Created by Jonathan Kellerman
Personally, I don't think ALEX DELAWARE, no matter how popular or critically well-received he is, no matter how often he sticks his nose into criminal proceedings, conducting his own private investigations, no matter what he does, is really a private eye. But a lot of you guys keep telling me he is, and the Private Eye Writers of America even nominated 1999's Monster for a Best Private Eye Novel Shamus, so I guess I should do a file.
But I'm letting you know, I'm still not convinced. To me, he's still a nosy, albeit gifted amateur, who makes trouble his hobby, not his business.
Delaware is a Los Angeles child psychologist, and sometime consultant to the police, often taking a hands-on approach to solving his client's problems. He makes frequent use of the help offered by his pal, Det. Milo Sturgis of the LAPD. One of the treats of this series is Milo, who's gay. His friendship with the straight Alex is handled very well, and adds a little warmth to the often nasty business going on in these books.
Well into the series, he introduced another pair of detectives, straight-laced Moses Reed, an LAPD homicide dick, and his high-flying P.I. half-brother Aaron Fox.
Jonathan Kellerman has used his experiences as a clinical psychologist to pen a long string of bestselling mysteries, most of which feature the inexplicably popular (at least to me) child therapist Alex Delaware. With his wife, novelist Faye Kellerman, Kellerman has also co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes, and written numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, childrens books, and three volumes of psychology, and the lavishly illustrated With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. The Kellermans live in California and New Mexico, and one of their children is budding mystery novelist Jesse Kellerman.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Anastasia for the colour correction.
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