[Reviews] The Beast

An important but not especially great chapter in the ongoing story of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.

[Reviews] Gun Games

Flawed practically all the way around, though not without occasional moments of something approximating redemption.

[Reviews] Hangman

Two neat mysteries don't necessarily make for a better book, though there's still a lot here to like, among the rough patches.

Blindman's Bluff

Blindman's Bluff, the 18th installment in Faye Kellerman's long-running series of novels about Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, is one of my favorite books in the series in recent memory. It has an intriguing mystery, lots of tension, good detective work, and interesting characters.

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The Mercedes Coffin

The Mercedes Coffin is Faye Kellerman's 17th book in a series of novels about police lieutenant Peter Decker and his lovely Jewish wife, Rina Lazarus. The first installment in the series was published in 1986, and by the time this novel arrived in 2008, it feels like Kellerman must have gotten tired of coming up with new installments. That was more evident in books 14 and 15, though, and a break of several years allowed for a slight rebound that continues here.

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The Burnt House

A four-year break from Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus seems to have been the cure Faye Kellerman needed, because "The Burnt House" is one of the more enjoyable entries in the series in quite some time. It does have issues, but they feel quite minor overall.

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Street Dreams

"Street Dreams" is the 15th book in a popular series. However, you might reasonably view it instead as the second book in a non-existent series of novels about Cindy Decker. She's the actual star here, in spite of that text on the front that mentions Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Those recurring protagonists play relatively minor roles.

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