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The Beast: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels) Paperback – Large Print, August 27, 2013
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Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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I would highly recommend this book. It's not a masterpiece - that's why I'm not giving it 5 stars.
The titular beast would appear to be a full-grown female Bengal tiger, which is found in the apartment of a man who has been murdered. He was a rich recluse a la Howard Hughes with two grown and very rich children and their stepmother, who divorced him a long time ago and still despised him after all these years? Why? As it turns out, she has very good reason.
As Peter, Marge, and Scott delve farther into the case, we begin to wonder which is really the beast--the tiger or the dead man.
The children, ex-wife, and a woman named Vignette are very colorful characters who stand out; Vignette is a unique woman who cares more for the exotic animals she tends to in her sanctuary that the dead man largely funded than she does for people. She operates on a bear's paw and later saves Decker's life. Is she a suspect? Yes. More suspects from the world of massage/kinky sex turn up.
There are two subplots. One revolves around the Romeo and Juliet couple from The Gun, brilliant 17-year-old concert pianist Gabe, the Deckers' foster son, and 16-year-old Persian Jewish Yasmine, whose fierce mother does everything but lock her up in a tower and does not want her to develop her gorgeous coloratura voice. Decker finds it necessary to consult Gabe's estranged father, a nasty gangster, who does come through with vital information.
The other subplot revolves around Decker's thoughts about his and Rina's future, but I don't want to spoil anything so that's all I'll add.
Of course the truth is revealed, but the book ends on a note of oncoming change. I don't know how this will affect any future books, but I'll be interested to see if it does.
Again, this book was an excellent addition to Faye Kellerman's bibliography. I love the Deckers and their deep and satisfying love and respect and friendship for each other.
All-in-all a satisfying good read as usual, a week-end reading that was well spent.
This leads to one of Decker's most bizarre cases. The live tiger is just the tip of the iceberg as Decker delves into what becomes a cold case of murder as well as the fresh one. Complicating life is the challenge of raising a young piano prodigy with his love for a underage girl and her overprotective mother.
Decker handles both the challenges with his usual aplomb, but it's beginning to tell on him. Is he ready to retire?
I didn't want to put it down. So grab a glass of wine, light the fireplace and curl up in your favorite chair and enjoy.....I did!