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Moon Music

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,613 ratings  ·  82 reviews
In the bleak wasteland of the Nevada desert, not far from the sparkling, 24-hour neon of the world famous Las Vegas Strip, the body of a once-beautiiful showgirl is discovered, horribly mauled and mutilated. It is a horrendous crime, shocking in its brutality, excessive even for a city celebrated for its excess. Seasoned police veteran and Vegas native Detective Sergeant R ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Avon (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jane
I usually enjoy this author but this book was quite ridiculous at the end. If I had known from the start it was a fantasy I probably wouldn't have bothered reading it.
Barbra
This is one of the author's stand-alone novels. Really didn't enjoy it all - in fact, I didn't finish it.

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Las Vegas. The Babylon of twentieth century America. A city on the edge of a desert, its inhabitants living on the edge of their nerves. Amongst them is Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe, assigned to the murder of a showgirl whose horrifically mauled body, Poe realises, has echoes of a twenty five year old unsolved case.
But the half-forgotten past is soon swamped by present anxi
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Jeri
I put down Faye Kellerman's MOON MUSIC in disappointment. I gave it a lot longer than I should have because I love her Peter Decker series, but this book was dismal. Well, not badly written, but all of the characters are weird, emotionally damaged, and too distant to take any real interest in. I miss the relationships and the character development in her other books. The story itself was also very strange, suspense more than mystery really. Not that I dislike suspense, but it just didn't work fo ...more
Laurel-Rain
This book follows the lives and loves of police detectives, casino bosses, hookers, and medical examiners in Las Vegas, Nevada. Toss in some mystery, murder, and mayhem with some cannibalism and shape-shifting, and Faye Kellerman’s “Moon Music” is a compelling read.

I definitely welcomed the opportunity to check out this book of Kellerman’s that I had missed along the way.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the ending—which I will not divulge for fear of creating a “spoiler”—was how there was s
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Iona
Disappointing. There is nothing to make this a thriller, and it the last quarter of the book is absolute fantasy with no depth or end. Of the characters, all of whom are damaged and egotistical, I only had empathy with one Emma - who actually is a distraction to the story and not a key player. I was not able to engage with the others. The author presented a Las Vegas that was unappealing - not just because she was showing a dark side but because none of the characters shone through.
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Barbara ★
This was a great mystery and has an interesting love triangle. Romulus Poe and Steven Jensen were children together though not friends. Now they work as as partners for the Las Vegas Police Department along with Patti Deluca. Steve is married to Allison who is in love with Romulus and Romulus is in love with her. The love triangle is interesting since Allison is totally nutso and manipulative. At the same time as this family situation is going on, they are investigating a brutal serial killer wh ...more
Claire
Feb 12, 2008 Claire rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people looking for something different and light (if a little gory)
I know this isn't part of Kellerman's "canon," but I was charmed by its quirky weirdness. I think I saw someone's comment saying this book reads as if written by a man, and I'm inclined to agree.

This book was an appealing (if gory) flight of fancy, deftly plotted and executed...nobody's taking home a Pulitzer or a NBA here, but does this book go into my beach bag every year? You bet.

The tiredest of tired cliches is "Don't judge a book by its cover," but close behind is "Don't judge a book by it
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Salsadancer
Police investigating Call girls getting killed in Las Vegas. The book was okay 3/4 of the way through, then got far-fetched and absurd. Faye Kellerman is Jonathan Kellerman's wife.
Jen
Romulus must discover who is brutally killing prostitutes and leaving them in the Las Vegas desert.

This was the first book I read by Faye Kellerman and I have to admit I was disappointed. Almost from the beginning I had reservations - when I learned the main character was Romulus who had a twin brother Remus. I thought, "you have got to be kidding me."

But in the end it was the bizarre nature of the plot that turned me off. To avoid giving away any spoilers, I'll leave it at that.
Sharon
It was...okay. Kind of hard to get through at points and I wasn't really happy with the way that it wrapped up. Like, not really at all. Maybe it'll come together better if I reread it, but I'm not really driven to do so. The characters were interesting but there was no one particularly engaging and, for me at least, the mystery wasn't much of one. Anyway, I'd say it was worth one read through at least.
Nancy Harmon
I usually enjoy this author, but if I didn't know better, I'd say this was written by an amateur. Many POV issues, and at one point a character changed from Pete to Joe and back again in the space of three pages. Time lines were often off. The writing was repetitive and it beats me why the reader needs a description of what every character is wearing when it adds nothing to the story.
Smitty
May 12, 2015 Smitty added it
As one of the reviews put it - it was a "departure" from her Decker/Lazarus books. Too far, just as I couldn't read Patterson's Angel-series. A good detective work doesn't need the supernatural to be mysterious. I know the reader is supposed to suspend their imagination, but this was beyond the breaking point for me. Too bad, I did relish the backdrop of Vegas and the test site.
Sarah
May 11, 2008 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I dont, I hated it.
I really hated this book.

it is set in las Vegas and has a lot of mormon references. She obviously did NO research on Mormons or culture or beliefs when she wrote this.

