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Hangman: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels) Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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If you’re a Kellerman fan, especially of her best-selling and long-running series featuring LAPD Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, this latest entry, again mixing police procedural and family drama, should fill the bill. If you’re new to Kellerman, though, this is not the place to start. Kellerman works primarily in dialogue, with very sketchy narrative support, which requires readers unfamiliar with the backstory to act as their own detectives, figuring out what the heck is going on in each scene. The plot maintains a breakneck pace—we move from the Deckers at dinner getting a call from a distressed teen to the teen’s revelation that his parents are missing from their hotel to the further revelation that Decker worked on a homicide case 15 years ago in which the now-absent father falsely confessed to murdering his high-school sweetheart, went to jail, and emerged as a hired killer. There goes dinner. Decker and Lazarus have to track down all these moving pieces. Meanwhile, a neonatal nurse with a wild private life is found brutally murdered. Naturally, we have to confront the fact that there may be a serial killer at work. Fans of Joseph Wambaugh will find a very different LAPD here—less credible and certainly far less funny—than the one he presents. Still, the family-drama side of this series is its main appeal to fans, and that’s what will get them through a less-than-stellar effort. --Connie Fletcher
Praise for Faye Kellerman: / 'Kellerman is an excellent writer' The Times / 'Very exciting' Daily Mail / 'Brutal but thoughtful and well-plotted, fast-moving and well told' Observer / 'Sensational' Mirror / 'Kellerman creates a claustrophobic atmosphere, against a background of seediness, violence and distrust' Sunday Telegraph / 'Kellerman moves her gritty mean streets LA plot along with breakneck pace' Irish Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm glad I did. It kept me on my toes with so many different characters and fast plot,switching back and forth between two very different case's and his home life with many things going on there. I didn't have any idea,for the most part, of who did what. The only part I didn't like was how quickly the end of the book was wrapped up. It was not a major I wasn't ready for it to end and it left me feeling that I had many questions unanswered. That's just me though. It wasn't a big cliffhanger but I cared about quite a number of the different characters and just wanted to see what happened to them. l like the ending,in general, to fit the length of the book. Not just an "oh, I've written enough pages now, so I just need to end it so I can get started on my next book after I get back from my mini vacation and have to start promoting this one" kind of thing.
I would recommend it to others though and I do plan to read more of her books. Which shows that I must have liked it enough, in spite of the ending issues.