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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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Crime Scene
A Novel
By (author): Jonathan Kellerman By (author): Jesse Kellerman
9781984818317 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Jul 03, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.98 x 0.89 in 432 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
The New York Times bestseller and the first in a new series from the bestselling father-son team who write “brilliant, page-turning fiction” (Stephen King).

A corpse lying at the bottom of the stairs. A beautiful but troubled young woman. A brutal, decades-old murder. And the man charged with making sense of it all.

Clay Edison is a former star athlete turned coroner’s investigator. It’s his job to care for the dead and the people they leave behind. It’s not his job to solve mysteries. But some cases—and some people—can’t be resisted. What he discovers will set him on a quest to overturn a hideous injustice, no matter the consequences.

Story Locale: Northern California

Series Overview: The New York Times bestselling series featuring Clay Edison, the college basketball star turned Alameda County coroner’s deputy.

Publication History: Ballantine HC (8/17)


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: This first installment in a new series debuted at #9 on New York Times hardcover list, #11 on the combined list, #9 on the Publishers Weekly list, and #21 on USA Today.

The NEXT BOOK in the Clay Edison series, A Measure of Darkness, will go on sale the same month as this edition, which will include an excerpt.

A FRESH, CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE TO CRIME FICTION: Clay Edison’s unique work as a coroner, combined with his rich personal history, makes him a hero readers will fall in love with.

BESTSELLING FATHER-SON DUO: To millions of readers, the Kellermans are a household name. Jonathan is a clinical psychologist and Edgar and Anthony award winner who has penned over 30 novels starring psychologist/sleuth Alex Delaware. Jesse is an award-winning and Edgar-nominated playwright and author.

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than two dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series. With his wife, Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored the Golem of Hollywood series. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children, as well as With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and he is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievment Award from the American Psychological Association.

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

Author Residence: Beverly Hills, CA; Berkeley, CA

Author Hometown: New York, NY; Beverly Hills, CA

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Praise for Crime Scene

“You could drive yourself crazy trying to figure out who wrote what…. But whoever came up with the fine line, ‘When I meet new people, they’re usually dead,’ should pat himself on the back.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A terrific book…Put Crime Scene at the top of your reading pile.”Bookreporter
“A character-driven, intricately plotted whodunit…Mystery readers will devour the book and look forward to the next father and son collaboration.”—Press Republican

Praise for Jonathan Kellerman

“Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times

“Kellerman doesn’t just write psychological thrillers—he owns the genre.”—Detroit Free Press

“A master of the psychological thriller.”—People
Praise for Jesse Kellerman

“Gripping and compelling…but what truly separates Kellerman from the pack is his prose…. Jesse Kellerman tightens the noose slowly, and we his readers can do nothing but turn the pages.”—Harlan Coben, on The Genius

“Kellerman has a gift for creating compelling characters as well as for crafting an ingenious plot that grabs the reader and refuses to let go.”Publishers Weekly (starred review), on The Genius

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