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Title:
Stone kiss : a Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novel
Author:
Kellerman, Faye.
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Edition:
Large print edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
660 pages : 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780446530781
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

It was December 3, 1984. In the ancient city of Bhopal, a cloud of toxic gas escaped from an American pesticide plant, killing and injuring thousands of people. When the noxious clouds cleared, the worst industrial disaster in history had taken place. Now, Dominique Lapierre brings the hundreds of characters, conflicts, and adventures together in an unforgettable tale of love and hope. Readers will meet the poetry-loving factory worker who unleashes the apocalypse, the young Indian bride who was to be married that terrible night, and the doctors who died that night saving others. It is a gripping, fascinating account that is already mesmerizing readers around the world.


Author Notes

Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 31, 1952. She received a B.A. in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry from UCLA. Instead of becoming a dentist, she decided to become a writer after being inspired by the success of her husband, Jonathan Kellerman.

Her first novel, The Ritual Bath, won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. It also became the first book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel series, which consists of over 20 volumes. Her other books include Moon Music, The Quality of Mercy, Prism written with Aliza Kellerman, and Double Homicide and Capital Crimes written with Jonathan Kellerman. She received a lifetime achievement award from Strand Magazine on July 10, 2013. She made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2017 with her title Bone Box.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

If Kellerman faltered slightly in her last Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus thriller, The Forgotten [BKL Jl 01], she more than makes up for it in this one, even though the calm, inquisitive Rina is mostly absent from the action. Responding to his half-brother Jonathan's plea for help in solving the murder of Jonathan's brother-in-law and the disappearance of his niece, LAPD detective Drecker finds himself in the middle of a cultural disconnect: on one side is the New York Orthodox Jewish community where the victims' family lives; on the other is Manhattan mobster and porn photographer Chris Donatti, whom Decker once put behind bars, then freed. Decker knows Donatti may hold the key to the crime, but he also knows the vengeful young man isn't going to give it up easily. The amoral Chris steals the show here; a great foil for the righteous Decker, he's viscous yet vulnerable, calculating, vengeful, and selfish, but with a skewed code of ethics that makes him pitiable, almost sympathetic. There's some steamy sex, and Kellerman ratchets up the action as Decker and Donatti alternately try to outsmart one another and punch each other out. High-voltage stuff about family ties and righting old wrongs. --Stephanie Zvirin


Publisher's Weekly Review

Raw. Brutal. Ugly. And, of course, riveting. L.A. homicide detective Peter Decker, an orthodox Jew, answers a call for help from his half-brother, Jonathan, in this 14th tale (after 2001's The Forgotten) from bestseller Kellerman. Ephraim Lieber, Jonathan's brother-in-law, has been found murdered in a seedy Manhattan hotel. Ephraim's 15-year-old niece, Shaynda, who was supposed to be with him, is missing. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to fly to New York to assess the situation, advise the family and perhaps consult with the police investigating the crime. Wife Rina and daughter Hannah accompany him to make the trip something of a vacation as well. The bare questions of the case are difficult and delicate enough (had Ephraim, a recovering drug addict, backslid? was his relationship with Shaynda abusive? what part did other family relationships play?). Peter is quickly caught up in a desperate attempt to find and save the girl while battling an intransigent family, unfamiliar territory and reckless killers. Worse, his best ally in this impossible situation is Chris Donatti, first encountered in Justice (1995), a psychotic, mob-connected killer and maker of pornographic films. Whether Kellerman is depicting the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community or a pornographer's studio, she is utterly convincing. Amid the wreckage of lives taken or thrown away, Kellerman's heroes find glimmers of hope and enough moral ambiguity to make even her most evil villain look less than totally black. (One-day laydown July 30) Forecast: A five-city author tour, TV advertising in L.A. and New York, national print advertising and more should propel this title into bestseller territory. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Rina Lazarus and LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker are back, and have they got a problem: the brother-in-law of Decker's half-brother, Rabbi Jonathan Levin, has been found dead in a real dump of a hotel, and the man's young niece is missing. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.