Friday, August 2, 2013

{Book Review} The Beast (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #21) by Faye Kellerman

The Beast (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #21)
by Faye Kellerman
Publisher:William Morrow
Released: August 6th 2013
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery, Thriller
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

The professional and the personal intersect in treacherous ways in this compelling and eerie installment in Faye Kellerman's thrilling New York Times bestselling Decker/Lazarus series

Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case--the most bizarre of his storied career.

When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat--an adult female tiger--attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human. Digging into the victim's life, Decker and his colleagues, Detectives Marge Dunn and Scott Oliver, discover that Penny was an exceptionally peculiar man with exotic tastes, including kinky sex with call girls.

Following a trail of clues that leads from a wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains to the wild nightlife of Las Vegas, the LAPD detectives are left juggling too many suspects and too few answers. To break open a case involving the two most primal instincts--sex and murder--Decker wrestles with a difficult choice. Should he turn to a man with expert knowledge of both, Chris Donatti, the dangerous man who also happens to be the father of Decker's foster son, Gabriel Whitman, a boy not without his own problems?

As their work and intimate worlds collide, Decker and his wife, Rina, find themselves facing tough questions. It just might be that family crises and work-related responsibilities prove too much for Decker's career. A confluence of ordeals can stress even the most intact of families. And when all these shocking truths comes out, exactly how well will Decker and Rina cope, and survive?

Review: Peter Decker is a lieutenant in the LAPD, he catches the bizarre case of Hobart Penny's murder. Penny is a recluse multimillionaire who has a bunch of dangerous and illegal pets, including an adult female tiger. As they delve deeper into Penny's past they discover he wasn't exactly what he appeared to be. While dealing with this case, Decker has to handle his foster son's relationship problems.
I found the murder investigation riveting. As the case progressed I was pulled deeper into the book, wanting to know more and how they were going to handle thing. The twist and turns that were reveled left me wanting to know more. Each clue lead to a more disturbing facet in Penny's personality. I was actually kind of surprised at the lengths Decker and his crew went to in order to find the killer. Which in turn lead to an even bigger mystery. By the end I could see why things turned out the way they did and really wasn't surprised at the motive.
The side plot with Gabriel and his girlfriend didn't really interest me at all and I kind of glossed over those sections to get back to the investigation. I'm sure it had some bearing on the series, but having not read the other books it was lost on me.
Over all this was a good read, I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot.


1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this book. I have been a fan a long time and can't wait to read this one. Great review! Thank you for sharing.

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