Books by Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman is the author of the bestselling Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, as well as a thriller, MOON MUSIC, and a historical novel, THE QUALITY OF MERCY. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, and their children.


WALKING SHADOWS by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"As usual, Kellerman (Killing Season, 2017, etc.) is more interested in the big scenes than in the cartilage that binds them together. The result is a methodical procedural whose method is to look everywhere, ask everything, and deal with the inevitable disappointment when the pieces just refuse to come together."
An unwelcome discovery on the grounds of an empty house brings Detective Peter Decker, who retired from the LAPD, to the allegedly quiet town of Greenbury, New York, up against a criminal plot that stretches back 20 years. Read full book review >
KILLING SEASON by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The mystery, with a forgettable killer whose most serious threat against the hero is slashing his tires, gets buried in the coming-of-age story. If you want to spend 700 pages revisiting the normal yet fraught rituals of adolescent romance, though, here's your chance."
A curious stand-alone from the creator of Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker (Bone Box, 2017, etc.): a New Mexico teen tracks down clues in the rape and strangling of his older sister three years ago while he faces the pressure and angst common to all high school seniors. Read full book review >
BONE BOX by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A low-concept small-town procedural that delivers more authenticity than suspense, with so many forgettable suspects, witnesses, and potential victims that you'll need a grade book to keep them straight."
An unwelcome discovery Rina Lazarus makes on a woodsy trail begins what feels like an endless new investigation for her husband, Greenbury Police Detective Peter Decker (The Theory of Death, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE THEORY OF DEATH by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Move this one to the top of your list if you still pine for linear algebra. The unenlightened may want to wait and see what's on offer next term."
Detective Peter Decker welcomes his insufferable former colleague Tyler McAdams, shot at the end of Murder 101 (2014), back to the Greenbury, New York, police force with open arms and violent death.Read full book review >
MURDER 101 by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"It's nice to see small-town homicide get Decker's pulse pounding again, though the investigation is routine and the resolution, supplied mostly by Rina Lazarus, Decker's wife, is from hunger."
Retired from the LAPD to be closer to his kids on the East Coast, Detective Peter Decker (The Beast, 2013, etc.), now attached to the Greenbury Police Department, finds just as many felonies in the Five Colleges region of upstate New York. Read full book review >
THE BEAST by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Except for the snappy dialogue and excellent grasp of police procedure, this Kellerman vehicle has little to redeem the hard-to-swallow plot, extraneous and unremarkable love story, and odd fashion minutia, which seems designed to function mainly as page filler."
Kellerman puts her LAPD detectives to the test in a most unusual outing, even by West Coast standards. Read full book review >
GUN GAMES by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Kellerman (Hangman, 2010, etc.) stakes out her claim as the mordant Judy Blume. If you're not particularly engaged by the sexual arousal of pubescent first-timers, you can skip to the final vignette, which puts the focus back on adult misdemeanors."
A psychopath's teenage son falls in love. Read full book review >
HANGMAN by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"The mystery depends on too many coincidences to take it seriously, but Kellerman (Blindman's Bluff, 2009, etc.) is more interested in the domestic details anyway."
Even though he's working an endless homicide, LAPD Lt. Peter Decker celebrates his 60th birthday by opening his house to a new child. Read full book review >
BLINDMAN’S BLUFF by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Kellerman (The Garden of Eden, 2006, etc.), who seems as fond of plot coincidences as she is of Judaica, has settled into a comfortable storytelling groove that's likely to please her legion of fans without winning her many new ones."
A cop's wife IDs a suspect. Read full book review >
PRISM by Faye Kellerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Who needs character development or logical world-building when you've got high-speed chases and laxative smuggling? (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Kaida is a normal high-school girl going on a normal class trip—until a terrible van accident strands her in a nightmare with two of her fellow travelers. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN OF EDEN by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A double dose of Faye and her wonderful kids, though the absence of her husband Jonathan is sorely felt."
A Kellerman compendium, complete with the author's own self-indulgent introductions. Read full book review >
DOUBLE HOMICIDE by Jonathan Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Two sets of blue-collar dicks, working doggedly out of hard-pressed departments in a thoroughly believable way: nothing fancy here, but oh-so-refreshingly readable."
The prolific Kellermans (he: The Conspiracy Code, 2003, etc.; she: Street Dreams, 2003, etc.) jointly pen a pair of crisp, smart novellas. Read full book review >
STREET DREAMS by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Incendiary Cindy rules. Fans of Kellerman (Stone Kiss, 2002, etc.) won't complain."
In the 15th of the series featuring LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and his Orthodox Jewish wife Rina Lazarus, a hot-blooded offspring upstages them. Read full book review >
STONE KISS by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 30, 2002

