Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are back in this gripping mystery involving a secret cabal of some of Los Angeles’ most wealthy - and vicious - teens.
LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the secrets adolescents keep - witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen, Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most exclusive prep schools.
Gregory’s mother refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen - evidence that propels him to launch a full investigation. But the case becomes darkly complicated by the suicide of another Bell and Wakefield student - a death that leads them to uncover an especially nasty group of rich and privileged students with a predilection for guns and violence.
Before it’s over, the case and all its terrifying ramifications will take Decker and his detectives down a dark alley of twisted allegiances and unholy alliances, culminating into a heart-stopping point of no return.
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I have enjoyed all of her books both in print and in audio. But, let me get this out of the way first.
The narrator is one of the worst I've ever suffered through. He sounded like a complete amateur - holding his nose - I guess to depict people with colds - and he has Marge and Oliver sounding like African Americans from the South. The narrator's poor interpretation would have seriously damaged even a good novel. I will make note of his name and never again believe I "won't mind" a poor narrator because the book will be worth it.
This book is slow and sloppy. Sometimes it is so dull that you forget who died. I don't believe I would have enjoyed it in print either. The Gabe character is very uninteresting - listen to (or read) chapter 25 to fully experience the stupidity of this book. What happened? Is Faye Kellerman being held hostage while other people write junk under her name?
Seriously though, I am amazed a writer or an agent or an editor wouldn't care who narrated the book - it sounds (no pun intended) as though the audio version receives secondary attention. Considering the number of people who now listen to books, that decision isn't wise. This isn't the first time I've wondered where the writer or the support team was while the book was being recorded. Don't they realize that while I may try Faye Kellerman again it will be through a loan from the library or an used CD.
Classical history buff, love books, ballet, and basketball.
Faye Kellerman introduced teenaged Chris Donatti in 1995???s ???Justice,??? an unusual but fascinating (and surprisingly erotic) entry in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. Chris resurfaced in 2002 in ???Stone Kiss,??? one of the best books in the series. Chris--a superhandsome, superintelligent, artistically gifted sociopath and mob assassin--had grown up, served time, and become a wealthy businessman operating on the shady side of the law, able to go where stalwart cop Decker cannot tread and with feelings for Rina that are never articulated but come across quite clearly.
Chris showed up again in last year???s ???Hangman,??? leaving his son Gabe Whitman in Peter and Rina???s care. Gabe, who has inherited his father???s good looks, intelligence, and an even more prodigal musical talent, is the focal point of ???Gun Games.??? He???s still a kid, and is a teenager-in-love (with a Persian Jewish girl who loves opera?!?). Likeable as he is, good guy Gabe is not the compelling character his father was at his age (why are handsome, dangerous bad guys so exciting?), and there???s not a lot of action in "Gun Games" until close to the end. But fans of the series should find this a solid entry, and it seems to set up some interesting possibilities to come. I???m already looking forward to the next book!
Yes, but not based on this story. I have read all her other Detective Decker books.
The dialog between Jasmine and Gabe was boring, uninteresting, unbelievable and for the most part, irrelevant to the story which dragged.
Gabe, when not with Jasmine.
This story reminded me more of a teen book except for some of the more explicit descriptions near the end which I would not recommend to teen readers. The story did not grab me and if I had been reading it, I would not have finished it at all.
All I need to anyone who has read Faye Kellerman is Chris IS BACK AND AT HIS BEST!!
Focus on Decker/Lazarus, not on a 15-year-old kid's horny rants.
Please never, ever, delve into early teen love and lust again, please.
Greenburg is fine, it's the story that stinks.
Very disappointed. The book was excruciating and I couldn't even finish it. I've never put down one of Kellerman's books before.
I hope this book was an anomaly. I, like many other reviewers, simply wasn't comfortable with the focus shift away from Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus to a horny 15 year old kid's thoughts about an even young teen girl. It was just .... uncomfortable, and more than that, uninteresting. A real disappointment from an otherwise riveting writer.
The dialog between Jasmine and Gabriel was too long, too overwrought, and too unbelievable.
I much enjoyed her other books, but this falls short mostly because the really interesting characters get the least attention.
George Guidall or Scott Brick would have been infinitely better.
I quit reading in the middle and didn't take it up again until I ran out of other things to listen to.
Someone should warn a reader that this story is sexualy explicit and involves explicit sex acts with an underage child. Very disappointed in Kellerman for pandering the purient interests. Had to turn it off. Will never read another Faye Kellerman book.
I started this book in hardcover, put it down, bought the kindle edition, put it down, now I own it in CD edition. I guess I kept forgetting about the book. It is not a bad book, just not one that I, apparently, am so eager to finish. This is not like me. Once I start, I never put it down till it's done.. Sorry Faye Kellerman
Narrator is good. 1st time listener
Her books are great: excellent plots, lots of drama, fine endings. And, best of all, wonderful, believable characters. This is the first time she's done something that ruins a good book: graphic, embarrassing, unnecessary, voyeuristic sexual activity. And she chooses to describe intimate behaviors between a girl of fourteen and boy of fifteen. These teens are decent, intelligent, and talented. Why intrude on their private lives? Teen romance should be better left to the imagination.
Greenberg IS Peter Decker, and Rina - I didn't care so much for his characterization of Gabe and Yasmin. They sounded juvenile and whiny most of the time. I don't know that that is necessarily Greenberg's fault, it could be the way the characters were written.
I think that Kellerman did a great job with Gabe's character, who was a contradiction of maturity and full-blown male adolescence.
Yasmin's fear that she was going to be raped was heart wrenching. The bewilderment she experienced at somehow becoming a target of a group that she was unaware of, and it could cost her her life, made her fear surreal.
There wasn't much of Rina Decker in this book, not necessarily a bad thing, but I missed her insights. I was not a fan of the fairly graphic sexual encounters with Gabe and Yasmin, who has to be the whiniest teenager I've ever met, and I've raised my own!
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