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Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #10)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,278 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
A man walks into a trendy Los Angeles restaurant -- a disgruntled ex-employee with an automatic weapon -- and seconds later, thirteen people are dead and thirty-two more have been wounded. It is a heinous act of mass slaughter that haunts Homicide Detective Peter Decker.

But, though eyewitnesses saw only the lone gunman -- who apparently took his own life after his bloody w
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Avon (first published 1997)
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Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lieutenant Peter Decker is back in an action packed mystery, to which I give 3.5 stars. In this tenth book in the series, we know the cast of characters, and Kellerman adeptly balances home and police life while developing them further. This time a deranged shooter enters Estelle's restaurant killing 13 including himself and wounding 32 others. It appears to be a simple murder suicide and Captain Strapp would like to keep things that way. Yet, in their investigations, Decker and his team of dete ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Though not her strongest offering, Serpent's Tooth isn't the weakest Decker novel either. The book has an excellent opening. Kellerman makes you care about a scattered group of people in just a few pages - and then brutally murders a large number of them.

The pacing of the story is good despite the ultimate frustration: knowing who the killer is and not being able to prove it. Instead of letting this knowledge (shared by both readers and characters) slow the book down and just make it out-and-ou
Aleisha Z Coleman
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
this was a great story. it was written in 1997ish and you can tell that it was "pre-CSI" because the forensics were up and coming, not a given. nevertheless, the plot and mystery were still worth reading.
Jamie Holloway
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. My first one of Kellerman. I have another book to read by her.
Greed, money, and critical planning. Major components in this title. Is it Suicide, Murder, or hired Assassins? Where will all the clues lead the team as they follow those found in the carnage of a shoot out at a popular restaurant? Lieutenant Peter Decker will find his clues a little bit unorthodox in this title, but skirting around the planned scenario is the only way to unearth a devious plot. Every title I read in this series, makes my heart sore with knowledge with a thirst to know more. Re ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I've read quite a few books in this series, and liked them all to different degrees. This was probably 3.5 stars. It didn't make my list of favorite mysteries that year, but I did note that it was "pretty good". I think it was the first in the series that I read.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I believe this is the book where she introduces the character Webster, who hails from Mississippi. She uses hackneyed dialog for him, and the blatantly bad accent is ridiculous. The worst thing was having him refer to one person as "y'all" - that is NEVER done in the real south. We know that y'all means a group of people, it's always used collectively... duh. But then, in her later work (Street Dreams) she paints the south horribly - racially, and esthetically: "Yaakov, there are places in the g ...more
Laurie Stoll
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, faye-kellerman
Peter Decker and his family are such wonderful well rounded characters. I enjoy this series very much.
Sheila Myers
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Another exciting book in the Decker/Lazarus series.
Dr T
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A strong entry in this fascinating series. A seemingly random mass shooting at an elegant restaurant turns out to be anything but random. As the investigation proceeds, complications build, finally forcing Decker off the case (officially). Decker initially suspects the daughter of one very rich couple who were victims of the shooting, who immediately turns his fairly routine questioning into a harassment case, which causes serious political problems for the LAPD. In spite of all the difficulties ...more
Nov 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I did not like how the police decided who was guilty and then just looked for evidence to fit their suspicions. They were right, of course, but it mirrors a worrying trend that occurs too often in real life.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with this author. I like the way that she writes. This book is an easy read and the story line could be applied to normal or really abnormal life.
Laura Beth
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2017-read
A well written police procedural/mystery is always a favorite. Throw in family dynamics and a set of detectives with their own personalities and you have a good book. Add in a crime that is hard to solve with a cast of characters that are well written and a plot that takes some interesting turns and you get this 5 star book.
Felix Zilich
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Вооруженный психопат пришел в ресторан и начал стрелять по посетителям. Когда количество трупов уже превысило три десятка, он прекратил огонь и вышиб себе мозги из собственного оружия. В самоубийце позднее опознали бывшего официанта этого заведения, который незадолго до инцидента был уволен за ссору с пьяным клиентом. На первый взгляд преступление не вызывало никаких вопросов, но именно из-за этой безупречности инспектор Пит Келлер стал впервые подозревать в случившемся конспирацию. Вскоре он бы ...more
Twee sterren lijkt weinig voor een boek dat ik twee keer heb gelezen. Ik weet niet wat ik de eerste keer van het boek vond, want ik kon me namelijk niet meer herinneren dat ik dit boek gelezen had. Vandaar dat ik het nu voor de tweede keer heb gelezen. Gaandeweg kwam ik er achter dat het verhaal me toch wel erg bekend voor kwam, maar omdat ik het einde niet meer wist, heb ik het toch uitgelezen. Het verhaal begint sterk en de ontknoping komt ook wel op een leuke manier tot stand. Verder leest he ...more
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the 10th in the Decker/Lazarus series. Love this series and this is one of the good ones of the series.

