Gun Games by Faye Kellerman

58%

26 Critic Reviews

A psychopath’s teenage son falls in love . . . If you’re not particularly engaged by the sexual arousal of pubescent first-timers, you can skip to the final vignette, which puts the focus back on adult misdemeanors.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“[Kellerman] does for the American cop what P. D. James has done for the British mystery, lifting it beyond its genre.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“No one working in the crime genre is better.”
Baltimore Sun

In Gun Games, the sensational Faye Kellerman once again showcases Peter Decker of the LAPD and Rina Lazarus, arguably the most popular husband and wife team in contemporary crime fiction. A rash of shocking adolescent suicides at an elite Los Angeles private school is at the heart of this gripping thriller that also focuses on the troubled teen Decker and Lazarus have brought into their home: Gabriel Whitman, the son of a psychopath. Herself one-half of one of noir fiction’s true “power couples”—along with her husband, acclaimed mystery writer Jonathan Kellerman—Faye Kellerman once again demonstrates how American police procedural writing is done to perfection with Gun Games.

 

About Faye Kellerman

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FAYE KELLERMAN lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman in Los Angels, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by William Morrow. 389 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Gun Games
All: 26 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 13

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 15 2012

A psychopath’s teenage son falls in love . . . If you’re not particularly engaged by the sexual arousal of pubescent first-timers, you can skip to the final vignette, which puts the focus back on adult misdemeanors.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Dec 19 2011

A teenage romance dominates bestseller Kellerman’s subpar 20th novel

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Carol Thomas on Dec 27 2011

Many readers will be pleased that Kellerman chose to devote a further book to the son of one of her most compelling characters.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman on Jan 12 2012

Even without the usual chills and thrills, GUN GAMES satisfies.

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Suite 101

Excellent
Reviewed by Zebeen Panju on Feb 17 2012

Twists, turns, and unexpected outcomes take the reader down a path where guns and a dangerous game are involved.

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The Best Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Lori Gondelman on Jan 06 2012

Gun Games is an intense story that will lead you into the inner workings of the teenage minds.

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Mystery Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Shadow on Mar 23 2014

A good beach read but not more than that: The book has a very compelling story, written very well and can be a great basis for a movie, however we did not feel very close to the characters. We found it rather unrealistic for a group of teenage to have such extraordinary capabilities in organizing crime, handle weapons and fool the law enforcement.

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Richmond Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Shelley Civkin on Feb 17 2012

Gun Games is one of thriller writer Faye Kellerman’s best

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Booking Mama

Below average
Reviewed by Julie P on Jan 02 2012

There were some things about GUN GAMES that left me a little disappointed.

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A Bookworm's World

Below average
Reviewed by Luanne on Jan 18 2012

I found myself skipping pages of italicized texting and moony phone calls.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Jan 06 2012

I admire the stamina of authors like Ms. Kellerman who can sustain a series across twenty books.

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A Musing Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by A Musing Reviews on Jan 02 2012

I had high expectations. So I fault myself mostly for being underwhelmed.

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Love To Read For Fun

Below average
Reviewed by Marq on Jan 31 2012

I'm sure fans of this author and the series will enjoy this book. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me.

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Helen's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Helen on Jan 19 2012

Kellerman's writing style is also one that works well for me. It is casual, not frilly, and straight-forward.

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Murder by Type

Below average
Reviewed by Murder by Type on Jan 23 2012

I hope the twenty-second book in the series goes back to the formula that has succeeded so well.

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Reviewed by Mom

Good
Reviewed by Kristin Jordan on Jan 14 2012

I loved Kellerman's style and found her writing to be smart, witty and the characters to be engaging.

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My Reading Room

Excellent
Reviewed by Crystal on Jan 12 2012

I think Ms. Kellerman does an excellent job creating believable characters and scary characters. She interweaves a plot that is so crazy that it is believable. I was enthralled.

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bookchickdi

Good
Reviewed by Diane LaRue on Jan 12 2012

Kellerman knows how to write scenes that make your heart pound, but it is her characters . . . whom I found compelling.

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The Mystery Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on Jan 15 2012

The ever-dependable Faye Kellerman is back with another smashing mystery

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I'm Booking It

Above average
on Jan 12 2012

The mystery itself is good, but not outstanding. What I enjoyed was the quick visit with all the characters I know so well, and getting to know a few more even better.

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Cym Lowell

Above average
Reviewed by Cym on Mar 21 2014

In the midst of enjoying such a finely written story, I always search for the keys to successful fiction writing. In this case, there were many, including the art of bridging time and space with a seamless flow of story. On the other hand, the description of love between 17 and 14 year-olds seemed forced...

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DWD's Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by DWD on Feb 28 2012

My real frustration with the book comes from the lengthy, explicit details of Gabe and Yasmine's exploration into sex.

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Auntiemwrites's Weblog

Good
Reviewed by Auntiemwrites on Jan 15 2012

Kellerman does a wonderful job of showing us Decker’s growing comprehension as he struggles to believe what is truly happening.

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Speaking Volumes

Below average
Reviewed by chplnj on Feb 14 2012

If, like me, you like mystery combined with the unique twist of a wise Jewish mother and her family dynamics, stick to some of the earlier books in the series.

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Recorded Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Recorded Book Review on Jan 10 2012

Short, spoiled and operatic is the 14 year old Persian Jewess who charms Gabe

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Readaholic

Good
Reviewed by Bridget on Jan 05 2012

Her characters are personable, the plot has just enough twists and turns to keep you interested.

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Reader Rating for Gun Games
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