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Die Schwingen des Todes (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #14)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,126 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Manchmal sind Familienbande eher lästig. Als Peter Decker einen Anruf aus New York erhält, dass der Schwager seines Halbbruders Jonathan erschossen aufgefunden wurde, kann sich der Lieutenant der Los Angeles Police der Bitte Jonathans, bei der Ermittlung zu helfen, nicht entziehen. So fliegt Decker gemeinsam mit Frau Rina Lazarus und Tochter Hannah nach New York, wohl wiss...more
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Sara Barton
Total Points -- 96 out of 100 -- 5 stars
Taunt psychological thriller that keeps the reader on pins and needles.

1. Plot -- 19 out of 20 Points

The interwoven stories of various characters mesh with the psychological twists and turns in a thriller that keeps readers guessing. Unpredictable, tense drama unfolds in the life of Lt. Peter Decker's family, sucking him into an abyss from which there is no real safety net for all the peril. Unofficially working a case that involves his barely known half-b...more
There are more than a dozen mystery novels in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series by Kellerman. I enjoy glimpses of the Jewish faith that is always a part of her stories. In this novel Orthodox Judaism, with very strict Chasidic practices, is strongly featured. Yet, no one is beyond sin, the Chasidic men turn out to be smugglers, dopers, customers of prostitution, etc.

Kellerman’s characters, especially the lead couple, are always well presented. In this story, a character from her book “Justice...more
Sheesh, could the plot have more machinations so it could include every character ever mentioned in every other Faye Kellerman novel?

Enough already with every character suffering sexual abuse.

Enough already with the super-purity of Rina.

Enough already. My last Faye Kellerman book.
This series just keeps going and maintains the standard.

Maybe not her best...but I think it is her best in the last few.

Total Points -- 96 out of 100 -- 5 stars
Taunt psychological thriller that keeps the reader on pins and needles.

1. Plot -- 19 out of 20 Points

The interwoven stories of various characters mesh with the psychological twists and turns in a thriller that k...more
One of Faye's weaker (confusing) plots, heavy on Judaism...

With more than a dozen entries in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, certainly each new book by Faye Kellerman is anxiously awaited by her fans. We have learned to tolerate a good deal of "discussion" (promotion?) of the Jewish faith as part of her stories because we love her characters, especially the lead couple, and the suspenseful mysteries which normally surround them. However, "Stone Kiss" left us a little cold on two fronts.

Apparently this is Book #14 in a series of books staring Lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife. It started off really good. A Jewish man is found naked and murdered in a sleezy New York Motel Room. He was supposed to be spending the day with his 15 year old niece, who is now missing. Peter Decker, resident of LA is called in, by his half-brother to help solve the crime and find the girl. Most of the characters are Jewish and it's full of info on the Jewish religion and culture. I didn't really th...more
This is the 14th in the Decker/Lazarus series and I really enjoyed this one. Having read the whole series I have found some of the series a bit lacking but overall I have enjoyed them. This was one of the better ones.

Back Cover Blurb:
'It was the stunned, pale look of bad news....'
The call is brief, but to the point. There has been a murder in the family of Lieutenant Decker's half brother, Rabbi Jonathan Levine. His brother-in-law, Ephraim Lieber, a Hassidic Jew and former drug addict, was found...more
Barbara Mitchell
This was my first Faye Kellerman mystery although I have read Jonathan Kellerman forever. Unfortunately this might be my last of hers. This is a good story with some good characters but it sort of left me cold.

It's one of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, and Peter and Rina are the really well-drawn characters. I did care what happened to them as I was reading, but with some of the others I just couldn't care less.

One of the best things about this novel is that it gave me a peek into a cultu...more
"Stone Kiss" by Faye Kellerman is a Jewish murder mystery. I enjoyed it.

FYI, I am an Orthodox Jew but not a Haredi (Black Hat) so I understand the conflict in the novel but unless you are Jewish, I'm not sure who else would understand it. You might get the wrong impression.

This is another murder mystery in the series of Peter Decker (Los Angeles detective) and Rina Lazarus (Orthodox Jewish woman) as they make their marriage work while trying to solve crimes.

The story: A member of the family in...more
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Mark Buehl
This may have been my first Peter Decker series book. I cannot remember reading others, but maybe they just were not as outstanding as this story. The plot, the characters and how Faye Kellerman wove them all together to get a story that was good, no great is amazing. The characters not only have depth, but have so many twists to their persona. Just when I thought I had one of the characters figured out, there was a twist and I was caught off guard, surprised and intrigued with the character all...more
Now that I've read two books featuring Chris Donatti, I've come to the conclusion that I don't like him (which isn't surprising) and I don't like the books he's in. I don't find him believable. I don't like the first person sections from Terry's perspective. And in this book, I didn't like Peters or Rina's actions. The ending wasn't satisfying. All in all, it was still an ok read, but nothing to get overly excited about.
This is the second Faye Kellerman murder mystery I've read. My Jewish friend loves them. I enjoy getting a peek at the Jewish culture through these books, but there is enough unexplained Jewish terminology that it's always a bit like traveling in a country speaking a foreign language, without a translation. Some of her characters aren't quite fleshed out, don't see quite believable. And I don't like it, frankly, that one of her main protagonists from the first book, a strong woman, has been rele...more
It took place in New York and with in a Jewish community but there was little impact to the story. Setting was almost generic and the Jewish custom an after thought. Both are set up as characters but the development is shallow. The story was entertaining but nothing that will be remembered a week after reading.
Sep 10, 2008 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults if I must
Shelves: heard, drama, suspense, crime
I've only listened to a few Kellerman books. This one wasn't my favorite.

