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Grievous Sin: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel | [Faye Kellerman]

Grievous Sin: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

The birth of their baby girl has filled Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker, with joy mingled with sorrow, since complications have ensured that they can have no more children. But the situation is grim at the hospital, which has been devastated by severe budget cutbacks and staff shortages. And when a respected nurse vanishes along with a newborn from the nursery, Peter and Rina fear for the safety of their own precious child.
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Publisher's Summary

The birth of their baby girl has filled Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker, with joy mingled with sorrow, since complications have ensured that they can have no more children. But the situation is grim at the hospital, which has been devastated by severe budget cutbacks and staff shortages. And when a respected nurse vanishes along with a newborn from the nursery, Peter and Rina fear for the safety of their own precious child - especially when the missing nurse's car is found at the bottom of a cliff... with a corpse inside.

A most grievous sin has been committed. In pursuit of justice, Decker - with the help of his tough-as-nails partner, Marge, and an able assist from his teenage daughter, Cindy - follows a twisted path that winds through a sinister maze of hospital politics, misplaced passions, and torturous mind games that can all too easily lead to murder.

Solve another case with Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.

©1993 Faye Kellerman (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-04-12
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Shallow plot, dragged out"

    Difficult to listen to this entire book. Didn't require any concentration at all. I put this book in the category of a "dime mystery novel" - Narration was good. If you listen to books while doing other tasks requiring concentration, then go ahead and burn a credit. Book seemed to drag on forever. Was sooooooooooo glad when I finished it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    laall MS, United States 07-22-12
    laall MS, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not for me"

    The family life is contrived, kind of cheesy and gets boring. The actual plot of the story was pretty good, but there was too much other fluff and nonsense to listen to in order to get it.

    The lead characters are Jewish. Nothing wrong with that...interesting and informative somewhat, but there was a lot of derogatory remarks about Christians and Jesus. Totally unnecessary and offensive to me. I would not appreciate a book that makes fun of any religion. Seems kind of a foolish thing for an author to do...offended readers won't buy your books again At least I won't.

    Narrator's voice just doesn't appeal to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig G. Clark Seaside, CA United States 07-09-12
    Craig G. Clark Seaside, CA United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Contrived, Padded, and Relatively Pointless"
    Would you try another book from Faye Kellerman and/or Mitchell Greenberg?

    Probably not.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The search for the point of the title provided motivation to continue reading, but while there were loads of "sins," none is highlighted as the "grievous" sin.The least interesting part of the book was the relentless ethnic/religious padding.


    Which character – as performed by Mitchell Greenberg – was your favorite?

    I'm sorry, no one stands out. I really didn't much like or identify with anyone


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found the characters stereotypicall and did not really believe the emotions attributed to them. Probably I identified most with Decker's impatience to get it over with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 07-03-12
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narator not to my taste"

    I have read and enjoyed Faye Kellerman for years. This book is one of my favorites, but was very disappointed with the narration. Reminded me of a parent reading to a child. Not up to professional standards.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Bonsall, CA, United States 08-16-12
    John Bonsall, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Narrator sucks"
    What did you like best about Grievous Sin? What did you like least?

    I like the story but the narrator does not accurately portray the characters. His sing song delivery of dialog doesn't match the intent and detracts from the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His sing song delivery of dialog doesn't match the intent and detracts from the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jean Coto de Caza, CA, United States 07-04-12
    jean Coto de Caza, CA, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Padding Galore"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Too much material that dragged the story out needlessly. A real bore and disappointment given Kellerman's reputation. It felt like someone had taken a short story and puffed it up until it could be sold as a novel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Kellerman!


    What about Mitchell Greenberg???s performance did you like?

    His articulation is excellent, as is his pacing. Too bad he didn't have better material to work with.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Concept was good, but the execution, in my opinion, turned it into a poor potboiler.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-30-12
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "you get your money's worth"

    I bought this book using the $5.00 sale audible had going on and though I've read plenty of books worse I still have to give it a low rating but only due to the numerous characters that popped up out of nowhere. I guess being a detective novel i maybe should have expected that but so many different ones entered the story out of the blue that I got completely confused at times all the way to the very end. I kept asking myself what have I missed during the first few chapters to not undrestand how this character got involved and "who the heck are they anyway?" The narrator did a good job though.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-18-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "the worst of the series"

    I'm sorry but this book is not worth the time I spent reading it. It was contrived and nothing about it felt real. I found the decisions made by Peter and Rina when they found themselves smack in the middle of this mystery were all off. Nothing they did made sense. The plot felt like it was being forced upon the reader and that we were only feeling scared or sad because we were told to feel that way. It was like a bad movie that uses bad music to cue the appropriate emotional reaction. I hope that this novel is not indicative of the direction in which the Decker/Lazarus series is headed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 10-26-13
    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I don't like this series"

    I tried to like Peter and Rina - gave them another chance with Grievous Sin - but it's a no go for me! Rina's whining about her hysterectomy was annoying. I've known CHILDLESS women who lost their uteruses with less drama then Rina. I guess her other choice was to bleed to death?!!?! I'm also thinking that there were major inconsistencies but I could be mistaken because I was to unconcerned to go back on the audio. One example - did Rina really have a 17 year old son who could donate blood for her and then later wail, "But I'm only 30 years old?" Someone should do the math. I'm not interested enough to try to make sense of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 10-17-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 10-17-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Nursery Nightmare"

    This is a good book in the series, A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel. The narroator, Mitchell Greenberg, does a great representation of all of the characters voices. His inflections are in sync with the feelings that are being projected. Greenberg has narrated all of the books in this series that I have read. Therefore, when I start to listen to another book, I can tune in and know who is who. There is drama and action. It's a light mystery and can be read in one sitting. The characters are well developed, especially if you have been reading the series in sequential order. I've come to like the main character's personalities. Decker, the Sergeant Detective, works vigorously until the crime is solved. This book deals with the kidnapping of a three day old infant from the nursery. The supervision of the nursery was, without question, negligent. There are many sincere emotions being felt by quite a few of those inside and outside of the on-going investigation. Peter is now an Orthodox Jew, having converted for his wife Rina. He was adopted and did find out many years later that his mother is Jewish. They refer to him as the, Rabbi, at the police station. He is not a crusader who attempts to push his views on others. His friends and relatives are of various faiths and nationalities. Not being Jewish myself, I have found the books a source of learning about the Jewish faith, perhaps the descriptions are superficial in some ways but for someone who knew nothing, it has been useful. The book is an easy listen, so if you want to sit back and relax, purchase the books in the series and you many find that you will enjoy them as much as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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