REVIEW: NIGHT MOVES, BY JONATHAN KELLERMAN

 

Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve alone. That’s when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the darkest motives lurk. And if ever the good doctor’s insight is needed, it’s at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal.
   
There’s no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim’s missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family’s home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. Despite that, their cooperation seems guarded. And that’s more than Milo and Alex can elicit from the Corvins’ creepy next-door neighbor—a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude.

As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips. And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest—and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets—a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there’s enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins. Including the deadliest.

My Thoughts: The duo of Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware always keeps me reading, but Night Moves is especially captivating, with no shortage of evil and odd characters.

What, if anything, connects a teenage girl sneaking around a posh neighborhood at night, and a long-haired teenage boy whose car seems to show up unexpectedly where murderous events are happening? Nothing is quite what we think it will be, as twists and turns take us down strange pathways.

How does a very troubling murder scene lead to finding a missing woman from years before? Will the night moves of the teen girl and the young boy connect to someone we least expect? What will eventually bring all the clues together to solve the mysteries?

Following the trails of those who seem to be on the sidelines can take us to the true perpetrators. Will their hidden crimes of the past finally lead to solving these recent gruesome crimes?

Along the way, we get to watch how Milo and Alex work, and enjoy their banter with other detectives, as well as with some of the witnesses and perpetrators. A 4.5 star read.

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