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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
A resourceful runaway alone in the wilds of Los Angeles, twelve-year-old Billy Straight suddenly witnesses a brutal stabbing in Griffith Park. Fleeing into the night, Billy cannot shake the horrific memory of the savage violence, nor the pursuit of a cold-blooded killer. For wherever Billy turns—from Hollywood Boulevard to the boardwalks of Venice—he is haunted by the chuck, chuck sound of a knife sinking into flesh.
 
“Taut, compelling . . . Everything a thriller ought to be. The writing is excellent. The plotting is superior. The characters ring true.”—USA Today
 
As LAPD homicide detective Petra Connor desperately searches for the murderer, as the media swarms mercilessly around the story, the vicious madman stalks closer to his prey. Only Petra can save Billy. But it will take all her cunning to uncover a child lost in a fierce urban labyrinth—where a killer seems right at home.

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“Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller. . . . The writing is vivid, the suspense sustained, and [he] has arranged one final, exquisitely surprising plot twist to confound the complacent reader.”— People (Book of the Week)
 
“Riveting . . . nobody evokes Los Angeles better than Jonathan Kellerman.”— Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1  New York Times bestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series,  The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club,  Twisted, and  True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored  Double Homicide and  Capital Crimes. With his son, bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored the first book of a new series,  The Golem of Hollywood. 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 has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico.

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In the park you see things.
But not what I saw tonight.
God, God . . .
I wanted to be dreaming but I was awake, smelling chili meat and onions and the pine trees.

First, the car drove up to the edge of the parking lot. They got out and talked and he grabbed her, like in a hug. I thought maybe they were going to kiss and I''d watch that.
Then all of a sudden, she made a weird sound--surprised, squeaky, like a cat or dog that gets stepped on.

He let go of her and she fell. Then he bent down next to her and his arm started moving up and down really fast. I thought he was punching her, and that was bad enough, and I kept thinking should I do something. But then I heard another sound, fast, wet, like the butcher at Stater Brothers back in Watson chopping meat--chuck chuck chuck.

He kept doing it, moving his arm up and down.
I wasn''t breathing. My heart was on fire. My legs were cold. Then they turned hot-wet.
Pissing my pants like a stupid baby!
The chuck chuck stopped. He stood up, big and wide, wiped his hands on his pants. Something was in his hand and he held it far from his body.
He looked all around. Then in my direction.
Could he see me, hear me--smell me?
He kept looking. I wanted to run but knew he''d hear me. But staying here could trap me--how could he see anything behind the rocks? They''re like a cave with no roof, just cracks you can look through, which is the reason I picked them as one of my places.
My stomach started to churn around, and I wanted to run so badly my leg muscles were jumping under my skin.

A breeze came through the trees, blowing up pine smell and piss stink.
Would it blow against the chili-burger''s wrapping paper and make noise? Would he smell me?
He looked around some more. My stomach hurt so bad.
All of a sudden he jumped ran back to the car, got in, drove away.
I didn''t want to see when he passed under the lamp at the corner of the parking lot, didn''t want to read the license plate.
plyr 1.

The letters burned into my mind.
Why did I look?
Why?

I''m still sitting here. My Casio says 1:12 a.m.
I need to get out of here, but what if he''s just driving around and comes back--no, that would be stupid, why would he do that?
I can''t stand it. She''s down there, and I smell like piss and meat and onions and chili. Real dinner from the Oki-Rama on the Boulevard, that Chinese guy who never smiles or looks at your face. I paid $2.38 and now I want to throw it up.

My jeans are starting to get sticky and itchy. Going over to the public bathroom at the other end of the lot is too dangerous . . . that arm going up and down. Like he was just doing a job. He wasn''t as big as Moron, but he was big enough. She trusted him, let him hug her . . . what did she do to make him so mad . . . could she still be alive?
No way. Impossible.

I listen carefully to see if she''s making any sounds. Nothing but the freeway noise from across the east side of the park and traffic from the Boulevard. Not much traffic tonight. Sometimes, when the wind blows north, you hear ambulance sirens, motorcycles, car honks. The city''s all around. The park looks like the country, but I know the difference.
Who is she?--forget that, I don''t want to know.

