In her 20th Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker detective novel, author Faye Kellerman does not disappoint. After a couple of mediocre additions to this series, Kellerman comes back stronger than ever. This book features two distinct crimes to be solved by LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker and his usual team. One concerns Terry, a missing woman who is married to a volatile gangster. She has left behind Gabe, her incredibly mature but lonely teenage son who by default falls under the care of the compassionate detective Peter, his wife, Rina, and daughter, Hannah. The other crime concerns the murder of a dedicated neonatal nurse who was in a relationship at her hospital with a co-worker, a male nurse who cannot be found. As in previous books in the series, Kellerman has included much more of the Deckers’ complicated family dynamics. I am sure that I am just one of many readers who enjoy the large dose of humanity brought in by details of Rina’s and Peter’s children’s interactions with each other and their parents. Vignettes of the Decker family add much needed warmth to this extremely gruesome tale of multiple murders.
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