Motive - Jonathan Kellerman


By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 770 Ratings



Jonathan Kellerman writes razor-sharp novels that cut to the quick. Now comes Motive, which pits psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis against a vicious criminal mind—the kind only Kellerman can bring to chilling life.
Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can’t keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don’t get solved—and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end—one even Alex Delaware’s expert insight can’t explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case—because there’s always a next one.
This time the victim is Ursula Corey: a successful, attractive divorcée who’s been gunned down—not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of perp: the dead woman’s business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think they’re zeroing in on the most likely suspect, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of the unsolved Hennepin murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the specter of a serial killer on a mission, whose twisted method is exceeded only by his manipulative and cunning madness.

Praise for Motive
“Jonathan Kellerman has mastered the art of lean, evocative prose [in] a series that grows stronger with each volume.”—New York Journal of Books
“One of [Kellerman’s] best works to date . . . Motive is wonderfully made, equally well-driven by plot and character, and shouldn’t be missed.”Bookreporter
“[Motive] will even keep genre veterans guessing. . . . The twists are both shocking and logical, and the byplay between the leads entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Jonathan Kellerman
“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times
“A master of the psychological thriller.”—People
“The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis . . . makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes.”—Forbes


  • What a bore

    By nanageddon23
    Alex Delaware just gets more and more pretentious and boring. A talky waste of time.
  • What Was This?

    By Pizza eater 47
    Now I remember why I didn’t read this author for a few years. This book was pointless; I think the author explored all scenarios because he lacked direction and an ending.
  • Motive

    By kc75070
    I give up.....JK's books in this series have become so boring and if author is mailing it in......
  • Motive

    By Say-Say Jane
    A good writer with interesting characters. After two consecutive disappointments from authors who decided to take on sidekicks writers a la James Patterson, it's good to be back with a winner. Now if James Lee Burke and Ian Rankin will just write another.
  • Kellerman books

    By gtamari
    always pretentious and boring. Guy simply can't stop writing and seems like there are plenty of idiots who pays... what a fake
  • Jane

    By tsg59jw
    Terrible, terrible book and I am a huge Kellerman fan!
  • Back to Best

    By Delikins
    The last 6-7 episodes in the love song of Sturgis and Delaware have been repetitive and lacking of originality. This novel returns the plot and characters to a top rating: original and unpredictable.
  • Motive by Jonathan Kellerman

    By gina12754
    Not up to the usual standards; exceptionally boring.
  • Still enjoy Alex & Milo, of course

    By JeanneInDallas
    This wasn't JK's very best, but it was a pretty good read. It held my interest and had a few good twists. I'll always enjoy Alex Delaware novels, for sentimental reasons if nothing else. Milo is still his 'flawed but fascinating' self. Alex is still with Robin (boo) & Milo still with Rick (yay). Peripheral characters were interesting too, especially the rich horse-loving daughters who flee & another daughter who is key... Oops, I'd better not spoil it!
  • Motive

    By Peg1gy
    I saved this book to relish while I sat with a loved one in the hospital. Walking the halls was more entertaining. Sad. I love Kellerman's earlier books but this was just boring. Maybe next time?