THE MERCEDES COFFIN
Reverberations of a teacher's encouragement launch the newest in Kellerman's longstanding series. Beyond the excellent mystery, Kellerman's continued exploration of the Decker/Lazarus family builds emotional content and wonderful continuity. She's at the top of her craft!
Genoa offers a generous endowment to the LAPD if they solve Ben's murder, and Lt. Peter Decker is handed the hot potato. Decker barely starts reviewing the old case when one of the original detectives on the case commits suicide. There doesn't appear to be a connection between the Little and Ekerling cases, but Decker suspects it's there -- if only he and his detectives can find it. (MORROW, Aug., 384 pp., $25.95)