Street Dreams (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #15)
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Street Dreams (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #15) (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #15)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,903 ratings  ·  84 reviews
While on routine patrol, LAPD Officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn abandoned in an alley dumpster.
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Published August 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing
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I read this book several years ago but had forgotten the main storyline, so when it came back to me in a swap with a friend, I decided to re-read it.

While it is labeled a Decker/Lazarus novel, the main plot features Cindy Decker, Peter's daughter, with Peter and Rina’s story playing second fiddle.

Sometimes, this far into a series, the author assumes that readers ‘know’ the main characters well enough that he or she doesn’t need to tell us much about them. Kellerman draws them well enough that un...more
Chilly SavageMelon
Once again, the expense of used books where I currently live has lead me to a strange choice. This was found literally lodged behind a shelf in the teacher's lounge and I said "what the hell". I've enjoyed some of her husband's stuff in the past.

But to be clear: this is a romance/thriller hybrid. It's not that the writing was "bad", I burned through it in a quick read, it just isn't good. It's fluffy. There is nothing dark about it. Well, the notion of a mentally challenged woman being gang-rape...more
I am in the process of re reading this entire series.. I think that this one is fabulous and I am adding a star..
Fun read starring Decker's cop daughter Cindy !

With more than a dozen books in the popular Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker series, Faye Kellerman's new books are normally anxiously awaited by her fans. We've come to enjoy the clever mysteries solved by this conservative Jewish couple, with fairly detailed expositions of the Jewish religion part of the nominal price of admission. In one earlier book, "Stalker", Decker's daughter by his first marriage, Cindy, now an LAPD officer, was the central charac...more
Do't let my poor rating discourage every reader. This book is quite well-written, chocked full of interesting characters and some interesting background on these characters. The writing is crisp and clear with some nice similes, metaphors, and some catchy dialogue.

However-- even the most interesting characters cannot salvage this hodge podge of a story. Kellerman cannot decide whether she wants this to be a romance novel or a crime novel. She lets each interfere with the other. She allows the ro...more
just me
Another solid story by Kellerman. Good characters, set-up, & interplay. Would have appreciated translations for ALL of the Hebrew. (Most was translated or could be extrapolated from the text, but there were a couple of things that couldn't be --- and the online translation programs didn't come up with anything.) Nicely-done character nuance & exploration of personal issues, but this doesn't overwhelm the detective story.
Non so se sia stato p0rendere un attimo di pausa o il cambiamento di "focus" in questa nuova avventura di Peter Decker. Di nuovo la reale protagonista è Cinthya Decker, reduce da una brutta esperienza con i suoi colleghi (ma quante mele marce all'interno della LAPD!).

La storia segue una indagine apparentemente secondaria e la vita privata dell'ormai quasi trentenne figlia maggiore del Luogotenente Decker.

Storia semplice, ben scritta con qualte divagazione ma nell'insieme molto piacevole.
There are really two mysteries in this book. One is about LAPD Cindy Decker who finds a baby in a dumpster. She must find out who the baby belongs to. While doing this she falls in love with a ethiopian jew who is a male nurse. Her step-mother Rina has a mystery of her own. Her grandmother was murdered in Germany before the war. She wants after all these years, to find out who killed her. The book was a good read. The book tells us about what happens to the lowest class of our population. We see...more
Considering that this was from the daughter's point of view and not focuses on Peter/Rina, it was still enjoyable and engaging. Cindy has also shown some character growth which I appreciate, and seeemed to have learned from her impulsive mistakes that she's made in Stalker.
Street Dreams by Faye Kellerman is entertaining. If the reader has followed the Decker family from novel to novel, he/she will find stories from their pasts are included in the book, even though they are not part of the ‘crime to be solved’. Because Kellerman includes those everyday bits of everyone's lives, the story feels very real. In this novel, the mystery of Rina’s missing grandmother from WWII adds a fun sub-story. Another sub-story is Cindy’s new relationship with an Ethiopian Jew. How h...more
Catherine Fitzsimmons
This is the story of a Los Angeles cop who finds a baby abandoned in a Dumpster and her journey to unravel the sordid details of the baby’s origin. Meanwhile, her stepmother is immersed in a quest to find the truth of her grandmother’s murder in pre-Nazi Munich.

I enjoyed this book. The one thing that really struck me about it was that it had the same kind of back and forth banter as in Joss Whedon’s Firefly. The pacing was good, the story was interesting and unfolded well, and there were some su...more
(From 2004) While her husband seems to be running out of gas in his series, Ms. Kellerman is hitting her stride by going off in a different direction. This one mainly concerns Cynthia Decker, who, in the opening, finds a newborn baby stuffed in a dumpster. It leads her to meet Yaakov Kutiel (Koby), an intense, gorgeous, Ethiopian/Israeli neonatal nurse (one of the loveliest, most fully-developed male characters I've come across in some time), and reunites the cast of several books past as she tr...more
I've truly enjoyed this book. I've read many of Peter Decker's stories and he's been one of the police detectives I've liked the most. There's a huge part of this series that is dedicated to Decker's home life and I love his connection to his wife Rina. It appeals to me how over the years Rina's sons have become Decker's sons. They have a great connection. These books are a nice balance between the murder to be solved (by Decker and his squad), and the simple and realistic family dynamics that a...more
Although it's always interesting to read about Cindy, Peter, Rina, etc., the plot was only mediocre, and the story kind of dragged.
Dev Singer
As usual, I liked it because I like Cindy. I didn't see the point of the Rina/Decker subplot; it didn't really add anything.

