New York Times best-selling author Faye Kellerman delivers a riveting thriller starring LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker. Murder hits close to home as the brother-in-law of Decker’s half-brother is found dead in a seedy hotel room. Missing from the scene is the dead man’s 15 year-old-niece. Pete finds the girl in the last place anyone would think to look, and soon devastating family secrets emerge.
©2002 Faye Kellerman (P)2002 Recorded Books
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
The first two books of this series were great mysteries and a great introduction to a lifestyle--that of an orthodox or Torah Jewish community--that many of us are unfamiliar with. Those two ("Ritual Bath" and "Sacred and Profane") portray a community of gentleness and peace (although not necessarily acceptance) broken only when outsiders invade.
With the marriage of orthodox Rina to L.A. Police Detective Peter Decker (a non-observant Jew who embraces the orthodox life along with Rina), the couple and the series moved outside the closed community but maintained their observant identity. In "Justice," one of the later books of the series (and one of the best), Kellerman downplayed the Jewish milieu and introduced a fascinating new character, the amoral killer Chris Whitman Donati.
"Stone Kiss" takes a new direction in the series' portrayal of orthodox life and brings Chris Donati and his world of organized crime into improbable but fascinating juxtaposition. Peter and Rina are called on to intervene in a crisis within the New York City branch of their orthodox family, one of whom has been murdered under shocking and scandalous circumstances. The orthodox community depicted here is neither peaceful nor gentle, but it is certainly closed and definitely unaccepting--and some of its members are not exactly toeing the line of the Torah. Religious observance can hide a dark side.
"Stone Kiss" was written shortly post 9-11, and those events are both spoken of and seem like unspoken players in Kellerman's worldview here. Of all the books in this long-running series, I recommend this one along with the three mentioned earlier as by far the best. Each is engrossing in itself, and taken together they display a healthy evolution of both author and characters.
"Stone Kiss" is narrated by the eminent George Guidall, who is absolutely perfect for it.
This was hard to listen to as Mitch Greenberg has done such a good job reading the Decker/Lazarus books. I know many people like George Guidall, I don't. I avoid books that he reads as his voice is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Julia was fine, but not sure why they added her for the short time she was in the book.
Only 2 more books with Guidall reading, will listen to them but with reluctance. I will keep telling myself it is the story that counts....but when listening the reader is so important. Mitch Greenberg is Decker and Rina to me.
George Guidal is simply the best narrator. He gives life to the written word. When coupled with a great story~magic....
The Rabi slept late on Friday,
George Guidal is my favorite narrator. BAR NONE!
Looking forward to the next two installments
My name is Diane Heine not Larry Bruce.
To short and and not a decker series. Story not up to the other books.
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