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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Faye Kellerman Narrator: Mitchell Greenberg, Mitch Greenberg Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780061724800
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tautly exciting.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “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 will be a treat.”   

    AudioFile

  • “Hard-hitting details, vignettes of Jewish life, and uncomfortably close glimpses of a cold-hearted psycho make this an entrancing page turner. Not to be missed.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Gripping…This graphic, pungent novel shows Kellerman at the gritty peak of her form.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 2/12/2014

    " 4th in this series and really enjoyed it.You learn a lot about the Jewish way of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lweslock | 2/5/2014

    " I have already read most of the books in this series and I'm now listening to them on audio. I really like the pairing of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/29/2014

    " fast and easy read; kept my attention "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrill | 1/22/2014

    " Going back and rereading all the early books in this series...I had forgotten how good they are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/12/2014

    " I'm really enjoying reading through the Decker/Lazarus series. In this one, Decker and Rina have just married, but their honeymoon is far from ordinary. They go to New York to visit with some of Rina's family and suddenly Decker is involved with a family crisis involving a missing teenage boy and a possible psychopath. I love the blend of the relationship between Decker and Rina that continues to develop and the actual thrill of the chase as Decker hunts down the bad guy. Rina asserts herself and want to help out and even tote a gun, to which Decker does not react well. Yet having Rina along may be a lot better idea than he thought. And the stuff about the Jewish culture/religion that comes out in these books is really fascinating. Highly reccomended for fans of gritty mysteries and good relationship stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/10/2014

    " My favorite in this series, here trouble finds Peter Dexter, detective and his lovely wife Rina Lazarus while visiting her Orthodox Jewish relatives in Brooklyn on their honeymoon. I love the tension between the sacred and the secular in this series and this book exemplifies that pull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/31/2013

    " The fourth book in this series. Again, I'm more into the interpersonal story arc than the actual crime-solving. Here these two aspects are dovetailed, as Det. Decker is trying to find a runaway for a family closely connected with his new bride, Rina. I found the psycho criminal to be a bit of a bust, and to keep her active in the story, the author has Rina ridiculously trying to involve herself in her husband's policework, and even though Decker gets angry at her, he keeps bringing her along! Other than that though, I enjoyed this one and mean to read the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owusua Adwoa Ayeh | 12/25/2013

    " Religion in a wonderful way, what a pair at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Maze | 12/24/2013

    " I enjoy Faye Kellerman's book in this series. I can recommend them to anyone who likes a police procedural mixed with Jewish heritage. These books usually have Rated R sex scenes and violence, just to let you know! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue | 12/23/2013

    " I startedt his book but have not been able to get past the first 100 pages, doesn't move very fast and there is way too much side conversation on mundane detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 12/17/2013

    " Probably the best one in the series so far. I just keep reading them..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/16/2013

    " Love it :) Good thing there is 20 books in the series, I'm going through them fast.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie Deannuntis | 11/16/2013

    " "Day of Atonement" is a true thriller, suspense driven novel. I loved it as you can see by the time stamp of this review! Please heed Newsday's warning...this is not bedtime reading unless you do not require much sleep! Enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigitte | 11/4/2013

    " Very good and NYorkers' will identify with some of the places, sounds and people. Lets the reader into a world that some may not know. Very suspenseful and good, but feel it could have been wrapped up a little quicker than it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/13/2013

    " The references to practices of Orthodox Jews are interesting to a non-Jew. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pickleknit | 2/22/2013

    " I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed the cultural background, but I didn't like Peter this time around. Not sure if I'll go on to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/10/2012

    " Really, really good story. I like learning along with my entertainment, and this provided some of both. If you have any interest in Judaism, read these books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 5/31/2012

    " This was my favorite book of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, possibly because the main setting was Brooklyn, where I grew up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 3/28/2012

    " It's been years since I read all of these, but they're books that I stay up through the night to finish. I guess I really like them for the Jewish connection, but the crime and it's solution is always a thriller. The back story is a calming side story to the gruesome crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/3/2012

    " Peter unexpectedly finds his birth mother and searches for her runaway grandson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/24/2012

    " Kellerman did a good job introducing the reader to the Orthodox Jewish community and the boundries that outsiders must overcome to rescue a local runaway. This book was a quick read that kept my interest until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 1/3/2012

    " Fourth in the series, I have gone back to the very first one, "The Ritual Bath", and am now trying to get caught up. I read some of her later books, but never the series from the beginning. Damn books are addicting. I really enjoy all the religious references. Great character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/19/2011

    " This was the first Faye Kellerman book that I have read and was pleasantly surprised to like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Stewart schleicher | 9/10/2011

    " I am really enjoying this series. Can't wait to read them all!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 7/17/2011

    " Characters in this series are interesting. Easy and fast reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deena | 5/21/2011

    " Too much going on in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Shaughnessy | 5/9/2011

    " I enjoy reading the three Kellermans and picking up on their different styles. I particularly like how Faye Kellerman weaves details about orthodox Judaism into the crime-fiction genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/11/2011

    " Probably the best one in the series so far. I just keep reading them..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/2/2011

    " Really, really good story. I like learning along with my entertainment, and this provided some of both. If you have any interest in Judaism, read these books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 10/30/2010

    " It's been years since I read all of these, but they're books that I stay up through the night to finish. I guess I really like them for the Jewish connection, but the crime and it's solution is always a thriller. The back story is a calming side story to the gruesome crime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 9/10/2010

    " I enjoy Faye Kellerman's book in this series. I can recommend them to anyone who likes a police procedural mixed with Jewish heritage. These books usually have Rated R sex scenes and violence, just to let you know! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deenbat | 2/5/2009

    " Too much going on in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 1/11/2009

    " This was my favorite book of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, possibly because the main setting was Brooklyn, where I grew up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparhawk | 11/29/2008

    " 4th in this series and really enjoyed it.You learn a lot about the Jewish way of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 9/12/2008

    " Kellerman did a good job introducing the reader to the Orthodox Jewish community and the boundries that outsiders must overcome to rescue a local runaway. This book was a quick read that kept my interest until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nataliew | 4/25/2008

    " Another good one by Kellerman "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/5/2008

    " I enjoy reading the three Kellermans and picking up on their different styles. I particularly like how Faye Kellerman weaves details about orthodox Judaism into the crime-fiction genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 3/31/2007

    " My favorite in this series, here trouble finds Peter Dexter, detective and his lovely wife Rina Lazarus while visiting her Orthodox Jewish relatives in Brooklyn on their honeymoon. I love the tension between the sacred and the secular in this series and this book exemplifies that pull. "

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About the Author
Author Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, as well as the historical thrillers The Quality of Mercy and Straight into Darkness and the short-story anthology The Garden of Eden. She has won the Macavity Award and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.