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Now living in upstate New York, former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is plunged into a bizarre web involving academia, underworld crime, and calculating killers in this compulsive novel in New York Times best-selling author Faye Kellerman's beloved Decker and Lazarus series.
Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it's been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town.
Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker's peace. The death appears to be a suicide - a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner's ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity, a task made difficult by the department's tight budget and limited personnel. Luckily Decker gets some unexpected help when his friend and former Greenbury colleague, Tyler McAdams, calls, looking for a quiet place to study for his law finals.
The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. Beneath the school's rarified atmosphere, they discover a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers, and - most dangerous of all - a realm of underworld crime that transforms harmless nerds into cold, calculating evil geniuses. It will take all of Decker's experience and McAdams' brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes and solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.
©2015 Plot Line, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Mary F on 04-06-16

More Gabe, more Yasmine

I enjoy all of Faye Kellerman's characters but I'm especially fond of Gabe, who appears in this book in a single line. So many questions: Has Gabe learned Farsi? Has he converted? Is Yasmine studying for a singing career or medicine. Please, Ms. Kellerman, in the next book more Gabe, and more Yasmine!! Mr. Ferrone needs to work on his female voices.

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By Think about this on 11-05-15

Takes a trio to solve this one

Peter, Rina and Tyler join forces to solve this murder (suicide? or both). Tyler McAdams is supposed to be studying for his law finals, but gets involved with Decker's case set at a college, where everyone seems suspect. A brilliant mind shows up dead. How and why did it happen, and why does staff and students alike want to look at his research. It's an interesting case with Rina stepping up to bat, playing a larger role in helping Peter.
I like the way Kellerman has added young characters to liven up Decker's aging years, starting with Chris Donali a few books back. Tyler McAdams adds the bright spot once again in this novel. A satisfying listen, looking forward to the next.

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