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Jupiter's Bones (1999)

by Faye Kellerman

Series: Decker/Lazarus (11)

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Once Dr. Emil Euler Ganz was a preeminent astrophysicist with a world-renowned reputation. But then he vanished without any warning to his family or colleagues. Fifteen years later, he reappeared as "Father Jupiter", the founder and charismatic leader of the scientific cult, The Order of the Rings. And now he's dead--a vial of sleeping pills and an empty bottle of vodka standing near his lifeless body. Was Ganz's death an accident? Suicide? Or did someone hasten Jupiter prematurely out of this world? These are the questions LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and his Homicide team are determined to answer as they enter the cult's fortresslike compound. But the dead leader's four "privileged" attendants make it clear that the police are not welcome there--and the mysterious disappearance of two of the Order's members, including a child, turns an already uncomfortable situation even uglier and more incendiary. Decker will need more than the wisdom and support of his wife, Rina Lazarus, to defuse a ticking time bomb of jealousy, greed, bizarre hidden pasts, and deadly secrets--one that could explode at any time into mayhem so pernicious that it threatens to destroy a multitude of misguided lives--and scores of helpless, innocent children as well.… (more)

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Ungewöhnlich feindselig werden Lieutenant Peter Decker und seine Leute am Tatort empfangen, als sie zu der Leiche eines ermordeten Sektenführers gerufen werden. Verschanzt in ihrem Anwesen verbergen sich die Sektenmitglieder hinter einer Mauer des Schweigens und der Lügen, die erst bröckelt, als Decker der Tochter des Sektenführers begegnet, der Physikerin Europa. Gleichzeitig ist das Familienleben im Hause Decker stürmisch wie noch nie. Denn auch in der abgeschotteten jüdisch-orthodoxen Schule der Söhne gibt es Drogen, Pornos und Konflikte, denen Rina ratloser gegenübersteht, als ihr Mann.. (Klappentext)
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
If you like her books, you will like it. They are all fairly similar, but I enjoy them.

Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/8350134/ ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 22, 2014 |
The founder and leader of a scientific cult is found dead and Decker is tasked with figuring out if it was a suicide or if the cult is hiding something much more malevolent. As usual in this series, the family parts are quite interesting and the characters very engaging. Unfortunately, this installment has taken the turn from mystery and police procedure and tries to become an action thriller and it's really not in Kellerman's scope as a writer. The action sequence at the end is so overblown that it brings to mind something like Mission Impossible, but with an unlikely cast and some details that are completely impossible since we're dealing with the LAPD and not a Hollywood production company. Only recommended to readers who already follow the series, but don't bother otherwise. ( )
  -Eva- | Nov 23, 2012 |
This was a somewhat refreshing change for the Peter Decker series. Basically, the death of a religous somewhat cult leader occurs and is not reported properly hence an investigation. In keeping with the someone in the picture did it, you just have to find out who, it seems there must have been an attempt to gain power to lead the cult. There are enough turns in the story to keep you interested but not so much to keep you up all hours reading it. The ending is a little surprising, but there are enough predictable outcomes just the same. If you like this series, this is an enjoyable book. ( )
  tmbcoughlin | Jul 31, 2011 |
I've included this book in a review of several similar books here: http://douggeivett.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/mysterious-opening-lines-le-carre-lu...
  RDGlibrary | Nov 28, 2010 |
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For those who have made it worthwhile to get up in the morning.

To Jesse for the projects and excitement.
To Rachel for the elegance and style.
To Ilana for the fun and games.
To Aliza for the snuggles and the warmth.
To Anne, my mother,
for the unconditional support.
To Barney, the suffering agent,
for the twenty-four-hour ear.

And to Jonathan—my partner in crime
as well as love.
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Special Agent Gayle Jacobs
for giving me a clue.
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Because her recent days had been filled with scientific data and research, Europa had paused only for the most basic of human necessities—food, water, bathroom breaks.
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Once Dr. Emil Euler Ganz was a preeminent astrophysicist with a world-renowned reputation. But then he vanished without any warning to his family or colleagues. Fifteen years later, he reappeared as "Father Jupiter", the founder and charismatic leader of the scientific cult, The Order of the Rings. And now he's dead--a vial of sleeping pills and an empty bottle of vodka standing near his lifeless body. Was Ganz's death an accident? Suicide? Or did someone hasten Jupiter prematurely out of this world? These are the questions LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and his Homicide team are determined to answer as they enter the cult's fortresslike compound. But the dead leader's four "privileged" attendants make it clear that the police are not welcome there--and the mysterious disappearance of two of the Order's members, including a child, turns an already uncomfortable situation even uglier and more incendiary. Decker will need more than the wisdom and support of his wife, Rina Lazarus, to defuse a ticking time bomb of jealousy, greed, bizarre hidden pasts, and deadly secrets--one that could explode at any time into mayhem so pernicious that it threatens to destroy a multitude of misguided lives--and scores of helpless, innocent children as well.

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Once Dr. Emil Euler Ganz was a preeminent astrophysicist with a world-renowned reputation. But then he vanished without any warning to his family or colleagues. Fifteen years later, he reappeared as "Father Jupiter," the founder and charismatic leader of the scientific cult, The Order of the Rings. And now he's dead--a vial of sleeping pills and an empty bottle of vodka standing near his lifeless body.

Was Ganz's death an accident? Suicide? Or did someone hasten Jupiter prematurely out of this world? These are the questions LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and his Homicide team are determined to answer as they enter the cult's fortresslike compound. But the dead leader's four "privileged" attendants make it clear that the police are not welcome there--and the mysterious disappearance of two of the Order's members, including a child, turns an already uncomfortable situation even uglier and more incendiary. Decker will need more than the wisdom and support of his wife, Rina Lazarus, to defuse a ticking time bomb of jealousy, greed, bizarre hidden pasts, and deadly secrets--one that could explode at any time into mayhem so pernicious that it threatens to destroy a multitude of misguided adult lives ... and scores of helpless, innocent children as well.
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