- Series: Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels (Book 10)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (August 6, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688143687
- ISBN-13: 978-0688143688
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Serpent's Tooth: A Peter Decker/rina Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels) Hardcover – August 6, 1997
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From Library Journal
Kellerman's (Prayers for the Dead, LJ 8/96) popular L.A. detective duo here investigate a Southern California-style mass murder in a trendy restaurant.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
LAPD detective Pete Decker's latest case is a shocker. Estelle's, the watering hole favored by L.A.'s rich and famous, is the scene of a mass shooting that leaves a dozen dead and scores wounded. There is no need to look for the murderer, who shot himself following his killing spree, but Pete does have to figure out the killer's motive, wrap up loose ends, and make the LAPD come out looking good. Then Pete and his team turn up evidence to suggest that the killer may not have acted alone. But Pete has other troubles: a key witness has filed a sexual harassment suit against him, his wife is balking at his inattention, his kids want to move closer to town, and his grown daughter has decided to become a cop. It's no surprise that the phenomenally popular Kellerman has produced another sure winner. As did the earlier Pete Decker novels, this one offers a bang-up whodunit with gentle humor, a clever and convincing plot, well-drawn characters, and a warm portrait of family life. Buy plenty! Emily Melton
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, the cast of meanies in this one are despicable: Jeanine Garrison, the daughter of two of the restaurant's victims, who has her own financial agenda; Sean Amos and Malcolm Carey, two vile teenagers; Joaquin, a rather nerdy teen, who is a champion Scrabble player; David Garrison, Jeanine's brother who has (there's one of these in each book it seems?) a drug problem, and winds up iced, too.
The whodunit isn't overly exciting, but the way Kellerman interweaves all these personalities makes for good reading for fans of this series.
The relationships between the characters - both the usual cast and those that are part of the drama for this book alone - are fascinating and there are enough quirks to make them unpredictable while at the same time familiar enough to resonate with your own life.
Go read it. It's worth it.