An interesting story, interesting plot, but all in all a terrible book. her very worst. Thank goodness I have read enough of her books to realize she was having a bad writing day. I do not recommend this book.
Robin
I don't like leaving negative reviews, but I really did not enjoy this. It started out OK but veered off in a bizarre direction that I was not prepared for. And in my opinion, Kellerman really didn't sell the material. Unlikable characters. Awkward writing. Poor pacing. I'm sorry, but I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone, not even Faye Kellerman fans. This is not her best work.
Marisa
I wouldn't have started reading if this if I knew what was coming at the end of the story. The characters were off-putting and just plain weird, for the most part. Plus, having lived in Las Vegas my entire adult life and growing up in the Mormon church, I couldn't help but notice several errors made by the author. I don't recommend this book.
Billie
I like all of the books Faye Kellerman has written with the characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus but this one not so much. I really didn't like the people in the book and even though I couldn't have imagined the bizarre ending, I had figured out who the killers were way before I got there. Not my favorite.
Emily
Interesting book, well written, with many twists. However, the premise in the final 1/4 of the book is so far-fetched, she kind of lost me. Don't want to say more as I don't want to spoil this book for anyone, but if you aren't into a heavy dose of fantasy, you might feel the same.
Erika
It was horrible. Mostly mediocre throughout, then the supernatural could-see-it-coming-a-mile-away "twist" at the end was just AWFUL. Horrendous. Why do I keep reading this woman? (Because I'm compulsive, once I read a couple of an author's books I read them all. Shame on me.)
Lynn
I was captivated by this book and the story it told, the characters were so unusual and I just couldn't put it down, I hope one day she will have sequel, I want to know more about Romulus.
International Cat Lady
WTF? If you like Kellerman's Lazarus/Decker mysteries, stick to them. This is something completely different, poorly written, and nonsensical.
Kim
hmm, too weird.
Helen
Aug 02, 2015 Helen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This book was utterly preposterous and far-fetched. Had I known this was going to turn out to be a supernatural fantasy rather than a detective novel, I would have skipped it.

To make matters worse, all of the main characters, with maybe the exception of Lieutenant Weinberg and his wife, were damaged, flawed, and unlikeable -- men cheating on their wives/girlfriends, women cheating on their husbands/boyfriends -- illicit relationships occurring all throughout the book. Also, this book paints bot
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Jim Dykstra
I enjoyed this book for the most part. Unlike many others I found the first half somewhat slow and boring but loved the plot twist and ending. Very Dean Koontz-like. I did struggle with having empathy or sympathy for a group of men for whom sex with prostitutes seemed to be a way of life. Never been to Vegas; hope that's not the reality if the city. The book was rather long but overall a good read.
Joanne
This was my first Faye Kellerman book I have read. It was a bit weird in parts and I might have a break before I pick up another of her books. Reviewers say that her writing is usually pretty good so I will reserve judgment before I write her off (excuse the pun).
Alice Andersen
The book was a page turner in the beginning and I was looking forward to see how the murders were done. However, the author couldn't explain it without supernatural forces at work and that was a big disappointment and not fair to the reader.
Anne Oswald
An interesting departure, although I found the "femme fatale" Allison, particularly unlikable.
Nancy
New characters, hmmmm
Romulus Poe a detective of the LVPD homicide bureau has a murderer on his hands that gouges an tears at the flesh of his victims. These murders are connected to people who are very close to him. Strange characters in this story including the main one. A woman who thinks she is a werewolf, a childhood friend. The man who married this woman who is also a police detective and all the surrounding characters. Also an indictment of nuclear weapons testing in the Nevada dessert. In
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Les
This was a very good story. Fay Kellerman used a new detective Sergent Romulus Poe. He is part American Indian. The story takes place in Las Vegas, NV. It starts out with a murder of a Las Vegas showgirl. The characters of the story are very ture to life. She also tells about the Naveda Test sites which brings a lot of history and action to the story. The ending of the story leaves you thinking. It is a well written story and is different than what Fay usually writes.
Barbara Tiede
Featuring the usual intelligent detection, but otherwise far removed from the Faye Kellerman I’m used to. Set in Nevada and featuring the troubled but immensely likeable Las Vegas Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe, the story is fast-paced and dynamic, littered with slightly off-kilter characters and mauled and mutilated murder victims, with a whopping helping of abnormal psychology stirred in.
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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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