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Hangman (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Crime Thrillers) (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series Book 19) by [Kellerman, Faye]
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, Daily Mirror

Praise for Faye Kellerman:

Kellerman is an excellent writer The Times

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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

--The Times, Daily Mail, Observer The Daily Mirror, Sunday Telegraph and Irish Independent

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Fifteen years ago, Chris Whitman went to jail for murdering his girlfriend. Propelled by a misguided sense of chivalry, he confessed. When the truth came out, Chris was released from prison, got married and changed his last name to Donatti. He also became a professional killer.

Peter Decker was the detective on the case, and over the years he and Donatti have kept in touch. But things become complicated when Terry, Donatti's wife, goes missing and Donatti himself disappears, leaving their 14-year-old son, Gabe, with no one to turn to except Peter and his wife, Rina Lazarus.

But Peter's search for Terry must share center stage with a gruesome murder. Was this unusually cruel and very dramatic murder the first signs of a serial killer? With lives hanging in the balance, Decker and his colleagues, Sergeant Marge Dunn and Detective Scott Oliver, need to find answers and fast.

As if juggling two investigations weren't enough for the lieutenant, things are becoming even more dangerous with his precarious home life. Peter wants to look after Terry's son. Yet who will protect his own family? Because if there's one thing he knows for sure, with a sociopath like Donatti on the loose, no one is ever really safe."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1331 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (31 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVYZ2W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Though this book didnt make me feel like it was amazing or really good, it interested me enough to keep going for three nights and even though i thought there were a few holes in the detectives reasoning and judgement / actions on the hanging I liked the family plotline.
Ok I admit I liked part of the ending. The family part. But the murder case itself, I feel the author didnt think ANYTHING through at all. The conlusion wasnt even an actual conclusion, it was like a cold case. WHAT? Seriously?
The whole two suspect ending aswell.
Im rambling but to finish:
If I thought this book had any redeeming qualities it would be about the boy and his parents, but that isnt enough to save its mess of an ending. The whole theory of the murder completely falls apart with the conclusion.
I expected an actual ending not some cowardly open ended piece!
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"O LORD God of Israel, why has this come to pass in Israel,
that today there should be one tribe missing in Israel?" -- Judges 21:3 (NKJV)

I am a big fan of this series. Faye Kellerman has a wonderful way of humanizing the nasty business of homicide detection. That same humane touch and warm heart are ever-present in this story about what it means to be a family.

Sometimes an author picks a plot that makes telling the story unusually difficult. That's certainly true with Hangman. Why? People keep going missing in the book. Now, tracking down one missing person can fill quite a long police procedural. If there's more than one, you are in for a long sit . . . where progress occurs very slowly.

The story starts off a lot more intensely than that, and afterward you may feel as if someone is slowly letting the air out of the balloon until it's pretty flat at the end.

Those plot problems are more than balanced by the more heart-warming elements of the story. If I could give out half-stars, I would vote three-and-a-half stars for this book.

I've carefully avoided what I think are spoilers, but it's good for you to know the basic set-up of the mysteries here before you decide if you want to read this book.

The book's opening is filled with tension as Lieutenant Peter Decker attempts to protect Terry McLaughlin from her abusive husband, hit man Chris Donatti. Just when all seems resolved, Decker gets a call from Terry's son, Gabe, wondering where his mother is. Concerned about everyone's safety, Decker takes Gabe into his home for a few days. Looking for Terry, Decker finds that Donatti has also disappeared.

While all this is happening, an apparent suicide of a missing nurse occurs in an empty house that's being remodeled.
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By Brett H TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2011
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Hangman marks the 19th and latest outing for Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. I must have read most of their previous adventures over the years and sadly this was not the best by quite a long way. There are two parallel investigations going on - one involving the disappearance of Teresa, wife of Chris Donatti who both make a reappearance here, joined by their 14 year old piano playing prodigy son, Gabriel. The other case involves the death by hanging of a nurse which develops as the story progresses.

Most of this tale concentrates on the hanging case, and like other books in the series there is a good measure of Peter and Rina's domestic affairs and the various celebrations and events in the life of a middle class, Jewish American family. I quite like this aspect of these books, though their family is a bit too good to be true - Peter and Rina together with the half siblings, step siblings, in laws etc are all so nice and successful and appreciative of each other that there is never a cross word.

The story is well thought out as one would expect from this author, but does not progress very quickly. The ending ties everything up, but I did not find it very satisfactory as we effectively get pages and pages of explanation, rather than the answers being gradually teased out bit by bit. Not wanting to give any spoilers here, but if one thinks through the conclusion to the death by hanging case, the series of events were fairly improbable and did amount to lottery winning odds.

So an OK read, but not very memorable. Hopefully the next Decker/Lazarus story will be back to the usual standard. Finally I have no idea why the publishers feel they need to put 'For all fans of Kathy Reichs' twice on the cover. Kathy Reichs is a successful author and so is Faye Kellerman, but Tempe Brennan is a forensic anthropologist and is about a million miles away from Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.
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Book 19 in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. Whilst each of the books deals with a separate case I strongly recommend that they be read in order as as well as the crimes themselves the books predictably follow family life in the Decker/Lazarus household, the earlier ones in particular dealing with Peter's journey into orthodox Judaism after he discovers his birth parents were Jewish.

'Brutal' claims the front cover. Whilst this is certainly one of the more graphic of the books as far as violence goes it still has quite a way to go to be what I'd describe as brutal.

A Decker & Lazarus novel that has it all - a good thriller, plenty of Pete, Rina and co. plus we get to see the return of some characters visited in previous books. With Hangman the author is back on form though it saddens to me think that having celebrated his 60th birthday the 'Loo' may well be nearing retirement and thus the end of the series (?) although as far as I know there are at least another 3 books to go.

Intertwining a murder (or two or three) mystery with the mystery of a missing person. The novel takes an interesting turn with the inclusion of Pete and Rina's unexpected house guest, Gabe, the 14 year old piano playing prodigy son of hitman Chris Donatti and, the aforementioned missing person, Terry McLaughlin who we first met (if my memory serves correctly) in Justice (Book 7) and then again in Stone Kiss (Book 14).

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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