July 21, 2003
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The Murder Book

The Murder Book
Jonathan Kellerman

Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis are wonderful characters. Who could mess up a mystery series starring a retired child psychologist and a sympathetic gay cop? But Kellerman is writing the same book, over and over again. Here, it's done pretty well, with lots of good backstory on Milo's early struggles on the force. Still, the same hand-wringing leads to the same psychologist-in-peril. Seriously: if Dr. Delaware really needed the adrenaline rush of being nearly killed every year or so, wouldn't he just join the force, or the foreign legion, or get help?