There is something spooky about this one, even for the dark side of L.A. A child molester's grisly suicide. A shockingly brutal double murder. A hidden network of perversion in high places. And a terrified seven-year-old girl who could put it all together...if child... read more
In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.
It's psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past.
This connection is only the beginning, a single link in a forty-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.
“I put up the coffee, and the fly and I share an onion bagel.”Alex Delaware
“Like half the people in this town, you're functioning on a six-years-old level." "And you're making me this offer - to get involved in blood and crud - as a form of occupational therapy.”Milo and Alex
“Alex, you can break your ass trying to achieve Nirvana Through Inertia, but it won't work.”Milo to Alex
“Don't let anyone ever tell you different: Psychotherapy is one of the most taxing endeavors known to mankind.”Alex Delaware
“You don't look wonderful. Maybe I should call a doctor, Doctor?”Milo to Alex
“Alex, do you really want to get into something like this?" "Do I have a choice? I see that kid's eyes in my sleep. I was a fool for getting sucked in, but now I'm stuck.”Robin and Alex
“The Old Alex wasn't such a bad guy. No. The old Alex was a bore. I promise not to brink him back, okay.”Alex to Robin
“It must be the poison in the air, I decided. It caused brain damage, eroded the cerebral cortex to the point where simple facts took on an aura of profundity.”Alex Delaware
“A child psychologist. We could use you around here." "I don't know what i could do - help you tie them down?”Raquel and Alex
“No. There's no reason to suspect anything. I guess I'm just fishing." "Well don't go fishing for minnows and come up with a shark, darling.”Alex and Robin
“Doctor. Pardon the expression, bur you're prick-teasing. I'm a professional snoop. Dangle something weird in front of me I get a hard-on.”Ned to Alex
“Bendi's words of gratitude made me entertain a moment's doubt about my own retirement. Then I thought of bloody bones and doubt got up and took a seat in the rear of the hearse.”Alex Delaware
“You don't look like Clark Kent." "I beg you're pardon." "Aren't newspaper reporters supposed to look like Clark Kent?”Garth and Alex
“You're a dreadful liar.”Garth to Alex
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