Jupiter's Bones: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels)

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Emil Ganz was always extraordinary. Child genius. Prize-winning astrophysicist. And then, aged 40, missing person. A decade later he re-emerges as Jupiter, guru of an apocalyptic new age cult, bringing shame on his family, worrying local parents and intriguing Detective Pete Decker. But when he's found dead, apparently from an overdose, the consequences of his death are even more extraordinary, and terrifying, than of his life ...

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Emil Ganz, a renowned cosmologist, disappears after winning a Nobel prize, leaving a distraught family behind. He appears 25 years later as the guru of a new-age cult, but is found dead after another 5 years, apparently from an overdose. Sergeant Decker, however, has reason to think otherwise.

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Faye Kellerman's 11th Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery takes police lieutenant Decker into the enclave of a Heaven's Gate-style pseudoscientific religious cult, the Order of the Rings of God. The cult's leader, a former world-class physicist who styles himself Jupiter, has died of an un-godlike combination of liquor and prescription drugs, but whether it was accident, suicide, or murder is suspiciously murky. The death is mysteriously reported by Jupiter's estranged daughter Europa, a scientist who has nothing to do with the cult, and when the police arrive on the scene they find that Jupiter's followers, particularly his four unpleasantly ambitious personal attendants, range from uncooperative to downright hostile. Decker's suspicions kick into high gear when two other cult members go missing and another body turns up--but with the tense situation threatening to unravel as explosively as Jonestown or Waco, it's Marge, Decker's professional sidekick, who penetrates the cult's inner sanctum and effects a scary 11th-hour rescue.

For Decker, as always, the mystery serves to offset the tempestuous Orthodox Jewish family life that he married into. Sammy, Rina's older son, wants to study in a politically unstable region of Israel and Jake, the youngest, is teetering on the edge of a most unorthodox social scene of girls, porn movies and pot. Kellerman knows how to craft a compelling mystery, but it's the honesty of Decker's unique religious and family struggles that keeps mystery fans interested book after book. If you're new to this series, you'll want to begin at the beginning with Ritual Bath. --Barrie Trinkle

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