Jonathan Kellerman Books

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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 He also received the Samuel Goldwyn award in college for co-writing the unpublished novel.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.

Order of Alex Delaware Series

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

Order of Petra Connor Series

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

Order of Detective Jacob Lev Series with Jesse Kellerman

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

Order of Clay Edison Series with Jesse Kellerman

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

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Standalone Novels

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

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Short Story Collections

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

Order of Alex Delaware Graphic Novels

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

Order of Jonathan Kellerman Non-Fiction Books

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

Jonathan Kellerman Anthologies

1 Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories1996Description / Buy
2 The Best American Mystery Stories 19971997Description / Buy
3 Diagnosis Dead1999Description / 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 City of the Dead and will be released on February, 8th 2022. It is the newest book in the Alex Delaware Series.

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