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Jonathan Kellerman is a psychologist and best seller author of many award-winning books. Kellerman was born in New York in 1949. He grew up in Los Angeles and took guitar classes for his sustenance in college. He also performed as an illustrator, cartoonist, journalist, and editor for his daily means. He also received the Samuel Goldwyn award in college for co-writing the unpublished novel. But instead of pursuing his career in writing, Kellerman enrolled for a Ph.D. course and later did a lot of work in that field. Jonathan Kellerman is married to best-selling novelist Fayne Kellerman.

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Order of Alex Delaware Series with

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1 When the Bough Breaks 1985 Description / Buy
2 Blood Test 1986 Description / Buy
3 Over the Edge 1987 Description / Buy
4 Silent Partner 1989 Description / Buy
5 Time Bomb 1990 Description / Buy
6 Private Eyes 1992 Description / Buy
7 Devil's Waltz 1993 Description / Buy
8 Bad Love 1994 Description / Buy
9 Self-Defense 1994 Description / Buy
10 The Web 1995 Description / Buy
11 The Clinic 1996 Description / Buy
12 Survival of the Fittest 1997 Description / Buy
13 Monster 1999 Description / Buy
14 Dr. Death 2000 Description / Buy
15 Flesh and Blood 2001 Description / Buy
16 The Murder Book 2002 Description / Buy
17 A Cold Heart 2003 Description / Buy
18 Therapy 2004 Description / Buy
19 Rage 2005 Description / Buy
20 Gone 2006 Description / Buy
21 Obsession 2007 Description / Buy
22 Compulsion 2008 Description / Buy
23 Bones 2008 Description / Buy
24 Evidence 2009 Description / Buy
25 Deception 2009 Description / Buy
26 Mystery 2011 Description / Buy
27 Victims 2012 Description / Buy
28 Guilt 2013 Description / Buy
29 Killer 2014 Description / Buy
30 Motive 2015 Description / Buy
31 Breakdown 2016 Description / Buy
32 Heartbreak Hotel 2017 Description / Buy
33 Night Moves 2018 Description / Buy
34 The Wedding Guest 2019 Description / Buy
35 The Museum of Desire 2020 Description / Buy
36 Serpentine 2021 Description / Buy
37 City of the Dead 2022 Description / Buy
38 Unnatural History 2023 Description / Buy
39 The Ghost Orchid 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Petra Connor Series

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1 Billy Straight 1998 Description / Buy
2 Twisted 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Detective Jacob Lev Series with Jesse Kellerman

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1 The Golem of Hollywood 2013 Description / Buy
2 The Golem of Paris 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Clay Edison Series with Jesse Kellerman

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1 Crime Scene 2017 Description / Buy
2 A Measure of Darkness 2018 Description / Buy
3 Half Moon Bay 2020 Description / Buy
4 The Burning 2021 Description / Buy
5 The Lost Coast 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Standalone Novels

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1 The Butcher's Theater 1988 Description / Buy
2 Double Homicide 1993 Description / Buy
3 The Conspiracy Club 2003 Description / Buy
4 Capital Crimes 2006 Description / Buy
5 True Detectives 2009 Description / Buy
6 The Murderer's Daughter 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Right Thing to Do (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Short Story Collections

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1 Daddy, Daddy, Can You Touch the Sky? 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Alex Delaware Graphic Novels

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1 The Web 1996 Description / Buy
2 Silent Partner 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Non-Fiction Books

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1 Helping the Fearful Child 1981 Description / Buy
2 Savage Spawn 1999 Description / Buy
3 The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 2008 Description / Buy
4 With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Mysterious Profiles Series

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1 Elvis Cole and Joe Pike ( By: Robert Crais) 2022 Description / Buy
2 Jack Taylor ( By: Ken Bruen) 2022 Description / Buy
3 Jack Reacher ( By: Lee Child) 2022 Description / Buy
4 Charlie Parker ( By: John Connolly) 2022 Description / Buy
5 Hieronymus Bosch ( By: Michael Connelly) 2022 Description / Buy
6 Lincoln Rhyme ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2022 Description / Buy
7 Alex Delaware 2022 Description / Buy
8 Tess Monaghan ( By: Laura Lippman) 2022 Description / Buy
9 Charlie Resnick ( By: John Harvey) 2022 Description / Buy
10 Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus ( By: Faye Kellerman) 2022 Description / Buy
11 Inspector Morse ( By: Colin Dexter) 2022 Description / Buy
12 Dismas Hardy ( By: John Lescroart) 2022 Description / Buy
13 Bob Lee Swagger ( By: Stephen Hunter) 2022 Description / Buy
14 Aloysius X. L. Pendergast ( By: Douglas Preston) 2022 Description / Buy
15 Lou Boldt (Short Story) ( By: Ridley Pearson) 2022 Description / Buy
16 Spenser ( By: Robert B. Parker) 2022 Description / Buy
17 Charlotte and Thomas Pitt ( By: Anne Perry) 2022 Description / Buy
18 John Rebus ( By: Ian Rankin) 2022 Description / Buy
19 Mallory ( By: Carol O'Connell) 2022 Description / Buy
20 Jane Whitefield (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry) 2022 Description / Buy
21 Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd) 2022 Description / Buy
22 Amos Walker (Short Story) ( By: Loren D. Estleman) 2022 Description / Buy
23 Precious Ramotswe (Short Story) ( By: Alexander McCall Smith) 2022 Description / Buy
24 Maisie Dobbs (Short Story) ( By: Jacqueline Winspear) 2022 Description / Buy
25 The Lincoln Lawyer (Short Story) ( By: Michael Connelly) 2022 Description / Buy
26 Ben Kincaid (Short Story) ( By: William Bernhardt) 2023 Description / Buy
27 Repairman Jack (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson) 2023 Description / Buy

