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Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #20)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,878 ratings  ·  423 reviews
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are back in this gripping mystery involving a secret cabal of some of Los Angeles' most wealthy--and vicious--teens

LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman, the son of a troubled former friend, into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker know
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by William Morrow & Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Susan Johnson
When I pick up a Decker/Lazarus book, I expect to find them to be the subject of it. They were barely in this one. First of all, Pete and Rina really took a back seat in this one and the story suffered for it. Second of all, I have about zero interest in reading about a 14 year old girl and a 15 year old boy's love affair. Frankly, some of the scenes were soft core porn and I was very uncomfortable. There is nothing appealing about a boy having sex with a girl that he's unsure of whether she's b ...more
The major plot lines were definitely standard Faye Kellerman; they could have merited four stars had her writing on this one not been so lackluster. I felt like a quarter of the book was text conversations, and a third was teenage sex. I'll be honest; none of the Donetti-centered books are my favorites in the series. But this time, Rina's gentle wit was almost absent, Decker seemed to have lost his spark, and the squadroom wit and fun was noticeably absent. There was hardly even much food talk. ...more
I have no interest in teen age romance. If I wanted teen romance I would read Twilight. I sure as hell have no interest in a 15 year old's boners nor do I have interest in a 14 year old girl who is so insecure she will put out for no reason even though she is obviously not enjoying it. The poor girl seems to have no sense of self. Can I jerk you off? What about asking him to reciprocate? They do tell girls about orgasms in sex ed. I expected more from a woman who created Rina Lazarus and Cindy D ...more
I liked this enough to finish it, and the basic concept was fine, and held my attention. I have two main issues with the book-- okay, three. The first is that two plot lines, a police inquiry and a personal one, combine into one. Not sure how probable that is, and it was a little too tidy for me. Secondly, I never really got how one of the main characters, a fifteen-year-old, came to be in the home of a police officer in an unofficial fostering capacity, when his father is a "bad guy." (Maybe th ...more
I was frankly disapinted in this novel and decided I had to write about the Lazarus/

This may the worst of her latest novels yet! If I want to read teenage angst and prblems- and I really do not tp be honest. When I was younger and
that age, sure. However, this narrative does NOTHING for people who have followed the Lazarus/Decker family and now its additional teens. What I DO want to know
is how Hannah is and where she is. Yes, I KNOW she is at university and seems to be the goody two shoes she a
Luanne Ollivier

I started reading Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series way back in 1986 when it first started. I haven't kept up with the last three or four books, so I thought I would pick up Gun Games, the 20th entry in this long running series.

Lieutenant Decker is petitioned by a distraught mother to investigate her son's death. It has been ruled a suicide, but she can't accept it. Decker agrees - and finds that her mother's instincts may be right. When another student at the same school als
I like Fay Kellerman's writing and her creation of Rina and Peter Decker. In this next installment of the series, the Decker's have invited Gabe, a 15-year-old piano prodigy, to live with them because his father is a sociopath and his mother has disappeared (see Hangman for that story.) When a teenager in the community commits suicide, Lieutenant Decker is guilt-tripped into checking into it by the mother who can't believe her son would do that. And so we are introduced into the world of high sc ...more
Helen McKenna
Having been a fan of the Peter Decker series since the very first book, there have been some titles I have enjoyed more than others. While this was still a good read and I had no trouble finishing it, I wouldn't say it was one of my favourites. There are two reasons for that - one is that Decker was hardly in the story. I enjoy reading about his skill as a detective, so it's really disappointing when he had almost nothing to do with the investigation. Secondly there is almost nothing about his f ...more
Elana Centor
Huge disappointment. This book focuses on Gabe Whitman, the teenager who isliving with the Deckers. Gabe's father is Chris Donatti, a mafia guy, and a recurring character in this series. Much of the book is about the love story between Gabe and Yasmine, a young Persian Jewish girl. They are brought together by their love of music.

