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Grievous Sin (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #6)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,431 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
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
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352 pages
Published June 3rd 1993 by Headline Bk. Pub.
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Brina
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Around 3.7-3.8. I'd like to wish a hearty mazel tov to Akiva and Rina Miriam on the birth of Chana Shoshana. May they raise her to Torah, chupah, and maasim tovim ( a life of Torah, marriage, and good deeds). Before the Deckers can enjoy their baby, tragedy strikes the maternity ward- another newborn has disappeared and a head charge nurse along with her. The teenage parents are distraught and the Deckers along with them. If Cindy hadn't been in the nursery, the missing baby could easily have be ...more
Renée Fontenot
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff.
Tara
Jan 02, 2014 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.
Lisa Wallace
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
better than the last; fast moving. Liked it. Gets lost in the small talk sometime.
Dev Singer
Apr 01, 2014 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.
Jeanne
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audible, 2017
I really enjoyed this book many twist and turns keeping you on the edge of your seat.
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
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
Laura Beth
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2017-read
I loved both the personal story and the mystery in this one. The plot twists the strange coincidences mad this an enjoyable read.
Arathi
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ad-nj-library
loved the new investigator Cindy!
StefanieFreigericht
A Tragedy and a Lawsuit (Decker Lazarus 6)

Big day for LAPD cop Pete Decker and wife Rina – they are in hospital for the birth of the new baby daughter, all along with Pete’s daughter Cindy from his first marriage and Rina’s two sons Sammy and Jake from her late first husband and her parents and Pete’s partner Marge Dunn. And as if that weren’t enough of a load, there is a serious issue with Rina and then all of a sudden, a young baby girl disappears, from the same nursery the Decker’s baby is in
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Zvezdana
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The mystery part was boring and contrived, there were stupid inconsistencies (for example, Decker tells the doctor that they are trying to identify a body by dental records, and a page later the doctor is shocked that Decker is not 100% sure that his patient is dead! Really?!) but what bothered me the most (and this is just a very personal pet peeve) is that the parts about Rina's labor, birth and postpartum period felt like they were written by a man in the 1950s. Faye Kellerman and her husband ...more
Kennedy
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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
Ninamarie
Felt somewhat dated. I hated the feeding the baby sugar water, and the bizarre approach to neonatal and post-partum nursing which was integral to this plot. Too much jarred with the mother-centric ethic I have come to expect from a modern medical facility for me to buy into this hospital set drama. The mystery felt weak, and the denouement contrived. Too many one-dimensional, unsympathetic, or just plain not-believable characters for me to have been truly drawn in.
Barbra
May 13, 2008 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
Jul 29, 2012 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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Ed
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#6 in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery series.

Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery - The birth of their baby girl has filled Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker, with joy mingled with sorrow, since complications have ensured that they can have no more children. But the situation is grim at the hospital, which has been devastated by severe budget cutbacks and staff shortages. And when a respected nurse vanishes along with a newborn from the nursery, Peter and
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Rebecca
Jun 30, 2013 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
Marti
Dec 03, 2011 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
Gizmology
Feb 06, 2008 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
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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Eyre
Nov 11, 2013 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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Simone
May 31, 2015 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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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.
Msjodi777
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Counting this one as April, since I finished it fairly early in the day.

What can I say about Faye Kellerman? This is the sixth book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series, and I have enjoyed every one so far. She just peels back layer after layer after layer, until you are left with the solution. But all the way thru it is a family that loves each other, and is not afraid to show it. This one was as good as all the previous ones. <><
Kelly ...
Jan 06, 2016 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
Ada Iaboni
Oct 13, 2015 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!
Sari Lynn
Sep 28, 2009 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.
Mirrordance
Ancora una interessante Avventura di peter Decker. Continuo ad apprezzare questa serie che mescola con armonia le indagini del Sergentte Peter Decker con la sua vita privata e uno spaccato di america. Un "giallo" o meglio una crime story che non si limita all'indagine investigativa ma approfondisce i suoi personaggi a tutto tondo.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #2)
  • Milk and Honey (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #3)
  • Day of Atonement (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #4)
  • False Prophet (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #5)
  • Sanctuary (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #7)
  • Justice (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #8)
  • Prayers for the Dead (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #9)
  • Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #10)
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