<B>Cindy Decker is center stage in Kellerman's latest</B> For rookie LAPD officer Cindy Decker, it is anything but a routine spring night. She has just found an abandoned baby in a Dumpster behind a trendy Los Angeles eatery, and there is considerable doubt as to whether the child will survive the ordeal. The only trace of the mother is a scattering of bloodstains in the immediate vicinity. So begins Faye Kellerman's latest tale of clan Decker, <B>Street Dreams</B>. Those familiar with Kellerman's previous novels will recognize Cindy as the headstrong daughter of police lieutenant Peter Decker, hero of more than a dozen novels over the past 15 years, most recently 2002's <I>Stone Kiss</I>. Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus play supporting roles in <B>Street Dreams</B>, but center stage clearly belongs to Cindy. With the help and encouragement of her experienced father, she investigates meager leads, unearthing crime upon hidden crime: rape, physical abuse and perhaps murder. Fans of the ongoing Decker saga will find a lot to like in <B>Street Dreams</B>: fast pace, clever plotting and a number of twists. On the down side, it can be a bit daunting for the new reader to sort out the complicated relationships of the characters, as little clarification is offered regarding pivotal events in previous books. (Note to guys: there is a heinous romantic subplot here, replete with gushy dialogue; on the other hand, there is no shortage of blood and gore.)

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