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The Burnt House (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels) [Large Print] [Paperback]

Faye Kellerman
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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Harperluxe; Lrg edition (7 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061259519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061259517
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,219,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, 'The Ritual Bath' (1986) introduced Sergeant Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book will delight those who like mysteries that are very difficult to solve before the author reveals the story's resolution.

If you mainly read the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus books to focus on their life together, you'll think this is one of the worst books in the series. If you like puzzles, however, you'll feel fully rewarded by the challenging of determining what happened to flight attendant, Roseanne Dresden. Along the way, you'll pick up some unexpected twists that also make for good mystery reading.

This plot relies on a lot of coincidences. That can be troubling for a reader to swallow, but in real life coincidence occurs so often that we often don't even bother to remark on it. There is a subgenre of police procedural that relies on having more than one case mixed up in an investigation. I thought that the premise for this mystery was stronger than most books in that subgenre. But what distinguished the book was that the resolutions proved to be so difficult to anticipate. I dislike mysteries where you can see the solution beginning to take shape around page 50. In this case, Ms. Kellerman did an excellent job of keeping the resolution hidden until very near the end.

From reading this book, I hope that Ms. Kellerman will write more books that contain difficult puzzles whose solutions only gradually reveal themselves through police investigations.

Bravo, Ms. Kellerman!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Scorching? No! 22 Jun 2008
Faye Kellerman's choice of language is, at best, wooden, and more often very odd: characters don't weep or cry, their eyes water; people don't stretch, they roll their shoulders, and so on.Plotting holds very little surprise and, far from tension, the plot lumbers along at sleep-walking pace. I wonder if the dustjacket critics quotations refer to a different book entirely.I've really tried to give her the benefit of the doubt because I enjoyed The Ritual Bath but it's been downhill ever since. If you enjoy a good detective story try another author!
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3.0 out of 5 stars need to read becasue its a series 7 Nov 2008
By Angela Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
I keep thinking lately everytime I read books in this series that she gives an amazing builup to the story,developes her characters beautifully but rushed the ending in the last 10 pages..I left feeling..so thats it?But this whole series is addictive because you get caught up in the characters family life. Pete and Rina feel like they could be my neighbors!The only drawback if someone wants to start reading from the series they almost have to start from the begining to know the characters or else you could be left thinking...now who is that now...Overall its a good book but it isnt as good as some of her others..
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 20 May 2013
By sheldon l. barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love Faye Kellerman writings. Have read most of her works. Will ordrer more that I might not have. Recomend reading.
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