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The Forgotten [Paperback]

Faye Kellerman BA in Dentistry UCLA
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4 Feb 2002

A place of worship is vandalised, daubed swastikas testifying to a hatred that, for a time at least, defies understanding.

But the Deckers, Rina and her detective husband Peter, soon realise the violence done to their synagogue can be traced to one deeply disturbed adolescent, Ernesto Golding. Born into privilege but obsessed by the past, he is eventually charged, his case closed. But Peter Decker still worries that others were involved. And six months later Ernesto is found murdered. Suddenly Decker and his family are plunged into a ghastly world of damaged youth, ruthless parents and secrets, with roots deep in the horrors of the last generation, which seem to demand ultimate retribution...

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (4 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747259240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747259244
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, 'The Ritual Bath' (1986) introduced Sergeant Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.

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LA homicide detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, his Orthodox Jewish wife, return in The Forgotten, a new entry in Faye Kellerman's popular series. Kellerman can be counted on to deliver emotional complexity along with suspense, and it comes from the relationship between Peter and Jacob, Rina's troubled teenage son. Jacob has a personal connection to the event that sets off this intricately plotted novel, the defacing of Rina's synagogue by one of his classmates. Ernesto Golding can't explain why he vandalised the synagogue, but when he and his therapists are murdered months after the incident, Peter realises that something the teenager told him when admitting his guilt may hold the key to the killings: Ernesto's belief that his grandfather may have been a Nazi who posed as a Jew to escape to South America after the war. Investigating Ernesto's story gives Rina a strand of the plot to tease out; meanwhile, Peter concentrates on another motive for the therapist murders that involves computer fraud, the College Board exams and the high cost exacted by parents who pressure their teenagers to succeed.

Kellerman skilfully keeps the dramatic tension going as she pulls all the pieces of her complex plot together, but what makes this novel her best yet is her acutely revealing portrait of Jacob, struggling with the existential angst of adolescence as he attempts to reconcile his devotion to Judaism with the temptations of contemporary life, from drugs to sex. She brilliantly describes his search for identity, intimacy and independence even as he redefines his relationship to Peter and Rina, in a scenario that resounds with psychological truth. The Forgotten is a memorable addition to the Kellerman oeuvre. --Jane Adams, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


...seamlessly weaves her themes of religious belief and familial respect into a multilayered thriller, with finely realized characters and a tangible sense of place. (Publisher's Weekly)

Kellerman blends family and police procedural dramas to great effect, creating a powerful and absorbing plot with realistic and engaging characters (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar and satisfying 13 Aug 2001
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Reading Faye Kellerman is like catching up with an old friend: one of the most engaging aspects of her writing is the development of the key characters from one novel to the next. This is no exception, and it is both pleasing and satisfying to re-encounter the Decker family and Peter's police colleagues.
The plot of The Forgotten is tightly drawn and, as always, neatly tied up at the end. Fans of Kellerman certainly won't be disappointed. I'd recommend, however, that new readers start a little earlier in the series to avoid frustration and confusion resulting from allusions to previously constructed scenarios and characters. On the whole, this is a worthwhile read - not in the ranks of the best of Jonathan Kellerman or Patricia Cornwell, but rewarding nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent return for Detective Pete Decker! 16 Aug 2001
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Detecitve Pete Decker is back. Once again Faye Kellerman intertwines his family and proffessional life superbly. The vandalism of Pete and his wife Rina's synagogue allows the author to explore the outrage and hurt felt by the whole family. But there is a puzzle to be solved, a baddy to be hunted down and Pete Decker is on the case. There are numerous tiwsts and yet even when all seems to be revealed there is still a race aginst the clock. How many lives wll be damaged? This book is an exploration of the evil acts that a human can perpatrate aginst another - never excusing, yet offering some insight into how a damaged child can become a hateful adult. Pete's limitations as a husband and father are highlighted as he races to solve the crime and tries to protect his youngest step-son from the perils of growing up. Whilst Pete's family are an important part of the plot, this is also an excellent police procedural and all the old faces are there! Don't worry if you haven't read Faye Kellermans other novels - this will ensure you'll read the rest!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and educational journey 10 Feb 2004
The first thing that attracted me to 'The Forgotten' was it's cover (on occasion, and without God's help, we can all feel lost). Set on a sea front: it's like an isolation play from the dark hills of Brownsville; or, a fourth quarter 'quick-play' from the machine that was the Utah Jazz's 'pick-and-roll' offense. This slow moving, but steady-pounding, and, relentlessly grinding and meandering 'slow-mo' novel WILL, in due time, wear you down. With the long-standing folmula of the classic 'who-dun-it'; which at worst, will leave you wanting more; and, near it's best, will leave you weak at the knees, it remains a job well done. Make no mistakes about Kellerman's professionalism; this is a gritty 'drag-it-out; whatever' thriller. It left me thinking - 'There is always ONE nutter out there that has the brain to mess it up for the rest of us'.
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