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Blindman's Bluff: A Decker and Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 11, 2009
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In bestseller Kellerman's solid 18th novel to feature L.A. police detective Lt. Peter Decker and his wife, Rina (after The Mercedes Coffin), Rina finds that some jury duty should include hazardous duty pay. A shooting rampage at the 70-acre compound and mansion owned by shopping mall magnate Guy Kaffey leaves Kaffey, his wife and two guards dead. Kaffey's oldest son, Gil, apparently was left for dead and two other guards are missing. A plethora of suspects and motives has Decker and his colleagues looking at Guy's brother, Mace, and Guy's younger son, Grant, as well as the missing guards, other household staff, the remaining off-duty staff and possibly business rivals. Decker's cool professionalism is thoroughly tested when a chance courtroom encounter thrusts Rina into the case and puts her in harm's way. Kellerman expertly keeps interlocking investigations moving along with a minimum of confusion but plenty of doubt as to the guilty party or parties. (Aug.)
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LAPD homicide detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, will be blindsided by a brutal multiple murder in this twisting tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.
"They say dead men don't talk, but if you listen, they do."
As a lieutenant in the LAPD, homicide detective Peter Decker doesn't get many calls at 3 a.m. unless a case is nasty, sensational—or both. Someone has broken into the exclusive Coyote Ranch compound of billionaire developer Guy Kaffey and viciously gunned him down, along with his wife and four employees.
A well-known figure on both the business and society pages, Kaffey, with his sons and his younger brother, Mace, built most of the shopping malls in Southern California and earned a reputation for philanthropy, donating millions to worthy causes. It doesn't take long for Peter, his trusted detectives Scott Oliver and Marge Dunn, and the rest of his homicide team to figure out that the gruesome killings must be an inside job. Things become even more entangled when they discover that Kaffey's largesse had included organizations that extended second chances to delinquents, many of whom Kaffey had hired for his personal security. But was the job pure murder/robbery or something even more twisted? A developer of Kaffey's magnitude doesn't make billions without making more enemies with blood grudges.
With leads taking the team across L.A., up and down the Golden State, and into Mexico, Decker is plenty busy—and plenty thankful not to have to worry about his wife, Rina Lazarus, getting caught up in this deadly case. Rina is out of harm's way, serving on a jury at the courthouse.
But then a chance encounter with a court translator who needs her help leads Rina into the terrifying heart of her husband's murder investigations—and straight into the path of a gang of ruthless killers. To protect Rina, Decker must find his prey before death unites his two worlds.
A fast-paced tour through the urban landscape of L.A., Blindman's Bluff is a riveting mile-a-minute thrill ride from a formidable master of her craft.
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Top Customer Reviews
I found the story "Blindman's Bluff" rather interesting with the introduction of a blind character who is able to determine descriptions through voice, accents, and other details that those who are not blind might miss.
Rina, who has been selected for a jury (surprising, since Peter is a dective in the LA Police Department) encounters the blind character, and through this meeting, is able to help Peter in the solution of the crime.
Living in Southern California, I find that the descriptions of areas with which I am mostly unfamiliar, become places I now know more about.
Being from an Orthodox Jewish family, I understand the customs and traditions which Peter has learned in this series. These customs and traditions are sometimes difficult for others to comprehend, and Faye Kellerman does an outstanding job of explaining them through Peter's own learning process. I found this interesting, as well as the way Kellerman blends these customs and traditions into the work that Peter does as a police detective.
The plots are well woven, and the conclusions to each case clear, believeable, and sometimes surprising..
I think it would be interesting to be a part of Rina and Peter's lives, and since this is fiction, reading about them is almost like being in that part.
I hope there are more books written in this series.
The crime is complicated. The large house sits on a big property surrounded by fencing and with its own security force. All signs point to an inside job--but is it family or members of the security force that have committed the crime?
Meanwhile, Rina is on jury duty. The court's witness translator is a blind man with a highly developed sense of hearing. During a trial break,he overhears two men talking about the mass murder. He asks Rina to describe the men, thus putting himself and Rina in danger.
In Blindman's Bluff, Kellerman creates a compelling mystery wrapped in the everday realities of Decker's family life and his challenge of maintaing the daily rituals of the Jewish faith as he hunts violent criminals.
I lost a lot of sleep reading this book. I was so caught up in the fast paced events I just couldn't put my Kindle down.