Friday, August 16, 2013

Review The Beast by: Faye Kellerman & Giveaway

Title: The Beast
Author: Faye Kellerman
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #21
Source: Partners In Crime Book Tour


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?

My Thoughts: 

Holy moly this book had so much going on Gabe is visiting with his foster parents after testifying at a trial from a previous case.  In the course of this Gabe and his girlfriend have had to hide their relationship.  Which blows up in everyone's faces.

Meanwhile Peter Decker has his work cut out for him when Hobart Penny an elderly hermit of a billionaire, who has been doing some very weird crap.  Keeping bizarre animals having unusual relationships and getting himself killed as well.

Decker and his team find themselves up to their eyes with exotic animals deadly to say the least a sick old man into kinky sex to the extreme and secrets that are all falling out.

This was such a journey reading this book had me guessing who the 'bad guy' was, at first I thought it was the call girls, then I thought the manager of the apartment complex then the sanctuary woman I was literally running in circles and was so surprised by the end.  What a great story Mrs. Kellerman wove I also liked how Dr. Delaware from her husband's series was included in this book as well.


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2 shout outs:

CMash said...

I love this series and looking forward to reading this one. So glad you enjoyed it. Great review! Thank you.

Christine Aurigema said...

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