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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work of a homicide cop - until Sammy stumbles upon a gruesome sight.Two human skeletons, charred beyond recognition, are identified by a forensic dentist as teenage girls - and for Decker, the father of a 16-year-old daughter, vacation time is over. Throwing himself professionally and emotionally into the murder case, he launches a very personal investigation: a quest that pulls him deep into the crack dens of Hollywood Boulevard and painfully close to the children of the streets and a nightmare world he must make his own.
©1987 Faye Kellerman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Kellerman brings the case to a resounding resolution, suggesting as well a believable conclusion to Pete's personal dilemma even as she leaves his future with Rina unresolved." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bold, taut, with an artful fusion of the down-and-dirty with characters whose personal lives we care about and whose spiritual and emotional growth are as compelling as the events themselves." (Sue Grafton)
"Moves crisply and the characters are deep and well drawn - Faye Kellerman is a talented writer." (Chicago Sun-Times)
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By Kathi on 04-17-16

Love this book and this series!

I really like the balance of police procedural, personal relationships and information about the Jewish faith that Faye Kellerman creates in this series. The characters are well-drawn, and the interactions among them very believable.

This book deals with the discovery of two bodies by Rina's son, just at the beginning of the book, and the plot involves investigating some of the darkest corners of humanity to solve their murders. However, Peter Decker, the police sergeant who is both there at the original discovery of the bodies and works the case, finds himself torn as the depravity he has to face leads him to question the faith he has been moving toward and brings enormous tension to his relationship with Rina.

This is a book with a few somewhat graphic scenes, and I generally prefer not having to listen to descriptions of that sort. But I felt that they were handled by the author as well as possible. This book was written in 1987, which helps provide some understanding of differences between social awareness then and now. I found the narration okay--usually quite good. Just now and again it seemed a little flat. Overall, this was a very good book and listen.

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By Sheryl on 09-21-10

Do not listen to in the car with children!

I love this series so far. I feel I am learning so much about Jewish Orthodoxy while being entertained by very believable and exciting plots. BUT, I wish it wasn't so sexually graphic. I've decided to download the next in the series because I really do like the characters and I love murder mysteries. We'll see. . .

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