"They say dead men don't talk, but if you listen, they do."
As a lieutenant in the LAPD, homicide detective Peter Decker doesn't get many calls at 3 a.m. unless a case is nasty, sensational - or both. Someone has broken into the exclusive Coyote Ranch compound of billionaire developer Guy Kaffey and viciously gunned him down, along with his wife and four employees. A well-known figure on both the business and society pages, Kaffey, with his sons and his younger brother, Mace, built most of the shopping malls in Southern California and earned a reputation for philanthropy, donating millions to worthy causes. It doesn't take long for Peter, his trusted detectives Scott Oliver and Marge Dunn, and the rest of his homicide team to figure out that the gruesome killings must be an inside job. Things become even more entangled when they discover that Kaffey's largesse had included organizations that extended second chances to delinquents, many of whom Kaffey had hired for his personal security. But was the job pure murder/robbery or something even more twisted?
A developer of Kaffey's magnitude doesn't make billions without making more enemies with blood grudges. With leads taking the team across L.A., up and down the Golden State, and into Mexico, Decker is plenty busy - and plenty thankful not to have to worry about his wife, Rina Lazarus, getting caught up in this deadly case. Rina is out of harm's way, serving on a jury at the courthouse. But then a chance encounter with a court translator who needs her help leads Rina into the terrifying heart of her husband's murder investigations - and straight into the path of a gang of ruthless killers. To protect Rina, Decker must find his prey before death unites his two worlds.
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I don't know what it is about Decker and his family but I find them such nice people that I listen happily to the books as if the narration weren't really about murder and mayhem (which they are). The courage and genuine humanity of the Decker family influences my experience of the book. The story is good, not great - but good enough to make me read on.
I've liked many of Kellerman's books, but this one is just awful. The dialogue sinks to the level of stupid and totally unnecessary, as if the author were trying to reach a page limit and needed filler. The story is uninteresting and slow, and the narrator's voices make several of the main characters sound like cartoon characters. The book is really not worth listening to.
I've been reading these books since forever, and this is my first time listening to them. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it more if I'd been reading, but the point is moot since I have more time to listen than I do to read these days. I enjoyed the story, enjoyed catching up with all the characters. Not sure the narrator was my favorite, but he didn't ruin it for me -- just made me question whether the dialog sounded so 'flat' in print. Way too many Peter said, Rina said, Hannah replied -- didn't really add to the story. I did enjoy the story, it was suspenseful most of the way through and interesting until the end.
But hours spent with either Kellerman are always worthwhile so this won't be my last.
The narrator does such a terrible job with character voices that this story was spoiled for me. I have read all of the Peter and Rina stories and will go back to the print format before I listen to anything else with this narrator. I have read other reviews where people have disliked the narrator and have hesitated about downloading the audible format, but it has usually only taken a few minutes for me to adjust to a new reader and I am fine. This guy might be acceptable reading a text book but never fiction.
I did not finish this book. Nor did I get very far. The narrators voice is annoying and it's very hard to tell one character from another. The "he said's" "she said's" almost drove me crazy. There were no pauses or distinctions between chapters or change of scenes. Made it very hard to know where you were in the story.
The narration is so bad I couldn't get into the story. As a rule I like Kellerman's books. Hopefully it will be better in print.
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