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The latest novel in the gripping Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series from New York Times best-selling author Faye Kellerman.

When fifteen-year-old Gregory Hesse is found dead, a single gunshot to his head, it appears to be a tragic suicide. But it’s a verdict his mother refuses to accept and eventually her pleas for an inquiry are taken seriously.Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD knows only too well what secret lives teenagers live. He and his wife Rina have recently taken on the responsibility of raising Gabe Whitman, an enigmatic and gifted teen, after his parents abandoned him. A situation made more unnerving by Decker’s realisation he knows nothing about the boy in his care.Just six weeks later a sixteen-year-old girl commits suicide. She was a student at the same high school as Gregory, an exclusive academy well known for being a playground for the rich. As Decker’s probes into the lives of these privileged teenagers, he must follow a dark trail of twisted allegiances and unholy alliances. And with the return of Gabe’s father, former hit-man Chris Donnatti, the case takes an even more sinister turn…

©2011 Faye Kellerman (P)2011 HarperCollins

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Good, but I have some gripes.

I liked book 20 in series very much, and I am diving into volume 21 right away, however I do have some general complaints.

1- Is it the writing, or the narrator, or the fact that I listen in 1.5X speed… or a combination of all 3 that causes the teenaged characters in this series to NEVER ring true? They are nauseatingly polite and goofy and I don’t buy their angst for a second. This was true with Rina’s boys when they were younger and it’s true now with Gabe et al. (seriously, “Cuckoo Bird” as a term of endearment??? barf!)

2- Enough with what people are wearing all the time!!! Let me use my imagination please.

3- I am totally over Rina. What else does she do but fawn over her husband and cook great meals… and bring her husband sandwiches when he’s working late? ARGH. Tedious.

Nevertheless, I am still a fan!