Survival of the Fittest

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9780000000187: Survival of the Fittest

The daughter of a diplomat disappears on a school field trip--lured into the Santa Monica mountains and killed in cold blood.  Her father denies the possibility of a political motive.  There are no signs of struggle, no evidence of sexual assault, leaving psychologist Alex Delaware and his friend LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to pose the disturbing question: Why?



Working together with Daniel Sharavi, the brilliant Israeli police inspector introduced in Jonathan Kellerman's The Butcher's Theater, Delaware and Sturgis soon find themselves ensnared in one of the darkest, most menacing cases of their careers.  And when death strikes again, it is Alex who must go undercover, alone, to expose an unthinkable conspiracy of self-righteous brutality and total contempt for human life.

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A retarded child is ritually murdered while on a school outing in a nature reserve. The police, led by Milo Sturgis, have got nowhere and are hampered by the girl's parents: she was the daughter of an Israeli diplomat and her father refuses to allow any publicity for fear that the killing was anti-Semitic and that the death would encourage others. But Milo suspects the murderer is more 'ordinary', and with the help of Alex Delaware, tries to track any previous murders of retarded or disabled children. With painstaking research they reveal a ghastly trail of slaughter. In the midst of this they realise there is another investigator following their tracks - Daniel Shavari from Jerusalem, who last appeared in THE BUTCHER'S THEATRE - and whose orders may go beyond merely identifying the killer.

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Legendary L.A. psychologist-turned-novelist Kellerman raids real life when inventing the adventures of his psychologist sleuth, Dr. Alex Delaware, and some of the scariest parts of Survival of the Fittest are historical. Eugenicists lurk behind a murder spree Alex must solve, and he notes that the eugenics movement involved one elite U.S. college professor who advocated castration of ethnically lesser men, a forced sterilization ordered by Supreme Court Justice Holmes that Hitler used as a precedent to sterilize millions, and the pre-Holocaust coinage of the phrase "final solution."

Besides a truly horrifying theme, Survival of the Fittest boasts sharp but not arch dialogue; savvy psychological insights into stressed-out cops, suicides' loved ones, and malevolent therapists; and a sense of place so vivid that the Los Angeles Times has rated Kellerman the most evocative L.A. author since Raymond Chandler.

The plot's as twisty as a canyon road, and it's great fun to ride along with Dr. Alex and his sidekick, the burly, gay LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, as they dodge large red herrings and strive to find out why mildly handicapped kids are suffering "gentle strangulation" by killers who sign their handiwork with the mysterious letters DVLL, and what the devil this has to do with the high-IQ group Meta. Bonus for Kellerman fans: his Israeli serial killer catcher, Daniel Sharavi, star of his 1988 bestseller The Butcher's Theater, joins the sleuth team. But in the gory finale, Dr. Alex faces absolute evil all alone. --Tim Appelo

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