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Fifteen years ago, high school senior Chris Whitman went to jail for murdering his girlfriend, Cheryl Diggs. Propelled by a misguided sense of chivalry, he confessed, determined to save another classmate, the beautiful and vulnerable Terry McLaughlin, from having to testify at his trial. When the truth came out, Chris was released from prison, married Terry who was pregnant with his child, and changed his last name to Donatti. He also became a professional killer.

Peter Decker was the detective on the case, and over the years, he and Terry kept in touch. Now his friend is in LA and asking for a favor. Though Decker knows full well getting involved will bring Terry’s sociopathic husband back into his life, the obsessive and duty-bound LAPD lieutenant reluctantly agrees. The favor soon becomes complicated when Terry goes missing and Donatti disappears, leaving their fourteen year old son, Gabe, with no one to turn to except Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus.

But Peter’s search for Terry must share center stage with a gruesome murder. Adrianna Blanc, a neonatal nurse at St. Timothy’s Hospital, had signed off her night shift at eight a.m. Six hours later, a foreman supervising the construction of a house in a nearby suburb discovered her body swinging from the rafters, a cable wire around her neck. Her car was found where she had parked it the night before, with no signs of foul play.

A dedicated and conscientious professional, Adrianna had a circle of close friends. Yet as Decker and his able team soon learn, the young woman also had her share of detractors. A party girl, she enjoyed booze, kinky sex, and revenge-cheating on her boyfriend, Garth Hammerling, another nurse at St. Tim’s. Suspicions heat up when Decker and his team find that one of Adrianna’s last phone calls was a provocative and disturbing message to her vacationing boyfriend, who himself has vanished without a trace. Was Adrianna’s death something personal because of her carefree lifestyle? Or was this unusually cruel and dramatic murder the first signs of a serial killer? With lives hanging in the balance, Decker and his colleagues, Sergeant Marge Dunn and Detective Scott Oliver, need to find answers and fast.

As if juggling two investigations weren't enough for the lieutenant (not to mention turning sixty!), things are becoming even more dangerous with his precarious home life. Ever the concerned parent, Decker wants to look after Terry’s son, Gabe. Yet who will protect his own family? Because if there’s one thing he knows for sure, with a sociopath like Donatti on the loose, no one is ever really safe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A double-barrel mystery…Crisp plotting; some fetching false leads.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Mitchell Greenberg narrates at a steady pace with subtle characterizations. His gravelly voice draws listeners into the circuitous plot…Greenberg’s evenly paced reading becomes more emotional as the plot twists and turns.”


  • “The importance of family—or at least nonpsycho family—is front and center in Kellerman’s latest Decker/Lazarus mystery. The evolution of characters and relationships have been a key factor in the continuing success of this long-running series by adding realism to the clever mystery plots. At times heart-breaking and chilling…a most excellent read.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Traci Haley | 2/20/2014

    " The last few Faye Kellerman books I've read have been somewhat disappointing... more procedural and less of what I really love, which is the interaction of all the characters that make up the story. In this new entry into the series, however, Kellerman returns to the format that made me start reading her novels in the first place -- lots and lots of interaction between Peter and Rina and the kids, along with the new addition of Gabe Donatti. I knew I vaguely remembered the Donatti family from previous novels, but I didn't remember a lot of detail from those stories. However, it wasn't really needed... Kellerman filled in the gaps that I didn't remember and then built on that story, while also investigating a side story. I'll admit that at times, since I was listening to the audiobook, I zoned out a little when it came to details about the two investigations, so I probably missed a detail or two... but that didn't really change my enjoyment of the novel. Also as a comment to the audiobook production... the different sections of the story didn't really have a pause between them, so it was easy to get confused when one second Peter was talking to Gabe and then a few minutes later I'd realize, belatedly, that that paragraph had ended and now Oliver was questioning a suspect. It wasn't horrible, it was just a little confusing and, if I remember right, it's something that I've noticed in several Faye Kellerman audiobooks. Gripes aside, I really did enjoy this entry into the series, especially with Cindy's revelation (and isn't it about time for another book from her point of view???). Now I'm glad that Kellerman is continuing to write about these characters and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Evelyn | 2/13/2014

    " None of Faye Kellerman's books are great literature. I don't think she ever meant them to be. The Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker novels are all very entertaining murder mysteries. The backdrop of a modern orthodox family, which is also a family of modern structure (stepchildren, ex-spouses, adoptions, etc.) is so recognizable and easy to relate to, that I feel like I know them personally. I love this series. I would never miss one book with these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/4/2014

    " Another good Peter Decker. This time he has 2 mysteries to solve. A mother has disappeared. The husband is a hit man and their son is now staying with the Deckers. And, 2 nurses have been murdered. Great read. Just sit back and enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janice Reisman | 1/10/2014

    " This book has some twists and turns that you don't see coming. Not the most exciting book I've read, but it is a good read. "

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