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Blindman's Bluff: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012
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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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A 3 A.M. phone call summons LAPD homicide detective Peter Decker to the well-fortified Coyote Ranch compound of billionaire developer Guy Kaffey. A grisly scene awaits: Kaffey and his wife dead, gunned down along with four employees. A philanthropist known for extending second chances to delinquents—many of whom he had hired for his personal security—the wealthy businessman died badly in what had to be an inside job. Perhaps even deeper inside than anyone imagines.
At first the darkness enveloping this horrific multiple murder cannot touch Decker's wife, Rina Lazarus, who's serving on a jury in an L.A. courthouse. But a chance meeting and a request for help from a court translator is leading Rina straight into the heart of her husband's investigation—and directly into the path of relentless, cold-blooded killers.
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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?