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Product Details

  • Series: Decker/Lazarus Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (December 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060554894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060554897
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,977,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Kellerman's fourth mystery to feature Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus lacks the passion and suspense of earlier outings.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

When Los Angeles detective Peter Decker and new wife Rina Lazarus visit her Jewish kinfolks in Brooklyn, startling events disturb their honeymoon. Quite unexpectedly and with great antipathy, Decker--an adoptee--recognizes his natural mother at a holiday gathering. Before he can confront her, though, her troubled 14-year-old grandson goes missing and Decker, fortuitously on hand, begins the search. Soon after he learns that the boy has taken up with a dangerously disturbed and vicious young man, the scene switches to Los Angeles. 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.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Faye Kellerman is the author of twenty-six novels, including nineteen New York Times bestselling mysteries that feature the husband-and-wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. She has also penned two best selling short novels with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, and recently has teamed up with her daughter, Aliza, to co-write a teen novel, entitled PRISM. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Customer Reviews

The characters were wonderful and fully developed.
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It is the kind of story that keeps one reading and not wanting to put it down.
Alma F.
I have read many books by Faye Kellerman and i love the Decker/Lazarus series.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
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After reading one Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novel almost by accident, I was immediately hooked on this series. Peter, Rina, and their family and colleagues are characters of depth, endearingly human, honest, and appealing. Every novel in this series is a winner, and I especially liked Day of Atonement. Not only is it an engrossing, gritty, edge-of-the-seat detective novel, it is also a heartfelt story of complex emotional relationships. The setting within the Orthodox Jewish community--still an ongoing mystery to semi-outsider, LAPD detective Peter Decker--seems to the reader much as it does to him: a fascinating, perplexing, comforting, challenging world. This reader--coincidentally the parent of an adult adopted son--was intrigued and deeply touched by the subplot of Peter's struggle to deal emotionally with his own adoption. It is rare to find as compelling a storyteller as Faye Kellerman!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harold L. Laroff on December 10, 1997
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The forth book in Fay Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus series, "Day of Atonement," takes them to Brooklyn, New York on their honeymoon. "Not the honeymoon Decker had imagined." It's not he best of all situations. He's staying in the crowded home of the parents of Rina's late husband. It's Rosh Hashanah which makes the situation more difficult. The spirit and holiness of the holidays is shattered when Noam, Rina's cousin, runs away. Runaways is one of Decker's specialties but although he is clad in a yarmulke he is still the stranger in the Orthodox community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn The search for the teenager links him to a psychopath and trail which leads him back to Los Angles and murder. "Day of Atonement," is the best of the series to date.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on April 13, 2000
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In this series, Faye Kellerman gives us exciting stories, likable protagonists in Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, and an interesting picture of Orthodox Jewish life. The only thing that mars the series is the ugly language employed whenever Decker gets together with his LAPD colleagues. I guess this is in there because it's "realistic," but I for one don't need such realism in my recreational reading. (I've found it's possible to skim over most of this dialogue without losing track of the story.) "Day of Atonement" is my favorite of the series so far. Not only is it a compelling story involving the search for a teenage boy who runs away from his Orthodox community in New York; much of the action takes place away from Los Angeles and thus we are largely spared the unpleasant conversations of the cops.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1997
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Faye Kellerman has the ability to involve the reader from page one. Her entire series of Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus books are spellbinders. She follows the relationship between Peter and Rina from when they first met in Ritual Bath through to Prayers for the Dead. She weaves her books beautifully around the life of orthodox Jews and those who are both less religous and those who are not Jewish. You watch the characters grow from the first word to the last. I always end her books wanting to read another
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PGMS on March 4, 2004
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There really isn't a whole lot of suspense in the book. It is almost impossible to not know what is going to happen at the end, though I will not tell you anyway. The book focuses on a disaffected Orthodox Jewish youth who gets mixed up with a psychopath. Although it discusses some of the issues, in general, as to what could cause this young man to act as he does, it really talks more about why the psycho is crazy than why the youth runs away from home.
The ability for the hero of the tome, Peter Decker to find his quarry is beyond belief, even for Hollywood. The guy obviously has the hearing of a canine in being able to tell what street corner the kid is calling from.
There is an interesting and gripping adoption line as well. Decker is adopted, was born Jewish, brought up Baptist, and now married into an ultra-Orthodox family. I have not read the other books in the series, but how he really feels about that could have been better developed as well.
Overall, the book was simple to figure out, but the writing was good enough and close enough to home to me to give it three stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on February 7, 2003
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Detective Peter Decker and Orthodox Jewish Rina Lazarus have finally tied the knot in this book, but their honeymoon leaves a lot to be desired. They are spending it in Brooklyn with Rina's in-laws. Peter understandably feels uncomfortable in this situation and he is not yet accustomed to all of the Orthodox Jewish customs, despite his months of study. Two plots wind through the book, namely the disappearance of one of his wife's troubled nephew and Peter's discovery of a person from his past.
These subplots wind neatly around one another and, as usual the reader is treated to lots of interesting background about Orthodox Jewish custom. Rina and Peter go through some difficult moments as she wants to help in the investigation and Peter does not want her put in danger. All in all, this is a satisfying read and it makes me look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "mcmarcy" on June 9, 2000
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What a "Honeymoon", there doesn't seem anything that doesn't happen to the New Mr.& Mrs. Decker. Wonderful fast read, great insight on the Jewish Orthodox community. Peter is confronted by his on heritage & Rina is a true fiesty heroine with a mind of her own. Sadly this book shows no one is immune to the trouble of your society & it touches even the most protected children.
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