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False Prophet Hardcover – August, 1992
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From Library Journal
With typically creative prose and plotting, Kellerman immerses LAPD Detective Decker ( Sacred and Profane , LJ 6/1/87) in an absorbing post-Rodney King police procedural. Decker, still practicing a rediscovered Judaism and catering to the moods of his pregnant wife, investigates the brutal beating and rape of an elegant spa's owner. Crucial--and engaging--elements in the case soon appear: a retarded stable hand; secretive resort employees; an earthy, manipulative mother; three malicious stepbrother doctors; and valuable stolen memoirs. Full attention to detail and characterization cap a masterful effort. Another great escape. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/92.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
When LAPD detective Peter Decker arrives at the Valley Canyon Spa Resort, its beautiful owner, Lilah, the daughter of Hollywood legend Davida Eversong, appears to have been beaten and raped, and her mother's jewels and late father's unpublished memoirs are missing from her safe. To thwart Lilah's growing obsession with him, Peter shunts her off on his partner Margie while he concentrates on possible perps, including her three doctor brothers, a slow-witted stablehand, and one of the spa's aerobic instructors. Two deaths later, Peter is convinced that Lilah staged the rape and hid the gems, but then who stole the memoirs, and why? Lilah's ex-husband leads him to a former Eversong employee who knows many family secrets, and Peter uncovers another identity brouhaha. Eventually, with some psychological input from his rabbi and his pregnant wife Rina, Peter sorts through a tangle of viperous relationships to close the case. Histrionic plot, not helped much by Kellerman's B-movie prose. Like Day of Atonement, Milk and Honey, etc., this comes to life only when discussing Judaica, which takes a backseat here to adoption procedures and assorted sexual preferences. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I finished this book in two days could not put it down you should get it and read it!