• The Theory of Death

  • A Decker/Lazarus Novel
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (477 ratings)

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The Theory of Death

By: Faye Kellerman
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
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Publisher's Summary

Now living in upstate New York, former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is plunged into a bizarre web involving academia, underworld crime, and calculating killers in this compulsive novel in New York Times best-selling author Faye Kellerman's beloved Decker and Lazarus series.

Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it's been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town.

Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker's peace. The death appears to be a suicide - a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner's ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity, a task made difficult by the department's tight budget and limited personnel. Luckily Decker gets some unexpected help when his friend and former Greenbury colleague, Tyler McAdams, calls, looking for a quiet place to study for his law finals.

The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. Beneath the school's rarified atmosphere, they discover a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers, and - most dangerous of all - a realm of underworld crime that transforms harmless nerds into cold, calculating evil geniuses. It will take all of Decker's experience and McAdams' brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes and solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.

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Enjoyable

I have read books by the Kellerman family off and on over the years. This is Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series. Our protagonists have left Southern California and moved to Greenburg in upper state New York. Both are retired but working part time in their professions.

A gifted Mennonite mathematics’ major at a local college is found shot to death. Decker is looking into it as either a suicide or murder. The medical examiner decides it is suicide just as a math professor from the same college is found murdered. I found Rina’s visit to the Mennonite community interesting. There is some discussion of mathematic theory and terminology as well as the personalities of gifted math students. I noted in the story Kellerman had Rina listening to an audiobook.

The book is well written and well plotted and the story was perfectly paced. The author provided a detailed account of police procedures mixed in with the family activities. There is a relaxed friendly atmosphere to the story. I felt as if I had dropped by to visit an old friend and to hear about their current life. Richard Ferrone provided an engaging narration of the story.

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More Gabe, more Yasmine

I enjoy all of Faye Kellerman's characters but I'm especially fond of Gabe, who appears in this book in a single line. So many questions: Has Gabe learned Farsi? Has he converted? Is Yasmine studying for a singing career or medicine. Please, Ms. Kellerman, in the next book more Gabe, and more Yasmine!! Mr. Ferrone needs to work on his female voices.

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Expected better

Long time listener of this series. This book failed to grasp my interest. Didn't seem to be as well written/edited as previous books.
The narrator's voice is irritating. Could hear the saliva in his mouth every time he took a breath. Couldn't listen with earbuds in.
I'll probably get the next book in the series, but not if the same narrator is reading.

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Takes a trio to solve this one

Peter, Rina and Tyler join forces to solve this murder (suicide? or both). Tyler McAdams is supposed to be studying for his law finals, but gets involved with Decker's case set at a college, where everyone seems suspect. A brilliant mind shows up dead. How and why did it happen, and why does staff and students alike want to look at his research. It's an interesting case with Rina stepping up to bat, playing a larger role in helping Peter.
I like the way Kellerman has added young characters to liven up Decker's aging years, starting with Chris Donali a few books back. Tyler McAdams adds the bright spot once again in this novel. A satisfying listen, looking forward to the next.

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Please… Get a new narrator

Story was decent, not her best, But decent.

Narration was poor. Narrator has no range when it comes to voicing different characters. Flat and monotone. Original narrator a series, Mitch Greenberg was much better for the characters.

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Why this narrator?

Stock story for this author / protagonists. My first audiobook by Fay Kellerman. I hated the narrator's gravelly old man voice. Peter Decker, although aging, is supposed to be slightly hot, and the other detective, Tyler, is a young man. I won't even mention how he handles the female characters. Narrator's voice not appropriate for the characters, also not pleasant to listen to . Endless male vocal fry.

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not her usual

I found it very tedious in places and was bored with all the explanations of the math. Decker and Rina also did not have their usual spunk. I was disappointed.
regarding the narration, the voices used for the young guys sounded more like old men.

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a disappointed fan

I am a tremendous fan of Faye Kellerman. the narration of this audiobook was very disturbing. The narrator's voice was eerie at best. the book was drawn out for longer than necessary. having read all the previous books I was surprised that it was very disjointed and that there was no reference to Rena and decorous children or not very much and no reference two Gabe's girlfriend from previous books in the series. I had higher expectations but of course continue to the end and will definitely look forward to the authors future books.

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Solid

This book makes me want to listen to the series again. Interesting topic, though Kellerman does not delve into rituals nearly as much in this novel; well, not rituals of religion that is.

Yay, Faye!

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Richard Ferrone

I enjoyed this book but it was a little predicable. Richard Ferrone is just the best and I'd listen to him read almost anything!F

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