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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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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.
Blindman's Bluff begins with a multiple homicide--three members of the wealthy Kaffey family, two bodyguards, a maid, and other security personnel are missing. When the police discover that Mr. Kaffey hired ex-convicts for his security (for both altruistic and cost savings reasons), they are able to link the murders to a violent Los Angeles gang. The third strand of the plot is the blind man of the story--a courtroom interpreter that over hears two gang members discussing the crime and by coincidence, asks Rina to describe the gang members to him.
The story evolves around the relationships and rivalries between the various members of the wealthy Kaffey family, and the relationships between the gang members and their communities. As always, Kellerman fills out the plot with personal interactions between Peter, Rina, their family, and Peter's co-workers on the police force.
Blindman's Bluff is an engaging novel; the complexity of the plot and the characters kept and help my attention from beginning to end. I enjoy the involvement of Peter's family, and the details about the personal lives of the other police officers, especially how the characters and their lives have changed and developed over time. In Blindman's Bluff, Faye Kellerman has created an excellent plot with multiple story lines that come together in a cohesive, enjoyable ending--I highly recommend this book, and can't wait for the next!
I found Bruce to be a very interesting character, and I hope Faye Kellerman makes use of him again. Perhaps she could call the book Earwitness?