Crime Scene

Crime Scene

A Novel

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 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.

Praise for Crime Scene

"You could drive yourself crazy trying to figure out who wrote what. . . . But whoever came up with the fine line, 'When I meet new people, they're usually dead,' should pat himself on the back." --The New York Times Book Review

"A terrific book . . . Put Crime Scene at the top of your reading pile." -- Bookreporter

"A character-driven, intricately plotted whodunit . . . Mystery readers will devour the book and look forward to the next father and son collaboration." --Press Republican
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780525524977
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Kelle
Characteristics: 516 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
large print.
Additional Contributors: Kellerman, Jesse - Author


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Sep 17, 2018

Not the best, kind of clunky and disjoined. I like the coroner character, but it does lead to a lot of characters that are hard to keep straight.

May 20, 2018

3½ stars. I'm kind of surprised I ended up liking this book as much as I did. I think that as I read the first third of the book I kept asking myself why I was continuing to read it ... but then it really improved! I definitely plan on reading the next one.

Jan 23, 2018

Not up to Kellermans usual standard. Fragmented and incoherent in places. I was disappointed

Jan 16, 2018

When I entered Crime Scene into my book journal it earned a rare notation of UGH!

Crime Scene is B-O-R-I-N-G. The plot is plodding, the victim, the suspects and their peripherals are boring and it's hard to care about them; the main character doesn't know who he is or what he wants to be. I was shocked to read he is in his early 30's when he comes across as in his late 80's: no fount of interest or excitement that Clay Edison

I am a longtime fan of Jonathan Kellerman and his wife Faye. After half a dozen or so his novels, I am less a fan of Jesse, but willing to give him a few more chances.

This book is a stinker. It suffers from zero cohesiveness which I believe is because of the shared authoring. Both the plot and the characters could have been so much better. Father or son need to decide who will write this character well or they need to let him fall into obscurity where he already has one foot and is teetering on the other.

The best line in the whole book is "I suppose I found him ... superficial? He sounded like what an Ikea chair would sound like if it could talk."


Oct 10, 2017

This book got off to a good start, however, about halfway through I found myself losing interest. I found the characters were a little uninteresting, hence, the waning interest. I did, however, pick up the book again to finish and did so, but found that overall, I was very slow in finishing. As far as mysteries go... oh, I don't know, I wasn't very impressed considering the well-known author(s).

Sep 24, 2017

In a word, pedestrian.Some writing teams combine seamlessly with exciting results. The Kellermans, individually are good to read but this one dragged..

Sep 24, 2017

The pacing is slow and the action and suspense is absent.

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.

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.

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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