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A brutal homicide three thousand miles away has just shattered the tranquility of Lt. Peter Decker's household. A frantic phone call sends him and his wife, Rina Lazarus, on a plane east to the home of Decker's half-brother, a rabbi whose brother-in-law's naked body was found in a sleazy Manhattan hotel room. Even more disturbing: the dead man's 15-year-old niece - and possibly the last person to see him alive - has disappeared, leaving her family crazed with worry about her safety. The shocking crime propels Decker onto the streets of a city he hasn't walked in 10 years, into an alien environment where his resources quickly run dry and the desperate hours pass without results. With little recourse, Decker is forced into New York's underbelly, seeking help from amoral souls who consider life as expendable as pocket change.
Obsessed with his mission to find the girl, Decker follows a labyrinthine trail of vile deeds and sinister secrets that threaten to pit brother against brother. Soon he's battling an unregenerate evil that threatens everything he holds dear - including Rina.
©2002 Faye Kellerman; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group
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Critic Reviews

"No one working in the crime genre is better." (Baltimore Sun)
"Kellerman does for the American cop story what P. D. James has done for the British mystery, lifting it beyond genre." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
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By Nina on 10-25-04

Easy and great listen!

Faye Kellerman's series with Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker is one of my favorites. She's already written a lot of them, and I'm worried that the series will have to eventually play itself out!!

This one is right up there w her best -- and the narrator is good, too. It's a gripping,can't-put-it-down plot with her well-known excellent character development. I recommend trying her at least once and see if you don't agree.

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By Jacob K on 12-11-03

First-rate Novel Lost in the Narration

The novel is a gem (worthy of at least four stars) but the narrator struggles with Hebrew--his gutteral /kh/ works only a parody; his Yiddish is incomprehensible at best, outrageously wrong at worst; his rendition of Jewish-American colloquial English is not much better. This audiobook is all but unlistenable by at least a significant subset of Kellerman's target audience. Were it, say, French or Spanish that was so mangled, the publisher would never have released this vocal shambles. Recommended only to those with a stone ear.

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