Friday, January 10, 2014

Gun Games, Faye Kellerman

Synopsis: The nearly identical suicides of two students at a prestigious private school, both involving stolen handguns, pique the interest of LAPD Lieutenant Detective Pete Decker and his squad. But the focus here is less on Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, than on Gabe Whitman, the son of a friend who’s living with them temporarily. Gabe, a 15-year-old musical prodigy, also has street smarts learned from his mobster father, Chris Donatti, that stand him in good stead when he’s “crowded” and threatened by the clique called the B&W Mafia. Home-schooled Gabe also falls head-over-heels in love with 14-year-old Yasmine Nourmand. While the reciprocal relationship is grounded in love of music (plus raging hormones), it appears doomed by cultural and religious differences. Plot threads intertwine head-on in a violent confrontation, eventually tying up most loose ends extremely satisfactorily. The twentieth Decker/Lazarus novel shows Kellerman in fine form, taking on the au courant issue of bullying, in a slick, fast-moving mystery that should entice even those new to the series.

Thoughts: This is only my second Decker/Lazarus novel, and I am seriously hooked. Peter and Rina have great chemistry, and Gabe is a great character. Looking forward to seeing where his relationship with Yasmine will go in future novels. The last chapter of this one REALLY threw me for a loop, as I didn't see it coming at all....wondering if it will be addressed in the next book, or at some point in the future.

My rating: Five stars

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