Gun Games (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #20)

Gun Games (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #20)

by Faye Kellerman

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Overview

“[Kellerman] does for the American cop what P. D. James has done for the British mystery, lifting it beyond its genre.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“No one working in the crime genre is better.”
Baltimore Sun

In Gun Games, the sensational Faye Kellerman once again showcases Peter Decker of the LAPD and Rina Lazarus, arguably the most popular husband and wife team in contemporary crime fiction. A rash of shocking adolescent suicides at an elite Los Angeles private school is at the heart of this gripping thriller that also focuses on the troubled teen Decker and Lazarus have brought into their home: Gabriel Whitman, the son of a psychopath. Herself one-half of one of noir fiction’s true “power couples”—along with her husband, acclaimed mystery writer Jonathan Kellerman—Faye Kellerman once again demonstrates how American police procedural writing is done to perfection with Gun Games.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062066961
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #20
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 149,834
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hometown:

Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri

Education:

B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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Gun Games 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
This story focuses on fifteen-year-old Gabe, the Decker's foster son, as the topic revolves around teenage gangs and bullying, and how such things sometimes lead to suicide. With the topic being about teenagers, sex is a part of that and became a central theme in this story which was a distraction for me because it was more explicit than was necessary and made an otherwise good plot less than the standard I've come to expect from Kellerman's series. While the story focuses on Gabe and his new girlfriend, I felt that they didn't talk and act like typical teens, especially 14-year-old Yasmine, and although I know teenage boys think about sex most of the time, it just got to be too much page after page in this story and took away from the important topic of teen bullying and suicide. I really looked forward to this newest title as a fan of the series but was left disappointed. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the "love story" too long, drawn out and "sappy" for one of Faye Kellerman's books. I like the play between Peter and Rina as it seems real...but the Gabe romance was too Danielle Steele for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Faye Kellerman book I've read and I loved it! I went on to see if previous books containedGabe and his parents and found it and read it. I hope Ms Kellerman continues to include Gabe, the pianistic prodigy in future books as I found myself identifying with him in so many ways. Musically,I identify and know the music pieces mentioned as I performed them. I read some of the reviews and felt that some of the comments were made by individuals with siblings and what they "know" of "only children" is probably hearsay or what has been reflected by the media. I hope the author continues to write with Gabe included and that his musical genius flowers and blossoms including his knowledge of guns and everything he has learned from his father and mother and doesn't want to follow in their footsteps. Also, I'd like to know how his relationship with his half-sister develops. Keep up the good work, Ms. Kellerman. I am a loyal fan(I've read the first three books you've written).
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
In this latest installment of the Decker/Lazarus series, the author attempted to inject a slightly different approach to the formula. It probably will upset some readers, and intrigue others. Some will look at the novel and consider it pornographic, in a sense. Others might see it as sensitivity akin to the current controversy over same sex marriage. Whatever stance, the plot is a stimulating one, with the intersecting of two very different sets of characters. The story begins with the mother of a high school boy who has committed suicide visiting Peter Decker in an effort to find out why he did it. Although the coroner has ruled it a suicide, Decker is intrigued enough to look into the matter, especially when a second suicide of a pupil from the same school occurs. The novel then continues to look into what appears to be a group of bullying students, combined with the teenage love affair of Gabe Donatti, the 15-year-old piano genius living with Peter and Rina, and an orthodox Persian teenager who attends the school at which Lazarus teaches. As in the previous novels in the series, the well-written book is full of homespun allusions. Some of the techniques to flavor the teenage atmosphere, like excessive texting, certainly may be off-putting to many readers, but is an apt portrayal of communication for this age group. That said, it is a good read and is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yes the young love was a bit much at times.. but it was about right hormonal teenagers.. overall I enjoyed the book and the plot was a very good one. Issues that are really going on in many school around the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of this series and delightedly await each new book. This book is losing me. I am still in the middle of it but waiting for it to get better or be over. As a mother who has parented four teenagers, the dialogue between Gabe and Yasmine feels stilted and unreal to me. Yasmine's character may be more appropriate to how she is being raise-- the sheltering of her family and religious school environment-- than does Gabe's character, which seems simplistic and forced and too adult-like. In particular, his lack of any apparent sadness around his abandonment by his mother hit me as way off the mark. Maybe it will get better as i reach the second half.
Bookish59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another strong addition to the Rina and Peter Decker series; with the usual excellent cast of characters.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review copy from PublisherOverall Rating 3.25Story Rating 3.25Character Rating 3.25First thought when finished: Why couldn't the whole book be like the last few chapters!What I Loved: The last 1/4 of the book rocked! It was full of action, suspense, and the characters finally were interesting. There was some cat/mouse action and Chris ended up being my favorite character in the whole book.What I Liked: I haven't read the rest of the series but this one really stood on it's own. I could tell there was a serial killer I should have known more about but since that didn't come into play much with this story--I didn't feel left out. I like when an author can do that!What made me go *sigh* again?: The teenagers "love" scenes. I get that this was mostly about Gabe but it just was a little too much!Final Thoughts: I thought that the last few chapters saved this book for me and actually made me want to read some of the back story. However, if you have been reading the series I think you will not want to miss this edition
