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Book Title: The Burnt House (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #16)|
Date of issue: 2008
ISBN 13: 9780007243228
The author of the book: Faye Kellerman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 589 KB
Edition: Harper Collins
Read full description of the books The Burnt House (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #16):Peter Decker, family, and colleagues are back in this sixteenth book in Faye Kellerman's best selling series. A flight attendant who was supposed to be on an ill-fated flight has gone missing. Meanwhile, a different body, which turns out to be a thirty year old Jane Doe, turns up at the crash site, leading Decker and his team of detectives to investigate these two intertwined cases in the hopes that they will bring these cold cases to rest.
In this installment, Kellerman touches on more home life than usual. Koby and Cindy would like to renovate their home, and are a greater presence in the Deckers' lives. Hannah has grown from an adorable kid into a gangly teenager who would rather message her friends than spend time with her parents. Meanwhile, Marge's adopted daughter Vega is now a student at CalTech and calls her mother everyday for advice in navigating the world. Usually, Decker brings his work home, but not so in this book as she has chosen to keep work and business separate. This allows for a greater presence from Rina, who I adore, and is sometimes relegated to the background in these books.
As the case picks up steam, Decker, Marge, and Scott Oliver crisscross the southwest from Santa Fe to San Jose and back to Los Angeles in an attempt to bring the criminals of both cases to justice. Although a little far fetched at times, it was interesting for me to see how just because a crime can occur in one vicinity, does not limit the investigation to one location. Additionally, as in others of Kellerman's books, she is able to weave both cases together in order to gain a swift resolution to both crimes.
As in many long running series, the stories tend to become formulaic. I revisit these books not for the prose but for the characters who at this point are like old friends to me. I have been with Peter and Rina from the beginning and will read on as long as Kellerman writes their stories. She has hinted that Koby and Cindy would like to start a family, which will lead to new storylines, and a fresh start in the series. I am looking forward as always to the next installment, and rate this edition of my favorite comfort read 3.5 stars.
Read information about the authorFaye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA., and conducted research in oral biology. Kellerman's groundbreaking first novel, THE RITUAL BATH, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers of American, THE RITUAL BATH introduced readers to Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, termed by People Magazine "Hands down, the most refreshing mystery couple around." The New York Times enthused, "This couple's domestic affairs have the haimish warmth of reality, unlike the formulaic lives of so many other genre detectives."
There are well over twenty million copies of Faye Kellerman's novels in print internationally. The Decker/Lazarus thrillers include SACRED AND PROFANE; MILK AND HONEY; DAY OF ATONEMENT; FALSE PROPHET; GRIEVOUS SIN; SANCTUARY; as well as her New York Times Bestsellers, JUSTICE, PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD - listed by the LA Times as one of the best crime novel of 2001; SERPENT'S TOOTH; JUPITER'S BONES, THE FORGOTTEN, STONE KISS, STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS, THE BURNT HOUSE, THE MERCEDES COFFIN and BLINDMAN'S BLUFF. . The novels, STALKER and STREET DREAMS, introduced Kellerman's newest protagonist, Police Officer Cindy Decker. In addition to her crime series, Kellerman is also the author of New York Time's bestseller MOON MUSIC, a suspense horror novel set in Las Vegas featuring Detective Romulus Poe, as well as an historical novel of intrigue set in Elizabethan England, THE QUALITY OF MERCY. She has also co-authored the New York Times Bestseller DOUBLE HOMICIDE, with her husband and partner in crime, Jonathan Kellerman. She has also written a young adult novel, PRISM, with her daughter, Aliza Kellerman
Faye Kellerman's highly praised short stories and reviews have been anthologized in numerous collections including two volumes of the notable SISTERS IN CRIME SERIES, Sara Paretsky's, A WOMAN'S EYE; THE FIRST ANNUAL YEAR'S FINEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES; THE THIRD ANNUAL BEST MYSTERY STORIES OF THE YEAR; WOMEN OF MYSTERY AND DEADLY ALLIES 11. Her personally annotated collection of her award winning stories, THE GARDEN OF EDEN and OTHER CRIMINAL DELIGHTS, was published in August of 2006. H
Her other hobbies include gardening, sewing and jogging if her back doesn't give out. She is the proud mother of four children, and her eldest son, Jesse, has just published his fourth novel, THE EXECUTOR, from Putnam. She lives in Los Angeles and Santa Fe with her husband, Jonathan, their youngest child, and their French Bulldog, Hugo.
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