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Publisher's Summary

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

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The Series Shifts Gears

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.

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A great story a great narrator

What made the experience of listening to Stone Kiss the most enjoyable?

George Guidal is simply the best narrator. He gives life to the written word. When coupled with a great story~magic....

What other book might you compare Stone Kiss to and why?

The Rabi slept late on Friday,

Have you listened to any of George Guidall and Julia Gibson ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

George Guidal is my favorite narrator. BAR NONE!

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next two installments

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page turner

I really like this story line and cant wait to read the next one. Chris and terry is a great substory to the decker series

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Love Faye Kellerman's Books

I was listening to the Decker/Lazarus series through my library and they did not have this book or the next one. I am so glad I decided to activate my trial membership with Audible to listen to this one. I had wondered if Christopher and Terry would ever be brought back. after all, that was never resolved. and will it be in this one? You will need to read to find out.

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Good, But Not s Favorite

Yes! I liked this Decker/Lazarus!!!! Rina disarming Chris Donati with the story of Jacob and Esau was masterful. Somehow, I did not like this title for five stars. I DID like it way better than Milk and Honey.

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Re-reading, an intriguing story

As usual, Faye Kellerman’s Decker/Lazarus Series does not disappoint. I read this in book form some years ago and now am listening to it. I had forgotten most of the details so this is like reading it for the first time once again. The storyline is intriguing, interesting as expected, but periodically, the narration creeps me out. The intonations used for various characters, sometimes seem a bit too breathy, similar to listening to a horror story, and this is a mystery so it works. I prefer listening to actual reading, so I wish that this book would be updated to be read by the usual Decker series narrator, Mr. Greenberg. However, there are new characters introduced that appear in subsequent books, so I will try to continue to listen and experience the difference . I may opt to also continue reading this by another means either Kindle or paper version. Any version it is still an intriguing storyline.

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Change in Narrator was a disappointment

Once I got used to the first narrator, it made the story harder to follow because it took a good while to know who was speaking at times. Story line good as usual but narration ruined a bit of the enjoyment.

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Love the series, wish Greenburg was narrating

I love this series, but Greenburg is the only person who should narrate! He is able to do different voices much better than other narrators. I enjoy the Donatti/Whitman stories when they are part of a story, as well as learning more about Jewish religion and culture.

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Something was not quite right

I love the Decker/Lazarus series. I’m “reading” the books in order and have developed a picture of their family and friends that is quite vivid in my mind. I’d recognize them anywhere, I thought. Listening to this book I felt as if I was looking at a very fuzzy picture. Who were these folks? Something wasn’t quite right. I knew, before reading, that the narrator was going to be different. In fact there were two narrators. I never expected the reaction I had. It took about three chapters for my brain to distinguish between the characters, and somewhere in my subconscious, I was waiting for the female narrator. When she finally started to speak it made little sense as she only narrated for a very short time. This did nothing to enhance my enjoyment or comprehension, it just confused me again. All in all STONE KISS is an excellently written book made less enjoyable by these new narrators.

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Not a particularly exciting story line. More emphasis could have been placed on the story as opposed to describing what everyone was wearing. Complete ignorance, by author, of the description and operation of anything mechanical and firearms. The editors should have caught those glaring mistakes. Narration was perfect.