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Faye Kellerman's other books include "Jupiter's Bones", "Stalker", "The Forgotten", "Moon Music", "Serpent's Tooth", "The Quality of Mercy" and "Prayers for the Dead".

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Faye Kellerman was born in St Louis, Missouri. She began her career as a dentist but turned to writing after the birth of her eldest child in 1978. Faye now has four children and lives with them and her husband, novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles.

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Raw. Brutal. Ugly. And, of course, riveting. L.A. homicide detective Peter Decker, an orthodox Jew, answers a call for help from his half-brother, Jonathan, in this 14th tale (after 2001's The Forgotten) from bestseller Kellerman. Ephraim Lieber, Jonathan's brother-in-law, has been found murdered in a seedy Manhattan hotel. Ephraim's 15-year-old niece, Shaynda, who was supposed to be with him, is missing. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to fly to New York to assess the situation, advise the family and perhaps consult with the police investigating the crime. Wife Rina and daughter Hannah accompany him to make the trip something of a vacation as well. The bare questions of the case are difficult and delicate enough (had Ephraim, a recovering drug addict, backslid? was his relationship with Shaynda abusive? what part did other family relationships play?). Peter is quickly caught up in a desperate attempt to find and save the girl while battling an intransigent family, unfamiliar territory and reckless killers. Worse, his best ally in this impossible situation is Chris Donatti, first encountered in Justice (1995), a psychotic, mob-connected killer and maker of pornographic films. Whether Kellerman is depicting the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community or a pornographer's studio, she is utterly convincing. Amid the wreckage of lives taken or thrown away, Kellerman's heroes find glimmers of hope and enough moral ambiguity to make even her most evil villain look less than totally black. (One-day laydown July 30) Forecast: A five-city author tour, TV advertising in L.A. and New York, national print advertising and more should propel this title into bestseller territory. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

A cracking new tale featuring the orthodox Jewish LA Police Lieutenant Pete Decker who this time journeys to New York after a Hassidic Jew and former drug addict was found murdered and a 15-year-old girl is missing. Decker finds himself in a strange city and struggling to free himself out of a maze of deceit and danger.

Reader George Guidall's first venture into the popular Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series is a success. In this gritty thriller, Peter reluctantly takes a busman's holiday to New York at the request of his half-brother Jonathan, whose family is distraught over the execution-style slaying of his brother-in-law, Ephraim. To make matters worse, Ephraim's 15-year-old niece, Shaynda, who was with him for the day, is missing. As he begins to investigate, our L.A. police lieutenant unhappily finds that, unlike Jonathan, very few people appreciate his assistance-especially Shaynda's immediate family and the NYPD. Peter is further dismayed to discover a link to Chris Donatti, a mob-connected pornographer whom he once put behind bars. Unfortunately, the novel becomes disjointed at times with its large cast of characters and periodic switch to the first-person perspective of Donatti's girlfriend (with corresponding narration by Julia Gibson). Despite these drawbacks, absorbing portrayals of Peter's family life and the Jewish community make this a solid purchase for the many public libraries with Kellerman fans.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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