Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Burning by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman – Book Review

Forest Fire on a hillside overlooking a lake

A raging wildfire. A massive blackout. A wealthy man shot to death in his palatial hilltop home 


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The protagonist of this story, Clay Edison, is a deputy coroner.  Caring for the dead, he speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. He prides himself on an unflinching commitment to the truth. Even when it gets him into trouble. 

The Burning, set in the San Francisco Bay Area during one of the state’s terrible wildfires, is Book #4 in the Clay Edison series by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman. 

A murder scene becomes personal for this deputy coroner when he discovers a link to his brother, Luke, while investigating the crime scene.

Luke is fresh out of prison and struggling to stay on the straight and narrow. But when Clay calls Luke to find out why his lovingly restored vintage Camaro is in the murdered man's garage, he discovers his brother is missing. 

While trying to find his brother before anyone else can, Clay is forced to do his job, as well as cope with a wildfire and a massive blackout occurring in his northern California area. Is his brother a killer or a victim? And, where is he?

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The Kellerman Authors, Father & Son

Jonathan Kellerman is the well-known author of the Alex Delaware Series (36 books to date) and is married to author Faye Kellerman (known in particular for her 29 mystery novels in her "Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus" series. Now, Jonathan is joined by their son, Jesse, a writer in his own right. To date, Jonathan & Jesse have co-authored 5 books, including four in the Clay Edison series

The Kellermans are an amazing family of writers of mystery thrillers. 


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The Burning is a real page-turner – a harrowing collision of family, revenge, and murder. 

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The Bone Box by Faye Kellerman – a Decker//Lazarus Novel

*The Burning – a book review written by Wednesday Elf

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  1. This does sound like a very interesting book. I think I would enjoy these writers. Thanks so much for the recommendations.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Mary Beth. I've been reading books by both Jonathan and Faye Kellerman for years. This was the first one I've read by Jonathan and son Jesse. Very good. Have to go back and read the first three now, as I began with #4 in the series. It easily read as a stand-alone book, though, so one doesn't really need to begin the series with Book #1.

  2. That is pretty amazing to have 3 published writers in the same family. Plus, based on your reviews (and Lou's movie reviews too) they are all talented writers.

    This sounds like another great book! Now you have me wondering where Clay's brother is and hoping he is not the killer or a victim.

    1. The storyline keeps you wondering about Luke's whereabouts until nearly the end, Mouse. Quite a suspenseful ride.

  3. Like Sylvestermouse, I’m extremely impressed with the literary talent of the Kellerman family. I always appreciate it when books in a fiction series also work well as standalone novels. I can really feel for Clay and the terrible situation he finds himself in, needing to find out the truth of whether his brother Luke is a murderer or a victim.

    1. It made for an interesting plot, for sure, Margaret.

  4. Oh Pat, you know how to tweek my interests so well. I love mystery books and can't seem to get enough of them.. Thanks for adding to my "TO READ SOON" list!

    1. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Olivia. Thanks for your visit.

  5. This book sounds like a real mystery with a lot of suspense and keeping us guessing all the way through. I can see why you said it is a page turner! Thank you for the review!

    1. The storyline does keep you guessing right to the end, Jasmine. Thanks for your visit.

  6. "A raging wildfire. A massive blackout. A wealthy man shot to death in his palatial hilltop home " Living in Northern CA I have experienced two of the three - can you guess which ones? Sounds like a compelling read. :)

    1. Probably the massive blackout and the raging wildfire. :) Thanks for your visit to my book review.


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