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Justice (Decker/Lazarus Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Faye Kellerman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The cruel and bizarre slaying of a beautiful teen leads Detective Decker into the dark heart of an exotic subculture: the seamy, sometimes violent world of Southern California's rootless, affluent youth. But even the confession of a disturbed kid with cold "killer eyes" cannot soothe Decker's inner torment. For he knows in his gut this crime goes much deeper and higher than anyone expects -- and that true justice, brutal and complete, has yet to be done.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The eighth appearance of LAPD homicide detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, will likely increase her constituency as she concentrates more on the case at hand and less on the Jewish law and lore that rises from Rina's Orthodox Jewish background and informs the Decker family life. Chris Whitman, a high-school senior with a hidden past and close ties to his uncle?a powerful Mafia don?has some kinky notions of sexual games. He tries them with his very Catholic and proper (yes, virginal) classmate, Terry, with whom he is obsessed. Trouble begins when Chris's less constrained former girlfriend is found bound and dead in a tawdry hotel the morning after the prom, with evidence suggesting her involvement in a wild night of drugs and sex with multiple partners, including Chris. The youth's confession, coming after Decker discovers photographs that could compromise Terry's reputation, leaves Decker uncomfortable. So does his chief's suggestion that conflicting forensic evidence be given low priority. Decker, fighting some demons of his own, continues investigating even after the case is considered solved, and Uncle Joey, none too happy with Chris or Terry, executes his own brand of revenge. Surprising twists and engaging subplots will keep readers turning the pages to the satisfying conclusion.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kellerman's latest Pete Decker/Rina Lazarus novel will join its predecessors at or near the top of most best-seller lists. The story begins with a teen prom queen who has been found dead in a fleabag motel, apparently strangled after a night of drink, drugs, and kinky sex. Handsome, clean-cut Chris Whitman has confessed to the killing, but LAPD detective Decker is uncomfortable with the easy resolution of the case and the way things just don't add up. Chris, the son of Mob boss Joe Donatti, is way too cool, too smooth, and too sure of himself. Evidence taken from the dead prom queen's body shows she had sex with at least one other person besides Whitman on the night she died. And sweet, innocent Teresa McLaughlin is in love with Whitman, but there's more to the romance than the usual teen hormonal attraction. So, despite his superiors' objections, Pete digs into the case more deeply and finds, to his horror, what really happened. Although the plot occasionally veers off into improbability, Kellerman keeps the suspense turned to high from beginning to end, and readers will find themselves thoroughly engaged and, as usual with Kellerman's books, well entertained. Emily Melton

