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Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels) Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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The nearly identical suicides of two students at a prestigious private school, both involving stolen handguns, pique the interest of LAPD Lieutenant Detective Pete Decker and his squad. But the focus here is less on Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, than on Gabe Whitman, the son of a friend who’s living with them temporarily. Gabe, a 15-year-old musical prodigy, also has street smarts learned from his mobster father, Chris Donatti, that stand him in good stead when he’s “crowded” and threatened by the clique called the B&W Mafia. Home-schooled Gabe also falls head-over-heels in love with 14-year-old Yasmine Nourmand. While the reciprocal relationship is grounded in love of music (plus raging hormones), it appears doomed by cultural and religious differences. Plot threads intertwine head-on in a violent confrontation, eventually tying up most loose ends extremely satisfactorily. The twentieth Decker/Lazarus novel shows Kellerman in fine form, taking on the au courant issue of bullying, in a slick, fast-moving mystery that should entice even those new to the series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: After a slight misstep with Hangman, Kellerman returns to fine form here, and fans of the long-running series will return as well. --Michele Leber
'Kellerman is an excellent writer' The Times 'Very exciting' Daily Mail 'Brutal but thoughtful and well-plotted, fast-moving and well told' Observer 'Sensational' Mirror 'Kellerman creates a claustrophobic atmosphere, against a background of seediness, violence and distrust' Sunday Telegraph 'Kellerman moves her gritty mean streets LA plot along with breakneck pace' Irish Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Gabe is a 15 year old who is the center of this story. He is a talented, even gifted, concert pianist who is headed to Juilliard in four months. He lives under the roof with Rina and her husband, Detective Peter Decker. He loves classical music, including opera, and meets a Persian Jewish girl, age 14, who shares his same interests in music. They get closer and he teaches her some things about sex, which really draws them into a second area of interest.
This is not a book for young teens to read unless they are "mature" for their age. The street language is crude and the sexual scenes are like soft porn.
I gave it five stars because the story is very well written with excellent characters throughout.
It is sad to lose Mrs. Kellerman. I gave up on her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, many books ago. Ditto Jack Higgins.
Having said all that, I have one question: What has happened to Rina? Can we please have her back? In the earlier novels of this series, Rina Lazarus figured things out for herself. She was always part of the action. She had no problem with jumping into her car (after packing a Kosher lunch) and driving off to investigate this or that theory she had about a case. She was occasionally exposed to great danger. She made enormous contributions to the unfolding of each story. In later books she has become a sort of stage prop. For several installments, all we heard about her was how beautiful she was, and our only glimpse of her seemed to have her standing in her kitchen turning out delectable meals for the Sabbath, or driving her daughter to school in her Volvo. Now she seems to have been relegated to holding hands, offering words of encouragement, and fetching things. Rina's appeal has always been that she was perfectly capable of being the perfect Jewish housewife and mother while exercising her formidable mental talents on the crime of the moment. She's beautiful, she's brilliant, and she deserves a lot more than what she's been given to do in these last few books.