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read this series for many years I have to say that I was a little disappointed with this one. I did like the main storyline but I felt that Kellerman trying to write dialogue for a fourteen year old boy was less than successful. I did, however, like catching up with the Decker family, but don't like the Dionati family novels quite as well.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series way back in 1986 when it first started. I haven't kept up with the last three or four books, so I thought I would pick up Gun Games, the 20th entry in this long running series.Lieutenant Decker is petitioned by a distraught mother to investigate her son's death. It has been ruled a suicide, but she can't accept it. Decker agrees - and finds that her mother's instincts may be right. When another student at the same school also kills themself, a full scale investigation is launched. Rina and Peter have taken in 15 yr. old Gabe as a foster child. He comes from a troubled background, but is having success as a talented pianist. He runs into a group of teens who are looking for trouble, but escapes unscathed - this time. Gabe also meets a family acquaintance of the Deckers - 14 yr. old Yasmine. I have always enjoyed the personal interaction between Rina and Peter in this series. Their home life, learning of their Jewish faith, description of food, Rina's gentle nature and Peter's gruff competence. The supporting cops on Decker's team - Marge and Oliver are characters I've enjoyed following as well. Sadly, there is little of this in Gun Games. Rather we are forced to endure endless pages of texting between Gabe and Yasmine. Their undying love for each other. Promise? Poor Gabe's sexual frustration. Gabe's deflowering of Jasmine.Yeah, I know - I felt like I was in a (bad) YA novel. I found myself skipping pages of italicized texting and moony phone calls to try and get back to Decker and his case - which ended up playing a sad second fiddle to Gabe and his libido. The police work seemed lackluster, only hitting some sort of action at the end, when a list of names and assignments is given (over and over again) in a ten page flurry. A reference to a previous case involving New Mexico is introduced early in the book, ignored and brought back in the last few pages. It added nothing to the book except as a possible set up for book 21.I was disappointed with Gun Games - Kellerman jumped the shark on this one. It just might be time for Decker to retire
Krista23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is evenly divided between the perspectives of Lieutenant Decker and fifteen year old Gabe, both personalities come off as pretty relaxed and easy going, until a problem hits, then they are on their toes and fast thinkers. I enjoyed the fact that even at the age of fifteen, Gabe was overall a very intelligent boy, but like most teenage boys the thought of sex drives most of his storyline. I believe that the relationship that slowly builds between Yasmine (14) and Gabe (15) was incredibly romantic. Although the more mature scenes between them I had a hard time picturing her as visually looking "10-12" years old as she is described by the author. The connection they had together from their love of music, piano, opera was a nice pace of story to break up the intense detective work that the lieutenant was going through.The Lieutenant and his staff are working to figure out how the boy that committed suicide got the gun. This detective work, along with the additional suicide of a girl that attended the same school, starts to trigger more questions. As the deceased teenagers property starts to turn up missing the school and it's students are getting inspected further and further as they try to connect the missing links. There is very clearly a gang of students that stand out and the only question is why is there a "mafia" group at a prestigious high school, and what is their involvement with Guns and drugs.The story raps up with dangerous activities tumulting in some very dangerous Gun Games. With a combination of sex, drugs, gangs and guns this story reads like a gangster movie.
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gun Games is my first Faye Kellerman novel. I have meant to read her for years. I have read her husband and have even read her son, but for some reason haven't read her. I use to have this thing where I had to start the series from the beginning, but I have finally gotten over that. Yes you do miss character growth and some background, but I've found a lot of these suspense series, each book stands on it's own and that's how I feel about Gun Games. It's the 20th novel in the Rina and Peter Decker series and as I stated before the first I have read.Gun Games seems to center around two separate stories, Gabe, the foster son that Pete and Rina are keeping who is a piano prodigy is the center of one of the stories. He meets a girl who is a year younger and is a Persian Jew. Gabe is white and not a Jew at all. A romance ensues secretly. Gabe keeps up his piano studies and is trying to decide what to do with his life. All-in-all I really enjoyed this story line. I liked Gabe and Yasmine. They were cute and sweet and everything young love is when you are 15 and 14.The second story centers around a suicide that Pete and his detectives have been asked to look into at an exclusive private school. The mom just doesn't think her son could have committed suicide. Crazy things start showing up. I really enjoyed this storyline. The detective work and the way things unfolded really made the story. And I always enjoy reading about exclusive prep or boarding schools.And then the storylines intersect like you would not believe and I won't give anything more away. But thing go completely crazy. If you think you couldn't put the book down before this point, there is no way you are putting it down after this point.I think Ms. Kellerman does an excellent job creating believable characters and scary characters. She interweaves a plot that is so crazy that it is believable. I was enthralled. It's one of those books that is so calm and easy going in the beginning that it sucks you in and before you know it you just cannot put it down.Overall I think this was an amazing book and if the others in this series are anything like it I am definitely starting at the beginning and working my way through. In fact I'm going to my library website now to reserve The Ritual Bath. I can't wait to get more of Peter and Rina Decker.
bamckay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been reading this series since the beginning and have to say I was rather disgusted by this book. I felt that the information about Gabe's sexual dreams or whatever you want to call them was TMI. It would have been a much more enjoyable book without them. There are several places in the book where Decker spends time investigating a serial killer. I was puzzled as to how this was a part of the book. I don't remember it from an older book and the details on it were sparse. Not her best effort but it was a somewhat enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it! Another suspenseful book by Faye Kellerman! Peter Decker seems like my friend now! You won’t be sorry you got this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first try certainly demands at least a couple more
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nnoniemonie More than 1 year ago
Didn't realize I was buying a teen love story that made the twilight series look entertaining. Total waste of money and time. Couldn't even finish it. Don't waster your time or money on this
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Tax2008 More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
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MikerFL More than 1 year ago
You won't be disappointed with this Faye Kellerman crime and family angst story that she does so masterfully time and time again. A solid 4 star all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! But haven't read a book in the Peter Decker series that I haven't enjoyed!k