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Grievous Sin (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #6)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,873 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Who could steal a newborn baby from her mother? As Peter and Rina Decker discover, all too many people. An overly trusting nurse, a case of blackmail, and a vengeful weight lifter set the stage for Kellerman's most chilling and complex novel yet.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by William Morrow & Company (first published June 3rd 1993)
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Magpie67
Ever had that deja vu experience while reading a book? While a certain amount of characters were familiar and last I left off... Peter's wife was pregnant... I'm sure I hadn't read this book. And yet... maybe I read the first few chapters but had to return the title to the library???? Anyway... It was great to get back into the lives of Peter and Rina, their family life and the detectives working a case. I love Peter! In fact a case with Peter Decker and Harry Bosch would be awesome to read. Old ...more
Kelly ...
Jan 06, 2016 Kelly ... rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I'm sorry but this book is not worth the time I spent reading it. It was contrived and nothing about it felt real. I found the decisions made by Peter and Rina when they found themselves smack in the middle of this mystery were all off. Nothing they did made sense. The plot felt like it was being forced upon the reader and that we were only feeling scared or sad because we were told to feel that way. It was like a bad movie that uses bad music to cue the appropriate emotional reaction. I hope th ...more
Sherri F.
4.5 stars! I love the Decker/Lazarus series. This is the 7th book so far I've read/listened to in this series, and Grievous Sin was one of my favorites (top 2 or 3 at least) so far. This is the book the Rina has Baby Hannah. I was glad Hannah was born healthy but felt for Rina that because to apparently save her life, the dr. had to give Rina a hysterectomy and couldnt have any more kids. Luckily, she already had her 2 sons from her deceased husband and not Hannah with Decker, but she wanted mor ...more
Rory
Finally, Faye Kellerman shows off the masterpiece that she's always been capable of writing, but hadn't gotten to yet up to this point because she was still trying to find her way with these characters and with her burgeoning skills at writing mysteries. "Grievous Sin" is a vast improvement over the previous plodding, dull "False Prophet," Kellerman's plotting is much, much tighter than it ever has been before, and she's finally confident in who Peter Decker, Rina Lazarus, Marge, Cindy, and all ...more
Barbra
May 13, 2008 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixth in the series and as good as ever.

Back Cover Blurb:
Minutes after Sergeant Peter Decker witnesses his wife give birth to their first child his policeman's instinct tells him something's wrong, something the doctors are not telling him. He is right, and in the midst of his wife's trauma he begins to suspect something else is awry in the hospital. The disappearance of a new-born baby, together with that of the nurse in charge of the post-natal unit, confirms once again that Decker's instincts
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Chris
Nov 06, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back Cover Blurb:
Minutes after Sergeant Peter Decker witnesses his wife give birth to their first child his policeman's instinct tells him something's wrong, something the doctors are not telling him. He is right, and in the midst of his wife's trauma he begins to suspect something else is awry in the hospital. The disappearance of a new-born baby, together with that of the nurse in charge of the post-natal unit, confirms once again that Decker's instincts were correct - but this time he is the
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Rebecca
Jul 03, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Faye Kellerman/Jonathan Kellerman fan, so any of their books is a nice treat for me...a return to the characters I've grown to practically know since the early 90's. How this one escaped from me I don't know, but it's the 5th Rina/Peter novel in the series, so somehow I missed it. It was good to be able to go back and fill the gap in their relationship; the book deals with the birth of their daughter and the subsequent kidnapping/murder case that hits so close to home for the family. If yo ...more
Ada Iaboni
Oct 20, 2015 Ada Iaboni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Faye Kellerman gives us a very good story. Her main character, Peter Decker, is not a hot dog like many other detectives in other books, but he works a case and keeps doing it until it comes together and solves it. Most of the cases start out slow or with a crime that's barely a crime and he pulls those strings and it gets to be a whole lot bigger and nastier... and He solves it... most of the time.
This one was a good one!
Gizmology
Feb 06, 2008 Gizmology rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime novel junkies
I just found a box of books in the basement and started rereading stuff I devoured a few years ago in a big murder mystery phase. What I like about the Faye Kellerman books is that I don't remember the endings of them, and they're fun to read again and still suspenseful. One thing about her writing is that she has written some of the truly most horrendous sentences I have ever read in popular fiction; for example, she is the proud author of this gem from _Greivous Sin_:"Marge happily chewed her ...more
Marti
Dec 03, 2011 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should begin by saying that I was confused by the author's use of the term 'layette' to denote the newborn's bed in the hospital nursery. I checked in the dictionary, and sure enough, what it said was that it refers to the clothes for a baby. This seemed to be rather confusing at times. Besides the murder mystery. it is a happy time for Sergeant Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus, as they have just had a healthy baby girl, but said because Rina has problems with the afterbirth, and has to have a ...more
LJ
GRIEVOUS SIN - Okay
Kellerman, Faye - 6th in series

