Faye Kellerman really knows her way around crime and the police who fight it. But what sets her Decker series apart is the way she's integrated the world of Orthodox Judaism into the mix; it gives her characters a depth and appeal not often found in this hard-boiled genre. In Street Dreams, ably read by Nancy McKeon, Cindy Decker finds an abandoned newborn in a dumpster while on patrol. A hunt for the mother leads Cindy to some life-threatening encounters with nasty L.A. gangbangers, but also to a life-enhancing, maybe life-changing, romance with a tall, handsome Ethiopian-Israeli.


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