In the desert near the Las Vegas Strip, the mutilated body of a showgirl is discovered. To Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe, there is something about this killing that harkens back to an unsolved slaying and so-called suicide a quarter-century ago. The policeman is pulled toward secrets from a strange and sordid past that could destroy those closest to him, and drag him over the edge
Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed. The crime was called in by Rina Lazarus, and Decker is relieved to discover that she is a calm and intelligent witness. She is also the only one in the sheltered community willing to sp
A gunman walks into a trendy L.A. restaurant--a crazed former employee--and opens fire, killing 13 people and wounding 32 more before turning the weapon on himself. But evidence of a second shooter at the scene is pulling investigating Homicide Detective Peter Decker into the sordid world of California money and ruthless power. Only his wife, Rina Lazarus, and Decker's daughter from a previous marriage can help the troubled policeman solve a case that threatens to destroy his reputation, his car
The Barnes & Noble Review
The mass suicide of the Heaven's Gate cult fascinates me. Being an unruly sort myself, I can't imagine convincing that many egos to go along with anything as final as suicide. Nonetheless, the event struck me then, as it strikes me now, as a wretchedly sad commentary on the spiritual torpor of our time.
Faye Kellerman apparently shares my fascination, for her latest novel is a spellbinder about a cult much like Heaven's Gate, led by the quixotic former scientist Dr.
L.A. Homicide Detective Peter Decker never wanted the perils of his job to touch his family. But now his two worlds have collided.A first year rookie with the LAPD's Hollywood Division, Cynthia Decker became a cop against her father, Peter Decker's, wishes. But police work is in her blood, and she's determined to make it on her own -- even now, when her razor sharp instincts for danger are telling her that something is very wrong...The signs are impossible to ignore: things being moved around in
Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Peter Decker, are shocked when Rina's storefront synagogue is desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti. The suspect is 18-year-old Ernesto Golding, a "rich kid" obsessed with his Polish grandfather's origins. When Ernesto is murdered, Peter and Rina are thrust into a world of lethal secrets, ruthless parents, and damaged youth.
One Dead. One Missing. One Man Who can't Look Away... In Los Angeles Lt. Peter Decker gets a frantic phone call from his family. A distant relative has been found naked and murdered in a seedy Manhattan hotel room and the man's niece, the last person who may have seen the victim alive, has disappeared. Crazed with worry, the girl's parents plead for Decker's help and soon he's racing across the continent to a city he hasn't seen in ten years. With few leads and less time, he plunges into New Yor
While on routine patrol, LAPD Officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn abandoned in an alley dumpster. But she can't call it a night until she sees the infant safe in a hospital. Now, the hunt is on for the mother, more than likely a desperate girl in need of medical attention. Armed with advice from her overworked detective father, Cindy searches through inner-city Hollywood, following a treacherous trail filled with drug lords. But with each new lead, the twisted journey gets darker, battering C
At 8:15 in the morning, a small commuter plane carrying forty-seven passengers crashes into an apartment building in Granada Hills, California. Shock waves ripple through Los Angeles, as L.A.P.D. Lieutenant Peter Decker works overtime to calm rampant fears of a 9/11-type terror attack. But a grisly mystery lives inside the plane's charred and twisted wreckage: the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there is no sign of an airline employee who was supposedly on the catastrophic flig
Billionaire Genoa Greeves believes the LAPD should finally solve the fifteen-year-old execution-style murder of her favorite teacher, Bennett Little&—especially now that Hollywood music producer Primo Ekerling has been slain in an eerily similar manner: shot and stuffed into the trunk of his Mercedes-Benz. Lieutenant Peter Decker resents having to commit valuable manpower to a cold case simply because a rich woman says, “Jump!” But when a primary investigator in the Little case, now retired, sus