The Beast (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #21)

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Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat—an adult female tiger—attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human. Digging into the victim's life, Decker and his colleagues discover that Penny was an exceptionally ...

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Overview

Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat—an adult female tiger—attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human. Digging into the victim's life, Decker and his colleagues discover that Penny was an exceptionally peculiar man with exotic tastes, including kinky sex with call girls.

Following a trail of clues that leads from a wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains to the wild nightlife of Las Vegas, the LAPD detectives are left juggling too many suspects and too few answers. To break open the case, Decker wrestles with a difficult choice: turning to Chris Donatti, the dangerous man who also happens to be the father of Decker's foster son, Gabriel Whitman.

As their work and intimate worlds collide, Decker and his wife, Rina, find themselves facing tough questions. And when all these shocking truths comes out, exactly how well will Decker and Rina cope, and survive?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Soap opera-ish family drama distracts from the main plot line of bestseller Kellerman’s 21st Decker/Lazarus novel (after 2012’s Gun Games). LAPD veteran Peter Decker looks into the bizarre case of Hobart Penny, a wealthy recluse in his late 80s, whose body was discovered after neighbors heard roars from inside his apartment. The noises emanated from a full-grown Siberian tiger that Penny kept as a pet, but the victim died of blunt force trauma to the forehead, and was also shot in the back. With the dead man’s millions at stake, Decker logically probes those who could have benefited from killing Penny. That potentially intriguing set-up devolves into a fairly dull procedural. And even series fans may lose patience at the large amount of time given to a subplot involving Decker’s 17-year-old foster son, Gabe Whitman, a piano prodigy in love with a 16-year-old girl, which only serves to further burnish Decker and wife Rina’s reputation for being über-caring parents. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Kellerman puts her LAPD detectives to the test in a most unusual outing, even by West Coast standards. Although billed as another Decker/Lazarus novel, Kellerman's story is less about them and more about the detective team of Marge Dunn and Scott Oliver, who work with Decker. Decker's wife, the Lazarus of the pair, plays a peripheral and virtually negligible role in this story, which limps along on a very silly premise. When neighbors in an ordinary apartment complex complain, responding police find what they believe to be a big cat and some very bad smells coming from one of the apartments. After breaking in, they discover the decaying body of a reclusive multimillionaire, guarded by his Siberian tiger. But that's not all they uncover; as the mystery deepens, they discern that their dead man suffered from both a bashed-in head and a gunshot wound. In addition to being doubly dead, he was also doubly eccentric in a not-so-good way, as the detective team finds when they delve into Hobart Penny's personal life. An ex-wife, a couple of grown children, a wildlife sanctuary director, prissy next-door neighbors, a belligerent super and assorted ladies of ill-repute add to the growing list of suspects in the case. In the meantime, the author supplements the murder with a side story that grew out of her previous work and involves a gifted, musical teen who has become Decker's foster son and the love the boy has for a girl he can't possess. The sappy romance adds nothing to the storyline, and Kellerman's main tale, with lions and tigers and bears, is often so silly that readers will have to suspend their incredulity in order to go the distance. Except for the snappy dialogue and excellent grasp of police procedure, this Kellerman vehicle has little to redeem the hard-to-swallow plot, extraneous and unremarkable love story, and odd fashion minutia, which seems designed to function mainly as page filler.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062221803
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #21
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 679,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Faye  Kellerman

Faye Kellerman is the author of twenty-seven novels, including twenty New York Times bestselling mysteries that feature the husband-and-wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. She has also penned two bestselling short novels with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, and recently teamed up with her daughter Aliza to cowrite a young adult novel, Prism—the story of four teens in an alternate universe. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Biography

It's tempting to compare Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus to Dashiell Hammett's classic crime-solving couple, Nick and Nora Charles. But Faye Kellerman's duo, who debuted in 1983, bear more resemblance to her own husband-wife dynamic with fellow bestselling thriller author Jonathan Kellerman. Decker is an L.A. cop; wife Rina is an Orthodox Jewish mom who gets very involved in her husband's work. The series comes with a love story built in, since in the first title, Ritual Bath, Lazarus is a witness meeting Detective Decker for the first time. Over the next dozen-odd novels, the two fall in love, get married, have children and solve crimes along the way.

Kellerman, who was inspired by her husband to begin writing, is also the author of Moon Music, a contemporary thriller set in Las Vegas, and The Quality of Mercy, a historical novel of Elizabethan England. Fans needn't worry, however, that Kellerman is going to abandon the pair she is best known for. "I never tire of them," Kellerman says in an interview on her publisher's web site of Decker and Lazarus. "I like them very much, but to keep them fresh is the main reason why I have two 'outside-the-series' or 'stand alone' books. Once in a while you have to sit back and gain some perspective on these people that you are writing about year after year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Beverly Hills, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    great book

    The Rina and Peter series is, by far, in my opinion, the best series available. 'Beast' will not disappoint the reader.
    Although, it might not be the best in the series, it is still a good novel.
    Trust me, it will keep your interest, and isn't boring.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Not her best

    Story drags...way too much time spent on teenage angst. I am truly not interested in reading a detective novel only to spend a bunch of time dredging through silly teenage stuff. I have always liked this series but this one was lacking in storyline and never realy goes anywhere. Seems like Ms. Kellerman just couldn't think of much of a story this time around.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    Enjoyed spending time with the Deckers again.  Like most people,

    Enjoyed spending time with the Deckers again.  Like most people, they have been through a lot in the last twenty years and might be starting to think about making some changes.  But first Decker has a case to solve with the help of his team and Chris Donatti

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Series needs to be decently buried sfter the last three books it is like fish and guests rip

    The series has been going downhill and really hit bottom when you read books out of sequence it is often not apparent but this time borrowed from library systems within two months ms marge

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    a wrap-up of the series?

    Looks like all the major characters, especially a character I really like, Marge Dunn, are planning to move out of LA for quieter pastures in different places. I was disappointed, though, in the side story (continued characters from past novels) of the teenage-going-on-forty piano prodigy and his relationship with the emotionally unstable teen Yasmin. All the characters in this part of the story are unbelievable, in the literal sense of the word.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    The best read of the summer - actually best read so far this yea

    The best read of the summer - actually best read so far this year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Definitely recommend it!!!!

    Story is so good and keeps you wondering what happened. Can't imagine
    having such a pet??!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Good read

    I really enjoy this series and its characters. This particular book felt a bit formulaic and the pacing was a little off -- the ending seemed very abrupt -- but there was some character growth that left me wodering what might happen in the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    good buy

    Typical Faye Kellerman book--GREAT!

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Recommend

    I hadn't read one of this series in quite awhile and was pleasantly surprised how good the books were. I have not read all 21 in the series and I might eventually but found they are better in small doses. I am not sure how good the story line will be with Decker out of lA.
    Again, overall it was a good story and was entertained reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Beast is a bore

    So-so read. Too much time wasted on Gabe and Yasmine'syouthful angst

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Marking time

    Mediocre plot, but as always the characters feel like old friends. An enjoyable read for all Kellerman fans. - Ron Restorff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Holly

    Walks in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Ashley

    Gtgtb sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Dog

    Pants

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Lil

    What thw hell hppenwd here?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    A man

    I slowly penatrate fawn

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Evie

    Correct. Bye

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    A man

    IM NOT A GODMODDER, I DONT KNOW WHAT A DOME IS, YOU MOTHER F<_>UCKER!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Elise

    BYE BYE WE NO TALK TO AZZ HOLES WHO RA?PE R FRIENDS

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