Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime....
While on routine patrol, LAPD Officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn abandoned in an alley dumpster...
An electrifying crime novel of suspense as a young man's obsessive investigation into his sister's death draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer....
Three years ago, Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Her brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her....
Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered....
A young man's obsessive investigation into his sister's death draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer....
Ben is now certain his sister was the victim of a sadistic serial killer and refuses to let any distractions get in his way of bringing this monster to justice....
Husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, both internationally best-selling authors, team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crimes, a pair of original crime thrillers....
Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered....
In the small town of Bluestem, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside....
A disturbing murder with shocking consequences sets in motion the new book in the best-selling suspense series starring psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis....
The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent....
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?
In the beginning Faye Kellerman created a unique detective series, heavily character-based and set in the community of ultraorthodox Judaism. Rina Lazarus was so sympathetic that I embraced her character completely, even though I found it hard to accept that a highly intelligent modern American woman would voluntarily choose such a lifestyle.
The first books in the series were great, focused on young widow Rina and LAPD Detective Peter Decker, who marries Rina and becomes a loving stepfather to her two sons. Kellerman has expanded the character base throughout the series, introducing new faces that often stuck around. The most recent two books, "Gun Games" and "The Beast," have been major disappointments, not least because the emphasis on the Decker family has pretty much dissolved. Developments in "Beast" seem to indicate that the series may move in a new direction, which if it is to continue, I think it has to do.
The "mystery"--and I use the term loosely--in "Beast" is ridiculous. If you swallow the premise that a person could keep a Bengal tiger inside a suburban LA apartment complex for 2 years and the neighbors wouldn't even notice--well, I have a bridge you might like to buy. It does allow for some nice gruesome scenes, however, and the story moves along breezily, a (very) lightweight read. The big question is, What Will Faye Kellerman Do Next?
I would be happy to see Gabe Whitman and Chris Donati carry the leads in a book of their own. And I really want to know what's happened in the life of Jacob Lazarus Decker (Rina's younger son, now 30, the only character who seemed to have serious problems with the orthodox lifestyle of his parents). There's a throwaway line in "Beast" about the possibility of Gabe and Jake traveling to India together; therein lies an interesting possibility.
And as long as things are changing, I think it's time for a new narrator, and I'd really like to ditch the Jasmine character, at least until she grows up. The two problems may be related. Mitchell Greenberg makes sultry teenager Jasmine sound like a petulant 5-year-old--and we all know how much fun either of those entities is to listen to.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
This installment just seemed to be lacking something. Suspense maybe. A lot of wild animal info, that was kinda boring. Young love problems with parents were discussed, through Gabe. Chris Donati had a cameo to get more readers, but had little to do with this novel. There just wasn't any OMG moments to the book, or bite your nails suspense. The case was investigated, and easily solved through interviews and paper trails.
It seemed to be a wrap up of characters, where a new beginning could take place, but if this is a taste if things to come, I don't think I'll be interested. I didn't care for the narrator at all, so that could have helped to kill the book too.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
There's always been a certain charm to Faye Kellerman's books: family relationships, interesting mysteries, good characters. She really misses on this book. It feels as if she's run out of stories so goes for the gross to keep her readers. Result? A rather disgusting disaster. Save your credits!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Faye Kellerman and/or Mitchell Greenberg?
Absolutely. Have always enjoyed Faye Kellerman's book.
Would you ever listen to anything by Faye Kellerman again?
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Not great, but fine.
What character would you cut from The Beast?
It's not the characters that bother me, but the dialogue and storyline that didn't engross me like previous books in the series.
Any additional comments?
Storyline was a bit tired.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
I have read several of Kellerman's books, this one was not one of the best. I did not care for the narrator. The person who narrates makes or breaks a book. The book starts way too slow and continues until the second half.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
entertaining story, but it was sometimes difficult to distinguish voices of characters and the selected vocal tone for Oliver sounds like goofy.
It's been a long time between reading Faye Kellerman's books and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this reading! Couldn't put it down, but was sorry when it ended.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
People who enjoy simple crime stories, "Law & Order" style.
What could Faye Kellerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I could have done without the "Young Adult" love story that is threaded into the main storyline.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mitchell Greenberg?
Hard to say. Mr. Greenberg did an OK job for the material given, but his reading of the "young adult" love thread was way too syrupy and nerdy for me.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I thought the story had great promise and set up for a great back story, but just kind of fell apart and turned into an Encyclopedia Brown-like mystery.
Any additional comments?
If you're already into this series of characters, then this may make a great addition to your collection. If you enjoy mental gymnastics, you should look elsewhere.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
The police storyline was boring, the young-love storyline was ridiculous, and the performance was the worst I've encountered yet. I have been a fan of this series for years but I wish I hadn't wasted my money.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
This was definitely a change from the usual themes of the series but I liked it.
Mitchell Greenberg makes these characters work. His voice is like being home with family. I haven't been able to listen to other narrators trying to be Decker/Lazarus et al. They ruin the book. Having said that, in order to follow the series, I find my self downloading Murder 101, knowing that I am going to have to block out the sound of a narrator who just doesn't work for me.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful