The Forgotten: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel
Simon & Schuster, 2001 (2001)
Hardcover, Paperback, Audio, CD
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
hough I've read more recent books in Faye Kellerman's popular Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus (cross between cozy and police procedural) series, I was glad of the opportunity to listen to this abridged audiobook of an earlier investigation -
- ably narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris.
t begins with the desecration of the Orthodox Jewish synagogue that Rina and Decker attend, its walls covered in Nazi slogans and pictures of concentration camp victims. Naturally, Rina is up in arms and her husband is soon hot on a trail that takes him to local private schools and a student, Ernesto Golding, who once partied with Decker's troubled stepson Jacob (Peter's concerned relationship with Jacob forms a major sub-theme of the book).
he confused perp, Ernesto, confides to Decker that he did it because he was upset with his father for keeping a dark secret from him - Ernesto has convinced himself that his immigrant grandfather was a secret Nazi (Rina later helps Mr. Golding find out the truth about his father by bribing a Holocaust survivor in a seniors' home with her delicious soup). Months after this first incident, there are multiple murders, the victims including therapists who specialized in rehabilitation of troubled teens via survival training.
eter Decker leads an investigation that takes in computer fraud, manipulation of college entry exam results, sexual manipulation, hate groups and blackmail. And Jacob helps him solve the case, leading to shared danger that draws the duo closer. As always, I enjoyed spending time with the Decker/Lazarus clan, and appreciated their interactions even more than the mystery, intriguing though that was.
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