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A busy night at an elegant restaurant. Minutes later a gunman opens fire. Thirteen people are dead, dozens wounded, the medics working frantically to save them. Your worst nightmare. But at least the culprit seems clear. An ex-employee ambled up to the bar then sprayed the room with bullets, finally turning the gun on himself. But Lieutenant Peter Decker, in charge of t
Nick Davies
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Bought as part of a multi-author budget pack of eight thrillers a while ago, it was a decade before I got round to reading this. I can't say I massively regretted waiting that long.

This was a fairly standard American police procedural, starting with a shooting in an restaurant, then progressing through aspects of money and high society and drugs and teenagers and manipulation. Most of the plot, even though it lost me at times, was pretty interesting and decent, and the writing style was easy to
Rosabelle Purnama
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
This book was just okay for me. Maybe because this is the 10th book in the series, but the first that I've read of Peter Decker or anything from Faye Kellerman on that matter, the story is a bit off for me. I couldn't really connect with the main character.

The story is about a mass shooting that's happened in an upscale restaurant that leads to the other events, which makes Lieutenant Peter Decker suspicious that the mass murderer was not the one dead on the scene, killing himself.

Although it i
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I first heard about Faye Kellerman at a presentation at the synagogue about Jewish themed mysteries. That was a few years ago. Based on that, I picked "The Ritual Bath" for my book club, and I was disappointed. I don't really remember "The Ritual Bath," but I think Serpent's Tooth is better. The characters are nicely fleshed out, and the plot is cleverly drawn: a random shooting planned as cover for a contract murder. Surely it takes the coldest of cold, cruel villains to plan and execute such a ...more
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
#10 in the Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series.

#10 - Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery - A former employee of a ritzy restaurant opens fire there, killing 13 people and wounding dozens; then he commits suicide. Or so it seems, until LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and his team spot inconsistencies. Fatal bullets came from several directions; a single gunman could not have sprayed so many shots; and one murdered couple left an estate worth millions. Decker suspects their daughter, Jeanine Garri
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
A much richer view of Decker's professional life and family life than previous novels in the series have offered. The suspect of the central case is obvious enough so that the mystery here isn't so intriguing and doesn't require as much attention. But that fortunately gives more room to character traits that have been sorely missed, and gives a new path in life to Cindy, Decker's daughter. Kellerman finally uses her pages not to drag out the case, but to give us more of the reasons we read this ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
# 10 in the Decker series. Comfort reads between some serious and action-packed stuff like Nesbø....
Decker and his team investigate the massacre that occurred when a fired employee did a killing spree in the restaurant he used to work at. A bunch of small details don't match, as if there were two guns or two gunmen instead of just one killer. So off they go to find out who's behind it all and why.
Usually I love the characters introduced in the series. But in this one they didn't seem as new or o
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
There is a horrific mass murder that takes place in a restaurant. Of course, it is Peter Decker's case. I liked the book for a few reasons: It all makes sense at the end; I like the relationship aspects that Kellerman brings out; Because I am Jewish, I somewhat like the way the Jewishness of the family is woven in. However, I thought that some of the dialogue was stilted. It just didn't sound the way I believe some people talk. The story moved along fairly well. I think if I had read all the boo ...more
Larry Piper
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I think I read the first in this series, or an early one at least, some 15 years ago, and rather liked it. The series being the one about the cop who took up being an Orthodox Jew so as to get the woman he loved. So, remembering this, I picked up this book from a book table at a church fair.

I didn't like this book nearly so much. I didn't like the main character and I didn't like the subject matter. It was all too crude for my tastes. This is an ok book if you are on a plane, get it free (or cl
May 20, 2008 rated it liked it
The first two chapters are chock full of pulp fiction cliches and bizarre turns of phrases. It was the fact that it was a "New York Times Bestseller" that kept me reading though. I am glad I did. Ms. Kellerman finally gets out of Hacksville and into real storytelling after the third chapter.

I really like the relationship Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus have and how they work through their issues together and individually. It made me think alot about my relationship I have with my husband.

I only w
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus series. Peter is a homicide detective and Rina is his very Orthodox Jewish wife. Peter balances his life in the real gritty world of crime with his desire to live an Orthodox lifestyle with Rina. The contrast plays nicely as Peter is trying to solve a mass murder at a posh restaurant. He hones in his main suspect but can't make any headway between the politics of the high society types and the cunning of his opponent. This is fast pa ...more
Laura Ruetz
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the earlier Decker novels and although I am reading it out of order, it is still enjoyable. The good thing about these books is that the author tends to give you the background information that you need in order to know who the characters are without bogging down the story. This is a very enjoyable book with several twists that will make you want to keep reading. I found that I actually enjoyed this more than some of the author's more recent Decker novels, the writing is tighter, ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another winner in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, SERPENT'S TOOTH combines a solid mystery with interesting characters and relationships. I like the fact that there is less action from "other" points of view than in some of the previous books, and the dynamics of Decker's personal life remain interesting (despite the fact that I find some of the rituals they follow very weird -- as I do most religious ritual of whatever faith). Decker's daughter Cindy is becoming an intriguing character in ...more
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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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