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The first graphic novel adaptation from master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman brings a stunning new visual edge to the classic New York Times bestseller Silent Partner—a “harrowing tale of murder and manipulation” (The Plain Dealer) that “hits the reader right between the eyes” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Alex Delaware is struggling to keep his relation The first graphic novel adaptation from master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman brings a stunning new visual edge to the classic New York Times bestseller Silent Partner—a “harrowing tale of murder and manipulation” (The Plain Dealer) that “hits the reader right between the eyes” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Alex Delaware is struggling to keep his relationship with girlfriend Robin Castagna alive when a beautiful face from the past suddenly steps back into his life. Sharon Ransom was Alex’s lover back in the day—until her mind games and increasingly erratic behavior drove them apart. Now Sharon tries to rekindle old feelings and seek his help with some new troubles. Alex turns her away—a decision he bitterly regrets when Sharon ends up dead the next day. The official ruling is suicide, but for Alex the case won’t be closed until he finds out what happened. Driven by guilt and grief, he plunges deep into the territory he knows best—where dark secrets, dangerous fears, and twisted needs prey on hearts and minds. With the aid of his trusted friend, homicide cop Milo Sturgis, Alex traces Sharon’s fatal path through a world of Hollywood high life riddled with scandal, corruption, and blood—where innocence and lives are easily lost. Scripted by Ande Parks, author of the acclaimed graphic novels Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and illustrated by Marvel and DC comics veteran Michael Gaydos, Silent Partner captures Jonathan Kellerman’s trademark blend of crime drama and psychodrama with noirish style and eye-catching, page-turning intensity.


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The first graphic novel adaptation from master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman brings a stunning new visual edge to the classic New York Times bestseller Silent Partner—a “harrowing tale of murder and manipulation” (The Plain Dealer) that “hits the reader right between the eyes” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Alex Delaware is struggling to keep his relation The first graphic novel adaptation from master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman brings a stunning new visual edge to the classic New York Times bestseller Silent Partner—a “harrowing tale of murder and manipulation” (The Plain Dealer) that “hits the reader right between the eyes” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Alex Delaware is struggling to keep his relationship with girlfriend Robin Castagna alive when a beautiful face from the past suddenly steps back into his life. Sharon Ransom was Alex’s lover back in the day—until her mind games and increasingly erratic behavior drove them apart. Now Sharon tries to rekindle old feelings and seek his help with some new troubles. Alex turns her away—a decision he bitterly regrets when Sharon ends up dead the next day. The official ruling is suicide, but for Alex the case won’t be closed until he finds out what happened. Driven by guilt and grief, he plunges deep into the territory he knows best—where dark secrets, dangerous fears, and twisted needs prey on hearts and minds. With the aid of his trusted friend, homicide cop Milo Sturgis, Alex traces Sharon’s fatal path through a world of Hollywood high life riddled with scandal, corruption, and blood—where innocence and lives are easily lost. Scripted by Ande Parks, author of the acclaimed graphic novels Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and illustrated by Marvel and DC comics veteran Michael Gaydos, Silent Partner captures Jonathan Kellerman’s trademark blend of crime drama and psychodrama with noirish style and eye-catching, page-turning intensity.

30 review for Silent Partner: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karl Marberger

