Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once explores the corruption of California and produces a novel of complex characterizations and nonstop suspense Scythe sharpa great, good read Daily News, New York By the time psychologist Dr Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was done A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground, but was gunned down before any children were hurt Though a time bomb is ticking away at the heart of this novel, readers will forget to watch the clock once they begin it Chicago Sun Times While the TV news crews feasted on the scene an Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn t escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle What was the identity behind the name and face a would be assassin, or just another victim beneath an indifferent California sky Virtually impossible to put aside until the final horrifying showdown People Intrigued by a request from the sniper s father to conduct a psychological autopsy of his child, Alex begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence, neglect, and loss Then suddenly it is than a pattern it is a trail of blood In the dead sniper s past was a dark and vicious plot And in Alex Delaware s future is the stuff of grown up nightmares the face of real human evil A meticulously constructed thriller Publishers Weekly


10 thoughts on “Time Bomb

  1. Diane Wallace Diane Wallace says:

    Great series a little bit of everything mystery,romance etcwell researched,by looking into the Holocaust History and descendants of its victimsplus extra storyline topics..well written paperback


  2. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    Therapist s dilemma those who need help the most, run the farthest from it Since I found this series in my teens, I ve re read a few of them quite a bit It looks like this one was mainly forgotten, though, so I was able to be glued to the mystery and be semi surprised at the ending It s a promising start with a school shooting and a bizarre villain, but the story unfortunately starts slowing and lagging during the middle The ending is creative but unrealistic as the odds of these two runni Therapist s dilemma those who need help the most, run the farthest from it Since I found this series in my teens, I ve re read a few of them quite a bit It looks like this one was mainly forgotten, though, so I was able to be glued to the mystery and be semi surprised at the ending It s a promising start with a school shooting and a bizarre villain, but the story unfortunately starts slowing and lagging during the middle The ending is creative but unrealistic as the odds of these two running into this type of organization on top of everything else they run into is a bit too much to fathom and stay as hooked to I do dig the nods toward class and racial issues and how these can cause so much dysfunction and damage in so many lives Politics makes a play and gets sneered out in multiples situations as well.Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis have always been one of my top favorite fictional pairings The psychologist is both compassionate and intelligent, and a bonus with these books is learning little tidbits about psychology and different conditions Milo has always been unconventional since he struggles with weight, unibrows, unpopularity, and being ostracized for his homosexuality but this along with his sarcastic humor make him an intriguing character who steals scenes when he s present Some books he s in the background but here we get plenty of the pairing working together a win.Taking a break from Robin is still fine since she was always a little doll like to me anyway, but Linda isn t a huge improvement since she has so many hang ups it s almost off putting She does redeem herself with a few scenes though, so I wasn t fully against the new relationship It s refreshing the author puts in ups and downs in the individual lives of his characters to keep them fresh instead of just game pieces who are there to solve crimes There s also some unique villains and side characters who make the book shine A real narcissistic personality blends with a mysterious wallflower and intelligent but flawed brother Throw in a demented history with Nazis and racism and you get a creative story that again, is far fetched but gripping enough


  3. Jim C Jim C says:

    This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone novel In this one, Milo is at the scene of a school shooting and asks Alex to come to the scene to help the children Alex finds himself inthan a school shooting.There were both highlights and low points to this offering in this series I absolutely loved the beginning as we get to see the affected children after surviving an event like this I was amazed while reading the beginning how it was still relevant to today s world e This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone novel In this one, Milo is at the scene of a school shooting and asks Alex to come to the scene to help the children Alex finds himself inthan a school shooting.There were both highlights and low points to this offering in this series I absolutely loved the beginning as we get to see the affected children after surviving an event like this I was amazed while reading the beginning how it was still relevant to today s world even though it was written twenty years ago I was also wondering why this book had low scores for reviews Then the conspiracy started to kick in and I soon saw why This book had everything It touches upon racism, social class, political corruption, drugs, parental influence on a child, and finally Nazis Yep, you read that right It was just too much and sometimes less isThe conspiracy became convoluted and I soon lost interest I found myself wishing that we could get back to the perpetrator of the shooting and her motives.Sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go and sometimes an author tries to make a plot too involved This is one of those times I believe if the author just went with the shooting and made that the central plot this would have been a better book This book seems to be the beginning of Milo becomingof a main character so that is a big positive for this series


  4. Emma Snow Emma Snow says:

    If you want something to help you go to sleep then read Time Bomb, which, to put it bluntly, is a real bomb One word best summarizes it, however, and that is boring For one, the story is implausible two, Alex Delaware comes across as pompous and, three, Milo Sturgis plays a very small part in the story and Milo is by far Kellerman s best character In fact, now that I have reconsidered my rating, one star would beappropriate.


