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The Forgotten (2001)

by Faye Kellerman

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Series: Decker & Lazarus (13)

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For the Deckers, Rina and her detective husband Peter, the vandalising of their synagogue is profoundly shocking. Daubed swastikas and photographs of concentration camp victims testify to a violence that defies understanding. But before long a suspect is in custody. A deeply disturbed child of wealth and privilege, 17-year old Ernesto Golding is obsessed with the origins of his European grandfather, who moved to Argentina after the collapse of the Third Reich. Charges are brought against Golding, a deal is cut and the vandalism case eventually closed. Still, Decker can't help thinking that others were involved in the destruction. His hunch is confirmed six months later when Ernesto Golding is murdered. There are no easy answers to the boy's death. And unravelling the truth behind his tragedy becomes more terrifying with each sinister twist, pushing the deckers and their family into a ghastly world of ruthless parents and damaged youth.… (more)
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Rina Lazarus ist wie vor den Kopf geschlagen, als sie erfährt, dass ein infamer Anschlag auf die kleine Synagoge, zu der sie und ihre Familie gehören, verübt wurde. Die Wände sind mit antijüdischen Parolen beschmiert, der Boden ist mit rassistischen Pamphleten übersät, die kostbaren Bücher sind zerfleddert und beschmutzt. Peter Decker, Rinas Mann und Kommissar bei der Polizei von Los Angeles, nimmt routiniert die Ermittlungen auf. Vergehen wie dieses gehören zu seinem Alltag. Schnell kommt er denn auch Ernesto Golding, einem jungen Mann aus wohlhabendem Elternhaus, auf die Spur, der sich nach kurzem Widerstand zur Tat bekennt. Als Motiv nennt Ernesto das Entsetzen über seinen jüdischen Großvater, der angeblich ein Nazi gewesen sein soll. Ernestos Freundin Lisa freilich sät in Decker starke Zweifel an dieser Version des Geschehens. Als Ernesto einige Zeit später einem Mordanschlag zum Opfer fällt, muss Peter Decker erkennen, dass ihn der Fall weit mehr betrifft, als er bislang wahr haben wollte. Denn sein eigener Stiefsohn Jacob scheint tief verstrickt in ein Netz zwielichtiger Machenschaften. Und sein Leben ist in Gefahr... (Klappentext)
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
Solid entry in an excellent series. A Jewish school is vandalized and the unlikely perp caught. One of Rina's boys becomes a key conduit into a college admissions ring that moves prep school boys into the best colleges.
The bodies(5) pile up before the Decker and his team sort it out. ( )
  jamespurcell | May 19, 2017 |
4.5 hours abridged. I found this book in a second -hand store. Narrated by Boutsikaris, Dennis, this is a story of a modern Jewish mother, Rina whose modest place of worship has been desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti. Her husband, Lt. Peter Decker is on the case. The suspects end up missing or dead and the trail takes curves and has dead ends. .......The characters are well developed and very relatable. Because the version I had was abridged, I got lost with some of the dective co-hort names. It seemed like there were too many of them or I just missed information because of the abridgement. I listened to it two times because I enjoyed the narrator so much. I love a good narrator!! If you see his name on another story, you won't be disappointed. I could not find this book in ANY of the book searches. I entered my informaion by hand. ( )
  gaillamontagne | Nov 16, 2013 |
This is the 13th of the Decker/Lazarus series and I have enjoyed each one. I have learnt a lot about the Jewish faith and have loved watching Peter and Rina's relationship grow.

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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 of secrets, their roots in the horrors of the last generation, that seem to demand ultimate retribution.... ( )
  mazda502001 | Jul 22, 2010 |
Absolutely gripping. Kellerman does not provide easy answers and she has a sympathetic but unwavering eye when it comes to family relationships. The Forgotten can be a heart-wrenching read at times as it deals with both the Holocaust and parents facing the loss of a child. ( )
  janglen | Feb 25, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Faye Kellermanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Boutsikaris, DennisNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Exley, JonathanPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foltz, BradfordJacket Designsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fritz, FrancaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kushnir, OksanaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitener, BarrettNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For the Deckers, Rina and her detective husband Peter, the vandalising of their synagogue is profoundly shocking. Daubed swastikas and photographs of concentration camp victims testify to a violence that defies understanding. But before long a suspect is in custody. A deeply disturbed child of wealth and privilege, 17-year old Ernesto Golding is obsessed with the origins of his European grandfather, who moved to Argentina after the collapse of the Third Reich. Charges are brought against Golding, a deal is cut and the vandalism case eventually closed. Still, Decker can't help thinking that others were involved in the destruction. His hunch is confirmed six months later when Ernesto Golding is murdered. There are no easy answers to the boy's death. And unravelling the truth behind his tragedy becomes more terrifying with each sinister twist, pushing the deckers and their family into a ghastly world of ruthless parents and damaged youth.

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