What I want is to put tonight on rewind.
That squeaky sound--like he took the air right out of her. For sure she''s . . . gone. But what if she isn''t?
Even if she isn''t, she will be soon, all that chucking. And what could I do for her, anyway? Breathe into her mouth, put my face in her blood?
What if he comes back while I''m doing it?
Would he come back? That would be stupid, but there are always surprises. She sure found that out.
I can''t help her. I have to put this all out of my mind.
I''ll sit here for ten more minutes--no, fifteen. Twenty. Then I''ll get my Place Two stuff together and move.

Where to? Place One, up near the observatory, is too far, and so are Three and Four, even though Three would be good ''cause it has a stream for washing. That leaves Five, in the fern tangle behind the zoo, all those trees. A little closer, but still a long walk in the dark.
But it''s also the hardest one to find.

Okay, I''ll go to Five. Me and the animals. The way they cry and roar and smash against their cages makes it hard to sleep, but tonight I probably won''t sleep anyway.
Meantime, I sit here and wait.
Pray.
Our Father in heaven, how about no more surprises?
Not that praying ever got me anything, and sometimes I wonder if there''s anyone up there to pray to or just stars--humongous balls of gas in an empty black universe.
Then I get worried that I''m blaspheming.
Maybe some kind of God is up there; maybe He''s saved me lots of times and I''m just too dumb to know it. Or not a good enough person to appreciate Him.
Maybe God saved me tonight, putting me behind the rocks, instead of out in the open.
But if he had seen me when he drove up, he probably would''ve changed his mind and not done anything to her.

So did God want her to . . .
No, he just would''ve gone somewhere else to do it . . . whatever.
In case You saved me, thank You, God.
In case You''re up there, do You have a plan for me?

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Beaker
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Petra is great, all by herself
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018
The post OJ setting in the book added an interesting edge. However it was ironic what they were trying to avoid was Indeed the case. I enjoyed the characters and like watching Petra work almost as much as the Milo-Alex team! I hope that she and Ron hit it off. The suspense... See more
The post OJ setting in the book added an interesting edge. However it was ironic what they were trying to avoid was Indeed the case. I enjoyed the characters and like watching Petra work almost as much as the Milo-Alex team! I hope that she and Ron hit it off. The suspense was good and following the case was exciting. Following along with Billy from his point of view added a lot of heart and I was really pulling for him.

A lot of the actions being figured out by the detectives time and time again began to seem just a wee bit out there, but what do I know I''m not a detective right?