  5. Wonda Wonda says:

    4WowzahI don t usually enjoy novels, which seem like they were taken straight from the headlines, YET this oneWritten decades before nowWas eerily similar to TODAY S headlinesCREEPY No wonder people scream conspiracy about everything VERY WELL DONE


  6. Nancy Nancy says:

    After a failed school shooting, in which no children were killed but the female sniper was, Alex is called in to counsel the traumatized students The shooter is atypical, with no clear motives as to why she would attempt such a horrible act, until Alex digs deeper Then a convoluted Neo Nazi conspiracy is revealed, and Milo helps take out the bad guys Alex begins to date someone else in this book, Linda whom he meets at the school, and for awhile she is a welcome change from Robin.


  7. Kathy Davie Kathy Davie says:

    Fifth in the Alex Delaware psychological thriller series and revolving around a semi retired child psychologist.My TakeIt s all about exploitation and corruption Using the kids to further their own political agendas People promoted for who they know and what they know that may be destructive to another The lack of consideration or care from public officials and law enforcement It s disgusting and fascinating Disgusting for what these politicians and quacks will do to make a buck, to further Fifth in the Alex Delaware psychological thriller series and revolving around a semi retired child psychologist.My TakeIt s all about exploitation and corruption Using the kids to further their own political agendas People promoted for who they know and what they know that may be destructive to another The lack of consideration or care from public officials and law enforcement It s disgusting and fascinating Disgusting for what these politicians and quacks will do to make a buck, to further their own agendas Fascinating for Kellerman laying it out for us and how Alex discovers the truth The stupidity of law enforcement refusing to share information with each other.The truth about Dobbs need to be involved in helping the children is disgusting, as is Massengil s involvement That Dobbs was some shyster doing some scummy pandering Sending out his assistants, claiming they re doctors, doctors who see nothing wrong with interrupting someone s session Their idea of therapy is to blow in, do their spiel, and fly out Badgering parents into sending their children in for paid therapy sessions I do love how Alex took that Mendez down.By using first person protagonist point of view, we get Alex s perspective, and I gotta say I loved his verbal beatdowns on the politicians, Dobbs, his assessment of Holly s father, and that REALLY tense scene at the end WhewKellerman definitely made me see Burden as a cheap narcissist, but Kellerman did not make me feel it, and it was definitely an area that should have been exploited Oh, it s not that Kellerman doesn t have plenty of scenes that make me want to strike out at someone, but it wasintellectual than emotional In Holly s case, I really wanted that emotion Not that I enjoy cryingMatthew s experience demonstrates how dinner table conversation can affect a child s choices and outlooks That PC switch from melting pot to we are a salad bowl sounds Californian to me Interesting note about zip codes and mailing lists Wonder if I can move to a place that doesn t have zip codes and still be in the US Also interesting, in a purely negative way, is all that rhetoric spouted about Zionists, Rozenvelt, Jewish brainwashing, ape cultures Gimme a break How stupid can people be This comment from Cecelia was pretty damned sad Actually, she said, we can t do nothing We re kids If people wanna be mean to us all the time, they can As was that comment on the plethora of Spanish street names in this so very white community that street names are one thing letting them marry your sister s another There is also Milo s series spanning problem of being gay and out of the closet in a cop shop The crap that s thrown at him is, yeah, disgusting.A sad memory of arevolutionary time when the government was scared and reactive, susceptible to inner plotting to achieve individual ends Scary, ain t it That nothing has changed Kellerman s story was originally written in 1990, and it could be set in 2018 Of course, Terry s own escape was in direct contrast to the other rebels who slipped back into their wealthy families bosoms.The StoryBy the time psychologist Dr Alex Delaware reached the school, the damage was done A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground, but was gunned down before any children were hurt.While the TV news crews feasted on the scene and Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn t escape the sight of that slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle Were they really a would be assassin, or just another victim Intrigued by a request from the sniper s father to conduct a psychological autopsy of his child, Alex begins to uncover a strange pattern of innocence, neglect, and loss Then suddenly it isthan a pattern, it is a trail of blood In the dead sniper s past was a dark and vicious plot.And in Alex Delaware s future is the stuff of grown up nightmares the face of real human evil.The CharactersDr Alex Delaware is a child psychologist who keeps getting caught up in murder cases thanks to his friend Milo The shoe is on the other foot with Alex s ex girlfriend, Robin, an artist building musical instruments Seems she wants back in.Westside PD DivisionDetective Sergeant Milo Sturgis is a friend of Alex s and has been promoted to D Three, a supervising detective at his division in Robbery Homicide Dr Rick Silverman is Milo s partner who also does good words at the Free Clinic.Detective Maurice Smith, who s putting in his time until retirement, is with