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Street Dreams Paperback – January 19, 2004
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About the Author
Faye Kellerman was born in St Louis, Missouri. She began her career as a dentist but turned to writing after the birth of her eldest child in 1978. As well as the highly popular Peter Decker series she has also written one historical mystery. In between writing, she tries to find the time to enjoy her two favourite hobbies, gardening and music. She has four children and lives with them and her husband, novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles.
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I have never been disappointed by one of these books. The series has a tight and complex story arc. It is not at all like the typical Mystery Series with repeating motifs, not predictable like Murder She Wrote, Perry Mason or Columbo. If that is what you're looking to read, you will probably be disappointed.
But like those series, this one does capture the attention and keep one thinking. That's why so many science fiction readers and writers like myself also devour mysteries -- they make you think.
But Faye Kellerman also makes you feel. Mystery reading is usually a cerebral exercise, but this series details the pressure-cooker life that so many police officers lead. This series makes you feel the heat.
The Jewish family lifestyle is not just incidental decoration in these novels. It is always, in every book, including STREET DREAMS, integral to the thematic substance of the novel even when it doesn't figure in the plot. I've discussed this at greater length in my review column for December 2003. Click my name to find out more about me.
Now in STREET DREAMS Peter Decker has taken a promotion and has become management. But his daughter is in uniform and in danger. The wisdom that he has gained through all these previous novels and from his religious studies lets him guide her through the mine field. We have watched this man mature, and now we see him passing on the tricks of the trade.
STREET DREAMS takes place in the aftermath of the traumas we've seen both Peter Decker and his daughter Cindy survive in previous novels. This whole novel, with all 3 mystery plots, is all about healing trauma during a time of peace.
The resolutions of the 3 mysteries are completely unpredictable if you follow only the plot. Some veteran mystery readers will have their expectations disappointed by the ending, but actually the resolutions carry the real message of this book if you follow the emotional story line instead of the plot.
"Time Heals" -- trauma can be overcome only with enough time and enough intervening events to provide a new perspective. If you look at events from a different perspective, the same facts lead to different conclusions, different feelings.
The ending of STREET DREAMS succeeds magnificently in portraying the riches available only in maturity. It is all about perspective.
Most enticing is the hint of what the next novel will be about. The family is growing, getting more diverse and more complex, and more engrossing.
Live Long and Prosper,
I have been reading Faye's books since the beginning. This is time it used a character from Ethiopia and it was fun. It is not a language used in too many books. Food is the always a good starting point. I caught a cab one day and the driver was on his cell for a couple of minutes. When he hung up, he apologized for the call but it was to North Africa. He spoke a language that was not arabic or one of the other languages that I'd heard before. He told that he was from Ethiopia and there was a family problem. I told him about the book that I was reading and I read hime the pages where the food was mentioned. He gave me the correct pronunciations and we had a good time discussing food. He also gave me a tip on a good Ethiopian restaurant.
The book is one of my favorites. Actually, this is my third copy. The others had fallen apart from lending and re-reading.
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There were parts to me the author could have omitted=,just filler=but enjoyed it