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Publication Order of Alex Delaware Books

When the Bough Breaks (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Test (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Over the Edge (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Partner (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Bomb (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Private Eyes (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Waltz (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Love (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Self-Defense (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Web (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clinic (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival of the Fittest (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dr. Death (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flesh and Blood (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder Book (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cold Heart (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Therapy (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rage (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gone (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Obsession (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Compulsion (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bones (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evidence (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deception (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Victims (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilt (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motive (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakdown (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heartbreak Hotel (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Moves (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wedding Guest (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Museum of Desire (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serpentine (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of the Dead (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unnatural History (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Orchid (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
Open Season (2025)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Petra Connor Books

Publication Order of Detective Jacob Lev Books

with Jesse Kellerman
The Golem of Hollywood (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golem of Paris (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Clay Edison Books

with Jesse Kellerman
Crime Scene (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Measure of Darkness (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half Moon Bay (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burning (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Coast (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Butcher's Theater (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Homicide (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Conspiracy Club (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Crimes (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Detectives (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murderer's Daughter (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Right Thing to Do (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Daddy, Daddy, Can You Touch the Sky? (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Alex Delaware Graphic Novels

The Web (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Partner (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster (By: Ande Parks) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Helping the Fearful Child (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Savage Spawn (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alex Delaware (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Murder For Love(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Law and Order(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 1997(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diagnosis Dead(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Biography of Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is an award winning psychologist, author, teacher and researcher. He helped to pioneer the field of forensic psychology doing many years of research during his years at the USC School of Medicine. He is the author if the bestselling Alex Delaware series, and has been lauded by both mainstream critics and audiences, as well as the LGBT ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender ) community for creating a strong, anti-stereotypical gay character that is a proactive and strong character.

He is married to fellow crime novelist Faye Kellerman, has four children, one of which, Jesse Kellerman, is also a successful novelist. He lives with his family in the Beverly Hills section of Los Angeles.

About Jonathan Kellerman

Born in New York City in 1949, His Father was an aerospace engineer and his mother was a dancer. He grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, before a disastrous move to Queens and the families subsequent flight to Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California Los Angeles, majoring in Psychology and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in the year 1971.

He worked his way through undergraduate school by working as a journalist, editor, and cartoonist. He went on to attend the University of Southern California, and earned his Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology in 1974. While externing and fulfilling his fellowship duties at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, he published numerous papers and researches, most famously on the effects that isolation has on children afflicted with autoimmune disorders and are forced to live in sterile environments, colloquially know as “bubbles”. The effect of the isolation on the mental and emotional development of children with cancer in these same environments were also studied.

Himself a survivor of thyroid cancer, this research was important to him on both a personal and professional level. While working as the founding director of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Hematology Oncology, he conducted research into the harmful effects of the aforementioned treatments and recommended alternative clinical treatment that would be less psychologically damaging to the patients emotional and mental well-being. This research drastically improved the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and was lauded in the medical and psychological communities.

Early Writing and Fiction

Jonathan Kellerman’s first foray into publishing was a psychological studies entitled Savage Spawn:Reflections on Violent Children. It explored the psychopathology of children with personality disorders and the effects of treatment on children. His freshman attempt at writing fiction, When the Bough Breaks, was published in the year 1985 and was an instant success, quickly climbing the bestseller lists and even being adapted into a made-for-television movie.

It was the first novel to feature the character of Alex Delaware, and won both the Edgar and Anthony Award for Best First Novel in the year 1986. It spawned the series that Jonathan Kellerman has bee most well known for, though he has never stopped practicing psychology as a way to truly invest his characters with a depth and realism that is not often found in the genre.

Alex Delaware

Jonathan Kellerman’s most well known and widely read series, Alex Delaware is a forensic psychologist that works with the Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Division to assist in the analyzing and solution of cases. He is often paired with Milo Sturgis, a gay LAPD homicide detective, and this aspect of the series has been praised by mainstream critics and those from the LGBT community as being not only unabashedly realistic, but also the facet of the novel in which the character development is most evident.

