The Burnt House (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #16)

The Burnt House (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #16)

by Faye Kellerman
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The Burnt House (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #16) by Faye Kellerman

At 8:15 in the morning, a small commuter plane carrying forty-seven passengers crashes into an apartment building in Granada Hills, California. Shock waves ripple through Los Angeles, as L.A.P.D. Lieutenant Peter Decker works overtime to calm rampant fears of a 9/11-type terror attack. But a grisly mystery lives inside the plane's charred and twisted wreckage: the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there is no sign of an airline employee who was supposedly on the catastrophic flight.

Decker and his wife, Rina, have personal reasons for being profoundly shaken by the tragedy, since the "accident" occurred frighteningly close to their daughter Hannah's school. Luckily, their child and her schoolmates escaped unscathed. But the fate of the unaccounted-for flight attendant—twenty-eight-year-old Roseanne Dresden—remains a question mark more than a month after the horrific event, when the young woman's irate stepfather calls, insisting that she was never onboard the doomed plane. Instead, he claims, she was most likely murdered by her abusive, unfaithful husband. But why, then, was Roseanne's name included on the passenger list?

Under intense pressure from the department to come up with answers, Decker launches an investigation that carries him down a path of tragic history, dangerous secrets, and deadly lies—and leads him to the corpse of a three-decades-missing murder victim. And as the jagged pieces slowly fall into place, a frightening picture begins to form: a mind-searing portrait of unimaginable evil that will challenge Decker's and Rina's own beliefs about guilt and innocence and justice.

Combining relentless suspense with intense, multilayered human drama, The Burnt House is Faye Kellerman at her mesmerizing best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061739774
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #16
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 32,543
File size: 967 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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Burnt House (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #16) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 190 reviews.
TomBarnes39 More than 1 year ago
A West Air commuter jet takes off from Burbank Airport bound for San Jose, California. The plane was climbing to cruising altitude when suddenly it yawed to port and reversed its climb. The plane dove back to earth and crashed with deadly force and exploded into an eighteen-unit apartment building.
The crash site was located in the community of Granada Hills some twenty miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Fire, police and rescue teams rushed to the scene to find no survivors. Once the fire was out and the body count didn¿t add up the Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley Division led by Detective Lieutenant Decker began the search for flight attendant Roseanne Dresden. The search for Roseanne turns into a possible murder investigation.
Kellerman sets up a twisted plot by throwing in an extra body of an unidentified murder victim into the crash scene. As it turned out that murder occurred thirty years before the crash.
The book is well written but at times the storyline is implausible and the pace is tedious. There were far too many conversations full of small talk that didn¿t advance the plot. Long-winded interrogations added to the slow pace and officers repeating information from those scenes to associates didn¿t help.
That being said I read on to the bitter end. Better for speed readers.
Tom Barnes author of 'Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone.'
redhddgrl More than 1 year ago
I've read her books with these characters before, but unfortunately forgot that i just can't get into them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all of the Peter Decker books, I found this one to be the best. The mix of police procedures, Jewish culture, action, and human interest was Faye Kellerman at her best.
HmmmmPB More than 1 year ago
This is my idea of a nice summer, winter, fall read for the mentally exhausted. It's a great escape that doesn't tax the brain but adds a bit of escape-ism to the weekend. This is not a fast paced novel nor is it a slow one, either. Just a pleasant read and the ending is a bit of a surprise, the middle offers up many suspects who come and go and come and go with pathos mixed into the tale. And yes, the title is itself a clue but hidden inbetween the covers. I recommend this to everyone who likes a good mystery that can be put down long enough for a good night's sleep - but that's all b/c a reader just has to know how a good book ends. Thanks, Faye. I'll read another. Oh and I like that there isn't any icky stuff hidden inside to capture a different audience to increase sales. It just wasn't necessary. You know what I mean!
harstan More than 1 year ago
During the morning rush hours, a commuter plane leaving Burbank Airport crashes into a Granada Hills apartment building all forty-seven passengers die. The country is stunned with most people assuming the World Trade center scenario on a smaller scale. LAPD Police Lieutenant Peter Decker leads the investigation while the media and public demand instant answers. He and his wife Rina Lazarus dig deep to determine who and what caused the crash why more corpses are in the rubble than on the passenger list and finally what happened to flight attendant twenty-eight-year-old Roseanne Dresden, whose husband Ivan says she was on the tragic flight and her name is on the manifesto, but her body is not. --- The latest Decker-Lazarus police procedural is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller that starts off with the horrific crash and never slows down until the final twists. The action keeps coming throughout as the lead couple struggles with all three interrelated mysteries while the country fears further incidents the media and the government keep the pressure high to resolve the case. Although plausibility and critical coincidence is higher than the federal debt, fans of the series will enjoy the return of the pair as they work a complex convoluted case. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 3 months ago
I liked this one better than the last few. Less angst for Decker and more focus on the intricacies of the investigation. I also appreciate that the resolution is not always complete.
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A very good book and I highly recommend it and any of the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series. So far they have all been good.
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BCRedhead More than 1 year ago
Each Lazarus/Decker book is different, and it's a real pleasure to know that you are not reading the same book you just finished. I will read the other books she wrote now that I've finished this series.
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THE BURNT HOUSE.... So far, so good. Starting to love this author, looking forward to reading other books by her.
Oldemsr More than 1 year ago
Faye Kellerman is the best. I always read her books.
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The Lazarus series has been very enjoyable. Each book has been a page turner. I highly recommend the series.
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