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Blindman's Bluff by Faye Kellerman
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I've written before about books as comfort food and Faye Kellerman is on that list for me. She writes smart, complicated crime fiction and I just love her primary series characters, Pete Decker and Rina Lazarus. If she's got a new book on the shelf, I'm reading it.

As with any series some books are better than others. I found Blindman's Bluff to be quite satisfying with just enough of the elements needed to make it an entertaining escapist read.

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I'm back and forth on the aging of this series' characters. On the one hand it's natural and seems much more real than books where the next one is a week later. Everyone's sort of perpetually 25 and too many things happen every week. It stretches credulity.

On the other hand, I'm kind of sad to see Pete and Rina aging. They should, but something about it feels as if it's going to be harder and harder to get stories out of them. In some ways I'd almost like Ms. Kellerman to let them go and start working on one of her other characters. It's not that older people can't be in thrillers, but at some point the body wears down and you can't go dashing around the city on coffee and cigarettes. Realistically at some point people go behind a desk or retire and move on to gardening or opening their second business or consulting or traveling the world.

As always a great read, but I'm beginning to wonder if Kellerman is writing herself into a corner. It'll be interesting to find out.
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