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Stone Kiss [Mass Market Paperback]

Faye Kellerman
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July 1 2003 Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels
One Dead. One Missing. One Man Who can't Look Away... In Los Angeles Lt. Peter Decker gets a frantic phone call from his family. A distant relative has been found naked and murdered in a seedy Manhattan hotel room and the man's niece, the last person who may have seen the victim alive, has disappeared. Crazed with worry, the girl's parents plead for Decker's help and soon he's racing across the continent to a city he hasn't seen in ten years. With few leads and less time, he plunges into New York's underbelly, a world where vile deeds, unregenerate evil, and sinister secrets pit brother against brother. And where Decker will question the very essence of his faith and fight for everything and everyone he holds dear-including his wife, Rina.

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Family business can be deadly, as Peter Decker discovers in Kellerman's latest thriller starring the L.A. police lieutenant and his wife, Rina Lazarus. Decker's half-brother Jonathan, a New York rabbi, asks for help when his wife's brother Ephraim Leiber is slain execution-style in a seedy New York hotel room, and the victim's teenage niece Shayndie, who may have witnessed her uncle's murder, disappears. But it soon becomes apparent that not everyone is as eager for Decker's assistance as Jonathan--not the New York City cops, not the missing girl's parents, and not the police chief in the upstate town of Quinton, where the Liebers live in a tightly knit Orthodox Jewish enclave. Despite these roadblocks, the ever resourceful Decker manages to locate Shayndie in the last place one might expect to find a devout, gently raised 15-year old girl--the heavily guarded Manhattan apartment of Chris Donatti, a Mob-connected criminal with whom Peter has a complicated history. But when Shayndie runs away from Donatti's loft and turns up dead a few days later, Decker's search for her killer uncovers a deadly family secret that puts his life--and Rina's--in jeopardy. As usual in this outstanding series, Kellerman's pacing is flawless, her plotting ingenious, and her deep understanding of human nature reconfirmed. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Raw. Brutal. Ugly. And, of course, riveting. L.A. homicide detective Peter Decker, an orthodox Jew, answers a call for help from his half-brother, Jonathan, in this 14th tale (after 2001's The Forgotten) from bestseller Kellerman. Ephraim Lieber, Jonathan's brother-in-law, has been found murdered in a seedy Manhattan hotel. Ephraim's 15-year-old niece, Shaynda, who was supposed to be with him, is missing. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to fly to New York to assess the situation, advise the family and perhaps consult with the police investigating the crime. Wife Rina and daughter Hannah accompany him to make the trip something of a vacation as well. The bare questions of the case are difficult and delicate enough (had Ephraim, a recovering drug addict, backslid? was his relationship with Shaynda abusive? what part did other family relationships play?). Peter is quickly caught up in a desperate attempt to find and save the girl while battling an intransigent family, unfamiliar territory and reckless killers. Worse, his best ally in this impossible situation is Chris Donatti, first encountered in Justice (1995), a psychotic, mob-connected killer and maker of pornographic films. Whether Kellerman is depicting the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community or a pornographer's studio, she is utterly convincing. Amid the wreckage of lives taken or thrown away, Kellerman's heroes find glimmers of hope and enough moral ambiguity to make even her most evil villain look less than totally black.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Faye Feb. 8 2004
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All of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels by Faye Kellerman are fast reads, and "Stone Kiss" is no exception.
Peter and Rina find themselves in the ultra-orthodox Jewish enclave of Brooklyn, NY, where Peter has been summoned by his half brother, Jonathan, to investigate the murder of Jonathan's brother-in-law, Ephraim Lieber. Peter is reluctant to get involved. He has no police jurisdiction in New York, he is without his usual sources and backup, and the entire Lieber family, grieving for their lost relative--and, coincidentally, Ephraim's teenaged niece, Shayndie, is treating Peter like dirt.
Peter is all for turning right around and going home, but like always, becomes deeply entwined in the mystery, which involves more twists and turns, more mysteries, than anyone shoud have to face. In addition to the missing girl and the murdered uncle, something is very strange about the surviving brother, Chaim, father of the girl--who all but kicks Decker out with his boot while nevertheless garbed in the pious garb of the ultra-orthodox.
It's strange alright--and gets even stranger when the mystery drops Decker right in the lap of mobster Chris Donatti, with whom Decker has a long and complicated history.
