A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison, #2) by Jonathan Kellerman

A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison, #2)

It's been a busy year for Alameda County Coroner's Deputy Clay Edison. He's solved a decades-old crime and redeemed an innocent man--earning himself a suspension in the process. Things are getting serious with his girlfriend. And his brother's fresh out of prison, bringing with him a great big basket of crazy.Then the call comes in the middle of the night. It's a bad one. A party in West Oakland. An argument with the neighbors. A crowd in the str...

Details A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison, #2)

TitleA Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison, #2)
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime

Reviews A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison, #2)

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐Meet Clay Edison. He works as a Deputy for the coroners office. A tough and sometimes gruesome job. But someone’s got to do it. And the icing on the cake? It typically means being called up at all hours of the night to investigate yet another tragedy somewhere in the Bay Area.Clay is an extremely likable character that gives you full access into both his personal and professional life.Wheeee! A late night neighborhood party! Invites...
  • Matt
    Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman return with another successful collaborative effort as they continue their new series. This comes after a disastrous effort that many readers still remember. A late-night shooting outside an Oakland home brings Clay Edison to the scene. An investigator for the Coroner’s Office, Edison spends much of his time trying to locate the next of kin while also working to better understand the rationale, paralleling some of t...
  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    Dry but good story. 3.5 Stars~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is the first time that I have read a book by this author, compilation of authors, I should say. I love cop fiction and suspense thrillers so I was really looking forward to this one.I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the suspense portion of the story, mainly in that there was little to none. This is a crime solving, cop fiction story that was quite good. The author has good story to tell and...
  • Monnie
    After I finished the debut book in this series, "Crime Scene," last year, I knew I'd keep going. And sure enough - thanks to an advance review copy from the publisher - I got my chance at the follow-up. It is, I believe, better than the first, thus signaling that the father-son author combo may have found its groove. What it lacks in down-and-dirty action is more than compensated for by interesting, likable characters, a good story and expertly t...
  • CL
    I love both authors but I can now say I also love them as a writing team. I have read all of Jonathan Kellerman's fiction and some of Jesse's but I will read all of the Clay Edison books as they come out. I enjoy him on the same level as the Alex Delaware character. Clay Edison is the morgue worker who cannot let something go when the details of a death do not quite add up and during a block party shooting when a body is discovered in the backyar...
  • Kathi Defranc
    This is a good read for those of us who enjoy police procedurals and crime stories. It kept my interest but was very quiet, I like a little more action. We meet up with Clay Edison, a Deputy at a coroner's office in California. In the middle of the night he is called to a shooting. It is on Almond Street where most residents are black, however a white woman who says she is an artist purchases a big house and has been having parties with a DJ and ...
  • Jen
    A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison #2)Last year I read Crime Scene, the first in this series in which father and son collaborate and liked it very much. (reviewed here) Long a fan of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman and having enjoyed the first in the Clay Edison series, I genuinely looked forward to A Measure of Darkness. I'm sorry to say that this one didn't do much for me-- in characterization, plot, or writing. In some places it...
  • Dave
    Alameda County Coroner's Deputy Clay Edison caught a busy night as an attempt at neighborhood gentrification goes awry, leaving mayhem and disaster enough to shock even the hardest souls. This is a slow, quiet, methodical story about how Clay and the rest of law enforcement attempt to piece together what the hell happened and who it happened to. Especially difficult is the family notifications for people without the identification and who weren't...
  • Paris (kerbytejas)
    A Measure of Darkness is the 2nd book in the Clay Edision series by collaborative Father and Son authors Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman . The series takes place in Northern California, centered around Oakland. The story opens up shortly after the close of Crime Scene, with what appears to be a request to quiet down a neighborhood party, but turns out to be far more.The overall story has lots of possibilities, but I felt that the pace was uneven, the...
  • Donna
    3.75 stars. Clay Edison, deputy with the coroner's office, gets called to the aftermath of a party where several people are wounded or dead and not all by the gunshots fired. One person, a transgender, was killed when run over by a car and one woman was strangled in the back of the property. Clay thinks the death by strangulation is an oddity and he works with Detective Delilah Nwodo to figure out how this murder fits in. Let's be clear -- this i...
  • Robin Taylor
    Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com.3.5 StarsClay Edison, Deputy Sheriff for the Alameda County Coroner's office, has just had a banner year. He solved a decades-old crime and redeemed an innocent man. However, his job was put in jeopardy as he went beyond the bounds of his duties. Things are falling into line again for Clay, and as this novel begins, he receives a call in the middle of the night. Shots w...
  • 2shay
    Review by 2shay..........I have had a long running relationship with Alex Delaware, although it’s doubtful that he’s aware. So, I guess the relationship is with an iconic character created by Mr. Jonathan Kellerman. When this book became available on NetGalley I was all over the request button. I was a little disappointed.Everything I loved about the Alex Delaware novels is missing. Mr. Kellerman brought a certain kind of verve and passion to...
  • Joyce
    Another fascinating five star read. Clay, a coroner in Oakland, is called out along with his coworkers to a shooting that occurred at a pay your way party in a neighborhood that was gradually being regentrified. It is a horrible scene with a number a people shot, one run over and a child accidentally killed in his home by a stray bullet. Clay also learns of another murder victim hidden in a shed in the back yard. The plot is remarkably complex an...