    I enjoyed revisiting this story in graphic novel form. It was very interesting seeing Alex Delaware in this form. However, the adaptation was pretty whittled down compared to the source material and some of the artwork was a little blotchy. It seemed like a pretty odd choice for a graphic novel adaption and the medium wasn’t very stellar for the story. All in all, it was an enjoyable side read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    No. Just no. Why was one of Kellerman's most convoluted and preposterous stories turned into a graphic novel? I have read 30+ of Kellerman's books, so I have an idea in my mind of what Alex Delaware would look like (similar to the author's picture, and definitely with a mustache) and this rendition was WAY too young. In addition, Robin's representation was off but Milo had an accurate enough depiction. If I were picking this graphic novel up, without knowing Kellerman's other work, I would never No. Just no. Why was one of Kellerman's most convoluted and preposterous stories turned into a graphic novel? I have read 30+ of Kellerman's books, so I have an idea in my mind of what Alex Delaware would look like (similar to the author's picture, and definitely with a mustache) and this rendition was WAY too young. In addition, Robin's representation was off but Milo had an accurate enough depiction. If I were picking this graphic novel up, without knowing Kellerman's other work, I would never try him again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Not everything has to be turned into a graphic novel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    Had read the novel version years ago and much prefer it over this version. I have read all of Kellerman's books and don't really think they lend themselves to this format. Also, after 20+ books my idea of the characters were too different from the illustrations. I think I'll stick to the full novels. Had read the novel version years ago and much prefer it over this version. I have read all of Kellerman's books and don't really think they lend themselves to this format. Also, after 20+ books my idea of the characters were too different from the illustrations. I think I'll stick to the full novels.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    This has to be my favorite Alex Delaware book so far. The twists and turns the book kept taking kept me hooked all night long. There were a couple of times when I had to reread as the jargon used got a bit complicated but nothing to heavy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sally Gibson

    Alex is my favorite character. Plus I am trying to read the whole Alen Delaware series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    P.

    Well, now I've read a Kellerman, so I can be more helpful in my job when people need books like his. That's all I will say about this. Well, now I've read a Kellerman, so I can be more helpful in my job when people need books like his. That's all I will say about this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ed Schmidt

    A chance meeting of an old girlfriend at a party plunges Alex into a world of possible muliple personalities, lies, deceit, manipulaton, suicide, and murder.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shell

    Great Book. Loved it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cyprien Saito

    Contemporary existentialist novel about house-hold God. Kellerman may be an authorized figure as an intellectual who is always the wise serpant-like merchant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deb Florea

    Kellerman at his best!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Kellerman's book did not work as a a graphic novel. I admit I am also not a graphic novel fan (with the exception of Persepolis). Kellerman's book did not work as a a graphic novel. I admit I am also not a graphic novel fan (with the exception of Persepolis).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Lawson

    I'm going to give this a Meh review, mainly because we have little to no understanding of our protagonist, his allies, or his enemies. There are multiple pages dedicated to talking about people that have no connection to the main story, and in a Graphic Novel that's a lot of space dedicated to nothing important. The issue here is that Silent Partner is book 4 of the Alex Delaware series, but the first one to get an adaptation. That makes no sense, if you are doing a GN adaptation, you aren't doi I'm going to give this a Meh review, mainly because we have little to no understanding of our protagonist, his allies, or his enemies. There are multiple pages dedicated to talking about people that have no connection to the main story, and in a Graphic Novel that's a lot of space dedicated to nothing important. The issue here is that Silent Partner is book 4 of the Alex Delaware series, but the first one to get an adaptation. That makes no sense, if you are doing a GN adaptation, you aren't doing it for fans of the novels, you want NEW fans. But a new fan picking this up won't be able to form any attachment to the characters and won't care to pick up the next one. On top of that the art is boring and makes it difficult to distinguish characters and who is speaking. Actually after writing this out, I'm dropping rating to two stars-because despite all that above the main mystery is pretty decent.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Asciigod

    I was completely unfamiliar with Jonathan Kellerman's works before reading this graphic novel. Now if I wonder, could the original work be as effective as this meticulously illustrated, expertly scripted adaptation? Ande Parks is a surgeon, or a taxidermist. His prose and plotting is pure professionalism. I'm sure the original novel had more twists, turns and breathing room than this work. But it's impossible to tell what's left out. He kept all the meat, and I assume cut exactly the right amount I was completely unfamiliar with Jonathan Kellerman's works before reading this graphic novel. Now if I wonder, could the original work be as effective as this meticulously illustrated, expertly scripted adaptation? Ande Parks is a surgeon, or a taxidermist. His prose and plotting is pure professionalism. I'm sure the original novel had more twists, turns and breathing room than this work. But it's impossible to tell what's left out. He kept all the meat, and I assume cut exactly the right amount of filler. Michael Gaydos' illustrations are, likewise, perfect for this piece. His art leans mostly towards realism, but leaves *just* enough room in the shadows and composition to brilliantly imply dread, unease, and tension. He wields an arsenal of ability. Capable of creating arresting, visually dense panels, he instead prefers the illusion of subtle spaciousness. In combination, the two artist’s styles are supremely effective. The only flaw here is the fact this is, ultimately, a popcorn fairytale. It's a sexy, potboiler of a mystery with some nagging silliness of premise and purpose. That's OK. We can all enjoy our fair share of popcorn can't we? This adaptation is a gourmet serving.

