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False Prophet (1992)

by Faye Kellerman

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Series: Decker/Lazarus (5)

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L.A.P.D. Detective Peter Decker doesn't know quite what to make of Lilah Brecht. The beautiful, eccentric spa owner and daughter of a faded Hollywood legend, Lilah was beaten, robbed, and raped in her own home -- and claims to have psychic powers that enable her to see even more devastating events looming on the horizon. With his heart and mind on his pregnant young wife, Rina Lazarus, at home, Peter finds it hard to put much credence in the victim's outrageous claims, or to become too deeply involved with her equally odd brothers and aging film star mom. But when Lilah's dark visions turn frighteningly real, Decker's world will be severely rocked -- as the "false prophet's" secrets and obsessions entrap the dedicated policeman ... and point a killer toward Decker's own vulnerable family.… (more)
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rich spa owner beaten, raped and robbed. Pete Dexter discovers rape faked and complex family mystery of adoption and false identity revolves around ex-star mother.
  ritaer | Mar 10, 2021 |
Lilah Brecht, die Tochter einer berühmten Filmschauspielerin, ist überfallen worden. Peter Decker, als Detective bei der Polizei von Los Angeles eher mit den dunklen Seiten seiner Stadt vertraut, ermittelt diesmal in der Glitzerwelt Hollywoods - und entdeckt hinter dem schönen Schein eine gierige und intrigante Welt der Familienfehden. Aber der Lösung des Falls kommt Decker erst näher, als er von seiner Frau Rina, die ihr erstes gemeinsames Kind erwartet, einen entscheidenden Hinweis erhält...
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
3.5 stars ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Lilah Brecht, the daughter of a famous actress is assaulted and raped at home while her mother's jewels and some important papers are stolen from her safe. She clings to investigator Peter Decker in a way that makes both him and his wife uneasy. As he delves into Lilah's life, Peter discovers a complex and dysfunctional pattern of behaviour between Lilah's mother and her children. Revelation follows revelation until Peter and his partner Marge finally put all of the pieces together.
It a compelling page-turner but somewhat ruined by a less-than satisfactory ending. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
good @ Rabbi/detective young wife Rita — spa attack — lots of good twists

L.A.P.D. Detective Peter Decker doesn't know quite what to make of Lilah Brecht. The beautiful, eccentric spa owner and daughter of a faded Hollywood legend, Lilah was beaten, robbed, and raped in her own home -- and claims to have psychic powers that enable her to see even more devastating events looming on the horizon.
  christinejoseph | Mar 30, 2016 |
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Faye Kellermanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aulicino, RobertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bemus, BartCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glasserman, DebbieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miriam BerkleyAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zinn, RonCover typographysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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As usual for my family

And for Liza Dawson, Leona Nevler, and Ann Harris
— thank you.
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Working off duty meant doing the same job without pay.
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[Rina and Pete are discussing the Rodney King beating]

'No one is blaming everyone in the division, Peter.'

'Ah c'mon,' Decker snapped. 'The entire police force has been tarred with the same ugly brush. Makes me furious at the guys who did it. And deep down inside, I get furious at myself, too. Because truthfully, I remember times when I felt pretty damn inhumane.'

'But you didn't act like an animal. That's the difference.' Rina took his hand. 'Your guilt is irrational, Peter. They beat the guy, you didn't. It was horrible, it was sickening. But you had nothing to do with it!'

'Collective responsibility. Whole department's sinking under the weight. You know Morrison. He's not the type to get hands-on with my cases. Do you know he's called Marge and me four times with this current case. No direct pressure, just wanted to know if we've got something. Because, like I said, it's a case that could get some public attention. Before Rodney King, he wouldn't have given a hoot. A crime was a crime was a crime, no matter who was involved.' [skipping the last 9 paragraphs] (chapter 8)
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L.A.P.D. Detective Peter Decker doesn't know quite what to make of Lilah Brecht. The beautiful, eccentric spa owner and daughter of a faded Hollywood legend, Lilah was beaten, robbed, and raped in her own home -- and claims to have psychic powers that enable her to see even more devastating events looming on the horizon. With his heart and mind on his pregnant young wife, Rina Lazarus, at home, Peter finds it hard to put much credence in the victim's outrageous claims, or to become too deeply involved with her equally odd brothers and aging film star mom. But when Lilah's dark visions turn frighteningly real, Decker's world will be severely rocked -- as the "false prophet's" secrets and obsessions entrap the dedicated policeman ... and point a killer toward Decker's own vulnerable family.

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