Measure of Darkness
by Kellerman, Jonathan; Kellerman, Jesse






Attending the scene of a mass shooting at a West Oakland party, Alameda County Coroner's Deputy Clay Edison discovers a mysterious victim and is drawn into a bizarre counterculture world of blurred moralities.





Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, True Detectives, and The Murderer’s Daughter. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, award-winning playwright and bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored Crime Scene, The Golem of Hollywood, and The Golem of Paris. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

Jesse Kellerman won the Princess Grace Award for best young American playwright and is the author of Sunstroke, Trouble (nominated for the ITW Thriller Award for Best Novel), The Genius (winner of the 2010 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle), The Executor, and Potboiler (nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel). He lives in California.





It's nice to see Jonathan Kellerman, who's had a long career as a best-selling novelist, teaming up with his son, Jesse. Their novels are different from Jonathan's solo efforts: there's a different flavor, a different style of characterization. In their new collaboration, a follow-up to Crime Scene (2017), Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is determined to discover the identity of a woman whose body was found at a chaotic crime scene involving multiple shooting victims. The woman doesn't appear to have belonged at the party that led to the shootings, and she died by strangulation, not gunshot. Who is Jane Doe, and why was she killed? Edison is an interesting protagonist, a good man for whom finding the truth is more important than anything else, including his own safety. He's gentle and strong, compassionate and ruthless, methodical and impulsive. A strong sequel to Crime Scene that will leave readers wanting to see more of Edison. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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