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Stalker (2000)

by Faye Kellerman

Series: Decker & Lazarus (12)

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Cindy Decker's decision to follow in the footsteps of her police lieutenant father was never an easy one. For Pete Decker is, to say the least, overprotective of his only daughter. So when Cindy begins to wonder if she is being followed - maybe even stalked - her father is the last person she can confide in. Frantically trying to contend with her own raw, gnawing fear whilst balancing her work and a clandestine relationship with one of Decker's colleagues, she allows her father access to the horrific facts only when their cases seem to be on a collision course. Together they find themselves in uncharted criminal territory, where snap-second decisions can make the difference between the life and death of those you love...… (more)
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"Faye Kellermans Romane sind eine gekonnte Mischung aus hartgesottenem Realismus, Romantik und feiner menschenfreundlicher Ironie." Regula Venske, Die Zeit
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
I disliked "The Stalker" as an abridged audiobook. The writing is awkward, clumsy, and cliché-written, and the dialogue is crass to the point of disgusting. (Maybe some people talk this way -- with constant, unimaginative references to body functions, flatulent releases and excrement-laden epithets -- but I don't choose to listen to such writing for entertainment). This work features a rookie police officer, Cindy Decker, daughter of a cop who is the subject of several of the author’s previous novels. The plot focuses on a series of car-jackings, some being perpetrated by a thief who targets women carrying babies. In the other car-jackings, women who knew a sleazy real- estate developer named Clayton (now supposedly dead) are having their cars stolen. The plot included a confusing jumble of disconnected issues – dishonest cops, hazing of female cops, real estate scams, and father- daughter conflicts. Frankly, I cared not a whit for a single character and lost track of the plot by halfway though the audio work. As for the characters, I found them entirely uninteresting. They are always described in terms of visceral reactions that can only have been written by someone with a rudimentary understanding of physiology. "She felt a squirt of adrenaline"; "she felt her heart"; "his heart was beating like a bass drum" and so on. This is my first experience with Kellerman, and one I'm not inclined to repeat. There's far better crime fiction out there. ( )
2 vote danielx | Mar 8, 2020 |
This is the twelfth in the Decker series. Great series IMHO.

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It began with a policewoman's sixth sense. Someone is watching her. Then, after the break-in and the midnight car pursuit, she knows. Someone wants to frighten her. Someone wants to hurt her.
But why?
As an inexperienced policewoman, daughter of one of the force's veterans, admitting what's happening feels like a confession of weakness. There seems no option for Cindy Decker but to go it alone, keeping her colleagues and family in the dark. And in a world in which someone is trying to kill you, alone is a very frightening place.... ( )
  mazda502001 | Jan 9, 2010 |
Maybe not her best novel but still loaded with suspense and insight. The depiction of macho bent cops is scary. Make sure you have enough time to read the last hundred pages at one sitting - you won't be able to put it down. ( )
  janglen | Dec 6, 2009 |
It started a little slow but it ended up being action packed.
On a scale of 1-10- 1 being bad, 10 being awesome , i give this one a 7. Onto Justice!
  NWADEL | Apr 22, 2009 |
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Cindy Decker's decision to follow in the footsteps of her police lieutenant father was never an easy one. For Pete Decker is, to say the least, overprotective of his only daughter. So when Cindy begins to wonder if she is being followed - maybe even stalked - her father is the last person she can confide in. Frantically trying to contend with her own raw, gnawing fear whilst balancing her work and a clandestine relationship with one of Decker's colleagues, she allows her father access to the horrific facts only when their cases seem to be on a collision course. Together they find themselves in uncharted criminal territory, where snap-second decisions can make the difference between the life and death of those you love...

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