  15. 5 out of 5

    M

    Having enjoyed the art of Michael Gaydos on Marvel's Alias, I took a shot on his collaboration with Ande Parks in this graphic adaptation of Silent Partner. Psychologist Alex Delaware is in a funk following his girlfriend's abrupt departure. Keeping their break quient, he accepts an invitation to a party for the new department chair. Old flame Sharon Ransom turns up, and the two look to get reacquainted. Following the party, Sharonis found dead of an apparent suicide in her home. Looking into th Having enjoyed the art of Michael Gaydos on Marvel's Alias, I took a shot on his collaboration with Ande Parks in this graphic adaptation of Silent Partner. Psychologist Alex Delaware is in a funk following his girlfriend's abrupt departure. Keeping their break quient, he accepts an invitation to a party for the new department chair. Old flame Sharon Ransom turns up, and the two look to get reacquainted. Following the party, Sharonis found dead of an apparent suicide in her home. Looking into the event, Delaware falls down memory lane and recalls their past relationship. Uncovering a scandalous sex tape of Sharon's mother, her identical twin Sherry, and their sordid family history, Delaware must choose between his former love and his current life. While Gaydos delivers on the art, the story - and its triplet angle - is a little over-the-top for a realistic fiction novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I liked the complete original book better, but I am a fan of the occasional graphic novelization (grew up loving comic books) so I thought this was pretty good. I am a very big fan of Kellerman's, and I wish that they would make more graphic novel versions of his works. The artist got pretty close to how I imagined Milo in my mind all these years, but the Robin character is a little heavier and not as pixie-like as I've always pictured her, and Alex Delaware is almost nothing like the picture of I liked the complete original book better, but I am a fan of the occasional graphic novelization (grew up loving comic books) so I thought this was pretty good. I am a very big fan of Kellerman's, and I wish that they would make more graphic novel versions of his works. The artist got pretty close to how I imagined Milo in my mind all these years, but the Robin character is a little heavier and not as pixie-like as I've always pictured her, and Alex Delaware is almost nothing like the picture of him I get while reading the novels- I always pictured him looking more like a young, clean shaven version of Tom Selleck. But all in all, this was well worth the 3-4 hours it took me to get through it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    The first graphic adaptation derived from best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman's works, the compelling Silent Partner (based on the novel of the same name) follows renowned child psychologist Alex Delaware as he delves into the mystery surrounding the suicide of a former lover. His travails lead him through a harrowing array of mind games and duplicity. Though beautiful, the Gaydos art at times muddies the meandering, dense story. The lettering appears misplaced in several scenes causing some The first graphic adaptation derived from best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman's works, the compelling Silent Partner (based on the novel of the same name) follows renowned child psychologist Alex Delaware as he delves into the mystery surrounding the suicide of a former lover. His travails lead him through a harrowing array of mind games and duplicity. Though beautiful, the Gaydos art at times muddies the meandering, dense story. The lettering appears misplaced in several scenes causing some momentary confusion. Even with these flaws, Kellerman, Parks, and Gaydos manage to deliver a taut, psychological and ultimately satisfying drama.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    While I thought this was a good story on the whole, as a graphic novel adaptation I feel it could have been better. I think pacing is an issue here as well as rhythm. The first third was a nice build up, the second third felt muddy and convoluted, and finally it wrapped up fairly nicely in the end. But they did not split it up into thirds, it is just a long book without breaks that you kinda need to plow through to keep up with the characters. The art in black and white by Gaydos is most excelle While I thought this was a good story on the whole, as a graphic novel adaptation I feel it could have been better. I think pacing is an issue here as well as rhythm. The first third was a nice build up, the second third felt muddy and convoluted, and finally it wrapped up fairly nicely in the end. But they did not split it up into thirds, it is just a long book without breaks that you kinda need to plow through to keep up with the characters. The art in black and white by Gaydos is most excellent!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    I read this book on recommendation of the author by a colleague at work. All I can say is no thanks. I felt so dirty after reading this convoluted tale of a porn star and her three twin daughters. That's right. I said three twins, which is how they were referred to in the book. Not triplets. Twins. I'm still not sure what went on in the plot. No more Kellerman for me, thank you very much. At least I can count it for my five book challenge on graphic novels. I read this book on recommendation of the author by a colleague at work. All I can say is no thanks. I felt so dirty after reading this convoluted tale of a porn star and her three twin daughters. That's right. I said three twins, which is how they were referred to in the book. Not triplets. Twins. I'm still not sure what went on in the plot. No more Kellerman for me, thank you very much. At least I can count it for my five book challenge on graphic novels.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I like this series, having read most of the books before this one in the series, but I have to admit: I only got to the first 80 pages on this. I could't get into the story and just didn't seem to care about the history of the characters relationship. It was all reflection and no action or anything to keep my interest. I hope other books in this series are better! I like this series, having read most of the books before this one in the series, but I have to admit: I only got to the first 80 pages on this. I could't get into the story and just didn't seem to care about the history of the characters relationship. It was all reflection and no action or anything to keep my interest. I hope other books in this series are better!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Shannon

