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Complex family relationships
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.