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Stalker (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #12)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  3,369 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
Faye Kellerman's new suspense thriller Stalker is as intelligent about police procedure as it is about family relationships. Cindy Decker is an ambitious young LA policewoman, mistrusted by her colleagues because her father is a senior lieutenant; when someone starts harassing her--following her car, moving things in her apartment--she is aware that it may be no more than ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 442 pages
Published July 2001 by Avon Books (first published 2000)
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Brina
Sep 21, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this twelfth book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series, Faye Kellerman has created a whole new dynamic by centering Stalker around a grown Cindy Decker, who is now a rookie officer on the LAPD. Cindy has entered her father's professional world but has also entered a world where women have to prove themselves or a given a triple dose of rookie hazing. It is into this murky environment that Kellerman has thrust Cindy into, and for that I rate this thriller 4 stars.

Officer Decker has muc
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Larry Bassett
Mar 12, 2012 Larry Bassett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am trying out a few good women mystery writers. This is my first Faye Kellerman. And likely my last.

Our lead character remarks early in the book that she is Jewish by way of explaining why she does not eat pork. I don’t read many books where I am aware of someone being Jewish so I was interested to see if that fact enters into the story. It does play a background role but does not tie in directly with the mystery.

This mystery series is titled “Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.” I am reading book
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Alena
Aug 02, 2008 Alena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another novel in Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker series.

Less emphasis on family life in this one, but his oldest daughter, Cindy, is part of the plot this time as she falls victim to a stalker.

Fast paced and emotional novel, Cindy's panic to being stalked translates very well to the pages, as does one of the main themes of the book, women in the police force. You know, I don't think I could stand having to battle the boys network everyday.

Good read that kept me to the edge of the seat up until the
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Anna
Jan 18, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
One of her good ones! I'm a sucker for the combination of a strong (but wounded) female character, a loving (but dysfunctional) family, and a thoughtful mystery.
Brad Cox
Feb 15, 2017 Brad Cox rated it liked it
Cindy Decker is now a police officer in Stalker, by Faye Kellerman. Pete Decker, her father, is still a lieutenant in a different division. A rash of carjackings has detectives looking at an unsolved kidnapping and murder. Are they related? Who is following Cindy and who trashed her apartment? Can Pete handle his daughter being a uniformed officer? Typical Kellerman - the reader gets to sit in on all the detective discussions and interrogations. Last hundred pages are full of tension and action. ...more
BurgendyA
Jul 24, 2010 BurgendyA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anyone. Including mysteries/crimesloving buff.
Recommended to BurgendyA by: My librarian friend Karen
The Stalker was an amazing story. Faye Kellerman writes this interesting cop mystery thrill that totally keep me on hooked thru out the whole story. It was a fast read for me since it was a real page turner. I know that Stalker is part of the Decker & Lazarus series, but this book centered on Decker's daughter Cindy. She is a brave, smart,strong confident & independent young woman. Also hard-headed too. She and her father share the same qualities. Their father/daughter relationship is ve ...more
Christina
Apr 15, 2016 Christina rated it liked it
I had a few issues here. That being said, I plan on reading a few more in this series, as I can see hints of brilliance here. Cindy is a complicated character, and you can't quite get a good feel on what her deal is, but that's ok--it makes for some interesting juxtapositions in the story. There are a few red herrings here and "coincidences" that make you groan. But overall, the characters are interesting enough to warrant reading another book or two.
Diane
Mar 07, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. Pacing was excellent. Kellerman's writing style made easy to identify with the characters. The mystery was very involving. I did not guess the ending but I'm not really good at guessing anyway so you might not want to use that as a determinant for complexity of plot. I must have read a Decker mystery before but can't remember which one.
Cathy
Aug 25, 2016 Cathy rated it it was amazing
storyline is mostly about Cindy, Decker's 25yr old daughter who is now a rookie police officer
Cara Hinton
Jun 15, 2016 Cara Hinton rated it it was ok
Held my interest but this book doesn't make me want to read another by this author.
Kathryn
Mar 13, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
Another good mystery by Kellerman. This one features Decker's daughter Cindy, who is a rookie cop. I enjoy getting a glimpse of the Jewish culture in this series.
Karen Miles
Jun 01, 2012 Karen Miles rated it really liked it
If you like Faye Kellerman, you will like this one.
Simone
Dec 08, 2016 Simone rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2016
I am a big fan of this series and I am so happy to have about dozen more books to go! I’ll be entertained for a long time to come.

This twelfth installment was great and I liked that it was mostly told from Cindy’s point of view, it was an interesting change of pace.

Surprisingly, I discovered I don’t really like her that much! Her attitude was infuriating and borderline illogical – why would a cop deny strange happenings and rationalize away events that are obviously directed at her? It didn’t ri
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Laura Beth
Mar 04, 2017 Laura Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2017-read
This book in the series is more about Cindy Decker than Peter and Rina. This made for a very fresh and interesting book for the twelfth novel in the series. Cindy is being stalked and everyone is looking for doing the stalking. I cannot say how much I am enjoying the Kellermans books. (Both Faye's and John's).
Deb
Mar 09, 2017 Deb rated it it was ok
Too many spelling/grammer errors and inconsistancies in scenarios.
Chris
Mar 09, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
This may contain spoilers-

THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY.