The first appearance of Alex Delaware, When the Bough Breaks, features Delaware in retirement after working on a case of serial child molestation that ends in a tragic suicide in his private offices. He is convinced to come out of retirement by Detective Milo Sturgis top assist with the interview of a reluctant seven year old boy that may or may not have been witnessed a horrific crime. The novel was praised both for its complex relationships between the main characters, the rich plot weaving, technical detail, and fluidity of the prose. It won the Edgar and Anthony Awards for First Novel, and quickly reached the top of many bestseller list throughout the country.

Alex Delaware’s sophomore appearance, Blood Test, sees Delaware acting as consultant during a complicated and potentially hazardous divorce proceedings involving the custody of two children by their bipolar and dangerous father. Exploring themes of abandonment, personal responsibility, and the use of potentially dangerous quack cure for treating children, it also skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller lists, and further developed the relationships that were to become a key feature in the popularity if the series.

Work Outside of Alex Delaware

Jonathan Kellerman has co-written two novels with his wife, fellow crime novelist Faye Kellerman, with Double Homicide and Capital Crimes both reaching national bestseller list and showing the authors mastery of the subject matter. His non-fiction material is still sourced and referred to, with Helping the Fearful Child in (1981) still being used to combat mental instability and feelings of insecurity in children.

When not writing his fiction featuring Alex Delaware, researching or doing psychological studies, Jonathan Kellerman has an active interest in vintage guitars, and has even written a book on the subject, With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars in (2008). This book contains beautiful pictures and fascinating historical examples of some of the rarest and most sought after guitars in history.

Jonathan Kellerman’s unique perspective on the darker side of the human experience and his masterful control of the written word make him one of the most talented and exciting authors working today. He brings a gritty and realistic sense of life to the page, with his sometimes grotesque, sometimes sincere, but always interesting characters and life like scenarios that not only transport but also enlighten his readers. After working to find his name in print for more than 13 years, his prose has gone on to become some of the most thrilling and anticipated writers of the 21st century.

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8 Responses to “Jonathan Kellerman”

  1. Jerry Archibald: 1 year ago

    I read “The Museum of Desire” and was captivated. I will be reading in order the rest.

  2. Elene Maginnis: 1 year ago

    what happened to “Ophelia Speaks”? Did you withdraw it from publication? I was one of those girls that had a little bit of boy in my interests. It got me a good-paying and interesting job in the aerospace industry as an industrial engineer at the beginning of the computer era. “Ophelia” really made sense!

    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      You wouldn’t be thinking of Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler would you? I can’t find any evidence of a book by Jonathan called that.

  3. Richard Mosley: 2 years ago

    BEING A DEVOUT LUDLUM FAN, I had looked for years for an author that could hold my interest and low and behold I have finally found “my new author” after many years of searching. I know I have to hurry now because I’m soon to be 84 yrs old and I have only read five books so far. Got two new ones in front of me right now. HAPPY HAPPY

  4. Becky: 2 years ago

    I started reading Jonathan Kellerman books when he wrote the first in the Alex Deleware series. In fact I have read each one several times! There are two things I truly dislike about this author…he doesn’t write fast enough and he has me spoiled so that I can find fault with every other author!

  5. Frances Cangialosi: 3 years ago

    I discovered Jonathan Kellerman when I spent five weeks in Mexico recouperating. I went to the local community center and they had one of his books on the shelf. It was Therapy. As a retired psychotherapist, it caught my eye. I’ve been buying his books and collecting them ever since including a first edition. I haven’t read all of them yet but I am retiring again (age 71) and going back to Mexico so I”m sure I’ll have time to read all the ones I haven’t read yet.

  6. Windchill: 7 years ago

    Jonathan Kellerman is my favorite author – I just discovered his books and am reading all of them in chronological order when possible.

    • Mary Beth Thays: 3 years ago

      My therapist recomenneded Johnathan’s books. I am an RN but most interested in psychology. Read the first 3 Alex Deleware books in 3 weeks and now I a hunting the rest down. I am trying to read them in order. Many thanks for the great and exciting reading. I’ll let you know when I get to City of the Dead. God Bless.


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