Really enjoyed this book, as I do all of Jonathan''s writing. Keep them coming!
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G. Smith
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A good read
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2021
I enjoyed this book. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one person: Detective, witness, killer, various others. I had previously read and enjoyed "Twisted" by the same author, featuring the same detective, so I sought out more of his work. Obviously this book... See more
I enjoyed this book. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one person: Detective, witness, killer, various others. I had previously read and enjoyed "Twisted" by the same author, featuring the same detective, so I sought out more of his work. Obviously this book is over 20 years old, so some of the methods and technology are dated, but seem correct for the time. I didn''t find any glaring technical errors that turned me off, as I had found in another famous crime novel author''s work. I don''t read his stuff anymore.
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Kazan
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I was enormously disappointed with this book and bored
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2015
I was enormously disappointed with this book and bored. So much so that I skimmed several chapters because I just wanted it to end. This came as a surprise as I am a fan of Jonathan Kellerman and have all his books. Frankly, this does not read like on of his book and makes... See more
I was enormously disappointed with this book and bored. So much so that I skimmed several chapters because I just wanted it to end. This came as a surprise as I am a fan of Jonathan Kellerman and have all his books. Frankly, this does not read like on of his book and makes me wonder if he came up with the plot and had someone else write it as some other popular authors do. This was wooden and laborious, the pace was glacial. The characters are not likable or interesting and none of the book is believable. Its all very caricatural and some of the content is there purely for shock value, except the only discomfort I experienced was for the writer who surely cannot be proud of this book. I will not purchase any more books with the Petra character and will probably borrow the next Kellerman books to make sure the other books are still up to the old standards. This was a complete waste of my dollars.
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Western Lady
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Hate loose ends
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2021
This book was awesome right up until the end when Kellerman leaves you hanging. He introduces characters and you wade through the plot that is great but you keep looking to see those potentially powerful characters connect. In this book, they are in key inserts and then... See more
This book was awesome right up until the end when Kellerman leaves you hanging. He introduces characters and you wade through the plot that is great but you keep looking to see those potentially powerful characters connect. In this book, they are in key inserts and then nothing. Seriously unhappy with this one.
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Louisa Livingston
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This Kept Me On My Toes
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2013
I have been a fan of J. Kellerman''s for years, before I began reading eBooks and then stopped for awhile. Past reviews of Billy Straight prompted me to pick up this book, and I fully agreed with the high ratings. The plot did not seem formulaic. It was interesting, of... See more
I have been a fan of J. Kellerman''s for years, before I began reading eBooks and then stopped for awhile. Past reviews of Billy Straight prompted me to pick up this book, and I fully agreed with the high ratings. The plot did not seem formulaic. It was interesting, of course had twists and turns, and I became involved with Billy and the detectives. Occasionally there were a few too many people named for me to keep track. The book was also well organized - usually alternating chapters between one focusing on Billy and one on the detectives or allied characters. Most of the time, I easily visualizing everybody and everything going on.This was a completely satisfying story: well written, interesting characters, and not too formulaic.

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Juliet G. Medina-Despard
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great story
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
i love Alex Delware series and to incorpoate a female detective into her own series is great Many woman can relate to Petra''s life between the career challenges and the emotional needs to be wanted as a woman To be a wife and wanting to be a mother, trying to find that... See more
i love Alex Delware series and to incorpoate a female detective into her own series is great Many woman can relate to Petra''s life between the career challenges and the emotional needs to be wanted as a woman To be a wife and wanting to be a mother, trying to find that balance and the perfect soul mate with understanding
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Regan D.
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long time fan
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
I''m not sure why, but this is one of Kellerman''s books that I read over and over again. Maybe it''s because the POV isn''t strictly A Delaware''s, nor M Sturgis''s. But that of a runaway boy, and a female detective. I would have loved it if Kellerman had done a sequel... See more
I''m not sure why, but this is one of Kellerman''s books that I read over and over again. Maybe it''s because the POV isn''t strictly A Delaware''s, nor M Sturgis''s.
But that of a runaway boy, and a female detective.
I would have loved it if Kellerman had done a sequel to Billy Straight as an adult, and Det. Connor''s working on a case with or for him.
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Collielvr
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Good read keeps one guessing
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
Interesting and keeps you reading
Like the new protagonist and how he brings in Alex Delaware and the other characters in those novels
Love the references to So Cal loco
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Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Smallish print
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2020
Bought this to replace my original copy which I had passed on to friends. Disappointed that the print was smaller than my original copy. Not so easy for me to read.
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Five stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2018
Having read the Alex Delaware series I was hesitant starting this book. I shouldn''t have been, it as great (if not even better). Jonathan Kellerman is an amazing story teller, and I want to adopt Billy Straight!
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Black Tent
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One of Kellerman''s best - the character of Billy is so sympathetic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2015
One of Kellerman''s best - the character of Billy is so sympathetic, one''s heart aches for him. The identity of the villain is never really in doubt - there were really only a couple of contenders - but the denouement is still startling, for all that. Great stuff.
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G. TAYLOR
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Lively, thoughtful novel with a set of characters new ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2016
Lively, thoughtful novel with a set of characters new to Kellerman''s regular LA detective series. Exposes the difficulties of gifted children who grow up with no family support while telling a complex and interesting story.
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Disappointing standalone detective story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 9, 2015
This is not the usual Kellerman story it is about a young homeless boy in Hollywood linked to the murder of a movie actress. It is a long complicated tale hard to read to the rather obvious end.
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