This is mostly a good read, quite engrossing. Like all the Lt. Decker books, it's a standard cop thriller, but it's also about maintaining Jewish traditions in a changing world.

Lt. Decker (as in previous Kellerman mysteries) seems a bit emotionally disturbed to me, but most of this mystery centers on his daughter, Cindy. She's also a cop, and her new boyfriend is an Ethiopian Israeli. Cindy is a good character, ambitious and smart. It's interesting to spend some time in her head, as she demands...more
Liked the father/daughter by-play in this one, but they both seemed a little out of control.
Elizabeth Kuehne
How did this woman get so many books published? Her characters are stilted, the conversation is unrealistic, and I can't stand how she completely ignores the concept of transition. Very irritating. Unfortunately, she has a good synopsis writer, and the content might be interesting, but I can't get to it. I bought 5 of her books at a thrift store the other day. Thank God I only paid 50 cents for all of them. They are going in the box at my yard sale.

BTW: did NOT finish this book, nor the others....more
I think the Decker/Lazarus series is great. This was no exception. The story basically revolves around Cindy, Peter Decker's daughter by his first wife, who joined the police force a couple of years earlier, much to Peter's dissatisfaction. The mystery plot,(a newborn is found alive in a dumpster) is pretty good with some twists, coming together with some pretty cliche conclusions, but that's some of the fun of these books. I enjoy the family dynamics,humor,the Orthadox traditions and history, a...more
Theresa Engkilterra
Love seeing Cindy following in dad's footsteps!
Kathy Cherney
As always I enjoy the Decker stories.
Diesmal steht Cindy Decker im Mittelpunkt der Geschichte. Dementsprechend wird der Fall auch mehr mit "Intuition" gelöst. Nach den letzten Bücher von Kellerman also wenige brutal. Damit kann man gut leben.

Nebenher wird der Mord an der Großmutter von Rina Lazarus noch ein wenig ausgesponnen in einem Nebenstrang. Man bracht dazu aber nicht unbedingt das Buch "Und da ward Finsternis" gelesen zu haben.

Alles in allem erneut ein Buch, was man nicht schnell weglegen wird. Und am Ende wie immer die Frag...more
Susan Ackland
May 26, 2010 Susan Ackland rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Judy
I'd been told to just read a Faye Kellerman and Street Dreams is the one that fell into my hands. Kellerman has built a franchise around an Orthodox Jewish woman investigator and her Jewish police lieutenant husband. His daughter from a previous marriage is a rookie cop and she is the heroine of this story. Very interesting details about the art of policing and an equally interesting and unusual love story between our heroine and an Ethiopian Jewish guy. The whole thing was thoroughly enjoyable.
Mar 15, 2011 Sandy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Faye Kellerman fans
Not one of Faye Kellerman's best. I have a big problem with the holes in her research. She has some scenes occur in a town 4 miles from my house, Solvang, CA. The way she describes the town and her characters trip there is impossible. Wrong (nonexistent) highway to get there, landmarks out of order in terms of actual driving. Drove me crazy. Liked the story, but, Faye, get a research assistant. Her scenes of horses and horsemanship in other books also drove me crazy with their plain old inaccura...more
This was the first Faye Kellerman book I have read, and I don't intend to be reading more any time soon. This book was absolutely dreadful; definitely the worst book by a bestselling author that I have read. The characters were complete caricatures and the plot was spurious at best (or was there a plot at all?). When it wasn't completely boring, it was simply embarassing--since I thought I was reading a crime/thriller/mystery, not a romance novel.
Apr 22, 2009 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/detective story fans
Listened to this on audio on a long trip home. Entertaining cop mystery involving smart young police office working toward detective grade. Her story begins when she rescues a newborn baby abandoned in a garbage dumpster. The book includes jewish tradition, an inter racial relationship and the handling/interviewing of a down syndrome rape victim. The story/plot was not riveting but the character development and dialogue are both well written.
I found this book laying on my bookshelf. I thought I would just read it. So far I like it.

As I was reading this book, I felt lost. I did some research on, and found out this book was the 15th book in a series. No wonder I felt lost at times. I am putting the rest of this series on my to read list.

I really enjoyed this book. There were plenty of twists and turns in it.

John Orman
A newborn baby found in a dumpster--I hate it when mysteries start out that way!

LAPD officer Cindy Decker is then sent off to find that baby's mother. Then it turns out that the baby's father is a murder victim, and the story wanders into Hollywood's drug lords and gangs.

A seedy story that did not really grab my attention. Maybe it is just too foreign a milieu for me!
Mark Buehl
I liked this book. The story is dark in one sense, but good. There are enough twists and turns in the story to keep you going. In the few Faye Kellerman books I have read, the characters have a lot of depth. This book is no exception. The main character of this book is Cinder Decker and she has complex relationships that keep the story going. It is a good read.
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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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