Flesh and Blood (novel)

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Flesh and Blood
Cover of 1st edition
Author Jonathan Kellerman
Cover artist Nick Daly (Jacket photographer)
Country United States
Language English
Series Alex Delaware novels
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Random House
Publication date
01 December 2001
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 371 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-679-45962-6
OCLC 46364663
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3561.E3865 F58 2001

Flesh and Blood is a mystery novel by Jonathan Kellerman

Plot introduction[edit]

The mother of a former patient (Lauren Teague) calls Alex Delaware to tell him that the patient is missing. Alex had treated Lauren briefly as a teenager, and feels as if he failed in reaching her. He plans to make up for it by finding and helping her. After Lauren's body is found, Milo and Alex begin to unravel her past to find her killer.

Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

Lauren was killed by Cheryl, her newfound father's ex-wife, as it turns out the family she grew up with was not her own. The phrase "flesh and blood" is often used to refer to family.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Alex receives a call from the mother of an ex-patient, Lauren Teague. Considering it unresolved business, Alex contacts Milo and they ask around to see if they can find her. Her body turns up and the missing person case turns into a murder investigation.

Alex and Milo visit her parents, former co-workers, roommates, and employers. They follow connections back and find that Lauren had $350,000 saved up, probably earned from prostitution. She had recently started to attend college, and was part of an intimacy experiment. When a former co-worker ends up dead after speaking to them, they know the murder was no ordinary mugging. Then Lauren's mother is killed, presumably by her husband.

While kayaking along the beach near the Duke mansion, Alex rescues a boy who had swum out too far. This gets him invited in, and he makes the acquaintance of Duke's ex-wife, Cheryl. They flirt, and when a rendezvous is arranged, the killer shows up and shoots Cheryl. Alex is saved by Lauren's brother, Ben Dugger.

Characters in "Flesh and Blood"[edit]

  • Alex Delaware - Psychologist
  • Milo Sturgis - Police detective
  • Lauren Teague - Delaware's patient and murder victim

Major themes[edit]

Release details[edit]

Sources, references, external links, quotations[edit]

  1. ^ Origin of phrase "flesh and blood"