Even though I've only heard a few I've already picked up on a theme. There isn't ever just ONE story. There always seems to be at least 2. Sometimes the 2 are related, or come to be related, sometimes they are as different as apples and oranges. Unfortunately, in the case of Stone Kiss, I'm not sure any of the story lines were done with great precision. I found myself thinking "I Don't Care" about certain story lines and ne...more
Peter Decker is a Lieutenent from LA, in NYC, to help find his half-brother's brother-in-law's murderer and missing niece. Eventually, he has to work with Chris Donatti, a mobster/gangster who is a pathologic murderer and even more! But, it turns out that Chris actually has a soul and isn't all bad. The writing was good but at times I was confused as to who/what -- esp when it seemed as if words or paragraphs or large sections had been omitted -- we'd be in someone's house, talking, eg, and the...more
Susan Ackland
This book will end my recent infatuation with all books Kellerman. I found the subject matter, which describes the intersection of prostitution, pornography, and illicit drugs, too ugly. I also found that the story line "fatally" depended far too much on impossibly fortuitous meetings of the characters; we always have to suspend some level of disbelief to read novels, but this was ridiculous. The one interesting thing I learned was about the 12 step-like programs that help Orthodox Jewish drug a...more
Dev Singer
I'm not even going to reread this one. I got partway through, remembered how obnoxious it is, and moved on. Mostly, I hate Donatti and what he manages to get away with.
I enjoyed this book as a fairly easy, quick read. It has deeper themes, but in the style of a fair number of the books in the mystery genre, it leaves them somewhat subtle. It's possible my giving this four stars is colored by the fact that the last Faye Kellerman book I read was Stalker, which was an incredible piece of tripe - emphatically the worst book of hers I've ever read - but I think even without having recently read Stalker, I'd have given Stone Kiss at least three stars.
I've read some of the later books in this series. This one seems to have more drive and fire than the others. The plot is complicated and I thought it was good. Keeping track of the characters took some rereading. I like Peter and Rina and I like the discussion and exposition of Judaism. As Pope John Paul II reminded us, the Jews are our elder brothers in the faith. I like their relationship and their respect for each other. I also like that the mystery was solved.
Fredrick Danysh
LAPD Lieutenant Pete Decker is called to New York to help his half-brother's wife track down the killer of her brother and the disappearance of her niece. Once in New York with his own wife and daughter things start downhill. An opponent from the past surfaces and attempts are made on the lieutenant and his wife. There is really no one that he can trust. The author conducts a lesson on Jewish beliefs in the storyline.
Vfields is happy!
I don’t remember why I stopped reading this series but I’ve missed a lot of the characters agenda and developments. I think the protagonist has become a bit of a wimp. Kellerman is still a good story teller. This was about when they’ve were called to NYC to help with another missing child and a murdered cousin. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had continued to read the series in order.
LANGUAGE!!!!!!!! Too bad about the language because the story is a good one. Peter Decker who is a police detective in LA goes to NY city to help his family solve a murder of one perwson and a disappearance of a teenager.What he finds is a snake pit of family secrets. He finds people he thinks he can trust but can't and others who shouldn't be trustworthy are actual help him.
Decker gets suckered into looking into a distant in-law's murder & the disappearance of a teenage girl. In the process of working the case, he enlists the help of a psychopathic pornographer he ran across the LA several years earlier. They hate each other, but have earned each other's grudging respect. Then Rina gets involved.... Pretty good story.
I enjoy reading Kellerman and this book was enjoyable, but not much more. I always learn something about the Jewish faith which is good but I also find it a bit confusing. I think a major problem with this book being a better read for me was that the plot line became a bit more unrealistic as the story progressed. Not sure I would recommend this book
The first time I read this book I really didn't care for it, the ending really left me feeling let down - and now I can't figure out why. I find I like it. I like the characters, it kept me reading, in fact pulled me through at a faster pace than I usually read books these days, so now I'd have to say it is one of my favourite books of Faye Kellerman.
Jacquelynn Fritz
This is Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus mystery set in the New York city area. Peter is asked by his half brother to help solve the murder of his wife's brother and to find his missing niece. This is a book about family, betrayal, and love of money. There is violence, but it is an interesting read that includes Jewish traditions.
I always enjoy the Decker/Lazarus series. This one had a few extra twists since it brought the characters to New York’s Orthodox community. Kellerman does a great job of keeping the Orthodox community realistic. The story had great plots and twists, but also had some particularly unrealistic moments. I enjoyed the book.
Andrea Knudson
I have enjoyed this series---some of the books more than others. As all of them do, this had lots of sub plots and interesting twists to consider. I always feel a rush to reach the end of the stories of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus and in reading these I've learned quite a lot about the Jewish faith and customs.
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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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