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Serpent's Tooth: A Peter Decker/rina Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker & Rina… (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Faye Kellerman (Author)

Series: Decker & Lazarus (10)

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A gunman walks into a Los Angeles restaurant and opens fire. He kills 13 people and wounds 30, then apparently commits suicide. Apparently, because as Lieutenant Peter Decker discovers, other shots were fired, coming from a different direction.
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Title:Serpent's Tooth: A Peter Decker/rina Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels)
Authors:Faye Kellerman (Author)
Info:William Morrow (1997), Edition: 1st, 416 pages
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Serpent's Tooth by Faye Kellerman (1997)

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I think I read the first in this series, or an early one at least, some 15 years ago, and rather liked it. The series being the one about the cop who took up being an Orthodox Jew so as to get the woman he loved. So, remembering this, I picked up this book from a book table at a church fair.

I didn't like this book nearly so much. I didn't like the main character and I didn't like the subject matter. It was all too crude for my tastes. This is an ok book if you are on a plane, get it free (or close to free) and have nothing better to do but read it. I doubt I'll bother seeking out anything else by Kellerman. ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
One of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, this is one of those procedurals that has so many characters, and so many twists and turns, that it's most easily read in long bursts. But, as ever, Kellerman's characters are so clear that the book's inertia carries it along.

I'm not sure I enjoyed this one as much as others in the series--it felt like there were a few too many layers, to the point where so much was going on that some of the power of any one subplot almost had to be buried. Having been away from the series for a while, it was also hard at first to drop back into the old relationships and characters here, so that I imagine I would have enjoyed it more if I'd been reading the books more recently.

Still, it was an enjoyable escape and an easy read, with more than enough twists and seeming dead-ends to keep it interesting.

I'd recommend the series, though I'd probably recommend starting with the earlier books. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Dec 6, 2017 |
After a horrific mass murder at a fashionable restaurant, Lieutenant Peter Decker is placed in charge of the follow up investigation. He slowly uncovers layer after layer of corruption involving drugs, high school students, tennis players and leading them all, a beautiful woman who seems to have a connection to everyone involved in the massacre. Jeanine Garrison initially tries to seduce Decker but becomes vicious when he rejects her advances and falsely accuses him of sexual harassment. It's a very fast moving plot, easy to read and therefore almost “unputdownable”-I loved it! ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Just your typical contemporary detective novel. This series follows the same detective through a different case each book while also watching his family and personal life and problems develop. In this one somebody randomly starts shooting in an upscale restaurant and kills a bunch of people.

I started reading this series when I worked in a used book store because the covers are really bright neon colors that made them stand out among thousands of books. They’re not bad, they’re not great, just decent mindless “fluff” for when you need a break from serious reading. I’ve enjoyed all of the books by Kellerman that I’ve read so far, but I’m not going to continue with the series because there’s just too many other better books out there. Having said that, she did have me sucked in by the end of the book, and I didn’t want to put it down at the end of my breaks. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Cindy Decker, Lt. Peter Decker's older daughter, gets to be the main female character in this offering, rather than Rina. There were plenty of characters to dislike, enough so that the last page was particularly satisfying.

Still, Cindy isn't as interesting as her stepmother. I had over 120 pages to go when I set this book down to reread the Meg Langslow mystery series by Donna Andrews. Still, I was going to return Serpent's Tooth with some library books on CD and was stuck waiting for my car long enough to finish it.

Yes, I'm pleased that the last chapters were worth reading after all. ( )
  JalenV | Jan 2, 2016 |
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A gunman walks into a Los Angeles restaurant and opens fire. He kills 13 people and wounds 30, then apparently commits suicide. Apparently, because as Lieutenant Peter Decker discovers, other shots were fired, coming from a different direction.

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