Jupiter's Bones : A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman added a spin on her police procedural series by having her detective marry an orthodox jew.

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Jupiter's Bones : A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.27 x 6.87 x 4.24
  • Publisher: Avon; (July 2000)
  • ISBN: 0380730820


    Amazon.com
    Faye Kellerman's 11th Peter Decker-Rina Lazarus mystery takes police lieutenant Decker into the enclave of a Heaven's Gate-style pseudoscientific religious cult, the Order of the Rings of God. The cult's leader, a former world-class physicist who styles himself Jupiter, has died of an ungodlike combination of liquor and prescription drugs, but whether it was accident, suicide, or murder is suspiciously murky. The death is mysteriously reported by Jupiter's estranged daughter Europa, a scientist who has nothing to do with the cult, and when the police arrive on the scene, they find that Jupiter's followers, particularly his four unpleasantly ambitious personal attendants, range from uncooperative to downright hostile. Decker's suspicions kick into high gear when two other cult members go missing and another body turns up. But with the tense situation threatening to unravel as explosively as Jonestown or Waco, it's Marge, Decker's professional sidekick, who penetrates the cult's inner sanctum and effects a scary eleventh-hour rescue.

    For Decker, as always, the mystery serves to offset the tempestuous Orthodox Jewish family life that he married into. Sammy, Rina's older son, wants to study in a politically unstable region of Israel, and Jake, the younger, is teetering on the edge of a most unorthodox social scene of girls, porn movies, and pot. Kellerman knows how to craft a compelling mystery, but it's the honesty of Decker's unique religious and family struggles that keeps mystery fans interested book after book. If you're new to this series, you'll want to begin at the beginning with The Ritual Bath. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Amazon.com Audiobook Review
    Narrator Jordan Lage uses his diverse background in theater, film, and television for all it's worth, creating a menagerie of quirky character voices and pumping the spooky meter to 11. But it really isn't necessary. Faye Kellerman's story, centering on the suspicious death of a charismatic cult leader and the deadly reactions of his followers, is mysterious and entertaining enough without all the vocal gymnastics. When playing it straight, Lage does a credible job with an intriguing and...
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    Reader Reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Peter deals with a religious cult, June 13, 2003 Reviewer: Karen Potts from Lake Jackson, TX USA Police Lieutenant Peter Decker is called in on the death of a charismatic leader of a religious cult called the Order of the Rings. The deceased was a well-known astophysicist named Emil Ganz who had disappeared and then surfaced as Father Jupiter, the leader of the cult. His death is reported to the police by his daughter, Europa, who is not involved with the cult but who had followed her father's footsteps into his occupation. When Decker and the LAPD try to investigate the death, Jupiter's four lieutenants try to stonewall their efforts. Soon there is another death, and some disappearances from the compound where the cult lives. Decker and his cohorts are horrified as they uncover the secrets of the Order of the Rings. Peter's longtime partner Marge plays a pivotal role in an exciting rescue attempt at the end of the book where the action really peaks. Peter also discovers some long-hidden secrets about his stepsons, but as usual, his homelife takes second place to his professional one. This is another good entry to the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Series from the gifted writer, Faye Kellerman.

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