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The Theory of Death

Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Crime Thrillers
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Series: Decker / Lazarus, Book 23
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
3.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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

It has been almost a year since Greenbury's last murder. Detective Peter Decker has enjoyed the slower pace of his new job with the upstate police department. Then he receives a phone call from his captain.

A male body has been found in the local woods. It appears to be a suicide - single shot to the head, gun by his side - but until the coroner makes the final determination, Decker and his partner, Tyler McAdams, must treat the scene as a suspicious crime.

Identifying the body takes Decker and McAdams into the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics at Kneed Loft College - a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers and, most dangerous of all, a realm of underworld crime where even the most conscientious students can become cold and calculating.

It will take all of Decker's wits and McAdams' brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes to solve a dark, twisted tale created by depraved masterminds.

©2016 Faye Kellerman (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Kellerman is an excellent writer." ( The Times)
"Very exciting." ( Daily Mail
"Brutal but thoughtful and well plotted, fast moving and well told." ( Observer)
"Sensational." ( Mirror)
"Kellerman creates a claustrophobic atmosphere, against a background of seediness, violence and distrust." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Kellerman moves her gritty mean streets LA plot along with breakneck pace." ( Irish Independent)

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stumbling to the end of a very boring murder investigation

If you want to read a word by word conversation between two detectives as they stagger their way through an investigation stumbling from clue to clue and boringly, inevitably stumble onto the killer then read this book. There are no twists or turns. The reader makes it even more cumbersome to listen to. This story is like a template of a homicide investigation with only the thoughts and boring words of the detectives revealed to the reader. What a dreadful book

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I enjoyed the story in the beginning but got totally bored as it continued. Way too much going back and forth between characters without the story developing. Could have done a better job by removing about 1/3 Of the content.

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  • Mrs Susan Edmunds
  • 18-07-2020

oh dear

Well I normally enjoy this series, but this one should gave gone in the round file. Very slow, mostly a descriptive of family life and travelling. zero action, zero intrigue, zero interest, so zero engagement. others in the series are much better.

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  • S. Page
  • 07-10-2017

Not what I'd call gripping.

The story was a bit rambling and I felt myself not caring 'who dunnit' but the most annoying thing was the narrator, he made Rina in particular an even more irritating character than she is already.