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

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

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

The professional and the personal intersect in treacherous ways in this compelling and eerie installment in Faye Kellerman's thrilling New York Times bestselling Decker/Lazarus series

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—the most bizarre of his storied career.

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, Detectives Marge Dunn and Scott Oliver, 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 a case involving the two most primal instincts—sex and murder—Decker wrestles with a difficult choice. Should he turn to a man with expert knowledge of both, Chris Donatti, the dangerous man who also happens to be the father of Decker's foster son, Gabriel Whitman, a boy not without his own problems?

As their work and intimate worlds collide, Decker and his wife, Rina, find themselves facing tough questions. It just might be that family crises and work-related responsibilities prove too much for Decker's career. A confluence of ordeals can stress even the most intact of families. And when all these shocking truths comes out, exactly how well will Decker and Rina cope, and survive?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062121776
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #21
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 20,974
File size: 545 KB

About the Author

Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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Beast 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SEW71 More than 1 year ago
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
bonemike More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best read of the summer - actually best read so far this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story drags on with a wandering plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot was ok, but the Gabe/Yasmine drama was distracting and BORING. Had nothing to do with story line of the thriller. Disappointed in Kellerman. Her husband has always been the better storyteller!
ginnyle More than 1 year ago
Story is so good and keeps you wondering what happened. Can't imagine having such a pet??!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Typical Faye Kellerman book--GREAT!
azbloke More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
So-so read. Too much time wasted on Gabe and Yasmine'syouthful angst
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mediocre plot, but as always the characters feel like old friends. An enjoyable read for all Kellerman fans. - Ron Restorff
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Walks in.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading The Beast. I started it last night so I pretty much couldn't put it down. I was surprised by the storyline because it isn't anything that I would ever imagine. I enjoyed everything about the book except there wasn't much interaction between Decker and his family. I missed that. Otherwise, good plot, good character development and good ending.
Sixhands More than 1 year ago
Once again, Faye Kellerman has out done herself. This is a fabulous 21st addition to the Peter Decker series. This is a must read; especially if you have read all previous Decker books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was slow to begin with.
kimidoo More than 1 year ago
Hmmm after paying top dollar for the ebook could we at least get the header correct.  On every single page it reads ...The Best instead of The Beast.  What kind of editors and proof readers do you employ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago