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Stone Kiss (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #14) (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #14)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,423 ratings  ·  86 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
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
Both Kellermans have great characters. I like them both for different reasons. Stone Kiss is similar to another Faye Kellerman book I have read - or I read this one before, but long enough ago that I don't remember the details of the story. Decker is called to NYC to help solve the murder of a relative. One of the many things I like about THIS Kellerman is the details of Jewish life that she provides. In this case, we are knee deep in Chassidic culture, while partially immersed in the life of a ...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.
I enjoyed the basic story but you really would have to be Jewish to fully appreciate everything going on. Decker gets a frantic phone call from his half brother, a rabbi, whose brother-in-law has been found naked in a hotel room and his niece who should have been with him has disappeared. All sorts of storylines run through your head and you do tend to think the b-I-l is doing the nasty with his niece. Then drugs seem to be involved and, relatives are not as cooperative as they should be, in fac ...more
I have read and enjoyed many of her husband's books, but this is the first of hers I've read. I really wasn't expecting how heavy it is on religion. I was reading an ARC, so I don't know how much was cleaned up, but I didn't feel the writing was very tight. The dialogues were pretty bad and there were many odd things included that should have fallen victim to an editor's red pen. I realize I probably shouldn't have started smack in the middle of a series, but this is the one I had, so this is th ...more
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
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
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
"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
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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.
In this book, Lt. Decker and his wife return to New York to help his brother find his teenage niece who disappeared after her uncle was murdered. In the process, Decker is forced to work with a villain introduced in an earlier novel. Kellerman weaves former characters into current plot lines with ease. Once again, this novel was a twister, keeping me guessing to the end.
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
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
Good read. Kept my attention. One (typically female author) gorgeous, young (but beyond his years), sinister bad-guy with loyalty and principles was transparently unpredictable. Fun.
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.
LA's Lt. Peter Decker is floundering in New York as he tries to investigate the murder of one of his wife's relatives. Pretty good yarn.
Pam Oconnor
A mystery is always more exciting when you can't tell the good guys from the bad. This story delivers.
This book was a great read!
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.
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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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