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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
Info:William Morrow (2007), Hardcover, 448 pages
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Solid police procedural as Decker and his team work to identify a body found in an apartment building destroyed in a cataclysmic plane crash. Some confusion between the corpse and a missing flight attendant needs to get sorted out with the realization that they are investigating two murders. The cast of supporting characters stays interesting with the focus this time on the police rather than the family. ( )
  jamespurcell | May 24, 2017 |
It all begins with the crash of a small commuter plane out of Burbank (Bob Hope) airport early one morning and the supposed death of an airline steward. When all the victims are accounted for, her body is not identified, although the remains of bones beneath the destroyed structure into which the plane plunged are discovered. Thus begins the hunt for the truth behind the disappearance of two women. The skeleton is finally identified as someone gone missing thirty years before. The stewardess' body remains the subject of a continued search. Is the husband somehow responsible for her disappearance or even her possible murder?

I've read Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker series for years. It is without a doubt one of my favorites. This will not disappoint fans of the series or any newbie's starting to read it. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
When a man comes to police detective Peter Decker and tells him that his daughter Roseanne didn't die in the recent plane crash but thinks the husband killed her, Peter agrees to check into it. He and his detectives find that the body wasn't found among the crash ruins and the husband was seeing other women but that Roseanne has recently had an affair too. When another body from the crash is recovered and it's not Roseanne, things get complicated.

This was an easy to read police procedural with likable characters, a bit of humor, and several suspects that kept things interesting. The ending wrapped up a bit quickly but overall, I liked it. ( )
  gaylebutz | Jan 6, 2016 |
Nicely written. Good character development. Sometimes the double story got a bit confusing.
  TGPistole | Jul 10, 2015 |
Call me "soft" but this was my favorite Decker story so far. ( )
  gmillar | Sep 18, 2014 |
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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.
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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