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Day of Atonement by Faye Kellerman

Day of Atonement (1991)

by Faye Kellerman

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Series: Decker/Lazarus (4)

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One big coincidence at the start of the book---which is perfectly acceptable: Peter's birth mother just happens to be a friend of his wife's former in-laws. Also typos and one mistake: Peter says there's a full moon during Rosh Hashanah when he and Rina make love---yes, I know, that's not what I'm supposed to be paying attention to. And lots of curse words and some major unpleasantness. But the book also deals with secrets and how keeping them diminishes you, but how sharing them risks ruining your life.
  raizel | Jun 20, 2014 |
  cavlibrary | Jun 3, 2013 |
Of the Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus novels I've read, I think this one is definitely the best. Many novels that blend a personal character story for the protagonists into a crime story rarely end up being successful, but this one definitely accomplishes what Faye Kellerman intended.

Peter & Rina are newly married and honeymooning in Brooklyn with her first husband's family. (Yes, that's a recipe for success, isn't it?!) When he suddenly recognizes that friend of the family and neighbor is the woman who gave him up for adoption, Peter experiences a strong desire to get the hell out of Dodge. But professional responsibilities intrude when his expertise is needed to find a missing boy, who just happens to be his nephew---even though no one other than Rina knows it.

From Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Peter follows the breadcrumbs the missing boy leaves behind. The resolution is both heartbreaking and uplifting. ( )
  libraryman_76021 | May 21, 2013 |
Peter Decker and Rina are spending their honeymoon in Brooklyn with the inlaws when a boy disappears and Decker volunteers to track down not only the boy, but his psychopathic companion as well. Even though the crime-part is seriously creepy, perhaps the creepiest in the series so far, this installment in the series is also one of the funniest. Decker trying to be comfortable while being hosted by his wife's deceased husband's family in cramped quarters in Brooklyn makes for some interesting situations. There are also a few surprises when it comes to family relations that put a different spin on the story. A high-stakes mystery with some interesting insight into Orthodox Jewish life.

It's been a few years since this book's original publication, but the series is turning out to be remarkably undated, perhaps because it partially takes place in the Orthodox Jewish world which, let's be honest, doesn't change very much. Ever. The only time I noticed anything amiss was when Decker promises to buy tickets to Disneyland and agonizes over the fact that they cost $21.50. $21.50? Really? Last time I went (end of February this year), they were $80.00!! Well, what can you do, it is the Happiest Place on Earth after all. :) ( )
  -Eva- | Apr 3, 2012 |
Fourth in the series. Powerful reading.

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When Police Sergeant Peter Decker agreed to spend his honeymoon - and his New Year - with his wife's former in-laws in the most rigidly respectable Jewish district of Brooklyn, the worst he thought it could be was dull. He was wrong. For when Noam, the teenage son of a close family friend, goes missing Decker finds his honeymoon is suddenly over.
Noam appears to have taken off across America with a shadowy individual who has a penchant for knives - and for dominating vulnerable adolescent boys. Up to now he has channeled his anger into his favourite hobby, gutting fish. But his inner violence is expressing itself more and more openly. Time is running out for Decker - and for Noam. And they both know there are only ten days between New Year and the Day of Atonement. ( )
  mazda502001 | Oct 27, 2008 |
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Peter Decker of the L.A.P.D. never dreamed he'd be spending his honeymoon with his new wife, Rina Lazarus, in an Orthodox Jewish enclave in Brooklyn, New York -- or that a terrible event would end it so abruptly. But a boy has vanished from the midst of this close-knit religious community, a troubled youth fleeing the tight bonds and strictures he felt were strangling him. The runaway, Noam, is not traveling alone. A killer has taken him under his wing to introduce Noam to a savage world of blood and terror. And now Decker must find them both somewhere in America before a psychopath ends the life of a confused and frightened youngster whose only sin was to want something more.

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Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker tracks a runaway teenager from his Orthodox Jewish home to murder in Los Angeles.

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