Crime Scene

Crime Scene

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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 Jonathan Kellerman "Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--Los Angeles Times "Kellerman doesn't just write psychological thrillers--he owns the genre."--Detroit Free Press "A master of the psychological thriller."--People Praise for Jesse Kellerman "Gripping and compelling. but what truly separates Kellerman from the pack is his prose. Jesse Kellerman tightens the noose slowly, and we his readers can do nothing but turn the pages."--Harlan Coben, on The Genius "Kellerman has a gift for creating compelling characters as well as for crafting an ingenious plot that grabs the reader and refuses to let go."--Publishers Weekly (starred review), on The Genius"-- Provided by publisher.
"A corpse lying at the bottom of the stairs. A beautiful but troubled young woman. A brutal, decades-old murder. And the man charged with making sense of it all. Clay Edison is a former star athlete turned coroner's investigator. It's his job to care for the dead and the people they leave behind. It's not his job to solve mysteries. But some cases--and some people--can't be resisted. What he discovers will set him on a quest to overturn a hideous injustice, no matter the consequences"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780399594601
Characteristics: 381 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Kellerman, Jesse - Author


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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."


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

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.

Aug 20, 2017

I listened to the audio version of this book. I found it very slow and it certainly did not capture my imagination. The narrator's voice did not help. It seemed to be the same tone for the complete novel. I did not connect with any of the characters. I struggled to finish this book, where I have never had problems before.

Aug 13, 2017

This is the first book by Jonathan Kellerman that I have not finished. Did not read the Golem series either confusing, did not grab my attention and never held it. Returned to library unfinished!

redwagon21 Aug 11, 2017

I am so disappointed. I never stop reading a book once I start it. I figure that anyone who has taken all that time to write a book deserves the courtesy of having it read. I guess I should never say never.

Jonathan Kellerman was once one of what I call "my" authors. I have read all his books. I even gave one to my daughter when she left for Air Force Boot Camp, to read on the plane.

Sorry to say, No more for the Father & Son. I will still read Faye.

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