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Alex Delaware: A Mysterious Profile

Alex Delaware: A Mysterious Profile

by Jonathan Kellerman

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The #1 New York Times–bestselling author discusses his early days as a writer and the creation of his beloved psychologist and sleuth.

In 1985, clinical child psychologist Alex Delaware made his debut in the mystery novel When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman. But how did Kellerman create a character who would go on to win him Edgar and Anthony Awards for best first novel and make him a number-one New York Times–bestselling author?

Discover in this short read how Delaware and his friend and partner, police detective Milo Sturgis, came to be. Inside, Kellerman shares his initial struggles with the publishing world and the story behind his first success. He also details when he realized he had a series on his hands and how he developed his heroes into the characters who continue to delight millions of readers decades later.

Praise for the Alex Delaware Novels

“Startling . . . Charged with suspense. This one is simply too good to miss.” —Stephen King on Over the Edge

“Harrowing . . . The work of a novelist of uncommon insight and storytelling skill.” —Los Angeles Times

“High-powered . . . Alex Delaware is no ordinary psychologist. . . . He is also a born detective.” —The New York Times

“An engrossing thriller. . . . This knockout of an entertainment is the kind of book which establishes a career in one stroke.” —Newsday on When the Bough Breaks

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504074469
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Publication date: 05/10/2022
Series: Mysterious Profiles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 23
Sales rank: 22,893
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Born in New York City in 1949, Jonathan Kellerman grew up in Los Angeles, receiving a BA in psychology from UCLA and a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California. He worked his way through school as an editorial cartoonist, a columnist, an editor, and a musician. Kellerman went on to become a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine. His first two books were about medicine: Psychological Aspects of Childhood Cancer (1980) and Helping the Fearful Child (1981).

Kellerman’s first mystery, When the Bough Breaks (1985), introduced Alex Delaware and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It also won the Anthony Award at the World Mystery Convention (Bouchercon) and became a New York Times bestseller and a television movie.

In addition to the bestselling Delaware series, Kellerman has written four novels about a beautiful Los Angeles homicide detective with a complicated past, Petra Connor: Survival of the Fittest (1997), Billy Straight (1998), Twisted (2004), and Obsession (2007); two stand-alone bestsellers with his wife and bestselling author, Faye Kellerman: The Butcher’s Theater (1988), The Conspiracy Club (2003), and Capital Crimes (2007); and two children’s books: Daddy, Daddy, Can You Touch the Sky? (1994) and Jonathan Kellerman’s ABC of Weird Creatures (1995).

Kellerman has four children, one of whom is also a professional writer of crime fiction. They live in Southern California.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1949

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in psychology, University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1974

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