A Cold Heart: An Alex Delaware Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Jonathan Kellerman

Narrated By: John Rubinstein

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2003

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


Jonathan Kellerman is a master at creating psychologically nuanced novels of suspense—an author whose name is synonymous with unrelenting action, intriguing plot twists, and penetrating insight into the criminal mind. Now he ventures into bold, new territory with his biggest and best novel yet. A Cold Heart features Kellerman’s brilliant signature style—but in this tour-de-force he mines even deeper the emotional landscape of his characters: psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, Milo’s colleague Petra Connor, and Alex’s ex-lover, Robin Castagna—bringing them all vividly to life as never before.

“I’ve got a weird one, so naturally I thought of you,” says Milo Sturgis, summoning his friend Alex to the trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. What makes it “a weird one” is the lack of any obvious motive, and the luridly careful staging of the murder scene—which immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion . . . but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer.

Delaware’s suspicion is borne out when he compares notes with Milo’s associate, Petra Connor, and her new partner, a strange, taciturn detective with a past of his own named Eric Stahl. The Hollywood cops are investigating the vicious death of Baby Boy Lee, a noted blues guitarist, fatally stabbed after a late-night set at a local club. What links Baby Boy’s murder with that of painter Juliet Kipper is the shadowy presence of an abrasive fanzine writer. This alias-shrouded critic’s love-the-art/disdain-the-artist philosophy and his morbid fascination with the murders leads Alex and the detectives to suspect they’re facing a new breed of celebrity stalker: one with a fetish for snuffing out rising stars.

Tracking down the killer proves to be maddening, with the twisting trail leading from halfway houses to palatial mansions and from a college campus to the last place Alex ever expected: the doorstep of his ex-lover Robin Castagna, whose business association with two of the victims casts her as an unavoidable player in the unfolding case. As more and more killings are discovered, unraveling the maddening puzzle assumes a chilling new importance—stopping a vicious psychopath who’s made cold-blood murder his chosen art form.


  • Jean

    Interesting story about murder of upcoming or artists on the come back trail. I must admit I was fooled at the end. I did not guess the right. The reader was good and the pace was fast and kept you hooked.

  • Carol Smith

    A very good read -- makes the miles go by quickly and moves along at a pace to keep up the interest.

  • Kay

    Another good Milo/Alex book with Petra thrown in. I like them together and I enjoyed it very much.

  • Michael Scott

    Average fare for a Delaware novel. He's done better, but he's also done worse. I really enjoy listening to Delaware novels though, as Kellerman has retained the same narrator through most of them (at least those that I've listened to, rather than read). As soon as I hear John Rubinstein's voice, it's like I've welcomed an old friend into the car with me on the way to work. This is the only author/narrator relationship I know of where the author uses the same narrator throughout the entire series. I like that. I'm also intrigued by the number of times that Petra Connor's path crosses with that of Milo / Alex. I *believe* this is the 2nd of 3 stories where these paths mix. An interesting mix, though Twisted (yes, I screwed up the order, and listened to Twisted before Cold Heart) had a better feel for Petra. All in all, a good Delaware novel.

  • Melissa Maurice

    I love this author. Fans of Kellerman will be pleased with the plot and the familiar characters that they have come to know.

  • Kimberly B

    I'm not too familiar with the writings of Jonathan Kellerman but will now explore more of his work. This was a good book. I admire anyone that can keep me full of suspence to the end. I honestly didn't figure this one out until he spelled it out for me.

  • Anonymous

    This book had great potential. However, the reader sounded more like he belonged on an "America's Most Wanted" episode with the droning, reporter sounding affect. Still, interesting, descriptive...and, when the reader was actually playing characters, it was much more engaging. All in all, it was a decent listen with perhaps a little too much content edited out?

  • Helen Medlock

    This was a different plot for the leading character, Alex Delaware. He allows you in his private world before he has become the famous psychartist. When he undertakes to find the answers of a long lost love his world becomes an emotional aspect of conflict. The suprise ending of who, what and why is a new look on characters.

  • Wendy Hobson

    Great book...as is always the case with Kellerman!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Jonathan Kellerman delivers another Alex Delaware/Milos Sturgis tale. Entertaining with lots of typical twists and turns. Jonathan Rubenstein is a great reader.

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