Serpentine - Jonathan Kellerman


By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,546 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis search for answers to a brutal, decades-old crime in this electrifying psychological thriller from the master of suspense.

LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a master detective. He has a near-perfect solve rate and he’s written his own rule book. Some of those successes—the toughest ones—have involved his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But Milo doesn’t call Alex in unless cases are “different.”
This murder warrants an immediate call. Milo’s independence has been compromised as never before, as the department pressures him to cater to the demands of a mogul: a hard-to-fathom, megarich young woman who is obsessed with reopening the coldest of cases—the decades-old death of the mother she never knew.

The facts describe a likely loser: a mysterious woman found with a bullet in her head in a torched Cadillac that has overturned on infamously treacherous Mulholland Drive. No physical evidence, no witnesses, no apparent motive. And a slew of detectives have already worked the case and failed. But as Delaware and Sturgis begin digging, the mist begins to lift. Too many coincidences. Facts turn out to be anything but. And as they soon discover, very real threats lurking in the present.

This is Delaware/Sturgis at their best: traversing the beautiful but forbidding place known as Los Angeles and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.


  • Good read

    By Next Lives Here
    Good story. The pace keeps you intrigued.
  • Nice and twisty!

    By Circusjoy
    Love convergence of plot lines and character development
  • Ended well

    By The Big Five
    Confusing story with a good ending. Too many characters. Hard to keep them straight. A convoluted story of an old cold case.
  • Good story!

    By jillhardy2
    The only thing was the similarities to Alex Cross made me think I was reading a different book a couple times at the beginning. Good plot. Easy to read.
  • Another shining star

    By Denise Marvel
    He’s done it again. Love Milo and Alex. Kept me wondering until the end.
  • Totally absorbing

    By Mstrpara
    A great read-kept you in suspense until the very end and the end was outstanding in terms of no loose ends. Milo and Alex are a perfect pair-compliment each other very well. Can’t wait for the next book.
  • Serpentine

    By v.nath
    A good read I enjoy the author’s books and writing style
  • Very enjoyable read

    By Sueatspring
    Well written
  • Interesting but too contrived

    By Epicure 2
    This is, in most respects a typical Kellerman novel and perhaps at this point I’ve read too many of them. The badinage between Delaware and Sturgis seems stale, banal and reminiscent of most of the rest of the books. The plot is byzantine, more so than in his more recent past endeavors, and at times seems overly contrived. The other characters populating the novel are relatively flat, un interesting, and not fully developed into full-fledged people sufficient to hold the reader’s interest. Kellerman is a gifted storyteller, but he may have reached the end of the line for this series.
  • Serpentine

    By cartonpie
    Engrossing from the very beginning. Great character development. Love the main duo, Milo and Dr. Delaware.