The Beast : Decker / Lazarus

  • by Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by Mitchell Greenberg
  • Series: Decker / Lazarus
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat - an adult female tiger - attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human.
Digging into the victim's life, Decker and his colleagues discover that Penny was an exceptionally peculiar man with exotic tastes, including kinky sex with call girls. Following a trail of clues that leads from a wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains to the wild nightlife of Las Vegas, the LAPD detectives are left juggling too many suspects and too few answers. To break open the case, Decker wrestles with a difficult choice: turning to Chris Donatti, the dangerous man who also happens to be the father of Decker's foster son, Gabriel Whitman.
As their work and intimate worlds collide, Decker and his wife, Rina, find themselves facing tough questions. And when all these shocking truths comes out, exactly how well will Decker and Rina cope, and survive?


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Customer Reviews

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This installment just seemed to be lacking something. Suspense maybe. A lot of wild animal info, that was kinda boring. Young love problems with parents were discussed, through Gabe. Chris Donati had a cameo to get more readers, but had little to do with this novel. There just wasn't any OMG moments to the book, or bite your nails suspense. The case was investigated, and easily solved through interviews and paper trails.
It seemed to be a wrap up of characters, where a new beginning could take place, but if this is a taste if things to come, I don't think I'll be interested. I didn't care for the narrator at all, so that could have helped to kill the book too.
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- Think about this

Not one of Kellerman's best.

Would you try another book from Faye Kellerman and/or Mitchell Greenberg?

Absolutely. Have always enjoyed Faye Kellerman's book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Faye Kellerman again?

Of course.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Not great, but fine.

What character would you cut from The Beast?

It's not the characters that bother me, but the dialogue and storyline that didn't engross me like previous books in the series.

Any additional comments?

Storyline was a bit tired.

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- eva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio