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Description - Stone Kiss by Faye Kellerman

'It was the stunned, pale look of bad news' The call is brief. There's been a murder in the family of Lieutenant Decker's half brother, Rabbi Jonathan Levine. Ephraim Lieber, a Hassidic Jew with a catalogue of problems in his past, was found dead in a seedy Manhattan hotel, a single gunshot wound to his head. And his niece, fifteen-year-old Shaynda, is missing. In a desperate bid to track down the missing girl, Decker finds himself in an alien city and a maze of deceit and danger, on a twisted journey that takes him from the darkened slums of New Jersey and the deserted industrial streets of New York, to the hidden meeting places of Hassidic outcasts...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747265382
ISBN-10: 0747265380
Format: Paperback
(180mm x 112mm x 31mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Headline Book Publishing
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Stone Kiss by Faye Kellerman

UK Kirkus Review » This, Faye Kellerman's 13th crime novel featuring Lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife Rina, will like its predecessors have her many fans reading avidly until the small hours. Decker and Rina are looking forward to a peaceful vacation when a frantic phone call from Decker's half-brother, Rabbi Jonathan Levine, throws the family into turmoil. The naked body of Jonathan's brother-in-law, Ephraim Lieber, a Hassidic Jew and recovering drug addict, has been found in a sleazy Manhattan hotel room. To complicate matters further, Shaynda, the dead man's 15-year-old niece, has vanished. Unable to ignore Jonathan's pleas for help, Decker soon finds himself pounding the streets of New York in a desperate attempt to untangle the mystery. The police are grudging with their co-operation; the family's lawyer is antagonistic and wants him out of New York, and when the missing girl's parents tell him to get off the case and go back to LA, Decker is enraged. What began as a family favour quickly becomes a quest - the more barriers that are thrown up in his way, the more Decker becomes obsessed with the case, following a trail of lies and deception from New York to New Jersey, unearthing corruption and lies at every turn. Decker is out on his own, his only lifeline a depraved psychopath who rapes and kills as a matter of necessity. But time is running out, and he needs help wherever he can find it. Powerful and utterly gripping, Stone Kiss lays bare the emotional ravages caused by religious and family conflicts. Desire for the truth is overpowered by the abiding need to keep the family together - the whole edifice may come toppling down if every strand of deceit is unravelled. This is an enthralling crime novel, but at a deeper level it forces us all to consider what we would do if faced with such dreadful choices. Solving the crime has far-reaching consequences; life for the Deckers will never be the same again. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman was born in St Louis, Missouri. She began her career as a dentist but turned to writing after the birth of her eldest child in 1978. Faye now has four children and lives with them and her husband, novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles.

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