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Day of Atonement Paperback – March 14, 1991
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When Police Sergeant Peter Decker agreed to spend his honeymoon - and his New Year - with his wife's former in-laws in the most rigidly respectable Jewish district in Brooklyn, the worst he thought it could be was dull. He was wrong. For when Noam, the teenage son of a close family friend, goes missing Decker finds his honeymoon is suddenly over. Noam appears to have taken off across America with a shadowy individual who has a penchant for dominating vulnerable adolescent boys. A person whose inner violence is expressing itself more and more openly. Time is running out for Decker - and for Noam. And they both know there are only ten days between New Year and the Day of Atonement...
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I'm enjoying how the relationship between Peter & Rena is developing, and being introduced to other family members along the way. And there is always that element of suspense in solving the crime.....even knowing that Peter & Rina will somehow survive..... there are more books in this series!
The biggest problem, though, was that when I got about 30-40% into the book, I WAS STILL WAITING FOR SOME INTERESTING STORYLINE TO BE INTRODUCED. Then it dawned on me, the search for Noam WAS the story. That was IT. I didn't much care for the kid and of course hated the sociopath he had decided to hang out with, although it was so obvious that you were SUPPOSED to hate the sociopath and somehow feel sorry for the idiot kid Noam. (Do the characters sound one-dimensional? That's how they seemed to me.)
Another major problem with this book was the relationship between Pete and Rina. Rina was always going off and doing incredibly dangerous, incredibly STUPID things that I just don't believe anyone would do. And her husband treated her like a 4-year-old. Toward the end he does something to her that is so asinine (you will know what I am referring to if you read this book) that I almost gave up on the book altogether -- I finished it only because that "incident" happened near the end.
The dialogue between the two, also, is pretty awful in many places -- it often reads like dialogue in a bad romance novel. Again, I had enjoyed the earlier books in this series, but this one seemed so different.
Overall, very disappointing entry in a generally good series.