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3.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 5 3.28 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Faye Kellerman Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780061702457
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A cold case turns red hot, threatening to consume detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus in the spellbinding new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

Billionaire genius Genoa Greeves never got over the shocking death of her favorite teacher, Bennett "Dr. Ben" Alston Little, murdered execution-style and stuffed into the trunk of his Mercedes Benz. No arrests were ever made. Fifteen years later, the high-tech CEO reads about another execution-style murder. The case is eerily similar and Genoa offers the L.A.P.D. a substantial financial "incentive" if justice is finally served.

Lieutenant Peter Decker resents having to commit valuable manpower to a fifteen-year-old open case. Still, the recent murder does bear a disturbing resemblance to Dr. Ben's case and Decker can't help but wonder about a connection. Decker's team of investigators includes his newly minted Hollywood detective daughter, Cindy Kutiel, while wife Rina Lazarus continues to be his backbone of support. Rina's worries and fears begin to build as past and present collide with a vengeance, catapulting an unsuspecting Decker closer and closer to the edge of an infinite dark abyss. A relentlessly gripping tale spun by a master, Faye Kellerman's The Mercedes Coffin races through a dangerous urban world, where truth and justice are fine lines between life and death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 2/19/2014

    " Lieutenant Decker is assigned an old murder when a Silicon Valley entrepreneur notices similarities in a current case and offers the LAPD a large monetary incentive for solving it. At home, Rina continues to astonish with her admirable culinary and other domestic skills while Hannah has grown into a teenager. It's all a little predictable but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E. | 2/11/2014

    " Lieutenant Pete Decker is back into active detecting mode because a very rich woman has used her money to coerce the reopening of a 15-year-old cold case which has an uncanny similarity to a current execution style murder. Faye Kellerman likes to have seemingly unrelated threads gradually coalesce into a gripping crescendo and this episode in the life of Peter & Rina Decker is no exception. It's always fascinating to see how Faye and Jonathan Kellerman continue to explore their own alternate reality of Los Angeles with their respective detectives who each are distinctive and intriguing and occasionally cross paths with each other. Another enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 2/8/2014

    " Faye did an excellent job of spinning this tale. I have come to enjoy her books and her writing style. She has done a super job of developing Lt. Decker and his team. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 2/4/2014

    " A well-written police procedural, good pacing, interesting characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/31/2014

    " I've read several of her books and found them to be just okay. Her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, writes an excellent suspense novel, but Faye Kellerman's books are a bit plodding. The plot is so convoluted that it's easy to lose your way at times; and, the suspense just isn't there. I don't find myself that engaged with the characters either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci Haley | 1/24/2014

    " While a predictable murder mystery isn't always an unwelcome thing, I have to admit that Faye Kellerman has lost a bit of something lately. I think it might be that she doesn't do as much character development as she used to... instead, she focuses more on the procedural aspect. All well and good, but it makes for a rather lukewarm novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 1/19/2014

    " I learned nothing from this book. In MHO, it wasn't one of her better stories. I found the story somewhat uneven and felt the ending left a lot to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dulcie | 1/13/2014

    " Average mystery, nothing too shocking. A little hard to follow at the beginning because of the number of names/characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/28/2013

    " I think Faye Kellerman keeps getting better. I enjoyed this very much. It includes LAPD detective Peter Decker & wife Rina Lazarus and Decker's daughter who is also member of LAPD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/23/2013

    " Maintaining the very high standard of story and pace. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheila | 12/5/2013

    " Worst book she has ever written. What a disappointment. Fuzzy, meandering, repetitive. Ugh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen J Stevens | 11/21/2013

    " I normally enjoy Faye Kellerman's books, but I really struggled to get through "The Mercedes Coffin". Too many characters to keep track of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 9/25/2013

    " It's a long time since I've ready any Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus books by Faye Kellerman. This one didn't disappoint except for a rather weak ending. Still it had me gripped, lots of plots and sub-plots to entertain and retain interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yeva | 3/12/2013

    " Good book. This was a nice surprise, and I will definitely read more of this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lester | 11/17/2012

    " Well..first there is Jane and she met up with Joe..then along comes Gord and Don..they see Joan..and she is wearing really nice clothes..they go here and there and do lots of talking in circles..blah blah and so on..good plot..long round about way of telling the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 9/7/2012

    " I really like her Peter Decker series--but usually not her other books. This one was no exception. Peter solves another one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 1/31/2012

    " I can't wait to read this, i love all her books! I'm an early reviewer on the Library Thing and was selected to receive this but i haven't gotten it yet... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ivy | 9/17/2011

    " Did not finish this one. Sadly, I might be done with Faye! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/22/2011

    " Way too much language! 2 crimes similar MOs are they related or just happenstance?? Only Peter Decker can figure it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 8/20/2011

    " A bit slower moving than my preference. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/23/2011

    " I love this series but not this offering. Too chopped up and incomplete. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sahara *Wants to be thrown against wall and ravage Dawn | 5/20/2011

    " I can't wait to read this, i love all her books! I'm an early reviewer on the Library Thing and was selected to receive this but i haven't gotten it yet... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debdanz | 4/10/2011

    " oh, the mighty have fallen; faye kellerman needs a really good editor now that she's famous enough to get anything published. yick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/10/2011

    " I love this series but not this offering. Too chopped up and incomplete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/25/2011

    " A good book in the Peter Decker series, but not quite as good as some of the others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/29/2011

    " 8/10 Nice to return to "old friends"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yeva | 1/29/2011

    " Good book. This was a nice surprise, and I will definitely read more of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/22/2010

    " Listened to most of this book on tape it with Dave on our trips to and from Mpls.

    What a great way to pass the time on the road. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sadie | 10/19/2010

    " To echo the comment by another reviewer...I can't believe I just spent all that time reading this thing only to come to an entirely non-conclusive ending. Who did it? Good question. Not such a good entry in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 10/13/2010

    " Listened to the book. It was a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. | 9/26/2010

    " Faye did an excellent job of spinning this tale. I have come to enjoy her books and her writing style. She has done a super job of developing Lt. Decker and his team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/22/2010

    " A great quick read! I was pulled into the story immediately and kept the pace throughout. Decker is a fascinating character. I really like that Kellerman shows the people side of Homicide, the characters are real family members trying to do their very best. "

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About the Author
Author Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman is the author of the bestselling Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, the New York Times bestselling thriller Moon Music, and a historical novel, The Quality of Mercy. Her first novel, The Ritual Bath, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel. There are more than twenty million copies of her books currently in circulation worldwide. She has also written widely acclaimed collections of short stories. She lives in Los Angeles and Santa Fe with her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, and their children.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.