My own thoughts. I had a hard time with this one. I listen to audiobooks and this was not the same narrator. If not all of them, most has been Mitch Greenberg. I was always questioning, am I listening to Faye Kellerman? I really thought this is so tacky, where are the high ratings coming
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Kimberly Mckay
Mar 04, 2017 Kimberly Mckay rated it it was ok
Different than I expected with Decker in a larger role. Story too complicated and too many exclamation marks at end.
Liz
Aug 14, 2008 Liz rated it did not like it
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Alan Hughes
Sep 21, 2009 Alan Hughes rated it liked it
L.A. Homicide Detective Peter Decker never wanted the perils of his job to touch his family. But now his two worlds have collided.A first year rookie with the LAPD's Hollywood Division, Cynthia Decker became a cop against her father, Peter Decker's, wishes. But police work is in her blood, and she's determined to make it on her own -- even now, when her razor sharp instincts for danger are telling her that something is very wrong...The signs are impossible to ignore: things being moved around in ...more
Michael Laflamme
Jul 31, 2013 Michael Laflamme rated it it was ok
At one time I was a devoted fan of Faye Kellerman. After Jupiter's Bones, the first of my disappointments with her novels, I veered away from her work for quite a few years. I returned to her writing this month with Stalker, the next in the Decker/Lazarus series. Sadly, it was another disappointment. The plot is disjointed. Some of the dialogue, especially the police banter, came across like the dialogue of adolescent boys learning how to use dirty words and hoping not to get caught (this goes f ...more
Karen Hufman
Oct 31, 2016 Karen Hufman rated it liked it
Cindy Decker is now a police officer in Hollywood where she is hoping to follow in the foots of her Dad's footsteps and eventually become a detective. There appears to be 2 different crimes going on: a number of car jackings that are occurring in different parts of the city and the stalking of Cindy. I normally love the Peter Decker and Rina mysteries but I have a hard time liking Cindy's character. She is very intellectual (went to an Ivy League school) and looks down on her fellow officers for ...more
Nancy Rogan
Jul 24, 2013 Nancy Rogan rated it it was amazing
I am doing something I never do: reading a series out of order. In this case someone recommended Hangman and I liked it, so I went to the library and got an older one (very limited choice that day, so I took what I could get). This one is more about Decker's daughter, Cindy, a rookie cop who gets caught up in her father's investigation of murder/carjackings. The story is good, the characters are good and I enjoy the view of Decker as a person as well as a cop. I didn't like Cindy particularly, b ...more
Dawn Muir-Frost
Oct 11, 2013 Dawn Muir-Frost rated it liked it
The beginning of this book was a little hard for me to get into. This is not an author I had read before but I am glad I picked this one up. The books definitely kept me guessing almost to the end. There are a lot of character innuendos that lead the reader on various potential plot lines. In the end, although the plot was slightly predictable, it kept my interest. And with many other books of this genre, I found myself unable to put the book down about three quarters of the way through. I would ...more
Rebecca
Aug 23, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, favorites
This book was incredible. I picked it up from Barnes & Noble for a book report for 7th grade and ending up loving it. This was my very first police procedural novel. The main character; Cindy Decker is fun and quirky and makes it impossible for you not to love her. I recommend this one to those of you who love a good thriller. And although it is so good, I recommend reading the other 11 books in the series first even though I hadn't at the time. (Only because I was unaware.) The first 11 hav ...more
Barbra
Jan 09, 2010 Barbra rated it liked it
This is the twelfth in the Decker series. Great series IMHO.

Back Cover Blurb:
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
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Amy
Sep 06, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Urg. No more Kellermans for me. Didn't care for any of the characters, especially the main people. Never did figure out the motivation for the initial crime--I remember reading it, it didn't make sense, but I was not into the book enough to re-read even a paragraph.
Gooddeeds
Feb 21, 2011 Gooddeeds rated it it was ok
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Linda
Dec 25, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This novel is mostly about Cindy Decker, Peter’s daughter from his first marriage, who is now a rookie with the LAPD. Perhaps like any rookie, especially a woman, Cindy needs to learn how to behave and when to speak. Some of the men on the force aren’t above some hazing and male chauvinist behavior and the fact that she is the daughter of Peter also makes things hard for her. Cindy doesn’t want to worry her father, so she doesn’t tell him when she starts being followed, and when her apartment i ...more
Stacie
Mar 23, 2014 Stacie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fiction
This was an alright book. Nothing really shocking happened in the plot, but I still enjoyed it. This was my second book by Faye Kellerman, and I enjoyed this one a lot more. I have not read a lot of crime books and this book makes me want to read more.

I liked the main character, Cindy. I thought it was interesting how she was a rookie cop and the dynamics between her and the rest of the police department where she worked. It was fun trying to determine who, exactly, was stalking Cindy, and why t
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Aimée Bejarano
Oct 17, 2016 Aimée Bejarano rated it it was amazing
She is definitely one of my favorite authors! I love her brilliance in combining family and intertwining it with law enforcement and crime. Every character has a unique voice. Crime is realistic and her description, although a couple times it seemed too much, was like a chef preparing a gourmet meal. I did catch a couple times a repeat such as someone stood up yet they were already standing. Kind of nice a brilliant author can make mistakes too lol. I love this novel and will need to get the ent ...more
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Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA., and conducted research in oral biology. Kellerman's groundbreaking first novel, THE RITUAL BATH, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers ...more
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