Product Details

  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 565 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061999369
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W9680U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting book April 25, 2003
Just when you think Faye Kellerman's writing is already at its best, she comes up with a brilliant book like "Justice". In this eighth book of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, Kellerman concentrates on another character's point of view as much as she does on Decker's. She tells the story of Terry, a hard-working young high school girl whose father and step-mother expect her to keep house, babysit her younger sister, and maintain top grades. She is asked to tutor Chris Whitman, a young man who runs with the popular crowd and happens to be related to an important Mafia figure. She enters a world of lies and intrigue, where the only thing which remains somewhat constant is Chris's obsession with Terry. Despite this, he maintains sexual relations with other girls and treats Terry with the utmost respect. One of his sexual partners is killed, and Decker quickly closes in on Chris as the chief suspect. This book is loaded with twists and turns, and stories within stories. It deals with police politics, race relations, and gangland justice, and is a very satisfying read. Congratulations to Faye Kellerman who outdoes herself on this wonderful and complex book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faye really shines with "Justice"! March 19, 1999
I am in total agreement with Steve below. I've read all Faye's books and this is one of my favorites. If you haven't read the series you won't be able to appreciate the creative extension Faye took on this effort. So, start over with Ritual Bath and go through the series. Including Terry's perspective was a new and successful angle for the author. The book was riveting and the characters fascinating. The sexual explicity was perfectly acceptable, and enjoyable; after all, these books aren't written for kids. Faye, give us more!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs a sequel.... February 29, 2000
I agree that a sequel is definitely in order for this book. The characters and story were magnificent, but the ending definitely left you wanting to know more about how Terry and Chris' lives progressed. For the first time while reading the books in this series, I didn't want more about Peter and Rina, I wanted more about the other characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have read and will read any of Faye Kellerman's books and I must say that I absolutely loved Justice. This book just exemplifies Ms. Kellerman's tremendous talent. How she was able to write this story from the perspective of more than one person in a manner such that you cared...terrific. One note. I must say that this is the first book in which I found myself actally not fully siding with Pete Decker. In this book, you just get to see him as a hard-as-nails police officer, not necessarily a man with a heart (as he's usually portrayed). This was awkward for me to get used to, but I'm glad for this because it was good to see Decker in a different light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice April 16, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I truly enjoyed this novel--actually I listened to the unabridged version on cassettes, and it was exceptional. This book is screaming for a sequel! The characters were riveting, and I long to know what becomes of them. Wouldn't Chris try to see Terry again as he was so obsessed with her? I feel as though I got to know the two main characters, and that Decker was just there to fill in the time when they were not highlighted. Hope to see more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW June 2, 2002
By A Customer
I couldn't put this book down read it from cover to cover in less then 24 hours!!
Book kept me second guessing from the start. Just when you "think" you have it figured out more evidence is found. Would love to see a sequal to this book. Can't wait to read more from Faye Kellerman! WOW what a Book!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary February 14, 2005
A Kid's Review
I must admit, the beginning pages of the book really threw me off. I guess that is why I had to continue reading the book. It's a major thriller. Reading about how capable Chris Whitman was to commit murder scared me terribly. He was so passive, unreadable, and there was something about how she described his eyes that gave me the shivers and hoped that I would never meet a man like that in real life. Not only because I would be terrified by him, but because I, like Terry, might fall for him. To Terry he was sweet and innocent, making her believe that his every move was calm and soothing. Really he was a cold blooded murderer and the son of a Mafia leader. Being so open with Terry about his life only made her fall for him more and seduced her into believing he could do no harm. That he was a victim of his fathers, rather uncles, horrific life. Only that Chris left out his victims of his very own murders. But as they say, once a killer, always a killer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling cliffhanger--where's the sequel? April 30, 2001
The final sentence of Justice gave me the chills! I would really like to see Terry and Chris pop up again in a future novel. I gobbled this novel up, ignoring my husband, the TV, the kitchen, and everything else until I was finished with it. And how sorry I was for the book to end! I was disappointed, though, by the loose ends concerning the murder of Cheryl Diggs--the supposed main focus of this mystery. The relation of her death to the other, black teenager's death was a super-lucky shot that only a fictitious detective could make. I just wasn't goodnatured enough to accept it with equanimity. However, on the whole I really enjoy following the lives of Peter Decker and his family, enough to forgive Ms. Kellerman for just about anything.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice
Like all Decker Lazurus series novels. This was great. Recommend you read the entire series. That's what I did, when I realized I had not read some of the earlier books in this... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Linda Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Racy well plotted. Faye kellerman can always be depended on to provide an entertaining book. Have read most of her books but this one seems to have been missed by me until... Read more
Published 9 days ago by VNS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Team
I am hooked on the Decker/Lazarus books, and have read quite a few. The characters are wonderful, and I love reading about them in other books by Faye Kellerman.
Published 20 days ago by Patricia Helm
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for the changing POV
Although I'm a big-time Faye Kellerman fan, I didn't care for the switching point-of-view of the narration. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lan the Answer Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice
Kellerman frequently discusses the difference between what religion views as just with the way it plays out in the real world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by F. J. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Job Faye Kellerman
The Decker/Lazarus series is one of the best I have ever read. Faye Kellerman, in my opinion, does a magnificent job in writing these stories. Read more
Published 3 months ago by littlebitter
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
I always enjoy the Kaye Kellerman novels. This particular book was a page turner and did not want to put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who had read Kaye Kellerman.
Published 6 months ago by Janet Long
3.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book was work!
This book was hard to read from the start. It jumped right into the mind of one of the characters and it was very hard to catch up to and understand where it was going. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Debora A. Nielsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not like the other books
I missed Marge. I think her character would have been great in this book and could have sped things up. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Kellerman always makes a great read
She has combined twists and a heartfelt family. Also, I enjoyed learning about Jewish traditions and the intreptation of the bible.
Published 7 months ago by Cathy
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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.

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