I continue to like Clay Edison as much as I do in this book.
I'm not sure if this makes much sense but I really liked the plot, it was very well -written, however the whodunnit was way too easy to figure out. I didn't feel challenged at all.
I mentally took half star off for using the word spectating. Why did spectate/spectating as a verb suddenly start showing up? What's wrong with watch? Maybe Edison was just using it ironically.
This is a great start to a new series. Oh heck, I just realized the drawback of a new series, waiting another year for the next installment.
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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