Southeast Division and investigated Novato s shooting Detective Mehan from the Pacific Division investigated Gruenberg s disappearance Officers Burdette and Ziegler are on the Massengil case with help from Martinez and Pelletier.Anti Terrorist Division ATD Lieutenant Kenny Frisk isinterested in the sound bite.Nathan Hale Elementary School had beena school in Ocean Heights, a housing tract originally conceived for engineers and techs, that has falling enrollment capacity for 900 with only 86 students that is now upped by busing The principal, Linda Overstreet, majored in psychology She s estranged from her daddy, a Texas Ranger, for an excellent reason Jerk Carla is her secretary Miz Williams and the bigoted Esme Ferguson are some of the teachers The students include Ramon, Tranh, Anna, Martha, and Cecelia Pete and Mrs Buchanan s son, Matthew, is easily led.Holly Lynn Burden, who had been a student at Nathan Hale, is described as slightly above retarded in a family of intellectually superior people I d say most of her problem came from her father Mahlon Burden, a control obsessed widower self employed in producing health and security catalogs and mailing lists, as New Frontiers Technology, Ltd and who used to be with Intelligence in the army and then with the US Census Bureau Gregory Graff, Esq, is an actor Burden hired to be photographed as Chief Consulting Officer of Burden s company Betty was the mathematician mother who died Howard Burden is Holly s brother Gwen is his wife Amy is their child None of them see Mahlon Dr George Goldberg helped Howard with his childhood issues.Dinwiddie s is the local grocers run by the wanna be charitable Ted Dinwiddie Isaac Ike Novato was a light complected black who was bright and a straight arrow who worked at Dinwiddie s and took pity on Holly Sophie Gruenberg was his landlady, described by all as either a cossack or a commie.The Beth Shalom SynagogueDavid Sanders is the rabbi from Auckland, New Zealand, who teaches elementary school on weekdays he s also married with five children Sophie Gruenberg is his landlady as well We first meet him leading a discussion that segues into the participants Mrs Cooper, Sy Morgenstern, Dora Sindowsky, and Rose Steinberg, personal interests.The Holocaust Center isa Jewish museum Judy Baumgartner is a senior researcher Janie and Ike had worked there.Wannsee was a conference that took place in Berlin during World War II Werner Kaltenblud had been president of the Poison Gas Club Fritz Kuhn had been the Bundesf hrer in America during World War II Wannsee II is an upgrade that allies the radical left and right.The PoliticiansThe quick to judge State Assemblyman Samuel Massengil is a loudmouthed jerk with a rep of law and order and a stance against pornography who is insisting on Dr Dobbs seeing the children Hattie is his wife Beth Bramble is his executive assistant DiMarco is not one of Massengil s fans.The self promoting Dr Lance L Dobbs is billed as an expert on childhood stress Dr Patricia Mendez claims she s a clinical psychologist when she s actually a psychological assistant to Dobbs.City Councilman Gordon Latch is a typical politician, helpful when it helps him He had been a hippie back in the day and married Miranda Brundage, the only child of a movie tycoon, Fritz Brundage, a crypto fascist Darryl Bud Ahlward is his chief administrative assistant and bodyguard.The New Walden group at Bear Lodge, Idaho, was onsome land owned by Mountain Properties land inherited by Randy from her dad Members included Thomas Bruckner, a founding member of the Weathermen Catherine Blanchard Lockerby was living with Bruckner Antonio Rodriguez, a forger and burglar, and his wife, Teresa Santana, a suspected FALN cell leader had a son, Fidel Mark Grossman was another Weathermen founder Harold Cleveland Big Skitch Dupree was a murderer and armed robber Terry Crevolin who went on to work in television Norman Green is believed to be the leader and, Melba Johnson Green was Green s wife while Malcolm Green was their two year old son The second tier group included Harry and Debbie Delage, Ed Maher and Julie Bendix, Lyle Stokes, Gordy and Miranda Latch, and Jack Parducci.Dayton Auhagen was a buckskin clad trapper Southern Idaho Regional FBI Agent in Charge Morrison Stowe has his own perspective Nellie Barthell owned the Maybe Drop Inn Tavern and Truck Stop in Bear Lodge, Idaho.FBI Task ForceSpecial Agents Hoyt Henry Blanchard and Audrey Crisp pick up Alex.San Antonio PD, TexasLinda s father had played the fiddle and encouraged Linda to enjoy music Armando Bonilla Mondo was a rookie on the force who also played in a band, Magnum Four, which became Magnum Four and Lady Derringer, when Armando hooked up with Linda Overstreet Rudy was another cop and band member.Dr Ada Small is Alex s own psychologist Superior Court Judge Steve Hupp has requested Alex s help on several child custody cases Julie is his wife Brigitta is their Swedish au pair Cheryl Cheri Jane Nuveen, a.k.a., Sherry Nuveen, Sherry Jackson, Cherry Jackson, Cherry Burgundy, Cherry Gomez, and actually Sheryl Jane Jackson, is a recreational counselor who works out of her house Her son, Andr , has a great voice Vagabond Books has a big section on the 1960s Dejon the Chiller Jonson is an entertainer whose time was requested by Latch.The Cover and TitleThe cover is spare with its deep brown background A pale thin banner in peach spans the top with an info blurb in brown The author s name is in a bright embossed orange Just below that is a disembodied hand atop the handle of a detonator The title is in a limey yellow to the left of the plunger handle Beneath that at the very bottom is the series information in white.The title refers to the hidden reasons behind it all, a Time Bomb that is about to go off


