The Theory of Death (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #23)

The Theory of Death (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #23)

by Faye Kellerman

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Now living in upstate New York, former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is plunged into a bizarre web involving academia, underworld crime, and calculating killers in this compulsive novel in New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman's beloved Decker and Lazarus series.

Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it’s been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town.

Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker’s peace. The death appears to be a suicide—a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner’s ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity, a task made difficult by the department’s tight budget and limited personnel. Luckily, Decker gets some unexpected help when his friend and former Greenbury colleague Tyler McAdams calls, looking for a quiet place to study for his law finals.

The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. Beneath the school’s rarified atmosphere they discover a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers—and most dangerous of all—a realm of underworld crime that transforms harmless nerds into cold, calculating evil geniuses. It will take all of Decker’s experience and McAdams’s brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes and solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062420053
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #23
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.50(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.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


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

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The Theory of Death (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #23) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anyone could have made a page-turner out of advanced math I would have bet on Faye Kellerman. Unfortunately I would have lost the bet. This is the least enjoyable read I've had in quite sometime. Skip it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good book! I do enjoy the Peter Decker series !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Very fast moving.
DJNWA More than 1 year ago
This book was very disappointing for me. I found the book to be very boring. The characters are undeveloped and unsympathetic, the language repetitive, and the plot line uninteresting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-woven tale of intrigue covering a variety of locations and situations. Decker and Rina only get better with age. As a Math major, Eigenvalues, fractals, etc. took me back to both my college and my teaching days.
GBJJR More than 1 year ago
I have a degree in math, but the math wasn't the problem with this book. Things just didn't tie together well and there weren't good clues that helped you have a suspicion of what might have happened.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a great edition to the Decker/Lazarus novels. I loved the interaction of Peter Decker and Tyler McAdams. They play off each other beautifully. Then the book gets better when you throw in Decker's wife Rina. Keep more of the books like this one coming. Love the suspense and mystery.
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BookCoholic More than 1 year ago
McAdams has injected new life into the dynamics of the relationship of Rina and Decker. I also enjoy the change of setting from California to the Northeast.