  • Mal Warwick
    The Kellerman family is a writing phenomenon. Papa Jonathan has written 33 thrillers in his Alex Delaware series as well as at least 14 other novels and five nonfiction books. Mama Faye is the author of 25 Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus mysteries plus eight other novels. Their son, Jesse, has written a total of 12 novels, four of them collaborations with his father. The most recent production of the Kellerman father-son team is A Measure of Darkn...
  • Rebecca
    *sigh*I'm so bummed about this book. The first chapter was genius, money in the bank: a gripping hook with carefully chosen details that made me care about the characters and invest in the story.So much for that investment. Each ensuing chapter squandered that genius until I found myself near the end of the book, fishing around in the bottom of the barrel for what turned out to be nothing. I skimmed the last few chapters. Who skims the last act o...
  • BookAddict
    Clay Edison is a conscientious deputy with the Coroner's office and gets called in the middle of the night to a shooting with multiple victims. In addition to trying to maintain and move forward his relationship with his girlfriend, his brother is out of prison and back in his life, and Clay's bum knee has a way of slowing him down, especially in a foot chase with criminal suspects.I’ve been a Kellerman fan for years so I was eager to read an a...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Five people are killed after a house party gets lethal in Measure of Darkness.A confrontation between neighbors kills three including one of the combatants. A six-year-old is hit in his bed from crossfire. In the ensuing uproar, another party guest is run down in the street by a panicked young girl. But what of the girl found hidden in a shed strangled? Coroner investigator, Clay Edison, is trying to determine the former name of the car victim to...
  • Peggy Jaeger
    Clay Edison, An Alameda Country Coroner’s Deputy is called to a shooting in the middle of the night right before Christmas. Several dead on the street and one lone girl, a Jane Doe, found dead in a shed. Her injuries are nothing like the gun shot victims, so was she part of the spree, or another, different killing? Is it even a murder at all, but a simple overdose?Those questions plaque Clay, who’s the kind of guy who can’t let anything go....
  • BookNerdsBrainDump
    Short Take: Interesting, but not exciting.I’ve seen a lot of memes that end in “...there are two kinds of people”, and I have found a new one to add: People who like mysteries, and people who like thrillers. There’s a TON of overlap in the genres, of course. They’ve practically become synonymous over the years, to the point that “Mystery/Thriller” is one category, and many readers don’t even realize that they are, in fact, two ent...
  • Joyce
    5 starsDeputy Coroner Clay Edison gets a phone call in the middle of the night. There has been a shooting at a big party. Little does he know what awaits him. Partygoers were shot, innocent bystanders were shot and a six-year old child sleeping in a basement was also shot and killed. Clay and his team and several police are at the scene for hours. When he is just about ready to head back to base, he gets a call from a young police officer. He fou...
  • Steve
    A Measure of Darkness is the second installment in the Jonathan Kellerman and son Jesse Kellerman’s Clay Edison series. Each entry is better than the last. In this case Coroner Investigator Edison and his team investigate a series of killings occurring at a West Oakland, California party. Several victims are dead and there are numerous causes of death. It is a gruesome scene that requires countless hours of investigation. The story follows Clay...
  • Gina Moltz
    Great story and I loved the main character. But I found there were so many other characters and delelooing leads that I got confused at times! Good think I am not a detective. Or maybe I should just take notes when I read this genre!
  • Jackie Rogers
    This is my first Kellerman book and I liked it. Is by Father and Son. Is about Clay Edison He works through the Coroner's office. Is a good mystery with lots of action and surprises. Will read this pair again. Thanks to Goodreads.
  • Cathy
    Another good solid read from Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. This is the 2nd book in this series and so far it's adding up to be a great series. Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for allowing me to read this ARC book and give my own personal opinion.
  •  Doris Powell
    Clay Edison is a deputy coroner. He is also a detective which he tries to hide because it gets him in trouble with his boss. He doesn't seem to be able to stop his detecting when he should be working as a coroner. His most recent case involves a free-for-all school called the Watermark School. In this school the children are allowed to do whatever they want to do. He is also working on a case involving Jasmine Gomez. Her birth name is Kevin Gomez...
  • Linda
    Another interesting addition to the Clay Edison series by the father/son team. Good characters, engaging storyline with a winding, compelling road to the ending.Add to your list!
  • Pat Pullum
    I have read previous books by the Kellermans, but this one did not do anything for me. I found the storyline difficult to follow and it did not seem to flow.Deputy Coroner Clay Edison tries to solve a crime that has taken place outside an old Victorian home in Oakland. There was a wild party and then gunshots and chaos and bodies, but one body in particular did not seem to fit in with the other carnage. Clay goes to great lengths to find out who ...
  • Sara
    This is the first book that I have read by father and son. I researched Jesse Kellerman and learned he has been nominated for a number of prizes and won a few. I was looking forward to reading this book. The first thing I learned is that it takes place in Oakland, Ca, my hometown. Immediately that endeared the book to my heart. It is the second book that Clay Edison, from the Coroner's office, is the main 'detective'. And like Alex Delaware of fa...
  • Kimberly Lund
    I really find myself enjoying this series of books written by one of my favorite authors and his son. The main character, Clay Edison, is the perfect mix of obsessed with his job and walking a fine line of doing too much for his job. He has his personal weaknesses, but what I really love is how the mystery unfolds. This mystery has many layers and you're never quite sure how many will need to be peeled before it's all wrapped up in a nice pretty ...
  • Amy
    ARC/Procedural Crime Novel: I have read/listened to several Jonathan Kellerman, but this is the first one with the added Jesse Kellerman. (The Golem books are definitely on my reading list). This book has not come out yet, so no spoilers here. I will tell you how I felt about the characters and plot course. I did not read the first book, but it was easy enough to figure out Clay. He does have a personal life which consists of his girlfriend and e...