From New York Times bestseller Faye Kellerman comes a new novel featuring Detective Peter Decker, who teams up with his wife and daughter to solve a crime rooted in both the past and present. While on routine patrol, LAPD Officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn abandoned in an alley dumpster. But she can't call it a night until she sees the infant safe in a hospital. Now, the hunt is on for the mother, more than likely a desperate girl in need of medical attention. Armed with advice from her overworked detective father, Cindy searches through inner-city Hollywood, following a treacherous trail filled with drug lords. But with each new lead, the twisted journey gets darker, battering Cindy's complex personal relationships--and endangering her very life. When Decker and Decker join forces, can this edgy duo put personal issues aside to catch a vicious culprit before he strikes again? AUTHORBIO: Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, bestselling novelist Jonathan Kellerman, in Southern California. ... Read more
Customer Reviews (61)
A mixed review
I've read this series for years.One reason is that like Rina and Peter, I am a religious Jew.Also like Rina, I am a child of survivors.I didn't mind the lack of mystery for the sake of developing the story of Cindy and Koby; I thought that was a strength of the novel.However, I have gotten a bit sick of "saint" Rina, Peter's explosive temper, and now situational religiosity: Koby says he keeps kosher but eats out vegetarian (it doesn't work that way); has nonmarital sex (also doesn't work that way); mostly keeps the Sabbath unless there's a cool party Koby's invited to (oh really)?I can understand (my family lives in LA) living in Silver Lake and not in Los Feliz (the price differential is breath-taking), but Kellerman should know better- she has Rina explaining to Peter in an earlier book what's wrong with eating vegetarian out, etc.
The secondary story of Rina and Peter was just too upsetting.Not just the material, but the premise.Peter needed R&R after the big shoot-out in New York, not let's play Nazi-hunter in Germany. And picking Munich for a vacation spot?Seriously?I found that most incredible of all.When they live a 40 minute plane ride from Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful places on earth?
Last peeve:When will Kellerman learn to count?The ages of most of the main characters are all wrong!
2.5, the good and the bad of this novel
I read over several of the other reviewers comments and I agree with some and disagree with others.
Quite a few people remarked that they didn't like Cindy Decker, I actually like the character.I think she's interestingly dynamic, in that she can be quite tough when she needs to be yet vulnerable.Her relationships are interesting and entertaining, her father and Jewish stepmother, those conversations, those glimpses are good.
However, I agree with other reviewers who found the racial tensions to be forced and distracting.I feel this was a blantant attempt by Kellerman to make her heroine seem more noble.A white red-haired beautiful police officer falls in love with an black Ethiopian Jew.That in and of itself is not the problem.It's her constant barrage of racial tensions, the oversexed pairing of the couple, Decker's lengthy "race" speeches.It all lacked nobility.It was an honest ploy by Kellerman to elevate Decker, and it's just bad form.
Secondly, was the fact that Kellerman, who expects the reader to admire Decker, has her give her gun to her boyfriend, whom she's only known a few weeks in a potentially dangerous situation, then directs him to lie about it and THEN, the most unbelievable portion of it all, she takes that gun, rolls down her window and fires aimlessly so that she will had gun residue on her hand in case they check.I absolutely could not believe that this author made her HEROINE do something so blantantly STUPID!She was in the city!She's not in the desert, she's not out in some isolated field, and she discharges her gun randomly out the window!!Are you kidding me??I don't think the most ridiculously stupid police officer in the world could commit that offense.It was unreal.What was Kellerman thinking??
I disagree about several reviewers saying the subplots were distracting, that's real police work, they have to run down every lead and it often branches out and the reality of police work is interviews, interviews, interviews.That part of the novel didn't bother me or distract me.
There you have the good and the bad, in my opinion.
Multi Story Line
Even though I have read several of Kellermans books I could not finish this one . I made it through chapter 6 and tossed the book .
There is just to many useless words to take up space that has nothing to do with current storyline . Like author goes into great detail to tell what a house looks like or what character is wearing , and there is parts in book where police's wifehas a friend read some sort of Jewish writting for her and the useless words just go on and on . WORST BOOK WRITTEN BY KELLERMAN TO DATE .
Lots of suspense
Street Dreams by Faye Kellerman is medium paced solid entertainment.A lot is going on in everybody's life and the stories from the past are woven together with family relationships that aren't part of the crimes, but highlight the tension between all of the characters involved.Everybody has agendas!Everybody has a life, and because Kellerman includes those everyday bits of everyone's lives the story has a lot more meat to it, it feels more real.The book has all the thrills and suspense you would expect from Kellerman, and a lot more.As for guessing whodunit, good luck!
I've read many of Faye Kellerman's books and have always enjoyed them but this one was really weak. Cindy Decker is not a particularly interesting character and she certainly wasn't helped by a weak plot. I've never been a fan of multiple storylines and this book is no exception. The secondary story involving Rina's missing grandmother was really much more interesting than the primary story featuring Cindy. I would have loved the entire book to focus on the WW2 murder. Unfortunately there was no resolution whatsoever to this secondary plot and the resolution to the main story was very undramatic and appeared to be almost an afterthought as though the author said, "Uh oh, I better tie this up now". Since some of my favorite books have been by Faye Kellerman, I will still read her in the future but I certainly wouldn't recommend this one to start with.
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