Peter Decker and
Rina Lazarus are back in this gripping mystery involving a secret cabal of some
of Los Angeles’ most wealthy, and vicious, teens
detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen year old
Gabriel Whitman, the son of a troubled former friend, into their home. While
the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the
secrets adolescents keep, witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen,
Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most
exclusive prep schools.
Wendy, refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look
deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen, evidence
that propels him to launch a full investigation with his trusted team, Sergeant
Marge Dunn and Detective Scott Oliver. But the case becomes darkly complicated
by the suicide of another Bell and Wakefield student, a death that leads them
to uncover an especially nasty group of rich and privileged students with a
predilection for guns and violence. Decker thought he understood kids, yet the
closer he and his team get to the truth, the clearer it becomes that he knows
very little about them, including his own charge, Gabe. The son of a gangster
and an absent parent, the boy has had a life filled with too much free time,
too many unexplained absences, and too little adult supervision.
Before it’s over,
the case and all its terrifying ramifications will take Decker and his
detectives down a dark alley of twisted allegiances and unholy alliances,
culminating at a heart-stopping point of no return.
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