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Hangman

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Hangman

Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus Series, Book 19
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"No one working in the crime genre is better."
—Baltimore Sun

L.A.P.D. Homicide Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus are back on a case in Hangman—an electrifying new novel of suspense from Faye Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of Blindman's Bluff, The Mercedes Coffin, The Burnt House, and many other masterful thrillers. A stunning tale of crime and detection featuring the brutal death of a "party girl" health care worker, a mysterious disappearance, and the chilling return of an all-too-familiar sociopath, Hangman is Kellerman's 21st bestseller to feature Decker and Lazarus, "Hands down, the most refreshing mystery couple around." (People)

"No one working in the crime genre is better."
—Baltimore Sun

L.A.P.D. Homicide Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus are back on a case in Hangman—an electrifying new novel of suspense from Faye Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of Blindman's Bluff, The Mercedes Coffin, The Burnt House, and many other masterful thrillers. A stunning tale of crime and detection featuring the brutal death of a "party girl" health care worker, a mysterious disappearance, and the chilling return of an all-too-familiar sociopath, Hangman is Kellerman's 21st bestseller to feature Decker and Lazarus, "Hands down, the most refreshing mystery couple around." (People)

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  • Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 28, 2010
    Kellerman once again mixes mystery and soap opera in her 19th novel featuring Lt. Peter Decker of the LAPD and his wife, Rina Lazarus (after Blindman's Bluff). Terry McLaughlin, a doctor and battered wife, asks Decker, who's an old friend, to help mediate a meeting with her abusive husband. When McLaughlin disappears soon after the meeting, her 14-year-old son, Gabe, a gifted piano prodigy, is left on his own. Welcomed into the Decker/Lazarus household, Gabe is allowed to attend their youngest daughter's Jewish day school, even though he's Catholic. Meanwhile, Decker fears that an unidentified woman who's found hanged at a construction site may be Gabe's mother. Readers should be prepared for some unconvincing police procedure (members of Decker's team obliviously contaminate a crime scene) and some stilted prose ("Everything works out. Sometimes it works out good. And sometimes it works out bad. It's the bad that concerns me"), but series fans will cheer the serendipitous developments that lead to a better life for Gabe.

  • AudioFile Magazine Nurse Adrianna Blanc is found strangled at a construction site near the hospital where she worked. Mitchell Greenberg narrates at a steady pace with subtle characterizations. His gravelly voice draws listeners into the circuitous plot. LAPD Detective Peter Decker and his team are chasing Blanc's killer across Southern California and Nevada. At the same time, Decker becomes the unofficial guardian of Gabe Whitman, the son of hit man Chris Donatti and his estranged wife, both of whom have disappeared from L.A. Greenberg's evenly paced reading becomes more emotional as the plot twists and turns. Decker splits his attention between his family obligations and finding the killers while his wife, Rina Lazarus, helps Gabe adjust to their unusual family dynamic. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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