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Warner, Aug 2003, 25.95, 420 pp.
ISBN: 0446531316

While on duty, LAPD Police Officer Cindy Decker finds an abandoned infant in a dumpster. The SOP is clear on this scenario: detectives take over seeking the mother. However, Cindy, who is a good cop though only a couple of years on the force, has one fault as far as the brass is concerned. She refuses to pass on a case.
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Cindy makes inquiries seeking the missing mother, as she believes the individual is a rape victim, but no one else jumps to that conclusion. However, when the case takes a dangerous twist, Cindy turns to the one member of the brass she trusts, her father LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker.

Fans of the series will appreciate the latest entry that provides a police procedural with the protagonist being an orthodox Jew trying to belong yet not be assimilated in modern America. The investigation uses too much coincidence to move it forward though readers will enjoy following Cindy's actions and perseverance. The religious angle, as in previous tales especially starring her mom Rina Lazarus, always grips the audience and this time with the daughter, remains intriguing. Faye Kellerman's readers will delight in STREET DREAMS because the heroine is a chip off of two popular blocks.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   rapist If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Religious Jew


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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