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Pete Decker and his policewoman daughter Cindy must work side by side to catch a vindictive killer in the suspense-packed twelfth thriller of the series

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Faye Kellerman lives with her children and husband, novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles.


LAPD detective Peter Decker, promoted to lieutenant after his heroics in Jupiter's Bones (1999), is overloaded with troubles in this outstanding, suspense-packed mystery, the 12th in Kellerman's acclaimed series. As usual, a challenging case distracts Decker from his family, but this time there is one difference. Cindy, his smart, outspoken daughter from his first marriage, is now a cop, to the overprotective Decker's dismay. Meanwhile, Decker is faced with two different series of car-jackings. In one string, the thief targets young women carrying babies. The cops tie the other jackings to Armand Crayton, a sleazy real estate developer who had supposedly died in a car crash a year earlier, after being kidnapped. Several women Crayton knew have been threatened, their cars stolen. When Drecker discovers that an anonymous stalker has been harassing Cindy, he hits the roof. Is it one of her colleagues, or does trouble stem from her casual acquaintance with Crayton? Kellerman is a fine writer, beautifully evoking the feel of Los Angeles and creating scenes that would please Chandler and MacDonald. She deals realistically with the problems women face in a male police world. Her development of the tense father-daughter relationship is wise and honest: Decker is torn between his inability to accept Cindy as an independent adult and his pride in her accomplishments; meanwhile, Cindy respects and loves her father but is distraught by his interference in her personal and professional life. The complex Cindy is a most welcome addition to Kellerman's cast. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

'Outstanding, suspense-packed...Kellerman is a fine writer, beautifully evoking the feel of Los Angeles and creating scenes that would please Chandler and MacDonald. She deals realistically with the problems women face in a male police world...wise and honest' -- Publishers Weekly 'The page-turner of a plot is fuelled by Kellerman's seemingly boundless knowledge of the psychological mind-set of both cops and criminals... Many compelling characters and asides on everything from religion to family dynamics... Another winner' -- Booklist 'This novel is very exciting' -- Mail On Sunday 'Unpredictable...well-told and complicated story' -- New York Times

The excellent performance by veteran narrator Jay O. Sanders enlivens this otherwise uninspired addition to the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. Brash rookie Cynthia Decker, Peter's 25-year-old daughter from his first marriage, and her beat cop co-workers take center stage in this LAPD police procedural. Cynthia's Ivy League degree and ties to the high-ranking Lieutenant Decker alienate her from her comrades in the Hollywood Division. Peter also struggles to view his daughter as a colleague especially when she becomes the target of a stalker. Much to her father's dismay, a ridiculously headstrong Cynthia tries to solve her own stalking case, exploring possible connections between it, a murder, and the unsolved car-jacking cases her father is investigating. Cynthia's effort to assert herself in her new job overwhelms this abridgment, leaving little else in the way of characterization and action to engage listeners. Public libraries may want to wait for an unabridged version to satisfy Kellerman's many fans. Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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