"Humdrum prose, bravura storytelling: vintage Kellerman."
If their immediate family isn't igniting heartburn in LAPD's Peter Decker and his Orthodox Jewish wife, Rina Lazarus, their extended family is. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Warm, funny, fast-moving, even decently written: Kellerman at her unassuming best."
Back again—and in top form—are LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus (Jupiter's Bones, 1999, etc.) for their 13th praiseworthy attempt to cope with a world they never made. Read full book review >
STALKER by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The downside, as ever, is Kellerman's slapdash, cliché-prone prose."
In the 11th Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novel (Jupiter's Bones, 1999, etc.), both spouses recede into supporting roles, leaving the star turn to Ivy-educated daughter Cynthia. Read full book review >
JUPITER'S BONES by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"And, as usual, Decker, Rina, and their children will generate sufficient interest to keep series fans happy."
Once again, LAPD lieutenant Pete Decker and his Orthodox Jewish wife Rina Lazarus (Serpent's Tooth, 1997, etc.) find themselves needing unorthodox solutions to hard-pressing problems. Read full book review >
MOON MUSIC by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"Lazarus fans may take heart, or take warning."
And now for something completely different from the creator of LAPD detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus (Serpent's Tooth, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SERPENT'S TOOTH by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Midlevel Kellerman, not up to Prayers for the Dead (1996), but well ahead of her soapier Decker-Lazarus domestic dramas. (First printing of 175,000)"
Why would somebody walk into trendy Estelle's and spray the diners with gunfire, killing 13 of them and wounding 32? Read full book review >
PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Plotting as sumptuously as P.D. James, Kellerman (Justice, 1995, etc.) uses the fashionable issues of homosexuality, religious differences, and medical ethics to reach the tormented humanity at the core of the all-too-well-named Sparks family. (First printing of 100,000)"
For a man who often seemed to be presenting himself as God, Dr. Azor Moses Sparks met an unusually ignominious end, shot and slashed to death in the car parked in the alley behind Tracadero's restaurant. Read full book review >
JUSTICE by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The result is unrelieved but highly effective melodrama, fleet and heavy-breathing, whose outrageous coincidences and third- quarter longueurs will be redeemed for her fans by three final surprises. (Author tour)"
A psychopathic New York mob scion involved with a starry- eyed high-school seniorit spells trouble even before LAPD Sgt. Read full book review >
GRIEVOUS SIN by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"But Kellerman's plotting still veers into melodrama, undercutting her story's plausibility."
While his wife is recovering from birthing complications, Peter Decker of the LAPD (False Prophet, etc.)—along with his partner Marge and his teenage daughter, Cindy, from his first marriage—investigate the kidnapping of baby Rodriguez from the hospital nursery. Read full book review >
FALSE PROPHET by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Like Day of Atonement, Milk and Honey, etc., this comes to life only when discussing Judaica, which takes a backseat here to adoption procedures and assorted sexual preferences."
When LAPD detective Peter Decker arrives at the Valley Canyon Spa Resort, its beautiful owner, Lilah, the daughter of Hollywood legend Davida Eversong, appears to have been beaten and raped, and her mother's jewels and late father's unpublished memoirs are missing from her safe. Read full book review >
DAY OF ATONEMENT by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1991

"Contrived, wordy, and far from Kellerman's best."
Such a honeymoon for LAPD Detective Peter Decker and his Orthodox bride, Rina Lazarus (Milk and Honey, 1990, etc.): The Lutheran-raised Peter (Akiva in Brooklyn Yiddish) not only meets up, for the first time, with his birth-mother, Frieda Levine, and her other five progeny, but he also has to scour the Orthodox Jewish communities for his half-nephew Noam/Nick-O, who, feeling stifled at home, has disappeared during the High Holy Days. Read full book review >