[Reviews] Stone KissFaye Kellerman was clearly in the mood to try new things, but bringing along Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus as a safety net was a bad idea.
[Reviews] The Ritual BathNot perfect, but certainly the perfect way to start exploring the series of novels it made possible.
A generally entertaining read, if you put your brain on hold, but it mostly belongs in a different series.
Technically, I suppose "Stalker" really is "a Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novel," like it says on the cover. Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus both make appearances, and so it is considered the 12th book in Faye Kellerman's very popular series.
Me, I think it could just as easily have been "a Cindy Decker" novel, and the start of some other series. Because that's what it mostly feels like. The bulk of the hefty word count is devoted to Cindy and her problems, which are substantial.
An unconventional installment in an established series that seems to be most interested in the plight of its secondary characters.
The eleventh installment in Faye Kellerman's popular series, called "Jupiter's Bones," is quite different from most of what has come before it, despite continuing to tell the evolving tale of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It gives its author a chance to explore other types of storytelling and keeps her from telling an overly formulaic story, but the results feel a bit out of place.
Shows the sort of unfortunate regression that makes a reader wonder if Kellerman fired a good editor, or just hired a bad ghost writer.
It's important that a character in a story be able to have flaws. Generally, the reader is supposed to root for that character anyway, and perhaps identify--at least to a certain extent--with the flaws as they are presented. That's true even if you're diving into the world of an anti-hero of sorts, like in the popular television show, "Breaking Bad."
An apparently simple homicide becomes a complex case because as Decker explores the lives of the people left behind.
By the time she wrote "Prayers for the Dead," the 9th book in a series of novels about police officer Peter Decker and the new love of his life, Rina Lazarus, author Faye Kellerman had clearly come into her own. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that she produced one of the finest installments to date.
                                                            
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