The mystery continues almost right up to the last page, and as always, there is no ends-tightly-sewn-together, pat ending. This is a good read, another Faye Kellerman winner, and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRITTY SMOOCH Nov. 20 2003
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Uh-oh, looks like I'm in the minority, but the return of Christopher Donatti, to me, is the real spark in this well-written, dark, brodding novel. Oh, yes Chris is definitely sadistic, egocentric, psychopathic, childish, brutal and conscienceless. However, Kellerman has been smart enough to show his "good" side. Maybe he obssesses and uses Terry and others to achieve his own goals, but somewhere in all the brooding good lucks, his buff body, there is a soul of a man abused as a child, reaching out to find someone to love. His cruelty to Decker only masks his intense hate/love relationship. The ending is quite unexpected, and obviously leaves room for Donatti's return.
Elsewhere, Kellerman has fleshed out Jonathan Levine more, and his relationship with Decker grows in admiration and respect. The mystery actually gets overshadowed by the complexity of the relationships and the fiery Donatti. Suffice to say, it's easy to see who the real culprits's just a lot of fun getting there.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment for Faye Kellerman fans Sept. 5 2003
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I have long been a fan of Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mysteries, and I looked forward to reading this new one -- but it really disappointed me. Not only is the plot pretty weak (2 not-very-gripping murders solved with very little real detection work), but Kellerman spends far too much time in the sordid world and thoughts of Chris Donatti and his girlfriend Terry, two extremely unappealing characters, and not enough time in the world and thoughts of her detectives. Also, Peter and Rina in this book seem mere shadows of their usual selves, showing little of the deeply felt moral sense that made them so appealing in earlier books. And the writing is sloppy, too -- in three different chapters, Kellerman describes a lake or pond in the rain as looking like "pitted silver", a repetition that she or an editor should have caught. I hope her next book is better -- it's clear from the ending to this one that she plans to bring Donatti back again and keep him in her detectives' lives, but I hope she changes her mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long mystery less suspense, more atmosphere Aug. 23 2003
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Faye Kellerman has been writing these stories for about a decade and a half now, since just a few years after her husband started. I think he was first, but I'm not sure. Anyway, her stories have gotten more character and atmosphere-driven, compared with his, because she chose to make her character an Orthodox Jew (both of the Kellermans are, to my understanding, also Orthodox Jews). This gives her something to work with other than the mystery/suspense plot, and serves her well (husband Jonathan has been concentrating on his main character's sidekick, the gay detective Milo Sturgis, in recent books, perhaps because of this). I should explain that the main character, Peter Decker, is an LAPD Homicide cop. He grew up knowing he was adopted, but it wasn't til adulthood that he discovered that his birth mother was Jewish. Coincidentally he met a beautiful woman who was an Orthodox Jew, and wound up converting to that faith and marrying her. This makes for a complicated plot, as Decker has both a birth family (Jewish, and living in New York) and an adoptive family (Gentile, living in Florida). Members of both families appear in the book, and make things complicated.
Decker's birth half-brother calls him in the dead of night to inform him that his (the half-brother's) wife's brother has been murdered in a seedy hotel room in New York City. He was supposedly with his niece (though he shouldn't have been in a hotel room with her, seedy or not). Instead, there are drugs in the room, and no sign of the fifteen year old niece. The brother-in-law asks Decker (in a bit of a stretch) to come to New York City from LA and try and help straighten things out. Decker agrees.
Ultimately, Decker's whole family travels to New York to visit and shop (his wife) and do detective work (Decker).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Always enjoy Faye Kellerman and this was no exception!
Published 1 month ago by Evelyn Overall
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much translation
I'm newly hooked on Faye Kellerman and her Peter/Rina series. Unfortunately, this book had far too much transation from Jewish to English in the first several chapters. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Decker Meets His Match
Peter Decker, detective supremo,from LA meets his match in the big city, New York. Lt. Decker is asked by his brother come lately,Jonathan, an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, to come to New... Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2003 by prisrob
2.0 out of 5 stars not great
i thought this book was very slow. i couldn't get into the plot at all. eventually i just skimmed and skipped sections to get to the end so that it would be finished.
Published on Aug. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best
I absolutely think this is one of her best. I really liked that she brought Chris Whitman Donatti back into the series. Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by Stanley Tyliszczak
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I bought this one
I've read all of Ms Kellerman's Peter and Rina Decker books. The earlier ones are the best. Now her stories seem to get weaker with each new one. Read more
Published on July 30 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Jeeze, is this really a Faye Kellerman book?
What a shame. It's just too awful. I can't believe this is Faye Kellerman's work. I've previousely enjoyed many or her novels. Read more
Published on July 24 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Another successful book by Kellerman
In this latest book in Faye Kellerman's series featuring Peter and Rina Decker, the couple are called to New York to assist Peter's half-brother, whose brother-in-law has been... Read more
Published on July 14 2003 by mrliteral
3.0 out of 5 stars This sounds familiar
This book sounds a bit like one of the earlier ones in the series where Peter Decker is searching for a lost family member. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by Karen Potts
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