Two human skeletons, charred beyond recognition, are identified by a forensic dentist as teenage girls - and for Decker, the father of a 16-year-old daughter, vacation time is over. Throwing himself professionally and emotionally into the murder case, he launches a very personal investigation: a quest that pulls him deep into the crack dens of Hollywood Boulevard and painfully close to the children of the streets and a nightmare world he must make his own.
©1987 Faye Kellerman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
"Kellerman brings the case to a resounding resolution, suggesting as well a believable conclusion to Pete's personal dilemma even as she leaves his future with Rina unresolved." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bold, taut, with an artful fusion of the down-and-dirty with characters whose personal lives we care about and whose spiritual and emotional growth are as compelling as the events themselves." (Sue Grafton)
"Moves crisply and the characters are deep and well drawn - Faye Kellerman is a talented writer." (Chicago Sun-Times)
Kellerman weaves the mystery of the crime with the mystery of personal relationships that makes the novel alive and real. The realty of how love can motivate one's actions is well written in this novel.
I really like the combination of real life and cop life in this series, but this one was "produced" which mean altho it has a good reader, there's the inevitable suspense (?) music, which really detracts.
Also, the ending is not satisfying. I think you can make it clear that the series will continue w/o the feeling of sudden chopping off.
I really enjoyed this book - even though I guess it's one of her older ones. I especially enjoyed the history of the Jewish religion.
I love this series so far. I feel I am learning so much about Jewish Orthodoxy while being entertained by very believable and exciting plots. BUT, I wish it wasn't so sexually graphic. I've decided to download the next in the series because I really do like the characters and I love murder mysteries. We'll see. . .
Like all of the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novels, this story is very entertaining. What more could you ask for in a novel? Part of the fun is the character development and the relationship between all the characters. I wish Audible carried all of the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novels hint, hint.
Entertaining, sad & troubling
I'm a HUGE fan of Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus novels. And I greatly appreciate that sequels are often not as good as the original story. But the ending of this one seemed abrupt and uneasy...as though she wasn't quite certain what to do with it. However, it does move their love story along. But it isn't as though Mik and Honey provides any answers for how Decker managed to wrestle his religious doubts into submission.
When Decker showed up drunk at Rina's house and then blamed her for the outcome.
Mitch Greenberg is a wizard with voices and accents. Really quite talented. And I greatly appreciate that he has been able to narrate the entire series. I really hate it when the narrator changes in the middle of a series and then the characters change entirely with the new interpretations by the new narrator. Please don't EVER switch from Mitch!!
The death of the street kid who looked like Cindy.
I felt compelled to write this after reading a few reviews from people who did not like the narrator. I thought Mr.Greenberg did a fine job. He was able to handle the voices, especially those of the women and children. Sometimes narrators-especially male ones- have only one voice for all the women/children in the story, therefore, you can't tell who is speaking. With Mr. Greenberg, I was able to distinguish all the different characters well and I was able to get lost in the story.
This book was slow and uninteresting until half way into it. Then it really picks up and becomes a good story. The Decker character was too perfect and boring in the beginning. Later, you see him with all his faults and he becomes much more interesting.
I liked the background and plot of the book, but the music at the end and beginning of some chapters was distracting. Even more distracting was the narration. Often, narrators can add a lot to the story by their interpretation of the tone of conversation & thought. However, this reader reduced the characters to caricatures and there were some obvious mis-pronunciations of common words. The story is still worth it as an escape, but just be prepared for a bit of frustration if you care about details.
The murder mystery portion of the story was very good and was what kept me listening even when I was turned off by the morality lectures and unnecessary religious instruction. The depth of Rena's belief could have been made apparent without the LONG disertations on the Jewish belief system. If I wanted to know about any particular religion I would read a book written by an expert in that particular sect. I do not read murder mysteries to be lectured to about the existance or not of god. I would have given it 4 stars if it had been written without all the excessive morality and religious instruction. I will investigate carefully the subject matter of any further novels by this author before spending my money on them.
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