The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman

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At 8:15 in the morning, a small commuter plane carrying forty-seven passengers crashes into an apartment building in Granada Hills, California. Shock waves ripple through Los Angeles, as L.A.P.D. Lieutenant Peter Decker works overtime to calm rampant fears of a 9/11-type terror attack. But a grisly mystery lives inside the plane's charred and twisted wreckage: the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there is no sign of an airline employee who was supposedly on the catastrophic flight.

Decker and his wife, Rina, have personal reasons for being profoundly shaken by the tragedy, since the "accident" occurred frighteningly close to their daughter Hannah's school. Luckily, their child and her schoolmates escaped unscathed. But the fate of the unaccounted-for flight attendant—twenty-eight-year-old Roseanne Dresden—remains a question mark more than a month after the horrific event, when the young woman's irate stepfather calls, insisting that she was never onboard the doomed plane. Instead, he claims, she was most likely murdered by her abusive, unfaithful husband. But why, then, was Roseanne's name included on the passenger list?

Under intense pressure from the department to come up with answers, Decker launches an investigation that carries him down a path of tragic history, dangerous secrets, and deadly lies—and leads him to the corpse of a three-decades-missing murder victim. And as the jagged pieces slowly fall into place, a frightening picture begins to form: a mind-searing portrait of unimaginable evil that will challenge Decker's and Rina's own beliefs about guilt and innocence and justice.

Combining relentless suspense with intense, multilayered human drama, The Burnt House is Faye Kellerman at her mesmerizing best.

 

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 October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 478 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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After a plane crashes in a residential Los Angeles neighborhood, Lieutenant Peter Decker is quick on the scene.

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After an airplane crashes into an apartment house in a busy neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, Lt Peter Decker of the LAPD works with his staff to keep the area under police protection as they try to rescue people.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Apparently, from the age teenager Hannah has now attained, time has passed in the Decker universe, too.

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The two cases take them to San Jose and New Mexico before they’re done with them, and into an investigation of the members of a hippie New Age cult that the Jane Doe with the tour jacket and her husband, Manny Hernandez, had belonged to.

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