The Clinic

Version: Abridged
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Narrator: John Rubinstein
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: BDD Audio
Published In: January 1997
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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In the realm of psychological suspense, Jonathan Kellerman is without peer. Now, following an extraordinary eleven successive New York Times bestsellers, he has written an Alex Delaware novel to match his best--about the murder of a celebrity author and the truth behind her public facade.

She was found stabbed to death on a quiet, shady street in one of L.A.'s safest neighborhoods. For three months the police have found no clues to the murder of Hope Devane, psychology professor and controversial author of a pop-psych bestseller, an angry indictment of men. Now Detective Milo Sturgis, newly assigned to the case, turns to his psychologist friend, Dr. Alex Delaware, looking for insights into Devane's life.

To both men the cold stalking of Hope Devane suggests calculation fueled by hate--an execution. They discover why as they unlock, one by one, the very private compartments of her life: her marriage, her shadowy work for a Beverlym Hills clinic, the Conduct Committee she ran with an iron hand at the University, and her baffling link to another murder victim. But it is when Alex delves into her childhood that he begins to understand the formidable woman she was--and the ties that entangled her life until the horrifying act of betrayal that ended it. Building to a white-knuckle climax in which Alex sets a trap for a killer, The Clinic is brilliantly plotted suspense as wrenchingly disturbing as today's headlines.

Reviews (9)

The Clinic

Written by Anonymous on July 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Twists and turns kept me interested. A little slow toward the end but overall worth reading (or listening).

The Clinic

Written by Steve Y on April 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this very much, and I am becoming an Alex Delaware fan. The only caution is that you have to stay on top of this one. I backed up more than a few times to review what I had heard. There are many players to sort through in this investigation, and unless you make some associations with the names and events, you'll become lost and frustrated. But, as with other Kellerman's I've chosen, it's well worth the effort.


Written by Anonymous from Madisonville, KY on January 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

As always an Alex Deleware book great. I love Jonathamn Kellerman.

The clinic

Written by Kay on December 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good read, didn't see some of the twists coming. I like that.

Poor Abridgement

Written by Anonymous from WESTPORT, CT on July 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I listened to over 40 books on CD over the past year and this is the only one I sent back because the abridgement had me so confused so fast.


Written by Karen McHugh on September 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Love Kellerman, love the narrator, love the story line although it freaked me out a bit. It made me look at reality in a new way and think twice about people that are supposed to help the general population...everyone has a vice.

Good mystery!!

Written by Anonymous from Brandon, MS on September 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

As I was enduring Hurricane Katrina during this audiobook, I don't know if I can give a fair review. I had a hard time following it..(CNN & FOX news had all of my attention). But the mystery itself was good. The ending was a little lackluster, but overall a decent listen.


Written by Joni Williamson on August 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I would prefer unabridged books any time. But I always enjoy Alex Delaware stories. They're always interesting and keep me involved.


Written by Anonymous on July 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

excellent. rent it!!! great characters and love the gentleman reading the story.

Author Details

Author Details

Kellerman, Jonathan

Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children. He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post-doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA.

IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation (plastic bubble units) on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families. The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world. Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine. Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan's former students, continues to break ground.

Jonathan's first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980. One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD.

In 1985, Jonathan's first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller. BOUGH was also produced as a t.v. movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel. Since then, Jonathan has published a best-selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year. In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN (1999.) Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children.