The mystery resolves around two teen suicides at a prestigious private high school. Besides having to suffer through pages of "text billet doux" between Gabe and Yasmi
This is one of my favorite detective series, and Faye Kellerman did not disappoint with this book. In the last book she brought in the new character Gabe, and she did a great job developing him in this installment. It is a fast-paced, but also personal story. I am anticipating the next book to see what she has in store for her newest characters, and the old ones too!
Actually, 3.5. Reason? About 50% of the story is about Decker's 15-year-old foster son, piano prodigy Gabe Whitman, who meets a shy 14-year old LA/Persian Jewish girl, falling, apparently and mutually, head-over-heels for each other. He's a horny, 15-year old boy, but she's been raised as an Orthodox Jew in a very strict home, and the sex talk...then scenes...are more graphic and in-your-face than what I remember of previous books in this series. I'm not a prude (at all!), but she was so young a ...more
This was the worst book by Faye Kellerman. Ever. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Is the book about Decker and Rina anymore or really about Gabriel Whitman? You know a series has run its course when it starts relying on superfluous characters to flesh out a story. This was below Kellerman's talents as an author and to see this plot developed in a book in conjunction with characters I have loved since I was in college is tasteless and demeaning to fans of the series and to Ms. Kell ...more
In South Africa, this book is published under the name "Blood Games" - it should come with a warning label.

Frankly this is the worse book from Faye Kellerman I have ever read. I felt compelled to finish it as I have always loved the author.

The relationship between Gabe and Yasmine started off rather sweet but quickly turned very un Faye Kellerman like. I am a Mom of many teenagers and am by no stretch a woman who is close minded when it comes to sexual intimacy. I am also not naive in thinking m
I couldn't wait to read this book. Ever since Chris Donatti walked back into this series, he's had such a magnetic hold on Peter and Rina and his son, musical prodigy Gabe, has been no different. Gabe becomes a major player in this book for two reasons. While he is not a gangster like his father, his father taught him how to keep his head and when he's confronted by gangbanger wannabes with guns in Starbucks, Gabe not only keeps his head but earns their respect. He immediately switches coffee sh ...more
Faye Kellerman is a wonderful author who usually has me eating out of her hand from the first page. I usually find myself enjoying learning a bit of Judaic law that she skillfully weaves in with the mystery/suspense themes that are at the heart of her Decker and Lazarus novels. In Gun Games she takes on teen bullying at an elite private school in LA, along with the expected drugs, sex, and guns. Two apparent teen suicides, a relationship between a 15 year-old boy--staying with Peter Decker and R ...more
Gun Games by Faye Kellerman is a book centered around Gabe Whitman, Gabe lives with Detective Decker and his wife Rina. They took him under there wing after his mother fled to india and his father not thinking it was best for him to stay with him, left Gabe with the Deckers. From this point the story takes a split. One side of the story is about Detective Whitman's cause involving a suicide at a local prep school, Bell and Wakefield. The ther side of the story involves Gabe and a girl he meets a ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wholeheartedly!
I have read almost all of the Decker/Lazarus mysteries and I have loved them. This book was no exception. Given that I know the background of the Decker family, the addition of Chris was not new for me. The mystery of the apparent suicide of a teenage boy, his mother's skepticism, and the connection to the private school (and its teachers and students) he attended is detailed with good twists and a great outcome--as others have said, the last part of the book is fantastic.
What did surprise me is
Elaine Bergstrom
Authors can either rejoice or tear their hair when one of the marginal characters in their series takes on a life of his own. So it was with Chris Donnetti, and later son Gabe, in the Decker/Lazarus novels. Who can't relate to a charismatic, brilliantly gifted psychopathic hit man who relates to his son via their shared talent for classical music? Hannibal would adore these two. As do I, so it was good to see them back in action in "Gun Games" -- a novel that takes the problems of star-crossed t ...more
It's been a while since I've read one of Faye Kellerman's books. I have enjoyed the Lazarus/Decker series over the years. In this installment Rina and Peter take second place to the main character, Gabriel Whitman, son of mobster Chris Donatti. Gabe is living with the Deckers temporarily. He's 15, a gifted pianist, and independent. He falls in love with Yasmine, a Jewish Persian girl, and the two of them sneak behind all the adults' backs to meet. Yasmine attends a posh prep school where two tee ...more
I enjoyed the older Faye Kellerman books, so I was looking forward to reading her latest starring Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Unfortunately they were side characters and the book focused heavily on a teenage boy, Gabe, who is living in their home. He has a forbidden love affair with a Persian teenage girl and their story runs parallel to Decker trying to solve cases of puzzling teenage suicides. I read more about the inner thoughts of teenage boys and their sex lives than I EVER wanted to kno ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Gabe Whitman Donatti is living with the Deckers and becomes involved with a young Persian Jewish girl (Yasmine) whose parents would disapprove of their relationship so they sneak around.

