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Gone - An Alex Delaware Novel

Jonathan Kellerman

No one conducts a more chilling, suspenseful, thoroughly engrossing tour through the winding corridors of criminal behavior and the secret chambers of psychopathology than Jonathan Kellerman, the bestselling "master of the psychological thriller" (People). Now the incomparable team of psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis embark on their most dangerous excursion yet, into the dark places where risk runs high and blood runs cold. It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu -battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor. The details of the nightmarish event are shocking and brutal: The couple was carjacked at gunpoint by a masked assailant and subjected to a horrific regimen of confinement, starvation and assault. But before long, doubts arise about the couple's story, and as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax. Charged as criminals themselves, the aspiring actors claim emotional problems, and the court orders psychological evaluation for both. Michaela is examined by Alex Delaware, who finds that her claims of depression and stress ring true enough. But they don't explain her lies, and Alex is certain that there are hidden layers in this sordid psychodrama that even he hasn't been able to penetrate. Nevertheless, the case is closed-only to be violently reopened when Michaela is savagely murdered. When the police look for Dylan, they find that he's gone. Is he the killer or a victim himself? Casting their dragnet into the murkiest corners of L.A., Delaware and Sturgis unearth more questions than answers-including a host of eerily identical killings. What really happened to the couple who cried wolf? And what bizarre and brutal epidemic is infecting the city with terror, madness, and sudden, twisted death?

No one conducts a more chilling, suspenseful, thoroughly engrossing tour through the winding corridors of criminal behavior and the secret chambers of psychopathology than Jonathan Kellerman, the bestselling "master of the psychological thriller" (People). Now the incomparable team of psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis embark on their most dangerous excursion yet, into the dark places where risk runs high and blood runs cold. It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu -battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor. The details of the nightmarish event are shocking and brutal: The couple was carjacked at gunpoint by a masked assailant and subjected to a horrific regimen of confinement, starvation and assault. But before long, doubts arise about the couple's story, and as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax. Charged as criminals themselves, the aspiring actors claim emotional problems, and the court orders psychological evaluation for both. Michaela is examined by Alex Delaware, who finds that her claims of depression and stress ring true enough. But they don't explain her lies, and Alex is certain that there are hidden layers in this sordid psychodrama that even he hasn't been able to penetrate. Nevertheless, the case is closed-only to be violently reopened when Michaela is savagely murdered. When the police look for Dylan, they find that he's gone. Is he the killer or a victim himself? Casting their dragnet into the murkiest corners of L.A., Delaware and Sturgis unearth more questions than answers-including a host of eerily identical killings. What really happened to the couple who cried wolf? And what bizarre and brutal epidemic is infecting the city with terror, madness, and sudden, twisted death?
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No one conducts a more chilling, suspenseful, thoroughly engrossing tour through the winding corridors of criminal behavior and the secret chambers of psychopathology than Jonathan Kellerman, the bestselling "master of the psychological thriller" (People). Now the incomparable team of psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis embark on their most dangerous excursion yet, into the dark places where risk runs high and blood runs cold. It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu -battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor. The details of the nightmarish event are shocking and brutal: The couple was carjacked at gunpoint by a masked assailant and subjected to a horrific regimen of confinement, starvation and assault. But before long, doubts arise about the couple's story, and as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax. Charged as criminals themselves, the aspiring actors claim emotional problems, and the court orders psychological evaluation for both. Michaela is examined by Alex Delaware, who finds that her claims of depression and stress ring true enough. But they don't explain her lies, and Alex is certain that there are hidden layers in this sordid psychodrama that even he hasn't been able to penetrate. Nevertheless, the case is closed-only to be violently reopened when Michaela is savagely murdered. When the police look for Dylan, they find that he's gone. Is he the killer or a victim himself? Casting their dragnet into the murkiest corners of L.A., Delaware and Sturgis unearth more questions than answers-including a host of eerily identical killings. What really happened to the couple who cried wolf? And what bizarre and brutal epidemic is infecting the city with terror, madness, and sudden, twisted death?

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Rubinstein

Length:

6h 16m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:20

Introduction
Introduction

00:26


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:44