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Day of Atonement (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #4)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,319 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
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. ...more
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Published January 28th 2004 by Harper Torch (first published March 14th 1991)
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Apr 28, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it
In this fourth book in her mystery series, Faye Kellerman details Peter and Rina Decker's honeymoon to Brooklyn, New York for Rosh Hashanah. They are to spend the new year at the home of Rina's former in laws, Rabbi and Mrs Lazarus. Per family tradition the extended Lazarus and Levine families spend the holiday together, as though they are one large mishpacha (family). Yet something is amiss: when Peter first notices Mrs Levine, he sees her face, and realizes that she is his mother who gave him ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 18, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Ahh, the honeymoon, a time for joy, celebration, bonding, love, excitement...murder.

Yep as seems to be the case with some people (old English ladies, mystery writers, owners of mystery book stores etc.) no matter where you go, murder and mayhem seem to ensue. They dog your footsteps. So when another horrific murder takes place near Peter and Rina and since it involves "family" and Peter is now the "policeman in the family" he gets drawn in.

Of course it's not that simply, there are also huge fami
Lavinia Kent
May 25, 2011 Lavinia Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago and enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first time. If you haven't read Kellerman before I recommend going back to the beginning and starting with Ritual Bath. The changing/growing relationship between her hero and heroine are my favorite part of these books and Day of Atonement is no exception. Rina and Peter are newly married in this book and seeing how the learn to work with each other and deal with complicated family problems is wonderful. If I had to rate th ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2015
I enjoyed Book 4 and I am moving on to Book 5 right away. The Peter and Rina storyline is compelling enough to keep me going, and I found this cop-plot was more interesting than the previous ones.

Part of the reason why I liked this installment more than the others is because of the language - the previous books were not just rude, that wouldn’t faze me at all, but crude. Book 4 was much tamer on that front so maybe the worst is over. (As far as my memory goes, there was a total lack of toilet-ta
Ginger Price
Mar 12, 2015 Ginger Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decker & Lazarus - Book 4

Peter & Rina have married and are in NY on their honeymoon meeting Rina's Orthodox Jewish family and family friends. Peter didn't expect that he would come face to face with his biological mother, Frieda Levine. (Peter was adopted at birth by a loving Baptist couple and lived in Florida). The Levine's are close friends of the Lazarus'. When teenager Noam Levine becomes missing, Peter goes in search. His search takes them back home to LA where he confronts a psych
May 18, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2009
The series is best enjoyed in chronological order.
Decker ends up hunting down a relative of Rina's, a teenager who has escaped a close-knit religious community. Some of Rina's relatives are behaving like total dicks, which Decker supports to a very high degree... interesting characters though, and lots of things happening.
Sep 10, 2012 Merrill rated it really liked it
Going back and rereading all the early books in this series...I had forgotten how good they are!
Heather Stewart schleicher
Sep 08, 2012 Heather Stewart schleicher rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. Can't wait to read them all!!
Apr 14, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok
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Ok. Here goes.

Decker uses handcuffs on his wife because he wants her to stay in the car. There is no preliminary disagreement. He stops the car, parks it, then he handcuffs her. She is shocked. So was I. She has a gun and she knows how to shoot it, but instead of either letting her help, or calling up for backup, he goes by himself to check out two people who have murdered and robbed. When he is hurting, he won't take pain medication. He won't see a therapist, despite having PTSD from the Vietna
Dec 25, 2014 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
"Day of Atonement" is a Jewish murder mystery which means that someone gets murdered and the Jewish community becomes involved in solving it in some way. I've read a number of these Faye Kellerman mysteries and the early novels involving the "Rina Lazarus" character are pretty good but the later ones tend to overlook the specifically Jewish aspects of the mystery which I enjoy.

The story: Detective Peter Decker and Rina Larazus are newlyweds who have returned to Bourough Park to spend their hone
May 23, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
My commute to and from work has recently been eased by listening to the Audio CD version of Faye Kellerman’s “Day of Atonement”. This is the 4th book in the series, and while I liked this look into the lives of (now newlywed) Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, it did not grab me as much as the previous 3. Why not? (Without any spoilers more significant than would be included in a typical cover blurb)

1) The size and/or the pacing. The reading of the book took up 10 full CDs, at an estimated 70 minute
Kelly ...
Jan 06, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I liked this one best of the first four. I feel as though this book made Rina and Peter both a little more human and real. Perhaps taking Peter to Brooklyn and far out of his comfort zone was the best thing Ms. Kellerman could have done.

Mitch Greenburg is a really good narrator though I find him better at 1.5 speed than at the regular speed. That is okay with me as that speed is my favorite setting anyway.

