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Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #10)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,870 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
A lone gunman walks into a trendy L.A. restaurant, and seconds later a terrifying mass murder transforms it into a slaughterhouse. Even Lieutenant Peter Decker, with over twenty years of law enforcement experience, is horrified at the sight of the dead and injured. Enough of the triggerman's face remains to identify him as former bartender and would-be actor Harlan Manz. I ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Avon Books (first published 1997)
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Apr 07, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Though not her strongest offering, Serpent's Tooth isn't the weakest Decker novel either. The book has an excellent opening. Kellerman makes you care about a scattered group of people in just a few pages - and then brutally murders a large number of them.

The pacing of the story is good despite the ultimate frustration: knowing who the killer is and not being able to prove it. Instead of letting this knowledge (shared by both readers and characters) slow the book down and just make it out-and-ou
Aug 05, 2011 Erika rated it it was ok
I believe this is the book where she introduces the character Webster, who hails from Mississippi. She uses hackneyed dialog for him, and the blatantly bad accent is ridiculous. The worst thing was having him refer to one person as "y'all" - that is NEVER done in the real south. We know that y'all means a group of people, it's always used collectively... duh. But then, in her later work (Street Dreams) she paints the south horribly - racially, and esthetically: "Yaakov, there are places in the g ...more
May 09, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#10 in the Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series.

#10 - Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery - A former employee of a ritzy restaurant opens fire there, killing 13 people and wounding dozens; then he commits suicide. Or so it seems, until LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and his team spot inconsistencies. Fatal bullets came from several directions; a single gunman could not have sprayed so many shots; and one murdered couple left an estate worth millions. Decker suspects their daughter, Jeanine Garri
Laura Ruetz
Jul 26, 2014 Laura Ruetz rated it really liked it
This is one of the earlier Decker novels and although I am reading it out of order, it is still enjoyable. The good thing about these books is that the author tends to give you the background information that you need in order to know who the characters are without bogging down the story. This is a very enjoyable book with several twists that will make you want to keep reading. I found that I actually enjoyed this more than some of the author's more recent Decker novels, the writing is tighter, ...more
Nick Davies
Bought as part of a multi-author budget pack of eight thrillers a while ago, it was a decade before I got round to reading this. I can't say I massively regretted waiting that long.

This was a fairly standard American police procedural, starting with a shooting in an restaurant, then progressing through aspects of money and high society and drugs and teenagers and manipulation. Most of the plot, even though it lost me at times, was pretty interesting and decent, and the writing style was easy to
Twee sterren lijkt weinig voor een boek dat ik twee keer heb gelezen. Ik weet niet wat ik de eerste keer van het boek vond, want ik kon me namelijk niet meer herinneren dat ik dit boek gelezen had. Vandaar dat ik het nu voor de tweede keer heb gelezen. Gaandeweg kwam ik er achter dat het verhaal me toch wel erg bekend voor kwam, maar omdat ik het einde niet meer wist, heb ik het toch uitgelezen. Het verhaal begint sterk en de ontknoping komt ook wel op een leuke manier tot stand. Verder leest he ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
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Dec 19, 2009 Barbra rated it liked it
This is the 10th in the Decker/Lazarus series. Love this series and this is one of the good ones of the series.

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A busy night at an elegant restaurant. Minutes later a gunman opens fire. Thirteen people are dead, dozens wounded, the medics working frantically to save them. Your worst nightmare. But at least the culprit seems clear. An ex-employee ambled up to the bar then sprayed the room with bullets, finally turning the gun on himself. But Lieutenant Peter Decker, in charge of t
Rosabelle Purnama
Oct 25, 2010 Rosabelle Purnama rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
This book was just okay for me. Maybe because this is the 10th book in the series, but the first that I've read of Peter Decker or anything from Faye Kellerman on that matter, the story is a bit off for me. I couldn't really connect with the main character.

The story is about a mass shooting that's happened in an upscale restaurant that leads to the other events, which makes Lieutenant Peter Decker suspicious that the mass murderer was not the one dead on the scene, killing himself.

Although it i
Felix Zilich
Oct 14, 2011 Felix Zilich rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Вооруженный психопат пришел в ресторан и начал стрелять по посетителям. Когда количество трупов уже превысило три десятка, он прекратил огонь и вышиб себе мозги из собственного оружия. В самоубийце позднее опознали бывшего официанта этого заведения, который незадолго до инцидента был уволен за ссору с пьяным клиентом. На первый взгляд преступление не вызывало никаких вопросов, но именно из-за этой безупречности инспектор Пит Келлер стал впервые подозревать в случившемся конспирацию. Вскоре он бы ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Peggy rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus series. Peter is a homicide detective and Rina is his very Orthodox Jewish wife. Peter balances his life in the real gritty world of crime with his desire to live an Orthodox lifestyle with Rina. The contrast plays nicely as Peter is trying to solve a mass murder at a posh restaurant. He hones in his main suspect but can't make any headway between the politics of the high society types and the cunning of his opponent. This is fast pa ...more
Kelly ...
Jan 06, 2016 Kelly ... rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
A mystery should have good twists, turns and surprises, and this one does. I would go so far as to say that the mystery in this book is more fully explored that the crime in most of the nine previous novels.

