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The Mercedes Coffin (Decker/Lazarus Novel) [Mass Market Paperback]

Faye Kellerman
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27 Nov 2012 Decker/Lazarus Novel (Book 17)

Billionaire Genoa Greeves believes the LAPD should finally solve the fifteen-year-old execution-style murder of her favorite teacher, Bennett Little&#8212;especially now that Hollywood music producer Primo Ekerling has been slain in an eerily similar manner: shot and stuffed into the trunk of his Mercedes-Benz.

Lieutenant Peter Decker resents having to commit valuable manpower to a cold case simply because a rich woman says, “Jump!” But when a primary investigator in the Little case, now retired, suspiciously commits suicide hours after he and Decker talk, the detective realizes something evil's connecting the dots in two murders separated by a decade and a half. Wife Rina Lazarus offers a cool, rational outlook, as always, despite her growing concern for her husband's welfare&#8212;as past and present collide with a vengeance, catapulting Decker ever closer to the edge of an infinite dark abyss.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (27 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062088203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062088208
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 10.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,405 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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Faye Kellerman is the author of twenty-seven novels, including twenty New York Times bestselling mysteries that feature the husband-and-wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. She has also penned two bestselling short novels with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, and recently teamed up with her daughter Aliza to cowrite a young adult novel, Prism—the story of four teens in an alternate universe. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The pace is a bit slow, but an enjoyable read nevertheless.
Careful though, Amazon is offering this book with A Cold Case in a duo, they are the same book with different titles!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but there's a catch 28 Dec 2008
Just a word of warning - 'Cold Case' and this book are the same story with different titles. Thanks to the other person who has put this also - I nearly bought it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Double M.O. Triggers a Cold Case Investigation 11 Oct 2008
When the police see a crime that's unusual, they check their records to see if there are any other similar crimes. When the details match, they often find that the same person was responsible. Career criminals frequently repeat themselves. What's rare, however, is when 15 years separate the two incidents. What does it mean then?

That's the question that Lieutenant Peter Decker faces when the LAPD is offered a large reward for finding the murderer of a well-beloved teacher, Bennett Little (Dr. Ben to many of his students), that occurred 15 years earlier. To make matters a little simpler (or more complicated?), Decker's daughter caught the squeal on the second murder.

From there, the book settles down into a slow-moving police procedural where you have to keep track of all the connections among the various people to make sense of the mystery. Even then, the results may seem a bit speculative until just near the end.

Normally, I like the slow unpeeling of the onion in a police procedural, but this one just didn't do it for me. Several parts of the story didn't ring true, even after thinking about them for a few days after I read the book. The characters who were introduced just for this story didn't always ring true to me either.

If you don't want to take a chance on this book, there's nothing of series significance that happens. So you have the option to skip this one, even if you are a dyed-in-the-wool Faye Kellerman fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading 28 Mar 2012
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Faye Kellerman strikes again, an excellent suspense novel incorporating the Decker family. A very good read with a interesting insight into the Friday evenings of a Jewish family. I could not turn the pages fast enough on my Kindle. a very good buy from Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Case reprinted!!!!! 25 July 2014
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Just downloaded this to my kindle to find out I had just read this under the name of COLD CASE!!!! Whilst the book was a really great read I am somewhat annoyed that the publishers have re-issued Cold Case under a new title The Mercedes Coffin. I am trying to read the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series in sequence, I should have checked the book synopsis first so to everyone thinking of getting this its the same as Cold Case if you have read it. So annoying!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the mercedes coffin 6 Aug 2013
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A great read kept you guessing if they had got it right nearly to the end, I will be back for more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Duplicated 24 May 2013
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, on a par with the rest of her work Watch out, though, because it's the same as "Cold Case" - but with a different title
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