Day of Atonement : Decker / Lazarus

  • by Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by Mitch Greenberg
  • Series: Decker / Lazarus
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Peter Decker of the L.A.P.D. never dreamed he'd be spending his honeymoon with his new wife, Rina Lazarus, in an Orthodox Jewish enclave in Brooklyn, New York or that a terrible event would end it so abruptly. But a boy has vanished from the midst of this close-knit religious community, a troubled youth fleeing the tight bonds and strictures he felt were strangling him. The runaway, Noam, is not traveling alone. A killer has taken him under his wing to introduce Noam to a savage world of blood and terror. And now Decker must find them both somewhere in America before a psychopath ends the life of a confused and frightened youngster whose only sin was to want something more.

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Audible Editor Reviews

This early Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels finds the couple newly married and honeymooning in Brooklyn during the High Holidays. When a teenage boy from an Orthodox family goes missing, Decker finds himself on the job again - with the trail of the boy and the young man he ran off with leading him back home to Los Angeles. Mitch Greenberg's performance is a wonderful match with the book - he delivers accurate Yiddish and Hebrew pronunciations and great local accents. Nice changes in tempo and pace when the action heats up and excellent voice modulation keep the listener plugged in to the story. For fans of the series, even if they've read the book already, this audiobook is a treat.

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good listen

Peter and Rena Decker mystery tale. Easy listen, entertaining. Glad they are filling in the rest of the older novels in the series
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- Sue

Early book, but not her best

When Faye Kellerman is good, she's very very good. When she's bad, she's horrid. Well, "Day of Atonement" is the fourth Rina/Pete Decker book in the series, and isn't either very very good, nor is it horrid, exactly. it's somewhere in the middle. The problem is that we see a very different kind of Rina and Pete than we see in either the early books or certainly the more recent ones. Some of it isn't pleasant.

Many different times in this book, I -- who thought I personally adored Peter Decker, thought Rina was the luckiest girl in the world -- found myself ready to murder Peter if he kept it up. Wow - what a dictator! Unlike in earlier or later books, Peter here is shouting orders, right and left, expects them to be obeyed. He's short-tempered, unhappy at being where he is -- which is in Brooklyn, being introduced to Rina's former inlaws, the parents/family of her first (and now deceased) husband. Should she have forced Peter into that trip -- which must indeed have been difficult? Maybe not -- or certainly not at a high-stress time like the High Holidays, and not for so long a visit. Perhaps he should have said no to that -- but whatever, it all brings out the worst in Peter. At one point, he even handcuffs Rina to the steering wheel of the car, so she can't get out to meddle when he goes off to investigate something. Should she get out to meddle? No, she shouldn't. He was right to try to keep her away -- but wrong for taking her along on a work errand in the first place.

It gets a little tiresome, actually, the back- and-forth: Rina would be trying to find a way to nose in on his job, Pete trying to find ways to keep her out -- but he always relents a little, and that's when the trouble starts.

The best thing about the first three books in this series is the relatively accurate picture they offer of an orthodox Jewish lifestyle. I think a lot of readers -- Jewish and otherwise -- enjoy that glimpse into a world they otherwise won't see for themselves, and it was good that this series presented an insiders story. But this book has a different story line that makes that difficult -- we've got a lost teenager, one who seemed "weird" even before he got lost, and then went way, way, way off the beaten path when he did, probably not very realistically. And of course the question of misplaced parenthood, which seemed a little forced too.

So? Not her best book, but worth reading, anyway, in the context of the whole story, which started in 1986 and continues to today. Quite a long run -- which is amazing, all by itself.
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- karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio