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The Burnt House: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker & Rina… (edition 2007)

by Faye Kellerman

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Title:The Burnt House: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels)
Authors:Faye Kellerman
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Call me "soft" but this was my favorite Decker story so far. ( )
  gmillar | Sep 18, 2014 |
Felt like Faye was calling it in, on this one. ( )
  duende | Feb 6, 2014 |
This was a good book but a bit drawn out in the middle. They went really indepth in the middle during parts of the book and then flew through the ending. Overall I would recommend this book for others who enjoy a good who done it?! ( )
  Bettyb30 | Jun 24, 2013 |
Orthodox Judaism,Mystery
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
A disappointment. I've always enjoyed spending time with the Deckers--Kellerman usually provides a nice balance between the police procedural aspects of her story and the personal lives of her characters. Neither element works well in this one. An old crime and a new one are both brought to light by a plane crash, and the coincidence that joins them together is just too much. Peter Decker spends most of the book getting on and off airplanes, or trying to calm irate relatives who think they are either being brushed off or harrassed by the police. He's exhausted, and the reader is tired of it. Plot developments seem to happen where the reader is not, later being revealed by one character filling in another on recent findings of the investigation.
On the personal level, the interaction between Peter and Rina is perfunctory, and while I have always respected Rina's faith and commitment to religious observance, in this book she comes across as just plain preachy. Finally, as I often notice in series fiction such as this, The Burnt House shows almost no evidence of editing. I think certain authors become "untouchable" at about the same time they may be getting too comfortable with their recurring characters, which leads to a muddled over-long novel like this one. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Aug 27, 2012 |
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To Jonathan, my on-the-spot editor and shrink
And a very special thanks to Bill Kurtis for all his help
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At eight-fifteen in the morning on a balmy Los Angeles winter's day, a 282 Lucent Industries Aircraft, better known as WestAir flight 1324, took off from Burbank Airport holding forty-seven commuters.
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One word of caveat. If you or your experts find a large amount of blood loss on a cushion of a couch or a chair, or on the bed, without any concomitant spatter to go with it, please proceed with caution. Men tend to forget that we woman sometimes leak during our periods. You don't want to arrest the man because Roseanne wore a faulty Tampex. [Said by judge issuing police a search warrant.]
Decker often wondered about the exact purpose of exercise. If it was just to elevate the heart rate, there were lots of other ways to do that without spending mind-numbing hours killing one's feet on a treadmill: sex, stress, and caffeine instantly came to mind.
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At 8:15 A.M., a small commuter plane carrying forty-seven passengers crashes into an apartment building in Granada Hills, California. Among the dead inside the plane's charred and twisted wreckage are the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there's no sign of an airline employee whose name was on the passengers list.

L.A.P.D. Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina, are profoundly shaken by this terrible "accident" that has occurred frighteningly close to their daughter's school. And an irate call from the unaccounted-for flight attendant's stepfather further tangles an already twisted mystery. The man insists twenty-eight-year-old Roseanne Dresden was never on the doomed flight, but was probably murdered by her abusive, unfaithful husband—a revelation that propels Decker down a path of tragic history and deadly lies toward an unimaginable evil that will challenge his and Rina's cherished beliefs about guilt and innocence and justice.

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A commuter plane crashes into a building in Los Angeles. The LAPD's first priority is to allay fears that this is another terrorist outrage. The second is to explain the bizarre mystery they discover in the debris...

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