Jonathan Kellerman Anthologies

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1 Murder For Love 1996 Description / Buy
2 Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories 1996 Description / Buy
3 Law and Order 1997 Description / Buy
4 The Best American Mystery Stories 1997 1997 Description / Buy
5 Diagnosis Dead 1999 Description / Buy
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Some of the Jonathon Kellerman books are Billy Straight, The Butcher’s Theater, The Conspiracy Club, True Detectives, Twisted, and The Murderer’s Daughter. Jonathan Kellerman has co-authored Capital Crimes and Double Homicide with his novelist wife. His son, bestselling-novelist Jesse Kellerman, has also worked with his dad and co-authored The-Golem of Paris and The-Golem of Hollywood. He has written two children’s books and many nonfiction books related to psychology, including “With Strings Attached: The Art-and Beauty of Vintage Guitars” and “Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children”.

Jonathan Kellerman Awards:

Jonathan Kellerman has the famous Edgar award for the Best novel by an American author, to his credit for his first novel When the Bough Breaks. He also won the Anthony award for the Best First novel. He received the APA award for the Lifetime Contributions of Psychology, in 2015. He was also nominated for the shamus award.

Jonathan Kellerman books into movies:

When the Bough Breaks was turned into a TV movie in 1986. As of this writing this is the only book in the Alex Delaware series to be adapted into a movie.

The movie starred Ted Danson who also produced the movie. Ted Danson was in the midst of his legendary run as Sam Malone on the classic TV show Cheers at the time and he drew a lot of eyes to the project. Waris Hussein was tapped to direct as he was well-known in the made-for-TV genre.

When The Bough Breaks aired on NBC on October 12, 1986 to mixed reviews. People Magazine’s reviewer, Jeff Jarvis, said the movie was “a nice, tight, tense little murder mystery” which is all you can ask for from a made-for-TV movie at the time.

Best Jonathan Kellerman books:

When the Bough Breaks: This is the first of Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman. Dr. Mortan Handler was a Fraud psychiatrist who was involved in sex scandals and extortion. He was mysteriously murdered in his apartment at Pacific Palisades. The 7-year-old Melody Quinn is the sole eyewitness to this lethal murder. Alex Delaware steps in to solve the case. He slowly starts unraveling the mysteries of the case by unfolding the thoughts in Melody’s mind. What unearths is a disturbing truth which relates to incidents in Alex’s childhood. This is the link to a 40-year old conspiracy which Alex has to solve fast as it could pose a huge risk to Melody’s life.

The Murderer’s Daughter: This is a standalone novel that is separate from the Alex Delaware series. Grace Blades is a dedicated psychiatrist who can treat troubled souls and psychiatric troubled people. Grace was the victim of a tormenting tragedy in her childhood where she witnessed the tragic suicide of her parents. She was later adopted by an extremely affectionate couple who brought her up well. She grows up to become a passionate psychiatrist who deals with other people’s problems. Her hidden’ world and its gruesome woes re-emerge when a patient comes to seek her help. She recognizes him from her haunted past. He ignores the past experiences as he is too desperate to seek her advice. Grace is now at a threshold where she wants to help the victim but refuses in fear of encountering past experiences. A police inquiry is set up and Grace personally investigates the whole case, to discover herself being drawn to a brutal enemy. She is again faced with all the negativities that she had left behind in her past.

Breakdown: In the background of the story, Lou Sherman is a senior psychiatrist who asks Alex to visit Ovid Chase, the son of Zelda Chase. They evaluate the condition of the boy and how is it affected by his mother’s unstable condition.

Dr. Alex Delaware meets TV actress Zelda Chase and is stuck by her immense beauty when he goes to examine her 5-year old son. After many years, He again meets Zelda when she is convicted in a Psychotic case. When Zelda is released, she is discovered as dead at the Bel Air estate. Also, Zelda’s son goes missing and so do other children from the high-profile locality. Alex senses some evil misgivings in the entire episode. He takes the help of his aid LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to solve the case.

Jonathan Kellerman FAQ

Q: What is Jonathan Kellerman’s education?

A: Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York, but his family later moved to California where he attended UCLA for college where he received a BA in psychology. During his time in college, Kellerman worked odd jobs to get by and at times worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, journalist, guitar teacher and editor.

Kellerman would then enroll at the University of Southern California in their PhD program in clinical psychology. He graduated in 1974 and focused his studies on children psychopathology. Despite his writing success, he has continued to work in the medical field and he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine. Kellerman has also worked with child anxiety disorders which led to the publishing of his book, Helping the Fearful Child.

When Does The Next Jonathan Kellerman book come out?

The next book by Jonathan Kellerman is The Lost Coast and will be released on August, 6th 2024. It is the newest book in the Clay Edison Series.

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