An explosive new thriller from the bestselling Faye Kellerman featuring LA detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.
At 8.15am, a small green suburb of Los Angeles is turned into a fiery inferno by a commuter plane crash, plunging the city's emergency services into a major crisis.
A month later, one mystery from the wreckage still remains unsolved. A woman's body - initially thought to be a stewardess - is instead revealed to be an undiscovered homicide, decades old. Who is this nameless victim? And why is the stewardess still missing?
As they begin to unravel years of deception, Lieutenant Peter Decker and his team come closer and closer to the shocking truth – and a confrontation with a vicious killer.
Praise for The Burnt House:
Relentless suspense with intense, multilayered human drama, this is an utterly compelling page-turner’ My Weekly
Praise for Faye Kellerman:
‘Very exciting’ Daily Mail
‘Brutal but thoughtful and well-plotted, fast-moving and well told’ Observer
‘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
About the author
Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, ‘The Ritual Bath’ (1986) introduced Sergeant Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Deadly disaster sparks a gripping case for homicide detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus. After a plane crashes, the investigative duo is brought in to help find a mysterious woman’s body, but another, far more sinister, puzzle is waiting in the wreckage. The Burnt House brings double trouble to Faye Kellerman’s intrepid sleuths. Their 16th adventure—which can be read as a standalone—is full of the twisting suspense and emotional family drama that makes this series one of our favourites.
A coincidence so improbable that a character comments on it renders bestseller Kellerman's 16th novel to feature Lt. Peter Decker of the LAPD and wife Rina Lazarus (after 2003's Street Dreams) one of the series' lesser entries. After a commuter airplane crashes into an apartment building shortly after takeoff from Burbank Airport, Decker and his team investigate what many fear was a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, the parents of Roseanne Dresden, a flight attendant, suspect that their daughter was murdered by her stockbroker husband, Ivan, who claims his wife joined the doomed flight at the last minute. Roseanne was considering divorce, and Ivan stood to lose financially. As the probes into the crash and into Roseanne's fate converge, readers will find it a challenge to suspend disbelief. Fans of the extended Decker-Lazarus clan will enjoy catching up with old friends, but those looking for a plausible police procedural may be disappointed.