Peter and Rina are delighted with their newborn baby girl, but the scene at the Los Angeles hospital is a nightmare. Budget cutbacks and staff shortages so compromise security in the nursery that Peter, the ever-anxious cop, worries about his family's safety. Then a baby is kidnapped and a respected nurse vanishes along with her. Peter, his tough-talking partner Marge, and Peter's eager older daughter Cindy, pursue a twisted path of hospital poli
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Rosemarie
Jun 09, 2014 Rosemarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter and Rina have their baby, but someone has stolen a baby from the nursery Baby Decker is in. And the chase begins. Every time I thought I had figured out whodunnit, I was wrong. Then, when I finally got it, I was surprised by the motive and how all the pieces fit. Great plot twists! Loved it.
Eyre
Nov 11, 2013 Eyre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if what I'm about to say will make sense, but I just want everyone to understand that I am not trying to be mean when I say it.

There are some authors whose books I just don't like to read. Faye Kellerman is one of them. It isn't because they're boring or poorly written. It's just difficult for me to stay engaged with them when they are in print form. Now, while I don't enjoy reading her books, I love listening to the audio book versions. She creates intriguing plots and characters
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Morris Maram
Oct 07, 2014 Morris Maram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I am a loyal reader. I find an author that I like and then try and read all the books that she has written. I find all her books enjoyable and nice reads
Dev Singer
Apr 01, 2014 Dev Singer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Kellerman books. I love Cindy with the baby! Though - I also want to scream at her for being stupid.
Tara
Jan 04, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Grievous Sin, Peter and Rina are at the hospital due to their baby's birth. The whole clan makes appearances throughout the novel. Cindy, Decker's oldest daughter, becomes very attached to her new sibling and spends time with her in the nursery. When a baby goes missing Peter and Cindy are pulled into trying to find the baby and a missing nurse.

I love how Faye Kellerman develops real characters, and some how balances between the mystery and Peter and Rina's life.
Simone
Jul 29, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2015
Best One Yet!

Going in, I knew I would enjoy this 6th instalment in the series because up until now I haven’t been disappointed.

I think it was the best yet! It was the perfect mix of “work” and “home” in Decker’s story. Interesting developments in both, and specifically on the work-side the gutter talk was gone. Thank God.

I have to say that I did find the ending a little confusing, but that’s my reoccurring problem of having difficulties keeping track of many characters at one time. It didn’t rui
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Sara Tuschen
Better than the last book in the series. The characters are okay, but not magnetic.
Cynfully Sweet


There are books that I read, that I don't like, but I understand why others like them. I don't understand how *anyone* likes this book, it's that bad. Worst 5 dollars I ever spent.

I left my notes on my desk at work, so I can't finish this review at present time. But I will say that not only was I shocked at how basic police procedure was thrown to the wind, but also the borderline racist comments the detectives made. I'd hate to have these detectives on my case. Hate it!..

Review to come.
Mar
Jun 28, 2015 Mar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series and how it explores their family life as well as detective cases. In this one, I thought the involvement of his daughter in the case was unrealistic.
Julia Walker
Feb 06, 2014 Julia Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange plot but good read. The sins of the father come into play - sins carried down through the years because forgiveness is never offered.
Tomi
Jan 26, 2016 Tomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Decker/Lazarus books. Always enjoyable!
Sherree
Jun 01, 2015 Sherree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this because I knew it would be a fast, light read, and it was. I continue to enjoy this series.
Noel
May 20, 2015 Noel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice interlude about Rina
Mii
Apr 01, 2015 Mii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read!
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absolutely breathtaking!! I read this whilst I was in hospital having spinal surgery. I tell you, it kept me from thinking of the pain! couldnt put the book down, even read it whilst in the car home from hosp! definitely kept me on my toes!
Linda
Jan 19, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple plot, and some interesting aspects to the story.
Tina
Sep 20, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm. I read Faye Kellerman for the first time and...I like her as an author! Learning about Jewish Traditions. .
Adrienne
Only finished this because I am apparently a masochist. Really, I mean REALLY boring.
Sari Lynn
Sep 28, 2009 Sari Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed this book as much as I did Faye Kellerman's earlier Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus books. Her characters are more substantial than those of many other mystery writers, and I enjoy watching them and their relationships grow over the series.

I particularly liked the interwoven relationships of the various characters, and I have to admit that the mystery itself kept me guessing to the end.

I'm looking forward to reading more of Kellerman's books.
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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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