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Day of Atonement Paperback – March 14, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Kellerman's fourth mystery to feature Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus lacks the passion and suspense of earlier outings.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
When Los Angeles detective Peter Decker and new wife Rina Lazarus visit her Jewish kinfolks in Brooklyn, startling events disturb their honeymoon. Quite unexpectedly and with great antipathy, Decker--an adoptee--recognizes his natural mother at a holiday gathering. Before he can confront her, though, her troubled 14-year-old grandson goes missing and Decker, fortuitously on hand, begins the search. Soon after he learns that the boy has taken up with a dangerously disturbed and vicious young man, the scene switches to Los Angeles. Hard-hitting details, vignettes of Jewish life, and uncomfortably close glimpses of a cold-hearted psycho make this an entrancing page turner. Not to be missed.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This was a good book, so don't get me wrong. I can't give it 5 stars because I feel like that is reserved for books that blow me away or have a significant impact on me. Want a 5 star book? Try Exodus by Leon Uris, The Chosen by Chaim Potak, and My name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potak.