My rating: 3 of 5 stars
As far as I can remember, I think this is the first of Faye Kellerman’s books I’ve read, but I will seek her out again. Very fun read, well well well developed and interesting characters. In fact, I like how it was the exploring of the characters that was really the meat of the story vs simply solving the mystery. Touched with humor too as I giggled a few times. It’s the 13th in a series – yikes, didn’t know that. I will say that her writing about the familial relationships and Jewish heritage was much stronger than the actual plot of the murder mystery itself. I never quite understood what motivated the killer to do what he did.
I also discovered a down side to being a devoted fan of the CSI and Criminal Minds shows – I was VERY frustrated at the lack of sophistication being used during the police work!! Granted this was published back in 2000 or so perhaps before the real rise in popularity of forensic science shows. Still, there was one part where the detectives all sat around throwing out ideas on possible murder suspects and motives and methods and I was thinking “Oh, come ON! Don’t be so cliche and naive! Build a profile!!” LOL. On second thought, since this IS #13 in series and it looks like the original dates back to 1986, maybe I shouldn’t backtrack due to that annoyance. I did like Decker & Lazarus though and wouldn’t mind finding out more about their earlier years.