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Street Dreams

(Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #15)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,137 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Detective Peter Decker teams up with his wife and daughter to solve a crime rooted in both the past and present.
While on routine patrol, LAPD Officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn abandoned in an alley dumpster. But she can't call it a night until she sees the infant safe in a hospital, cared for by a professional -- in this case a male nurse with soulful eyes and lots of
Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Vision (first published August 2003)
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Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Following an emotional rollercoaster featuring mobster Chris Donatti in the last episode of this series, Peter Decker is back in another page turning police thriller. In this fifteenth book in the series, Officer Cindy Decker discovers a newborn baby abandoned in a dumpster. Cindy is determined to find the baby's parents in an attempt to prove to her department once and for all that she merits the rank of detective based on her ability not because of her Lieutenant father. Ensuing is the first b ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Street Dreams is yet another thrilling page turner by Faye Kellerman.
When LAPD officer Cynthia Decker finds an abandoned infant in a downtown rubbish dump, the hunt is on for clues, through the murky world of inner city Hollywood.

Cindy finds her love interest in an Ethiopian-Israeli male nurse, with lots of charm and mystique - Yaakov Kutiel the book focuses much on Cindy and Yaakov's steamy romance) , and soon joins up with her father Lieutenant Peter Decker, in cracking open a maze of rape and
Angelique Simonsen
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This one I felt wasn't the usual being from Cindy more than Decker.
It upset my rythym a little
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
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am in the process of re reading this entire series.. I think that this one is fabulous and I am adding a star..
Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker books were my first love of detective stories so many years ago. I’ll admit that not all her Decker & Rina Lazarus books were equally captivating and engaging; but this one mainly focused on Cindy Decker, Peter’s 28-daughter from his first marriage, is one of my all time favorites. Cindy’s a night patrolling uniformed police officer, who has her father’s good cop instincts. One night, she’s called to an alley behind a restaurant, where sounds of a crying baby can be ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another good one in the series that is focusing more on Decker's daughter Cindy and her police career in solving the mystery behind the baby she finds in the dumpster. I am still catching up on some of the books in the series, but this one also includes a change in Cindy's love life which gives background to what I already know. There is another storyline of the death of Rina's grandmother many years ago in Germany, but it doesn't get resolved too much in this book so it must be in anot ...more
Laura Beth
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read, mystery
Ok, the story was a 5 star. The mysteries were a 5 star rating. Peter and Rina get 5 stars. Cindy and her new boyfriend get 5 stars. So why did I rate this book 3 stars? Half the book is written in 3rd person, the other half written in first person from Cindy's POV. I am not overly fond of first person any way and the switching back and forth depending on the parts of the story was jarring and not needed to tell the story. So 0 stars for the POV fiasco and 5 stars for the story.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

Baby in dumpster
Cindy finds, searches for mom
With help from Peter

Cindy gets boyfriend
She's main character this time
Like her young cop vibe
Bodosika Bodosika
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thumb Up for Faye Kellerman.
An interesting book and I will be reading more of her books soon...4star for this Work.
Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Totally agree, this is one of the better ones.

In one earlier book, "Stalker", Decker's daughter by his first marriage, Cindy, now an LAPD officer, was the central character in an compelling story of danger and crime solving. In "Street Dreams", so titled from the recurring nightmares she has of her earlier experi
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The Decker & Lazarus series has provided me with many hours of entertainment. I read the first book upon its release many years ago. Immediately I fell in love with these characters, and the world they brought into my life. I did not have a lot of knowledge about life for Orthodox Jews and I found myself fascinated and enthralled with the uniqueness of these books. But although I have read or listened to all of the books -- I somehow skipped this one. Luckily today I found it at my library and l ...more
Oct 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2004, mystery-series
(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
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Karen Hufman
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cindy Decker is the main character in this installment of the popular detective series. Peter Decker's daughter is currently a member of LAPD where she has worked for the past 2 years. The story starts with her finding an abandoned newborn in a dumpster. She becomes attached to the baby and follows her to the hospital where she encounters an Ethiopian Jewish nurse who she's interested in seeing more of. Being as tenacious as her father, she can't let the case go and finds out more than she barga ...more
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jenny Yates
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it

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
Orma Jean
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great and educational.

Love the series and have learned much about the Jewish faith. Everything I love in this book. Cops, murder, love and family, with education involved.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I have read several in the Decker series and this story is decent but I have an issue with how many times the word "retard" is used in the book. I realize the book is from 11 years ago but I think the story could have been told without the use of that word. I did enjoy the plot lines of the book. ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. The whole 'finding an abandoned baby in a dumpster' theme was interesting to me and the subplot about family history was also intriguing. I wish I could give 3 and a half stars because I more than just 'liked it' but it wasn't amazing either. ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great read! Story line moved well, character descriptions great, and relationships very relate-able. I was first introduced to the mystery-writing of JOnathan Kellerman, then discovered Faye Kellerman's (his wife) talents. I have been and remain a fan of both their styles! ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Disappointing book in this series. Mystery Plot not that great and the 2ndary plot seems like an add on.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
I usually don't pay much attention to the opening credits of audiobooks but my ears perked up when I heard "read by Nancy McKeon."

"Nancy McKeon?!" I thought. "As in Fact of Lifer Nancy McKeon?!" And then the first chapter began and I was already happy with the book because who didn't love Jo Polniaczek?!

This may be my favorite book in this series, and not just because I had a girl crush on Nancy McKeon growing up and part of me still thinks it would be really cool to be her friend. I have to a
Virginia Tican
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is about Cindy's personal as well as professional life. This also deals with the Mentally Challenged from birth (mostly Down and variations of it)... who, one would think are relatively safe and protected inside a facility or institution catering to their special needs, but would still be prey to those who work within. A tragic but nevertheless true circumstance since they are not prisoners and are encouraged to be self~sufficient and independent and live outside like David... though, again ...more
Alex Shrugged
Once again the story focuses on LAPD Officer Cindy Decker after she finds a new born infant abandoned in a trash can. She searches for the mother and later the father when she discovers a crime involving rape, violent assault (other than rape) and gang-bangers. Bullets fly and a gruesome traffic accident brings Cindy and a young Jewish man, a nurse, together. Romance blooms.

Oh... did I mention he is black? Never mind.

(I am not a racist. My stepdaughter married a black man. My only question to h
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Decker/Lazarus novel features Lt. Decker's oldest daughter Cindy Decker, no longer a rookie cop, but a more seasoned one. At the end of her night watch she is flagged down by a restaurant cook, who has heard something unusual coming the dumpster. When Cindy got there to check it out, she could hear the cries of a baby. Jumping in the dumpster she found a newborn baby, cord still attached.
Now the search is on for the babies mothers, the baby shows signs of having Down's Syndrome and this ma
V. Luke
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a real suspense book. The ending is not as good as the build up. The bad guy doesnt suffer much, and gets busted off the page! Wah! The killer didn't get his come uppance at all but at least it wasnt one of those stupid mysteries where the killer suddenly points a gun at everybody and spills exactly how they did it, and why, and what they thought they were doing, and how that went... blah blah blah. I HATE THAT! It's juvenile. This book will keep you up at night. If a writer doesnt know ...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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