  8. Ami Ami says:

    3.5 starsAfter reading 5 books in Alex Delaware series I get the formula down to the t The motive is not always as simple as it seems and it is always, ALWAYS, rather over the top explanation Like this one, starting from a simple shooting at school, and the shooter was shot, and it developed into something related to Nazi principles of white supremacist.Yeah That.But I still enjoyed it mainly because Milo played quite a nice role here he always made the bookfun somehow and I 3.5 starsAfter reading 5 books in Alex Delaware series I get the formula down to the t The motive is not always as simple as it seems and it is always, ALWAYS, rather over the top explanation Like this one, starting from a simple shooting at school, and the shooter was shot, and it developed into something related to Nazi principles of white supremacist.Yeah That.But I still enjoyed it mainly because Milo played quite a nice role here he always made the bookfun somehow and I actually liked the break that Alex took from Robin somehow that woman didn t rock my sock Plus Alex was quite a bad ass, when he protected the kids from those politiciansAnd considering that my Kindle clocked this at 520 pages, it didn t feel as long as the previous three books excluding book 1 that I felt were boring


  9. Heidi Heidi says:

    Last month I read one of the latest Delaware installments and realized I d missed a few or 7 8 along the way, so I decided to go back and read the missed books So glad I did While the technology has changed cell phones missing and computers not the norm , the chemistry between pals Milo and Alex reminded me why I liked this series And the story itself was richer andlayered than some recent entries in the series What started as one kind of mystery turned into something altogether dif Last month I read one of the latest Delaware installments and realized I d missed a few or 7 8 along the way, so I decided to go back and read the missed books So glad I did While the technology has changed cell phones missing and computers not the norm , the chemistry between pals Milo and Alex reminded me why I liked this series And the story itself was richer andlayered than some recent entries in the series What started as one kind of mystery turned into something altogether different andinteresting On to the next oldie I missed


  10. William William says:

    Unabridged audio from Penguin 2014 thru OverDriveUnabridged ebook from Random House 2003 thru OverDriveThe audio book was missing 5 10% Liberal lexicon and math if that is unabridged I came to this series having seen the 1986 TV movie When the bough breaks when first shown.It was an excellent movie with Ted Danson as Alex and Richard Masur as Milo.I wasn t disappointed with the first two books then the newness wore off and the irritation began.Goodreads genre omits that his work is fashion Unabridged audio from Penguin 2014 thru OverDriveUnabridged ebook from Random House 2003 thru OverDriveThe audio book was missing 5 10% Liberal lexicon and math if that is unabridged I came to this series having seen the 1986 TV movie When the bough breaks when first shown.It was an excellent movie with Ted Danson as Alex and Richard Masur as Milo.I wasn t disappointed with the first two books then the newness wore off and the irritation began.Goodreads genre omits that his work is fashion commentary, architectural commentary, romance and anything that he may have a tangential thought about Must get paid by the word.For me, too little time left for Kellerman