The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman

Now living in upstate New York, former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is plunged into a bizarre web involving academia, underworld crime, and calculating killers in this next compulsive novel in New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman’s beloved Decker and Lazarus series

Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it’s been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town.

Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker’s peace. The death appears to be a suicide—a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner’s ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity, a task made difficult by the department’s tight budget and limited personnel. Luckily, Decker gets some unexpected help when his friend and former Greenbury colleague Tyler McAdams calls, looking for a quiet place to study for his law finals.

The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. Beneath the school’s rarified atmosphere they discover a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers—and most dangerous of all—a realm of underworld crime that transforms harmless nerds into cold, calculating evil geniuses. It will take all of Decker’s experience and McAdams’s brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes and solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.




(@HarperCollinsUK, 7 April 2016, 416 pages, paperback, won in a @goodreads Giveaway)




I won this soon after its release in a @goodreads Giveaway and pretty much forgot about it until I was sorting through my books recently. I’ve heard of the author before but have never read any of her work. This is a great thriller so I will check out more of her work. It’s book 23 in a series but I don’t think you need to have read the other books to be able to enjoy it. This has everything I’d expect from a police mystery-thriller; great characters, intriguing plot and excellent pacing. I had no idea what was going when reading this. Who is the killer? Why? There are a lot of Maths reference, theory and language in the book, which I didn’t understand and which Kellerman didn’t really help me understand and I could have done without. Apart from this one niggle, I really enjoyed this.  

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