    I haven't read an Alex Delaware novel for about 30 years. This one was a good example of the series of books that I recall. But this time I thought the author padded the novel with too much information. The book could have been shorter. But I do recall the enjoyment that When the Bough Breaks brought me so I will continue to read this series. I haven't read an Alex Delaware novel for about 30 years. This one was a good example of the series of books that I recall. But this time I thought the author padded the novel with too much information. The book could have been shorter. But I do recall the enjoyment that When the Bough Breaks brought me so I will continue to read this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hufman

    I generally like Kellerman books but this wasn't my favorite. Dr Alex Delaware meets up again with an old girlfriend who disappeared suddenly and without explanation many years before. Shortly after seeing her she commits suicide and Alex decides to find out more about her life. Milo isn't in this one and much and I find his relationship problems with his current live-in girlfriend annoying. I generally like Kellerman books but this wasn't my favorite. Dr Alex Delaware meets up again with an old girlfriend who disappeared suddenly and without explanation many years before. Shortly after seeing her she commits suicide and Alex decides to find out more about her life. Milo isn't in this one and much and I find his relationship problems with his current live-in girlfriend annoying.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cupof Tea

    I think this story would have been less confusing in full novel form, rather than the shortened story I read. Unfortunately the library only had this version of the next book in the series I have been going through in order.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Hate getting into a book and then discovering I'd read it before. I didn't really remember the ending though, so it was okay. Hate getting into a book and then discovering I'd read it before. I didn't really remember the ending though, so it was okay.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    nice b&w art. unimpressive mystery. i've tried reading the alex delaware novels in the past and been unable to finish them, thought ande parks could make it interesting. nice b&w art. unimpressive mystery. i've tried reading the alex delaware novels in the past and been unable to finish them, thought ande parks could make it interesting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I've already read the novel version, so I wasn't AS interested...but it was an interesting version! Very different, but still good. I've already read the novel version, so I wasn't AS interested...but it was an interesting version! Very different, but still good.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie Sunsdahl

    a bit confusing at times to keep all the characters straight....

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan White-Riggs

    Not bad, a typical Jonathan Kellerman story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brad Meder

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bella

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