Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #10)

Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #10)

by Faye Kellerman
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Serpent's Tooth 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good. It was interesting, the plot moved along quickly, and the ending was satisfying, if abrupt, but there were a few odd things. Whenever Kellerman inserts Cindy Decker into the mix, I feel the book is less enjoyable, but that might be my prejudice against that character. The other strange thing is the trickery the police use against teenagers, especially Cindy going undercover and Abel visiting Malcolm in prison. It's very unrealistic and, frankly, quite stupid. As to the plot: there's a horrific murder at a fancy restaurant and the shooter seems to kill himself at the scene, the police soon decide that there was a second shooter, and they quickly blame the violence on a wealthy seductress named Jeanine, who uses sex to manipulate young men. However, Jeanine claims that she is being harassed when the detectives speak to her, even stooping to accusing Decker of sexual harassment, and she goes on to set up her brother's murder to keep their entire inheritence while the police have their hands tied. After Decker's daughter Cindy goes undercover at a Scrabble tournament and meets a boy from the same prep school as Jeanine's newest boytoy and killing tool, the case is almost solved, and then one of Decker's old friends visits the killer in jail to reveal Jeanine's engagement to another man, so the kid confesses everything and Jeanine is arrested.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First book I have read by this author: She knows how to tell a tale and hold the reader¿s attention from page one on, and I fully intend to read more of her Decker/Lazarus series. However, there are three major problems with this particular book you should be aware of. One: a la TV¿s Columbo, there is no mystery as to who ¿done it.¿ Two: a la Stephen King, the ending is really, really weak, so weak in fact that on their way to arrest the murderer, Decker and his detectives agree that the accomplice was stupid to tell them how the perp did it. Finally, a la Louis L¿Amour at his worst, when the good guy gets the ¿bad guy¿ the story ends ¿immediately. I know this is a series but I really hate when that happens. After expending time (and money) getting to know a book¿s characters I really feel cheated when it¿s author does that to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for the most part really interesting. There are several elements-the crime itself, the unanswered questions, pressure from the public and political pressure, and also personal enemity- at work to make the plot move along quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winked. And gave a signal to move in onthem...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spotted some tracks. I smell...elk! A whole herd!
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LynnS More than 1 year ago
Another Faye Kellerman classic. This one also leaves you wondering till the last page. Filled with suspense and unexpected turns. I just started the next in the series.
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smokeymike More than 1 year ago
One of the better books in the Decker/Lazarus series. Plot is believable, the characters are nasty, and the conclusion is satisfying.
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