Meanwhile Peter is investigating the suicides of Gregory Hesse and Myra Gelb, students at a prestigious prep school, whose suicides are suspicious due to missing items and stolen guns. Both deaths seem to involve Dylan Lashay the big man on campus and his "gang". Put Peter is having trouble pinning Dylan to the
Hestia Istiviani
I read in English but this review is written in Bahasa Indonesia

Pertama kali kenal dengan tulisan Faye Kellerman yakni dari salah satu teman yang dengan membawakan judul Hangman. Setelah selesai membaca petualangan Peter Decker dan Rina Lazarus, menurutku tidak ada salahnya untuk mencoba membaca kasus mereka yang lain. Dan piihanku jatuh pada judul ini. Selain karena masih ada hubungannya dari Hangman, judul ini diobral di situs Periplus.

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I love the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. I have been reading them since the beginning. For the last while i was abit "lost" and not as into the books but this book brought me right back to Faye Kellerman and this series. She is a wonderful mystery story teller.
Highly recommend but to get to know the characters - i really suggest going right to the beginning and learning about how Peter and Rina came together - a love story wrapped into excellent mystery/thrillers.

Well worth the reading!
Not sure what happened to my review of Gun Games. I am disapointed that Faye Kellerman has chosen to make Gabe Whitman the new focal point of her books as Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are wonderful characters, and their family life and relationship are what has endeared her to her fans. In this story, Gabe and a Persian girlfriend are bullied by a group of popular kids from their prestigious school and Peter has to solve the crime.
Garden Girl
I have enjoyed Faye Kellerman in the past, however, I don't select her books to read a coming of age story. This read like a morality tale for teen-aged boys. There were mean girls, sweet girls, and dangerous mean boys and our hero, Gabe. He was a musical genius abandoned - sort of- by his mother and father - who called and sent him money.
Therefore he lived with the Deckers. He meets a sweet Persian girl from a wealthy family and they fall in love.
There are way too many scenes of them making out
G.H. Monroe
In "On Writing", Stephen King makes reference to that moment when you read a book that some publishing house paid for and think, "I can write better than this". This was another one of those moments for me. The storyline is a cute, coming of age story and it was what kept me going. The main character, Gabe Whitman is a too good to be true kid who is a world class pianist, a great student, is able to disarm two gunmen who are holding he and his girlfriend at gunpoint and speaks several languages. ...more
This book was not about Decker/Lazarus. It was a verging on soft porn teenage romance. Although I am not a teenager, I have one living in my house, and I don't think this had an authentic teenage voice. I felt that profanity was tossed around in this book for shock value and overall I thought the story was lackluster. Having followed this series for a long time, I am disappointed.
Mary Clark
I read tons of young adult fiction. Kellerman had no sense of YA dialogue. If this had been the first book I read by her, I'd never read another. Do we really need to know what Decker's coworkers are wearing every day? One of those books that made me glad I'm a speed reader, so I could skim through and see if it improved. It didn't.
Jacquelin Siegel
I can't believe that I actually found myself missing the Pete and Rena arguments that often occur in the earlier books of the series. I really did not like the huge number of pages devoted to Gabe and Yasmine's young love. I do not recommend this book, even to Decker fans.
So, in a sentence - this story has unbelievable coincidences with teens that sound nothing like teens and long, detailed descriptions of underage teens having sex.

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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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Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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