Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat - an adult female tiger - attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human.
Digging into the victim's life, Decker and his colleagues discover that Penny was an exceptionally peculiar man with exotic tastes, including kinky sex with call girls. Following a trail of clues that leads from a wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains to the wild nightlife of Las Vegas, the LAPD detectives are left juggling too many suspects and too few answers. To break open the case, Decker wrestles with a difficult choice: turning to Chris Donatti, the dangerous man who also happens to be the father of Decker's foster son, Gabriel Whitman.
As their work and intimate worlds collide, Decker and his wife, Rina, find themselves facing tough questions. And when all these shocking truths comes out, exactly how well will Decker and Rina cope, and survive?
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This was the most disappointing Faye Kellerman ever. I really did not want to finish it but I do hate to give up, just in case it turns brilliant. This was a yawn from beginning to end. I have never said that about any of her Decker books and I have read almost all of them from the Ritual Bath on. So sad.....
Definitely time well spent. I love listening to any series with recurring, familiar characters.
No, not at all
Richard Ferrone or Jay O. Sanders
No this one is very slow and plodding. Need one that is slightly less procedural and doesn't go off on family tangents quite so often (and for so loooooong)
I didn't realize Jackie Mason had become one of Decker's detectives. The Jason Scott characterization sounds a lot like The Anteater from the Pink Panther cartoons.
more Lazarus. . . . less Decker.
One can count the number of words "spoken" by Rina Lazarus . . . too much cop stuff, not enough about the family.
I have listened to every one of Faye Kellerman's Lazarus-Decker books. . . up until now I have enjoyed them. Rina is sappy; Gabriel is unbelievable; Marge Dunne has become more of a southern belle as she gets older.
Peter & Rina are back to the story line I enjoy - part family & part police stuff. Been lost in the narration during this week's night shift of work - loving every moment I can listen. Think my cubicle co-workers are amused at my verbal comments and physical cringes - too often I am the quiet one. Tonight (8/15), I get to savor the finale. THE BEAST reminds me of my excitement of reading THE RITUAL BATH so many moons ago.
The author tells a great story and I like her characters. My issue is with the narrator. His tone is incongruous with the character's situation. When a character should be sounding distressed or concerned, they sound upbeat or happy. In fact, rarely does his tone vary between characters. It is continually upbeat and happy even when a teenage girl is crying or someone has been shot. Also, these are characters from Southern California, LA, to be precise and one of the main characters has a southern twang. All of this distracts from the book. I will be going to the paper versions of books if this narrator is reading.
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