- Series: Decker/Lazarus Novels (Book 20)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (January 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062064320
- ISBN-13: 978-0062064325
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Unfortunately, this novel should have been subtitled "a Gabe Whitman story" because there was little Decker and less Lazarus. We read about 70 percent teen lust/love and 30 percent mystery police procedural. The lines and line of texts was too much. It was a little creepy that Gabe was lustful for Yasmine considering he said she looked 10 or 12. I don't know any musical prodigies so perhaps they do talk like they're 10 years older than they are, this character did and it was annoying. If anything, he is so mature he should have been more comfortable with an older girl.
There were a lot of editing and factual errors. One thing that struck me was Gabe's tattoo. Being orthodox Jews I think the Decker's would have strongly objected to his getting one. Also, is it really that easy for someone underage to get a good tattoo at a reputable tattoo shop? Seems hard to believe. There were many other glaring errors, weapon errors, Gabe's car, mistaking graduate school for an undergraduate program. If Faye Kellerman really wrote this she
has either gotten lazy or lost interest in her characters. Time to hang it up.
True, Kellerman does a good job exploring the budding relationship between the two teenagers. I'm not a prude, and recall my hormone-driven and angst-ridden youth, but in a mystery novel like this I don't see the need for such graphic sex scenes between the two kids, nor for the particularly brutal and easily predictable ending. Although the novel revolves around high school kids and the issue of bullying, in my opinion Kellerman spends too much time on the students and not enough on Peter and Rina and the police procedurals that Kellerman fans have come to expect. Several of the students -- the rich, gun-loving BMOC and the mean Queen Bee, for example -- are caricatures, unworthy of a talented writer like Kellerman.
All in all, this is my least favorite of the dozen or more Decker/Lazarus novels I've read.
1. It's pretty poorly written for a FK book. The dialogue, both inner and via text, does not ring true at all and rings of an adult trying to talk like a teenager. Definitely a dead ear for the dialogue.
2. Look, I know teenagers and teenage boys think about and pursue sexual activities. That doesn't mean I want to read about a 14 and 15 year old couple's sexual activities to the degree of detail this book does. It felt like child porn and was the point I put the book down.
If i could give this a negative star rating, I would.