THE BURNT HOUSE
Always a surefire winner, Kellerman's latest is a genuine puzzler. A horrible tragedy is compounded by a mystery that may turn out to be murder. Besides Kellerman's intricate procedural plotting, it's always a joy to catch up with Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. When it comes to dishing up crime, no one beats Kellerman!
The crash of a commuter plane into an L.A. apartment complex is a disaster. After the fires are out and most of the bodies recovered, Lt. Peter Decker is approached by a pair of grieving parents who claim that their daughter, flight attendant Roseanne Dresden, didn't die in the crash --
her husband killed her and used
the crash to cover it up. Decker is inclined to think they are mistaken,
until the last female body is recovered
and it is not Roseanne. Now Decker has two mysteries: What really happened to Roseanne, and who is the unidentified female body? (MORROW,
Aug., 448 pp., $25.95)