I have always loved the exploration of the main characters' personal lives. That is my favorite aspect of her books. And this one is no different. In fact, in this one we learn more about the kids' lives which is fantastic.
Jun 07, 2013 Fussfehler rated it liked it
I first heard about Faye Kellerman at a presentation at the synagogue about Jewish themed mysteries. That was a few years ago. Based on that, I picked "The Ritual Bath" for my book club, and I was disappointed. I don't really remember "The Ritual Bath," but I think Serpent's Tooth is better. The characters are nicely fleshed out, and the plot is cleverly drawn: a random shooting planned as cover for a contract murder. Surely it takes the coldest of cold, cruel villains to plan and execute such a ...more
Midhun LC
Nov 18, 2015 Midhun LC rated it liked it
One of the early books I had read when i was just beginning to read novels.I had a hard time then to continue my reading as i got distracted plenty of times.However I managed to finish it finally.
The plot is not explosive,the investigation is pretty slow but there are a lot of characters involved and its more than just the solving of a puzzle.
Mar 03, 2008 Cynthia rated it it was ok
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Karen Hufman
Aug 25, 2015 Karen Hufman rated it really liked it
I enjoy this series! Peter is assigned what appears to be a cut and dried albeit horrific case: 13 people are apparently murdered by a deranged gunman in an upscale restaurant. Upon further investigation, he feels all is not what it seems. As usual, I read these books out of sequence but it's not a problem following the story.
Dec 19, 2012 Rory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
A much richer view of Decker's professional life and family life than previous novels in the series have offered. The suspect of the central case is obvious enough so that the mystery here isn't so intriguing and doesn't require as much attention. But that fortunately gives more room to character traits that have been sorely missed, and gives a new path in life to Cindy, Decker's daughter. Kellerman finally uses her pages not to drag out the case, but to give us more of the reasons we read this ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Lynette rated it liked it
Pretty good effort. Sometimes the author hits you pretty hard with the Jewish lifestyle but just enough in this book to be informative and interesting. I am reading this series out of order but this book stands on its own with a good plot and believable charactgers.
Ada Iaboni
Oct 31, 2015 Ada Iaboni rated it really liked it
This is the first of this series that I've read that started with a huge crime and goes from there. Of all the others I've read, they all start with what appears to be a "common" easy crime that goes into a big case.
This one was very a intricate case with a very devious woman at the center.
Apr 08, 2016 Gerry rated it it was ok
More convoluted than necessary. Decker solves a case involving murder for hire -- rich couple’s daughter dupes several young men into setting up a mass murder in which her parents are the real targets.
Mar 15, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
# 10 in the Decker series. Comfort reads between some serious and action-packed stuff like Nesbø....
Decker and his team investigate the massacre that occurred when a fired employee did a killing spree in the restaurant he used to work at. A bunch of small details don't match, as if there were two guns or two gunmen instead of just one killer. So off they go to find out who's behind it all and why.
Usually I love the characters introduced in the series. But in this one they didn't seem as new or o
Jul 30, 2014 Rosemarie rated it really liked it
This story was so intriguing, I read the book in four days! At first, I was unsure of who was behind the mass shooting; then, I was unsure who else was involved and how Decker could gather enough evidence to convict.

I'm already reading the next book and realized I hadn't done a review on this one! GREAT series!!!
Jun 01, 2008 Adornable rated it liked it
The first two chapters are chock full of pulp fiction cliches and bizarre turns of phrases. It was the fact that it was a "New York Times Bestseller" that kept me reading though. I am glad I did. Ms. Kellerman finally gets out of Hacksville and into real storytelling after the third chapter.

I really like the relationship Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus have and how they work through their issues together and individually. It made me think alot about my relationship I have with my husband.

I only w
Connie Mollo
Jan 24, 2016 Connie Mollo rated it liked it
Not one of Kellerman's best stories. The mystery starts off with a bang first chapter with a mass murder and then the story sleeps till about the last couple of chapters.
Mar 09, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it
There is a horrific mass murder that takes place in a restaurant. Of course, it is Peter Decker's case. I liked the book for a few reasons: It all makes sense at the end; I like the relationship aspects that Kellerman brings out; Because I am Jewish, I somewhat like the way the Jewishness of the family is woven in. However, I thought that some of the dialogue was stilted. It just didn't sound the way I believe some people talk. The story moved along fairly well. I think if I had read all the boo ...more
michelle butler
Apr 12, 2014 michelle butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a good read

I love the mystery that Faye Kellerman provides almost as much as I love the family, diversity, and Jewish culture. Her novels are always a winner in my eyes!
Larry Piper
Mar 15, 2016 Larry Piper rated it liked it
I think I read the first in this series, or an early one at least, some 15 years ago, and rather liked it. The series being the one about the cop who took up being an Orthodox Jew so as to get the woman he loved. So, remembering this, I picked up this book from a book table at a church fair.

I didn't like this book nearly so much. I didn't like the main character and I didn't like the subject matter. It was all too crude for my tastes. This is an ok book if you are on a plane, get it free (or cl
May 06, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Faye Kellerman nails it, again. This has become a favorite series because of the hard-hitting drama, blended family insights, brilliant criminal mystery, and a touch of Judaism for education's sake. Pure murder mystery entertainment.
Jamie Holloway
Jan 28, 2016 Jamie Holloway rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. My first one of Kellerman. I have another book to read by her.
Laurie D'ghent
May 20, 2014 Laurie D'ghent rated it did not like it
A distinct and persistent obsession with men's crotches. Ick. Pass
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Faye 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 ...more
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