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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2003
Faye Kellerman always has two plot strands running through her Peter Decker/Rina Lazarua Mystery Series--the personal and professional parts of their lives. In this, the fifth book of the series, Rina is pregnant and cranky. Her sons and his daughter are a bit put off by the pregnancy and Peter is wondering if he's too old to be fathering a child by his young wife. The professional part of the story deals with a case in which Lilah Brecht, the daughter of a famous actress is assaulted and raped while her mother's jewels and some important papers are stolen from her safe. She clings to Decker in a way that makes both Peter and Rina uneasy. As he delves into Lilah's life, Peter discovers a complex and dysfunctional pattern of behavior between Lilah's mother and her children. Revelation follows revelation until Peter and his partner Marge finally put all of the pieces together. Kellerman is a dependable writer who turns out complex and interesting mysteries with an emphasis on what motivates people to do the things they do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2003
The other reviewers seem to be mixed about this one. It's understandable. We've now read quite a few of these things (is this book 5 already?) and the honeymoon between Kellerman and the readers is definitely over. We're now reading the books not because they're as fantastic as the first one, but because we have time and emotion invested in Peter and Rina.
First, it's unfair to compare any of the Rina and Peter books to the first one. The first one was simply the best.
One of the reviewers gave a good plot summary, so I'll refrain from doing that here. Instead I'll say that the book is a little slow to start, but about midway, picks up at a tremendous pace. The characters become wonderfully complicated and Kellerman pulls quite a few tricks out of her hat which caught me by surprise. This book has its twists and turns!
One last comment. Some of Kellerman's books focus more on Peter and Rina's personal relationship, and some focus less. This one is less, for better or worse.
If you've made it to this book, chances are you'll read the next one. See you there! :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2007
This is book number 5 in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series nd the two of them are now married and Rina is pregnant. The story really centers around Decker and his partner, Marge Dunn. Rina is in the background and plays a minor role in the development of this story and does seem somewhat extraneous. The characters are rarher well developed and the story tends to move along at a rather good pace. The plot varies from that which is expected and rather predictable to some very good double and triple turns of events. This is a good story which is a harmless read with characters that are of interest. It is fast reading even though it is somewhat forgettable. Take the book for what it is and you will have an enjoyable read.
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on April 17, 2014
Though I remain a big Faye Kellerman fan, I think that in this case her reach exceeded her grasp. Kellerman was overwhelmed by her material, and she couldn't quite handle it.

Kellerman created an opera buffo of characters -- a faded movie star, three addled sons who had all become physicians, a beautiful, overly dramatic daughter who runs a spa for the LA rich and who seems to have a thing for Peter Decker but who is the crush of dim-witted ranch hand, a brother and sister who perhaps are a bit too close, an ex-husband turned bridge bum and more.

It's an interesting set up, but the characters are simply too strange and bizarre for Kellerman to control. By the end, no one is who her or she seems to be, and Detective Sergeant Decker -- and Kellerman -- lose their grip on the case.

Any Decker/Lazarus novel is worth a read, but this is one of the least successful and least satisfying of the 15 or so I've read so far.
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on October 28, 2009
Lilah Brecht, the daughter of a famous actress is assaulted and raped at home while her mother's jewels and some important papers are stolen from her safe. She clings to investigator Peter Decker in a way that makes both him and his wife uneasy. As he delves into Lilah's life, Peter discovers a complex and dysfunctional pattern of behaviour between Lilah's mother and her children. Revelation follows revelation until Peter and his partner Marge finally put all of the pieces together.
It a compelling page-turner but somewhat ruined by a less-than satisfactory ending.
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on September 4, 2013
In typical Faye Kellerman fashion, this book incorporates mystery, family, romance (just a little,) and religious observance. Peter Decker has a great work ethic as well as a religious ethic (yet he is modern and not overbearing in his practice. I enjoy that even though there is a homicide, blood, guts and gore as well as curses are kept to a minimum for the reader. That goes to show that books can be good as long as the author uses language well. I'll read Faye Kellerman any day.
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on November 9, 2006
I love ALL Faye Kellerman's books with Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus as the main characters. Recently I read another book where Jewish customs were an important part of the plot and realized that over the years I've learned a lot about them from reading Kellerman's books. But that's beside the point. She writes an interesting story that keeps you coming back for more. I can hardly wait until the next book. And I'm reading old books to make sure I haven't missed any.
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on October 19, 2013
This is the fifth of Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus series and I've enjoyed each and everyone of them ... but ... she makes a makes such glaring mistakes when she writes about horses. And right from the get-go. Her very first book. There are very, very few stallions which are safe, reliable riding horses. It is disconcerting to have an author display their ignorance of an incident or incidents in their book(s). It really distracts from an otherwise good read.
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Faye Kellerman never disappoints. Her writing style apparently suits me very well since I think I now have all her books. She keeps her characters tight, you know why she writing about them. I almost feel she and Akiva are real people that she is just letting us have a look at their lives, with all the problems and joys. I hope she never stops writing about these characters and continues to let them grow an develop.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 1998
this is the most explicit book that I have read of Faye Kellerman's to date. In the past I have enjoyed reading of the evolution of Rina and Peter's relationship and his growing faith. This book was a more typical mystery, and I was disappointed.
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