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Title:
Street dreams
Author:
Kellerman, Faye.
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books Large Print, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
610 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Summary:
Rescuing a newborn that has been abandoned in a dumpster, LAPD officer Cindy Decker, the wife of detective Peter Decker, begins a search through inner-city Hollywood in search of the baby's mother and uncovers a dangerous drug ring.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780446532327
Format :
Book

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Summary

Detective Peter Decker teams up with his wife and daughter to solve a crime rooted in both the past and present. While on routine patrol, LAPD officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn abandoned in an alley dumpster. Cindy searches for the mother in inner -city Hollywood, following a treacherous trail filled with drug lords. But with each new lead, the twisted journey gets darker--and endangering her very life. When Decker and Decker join forces, can this edgy duo put personal issues aside to catch a vicious culprit before he strikes again? "Included in Bestseller and Full Standing Order Plans


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

Because Kellerman doesn't reprise history in her latest Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker mystery, readers new to the long-running series may find themselves frustrated by the allusions. But Decker family fans will speed through this solid whodunit, which is not only an entertaining puzzler but also takes the characters' relationships to a new level. Cindy, a rookie cop and Peter's 28-year-old daughter by his first marriage, takes center stage here. Both her rocky history with the department and with her dad come to the fore as she digs into the case of a developmentally disabled teenager who abandoned her baby, insists she was raped, and may have witnessed a murder. Following the strangely coincidental hit-and-run of another disabled teen from the same area, the case blossoms into a mystery that requires help from Peter and from Cindy's new boyfriend, an Ethiopian-born Jew who finds willowy, red-haired Cindy to be the girl of his dreams. The romance and the dialogue are a tad overdone ("you and me both, hot stuff"), but series fans won't be too concerned. StephanieZvirin.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Kellerman's latest Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novel (after 2002's Stone Kiss) will please her fans, but is unlikely to make new converts. When Cindy Decker, Peter's LAPD officer daughter (who had a big role in 2000's Stalker), finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster, she sets out to track down the developmentally disabled mother, suspecting that the child may have been the product of a rape. Her fellow officers discourage her efforts, while an attempt on her life sparks conflict with an alarmed Peter. Romance occupies Cindy, an observant Jew, as much as her professional career. Conveniently, the sexy and caring black pediatric nurse who cares for the baby turns out to be an observant Ethiopian Jew who is instantly smitten with her. Other coincidences abound, including Cindy's witnessing of a fatal hit-and-run that may be connected with the sexual assault she alone believes occurred. A minor subplot concerning the murder of stepmother Rina's grandmother in 1920s Munich simply peters out. Details of Jewish religious observance amount to superficial trappings. Cindy mentions dealing with an earlier trauma through therapy, but the author never lets the reader in on any of her sessions. The solution to the crime comes almost as an afterthought in this overlong book. Others, and Kellerman herself, have done a better job of melding a mystery plot with the challenges of maintaining Jewish identity in the modern world. 3-city author tour. (Aug. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

When 28-year-old LAPD officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn from an alley dumpster, she embarks on an investigation that will bring both romance and danger into her life. While visiting the baby girl in the hospital, Cindy, an observant Jew, meets and is immediately attracted to Koby, a hard-working pediatric nurse and Ethopian-born Jew. While on their first date, Koby reveals the results of genetic testing on the newborn-she has one black and one white parent and at least one of them is developmentally disabled. Armed with this information, Cindy tracks down the mother, only to learn that she was the victim of a gang rape. Decker/Lazarus series fans will enjoy seeing Cindy again in the spotlight and may want to revisit Stalker, the 2000 novel featuring the novice police officer in a leading role. While the abridged version retains all the vital details of Kellerman's latest police procedural, narrator Nancy McKeon sometimes struggles with the diverse set of characters-although she is excellent as the voice of Cindy. The unabridged program offers a solid performance by Laura Hicks, as well as all the domestic detail fans require; recommended to libraries with series followers. The abridged audio is an optional purchase.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.