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The Beast (Decker/Lazarus Novels)by Faye Kellerman
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The professional and the personal intersect in treacherous ways in this compelling and eerie installment in Faye Kellerman's thrilling New York Times bestselling Decker/Lazarus series
Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case—the most bizarre of his storied career.
When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat—an adult female tiger—attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human. Digging into the victim's life, Decker and his colleagues, Detectives Marge Dunn and Scott Oliver, discover that Penny was an exceptionally peculiar man with exotic tastes, including kinky sex with call girls.
Following a trail of clues that leads from a wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains to the wild nightlife of Las Vegas, the LAPD detectives are left juggling too many suspects and too few answers. To break open a case involving the two most primal instincts—sex and murder—Decker wrestles with a difficult choice. Should he turn to a man with expert knowledge of both, Chris Donatti, the dangerous man who also happens to be the father of Decker's foster son, Gabriel Whitman, a boy not without his own problems?
As their work and intimate worlds collide, Decker and his wife, Rina, find themselves facing tough questions. It just might be that family crises and work-related responsibilities prove too much for Decker's career. A confluence of ordeals can stress even the most intact of families. And when all these shocking truths comes out, exactly how well will Decker and Rina cope, and survive?
"Soap opera-ish family drama distracts from the main plot line of bestseller Kellerman's 21st Decker/Lazarus novel (after 2012's Gun Games). LAPD veteran Peter Decker looks into the bizarre case of Hobart Penny, a wealthy recluse in his late 80s, whose body was discovered after neighbors heard roars from inside his apartment. The noises emanated from a full-grown Siberian tiger that Penny kept as a pet, but the victim died of blunt force trauma to the forehead, and was also shot in the back. With the dead man's millions at stake, Decker logically probes those who could have benefited from killing Penny. That potentially intriguing set-up devolves into a fairly dull procedural. And even series fans may lose patience at the large amount of time given to a subplot involving Decker's 17-year-old foster son, Gabe Whitman, a piano prodigy in love with a 16-year-old girl, which only serves to further burnish Decker and wife Rina's reputation for being Ã¼ber-caring parents." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Faye Kellerman is the author of twenty-seven novels, including twenty New York Times bestselling mysteries that feature the husband-and-wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. She has also penned two bestselling short novels with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, and recently teamed up with her daughter Aliza to cowrite a young adult novel, Prism—the story of four teens in an alternate universe. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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