If you like character driven mysteries give the Decker/Lazarus series a try.
Sheila Martinez
Jun 04, 2015 Sheila Martinez rated it liked it
I am reading the books in order so I can follow the personal story of Peter & Rina. This book has lots of background on the Jewish community that Rina comes from. Most of the story takes place among the orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. This isn't so much a mystery as a pursuit. It gives the reader a good idea of all the time consuming leg work involved in searching for a missing teenager. It wasn't my favorite mystery, but I did enjoy the personal story.
Donna Mcnab
May 13, 2016 Donna Mcnab rated it liked it
Peter and Rina are on their honeymoon, which they have chosen to spend in New York with Rina's in-laws. That isn't as much fun as it could be for Peter. However, when a 14 year old relative goes missing, Peter jumps in to help to find him. These Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus books are interesting and explain a lot of the "religious" Jewish community.
Dec 09, 2013 Mirrordance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi è piaciuto molto questo quarto episodio della serie Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus.
Dalla abituale Los Angeles ci spostiamo a New York ma sempre in una enclave particolare abitata dai parenti del primo marito di Rina. Una luna di miele atipica, invece che mete esotiche un viaggio dai parenti, e neanche parenti proprio, ma i genitori dell'ex marito! Il Sergente Decker viene, suo malgrado, costretto a lavorare alla ricerca di un ragazzino scomparso.
Le vicende lavorative si intrecciano con quel
Sep 09, 2015 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
On their honeymoon at her former in-laws house(!!) during the high holidays, Peter discovers his birth mother and coincidentally, on Rosh Hashanah, her grandchild goes missing. Peter is on the case looking for his half-nephew which ends up taking him back to LA.

Although the mysteries are good, I'm not liking Peter too much and not liking the Peter-Rina relationship. I'm going to take a break.
May 13, 2008 Barbra rated it liked it
Fourth in the series. Powerful reading.

Back Cover Blurb:
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 k
Sep 04, 2007 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, jewish
I'm really enjoying reading through the Decker/Lazarus series. In this one, Decker and Rina have just married, but their honeymoon is far from ordinary. They go to New York to visit with some of Rina's family and suddenly Decker is involved with a family crisis involving a missing teenage boy and a possible psychopath. I love the blend of the relationship between Decker and Rina that continues to develop and the actual thrill of the chase as Decker hunts down the bad guy. Rina asserts herself an ...more
Ada Iaboni
May 28, 2016 Ada Iaboni rated it liked it
should be 3.5 stars.
Another well put together story that, it also got very personal for Peter Decker.
During his honeymoon, Peter helps his extended family search for a young man that ran away.
Things get complicated, as they usually do, and even stranger when Peter accidentally runs into his biological mother.
Aug 09, 2014 Ineke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
In dit vierde deel van de reeks over Decker en Lazaris blijft de misdaad dicht bij huis: een neefje van Lazaris wordt vermist. De hoofdpersonen worden dus weer meer gevolgd dan in de voorgaande twee boeken. Wat mij betreft een leuke afwisseling. Alles bij elkaar een goed, spannend deel.
Jan 04, 2016 Sherree rated it really liked it
Imagine spending your honeymoon with your new wife's former in-laws (she was widowed), and then searching for a runaway because of particular family circumstances. I'm glad we went to Canada. I'm reading this series out of order because I can get my hands on some of the books more easily than others. This was very early in the series, and was helpful for background information. I still think Rina and Peter have a very contentious relationship, even from the beginning, and I guess it works for th ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Arlene rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying reading this series, and learning a lot about the Jewish religion in the process. Peter Decker's cop cynicism meets his growing faith, with sometimes unpleasant results. It makes him more believable. This one touches his family, and the family dynamics are interesting.
Jun 09, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy the change in setting here because it seemed totally unnecessary, but it is interesting to see how Peter reacts out of his comfort zone and how he and Rina must negotiate boundaries in their relationship.
May 14, 2014 Rosemarie rated it really liked it
Once again, Kellerman produces a novel of suspense with great character development. Detective Decker is not only faced with a missing child within the Orthodox Jewish community, but he also has to face his past in ways he was not expecting. A great book that I couldn't put down.
Jul 20, 2014 Janice rated it really liked it
Have read Faye Kellerman both before and after this book. This was a little gory but fast moving and very emotional. As with all of her books there is a lot of Jewish customs etc. I enjoyed it very much.
May 18, 2016 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sleuths
Easily my favorite of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. Kellerman's portrayal of Orthodox Jewish life in Brooklyn is rich and authentic and I love her light touches of humor.
Morris Maram
Oct 07, 2014 Morris Maram rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I am a loyal reader. I find an author that I like and then try and read all the books that she has written. I find all her books enjoyable and nice reads
Nov 04, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it
I'm not Jewish so there were a lot of words I KNOW I butchered in my head while reading this book. Other than that this was a pretty good book. I enjoyed the story, it moved along. It was very "neat" as far as how everything tied together. I know I've read her books in the past and will read more in the future, this one is one that I'll remember later. You know when you read a book and then a couple years later read a book only to discover at the end that you've read it before (which I can't tel ...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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Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Sanctuary (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #7)
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