The Forgotten: A Decker/Lazarus Novel
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The Forgotten: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #13)

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Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Lt. Peter Decker, are shocked by an outrage that cuts close to the spiritual heart of their family. Rina's small storefront synagogue has been desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti and grisly Nazi death camp photographs. The alleged perpetrator is seventeen year-old Ernesto Golding, a "rich kid" obsessed with haunting suspicions...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Harper (first published 2001)
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Shomeret
I had stopped reading Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus series because it had become too much like her husband's Alex Delaware series which I can't read anymore. As much as I like the protagonists of both series, their cases are too dark for me. I read an interview with Faye Kellerman in which she said that she wanted to write L.A. noir. Well, she's certainly been succeeding. The reason why I started reading her was because of the Jewish content in her work. This book, which deals with a hate crim...more
Steve
I had read another Faye Kellerman book many years ago and Jonathan Kellerman, Faye's husband, is one of my favorite authors. This book is just awful though. I actually considered putting it back on the shelf after about 200 pages as I didn't really care how it turned out. Every character was whiny and annoying. The first crime, the vandalization of a synagogue, is solved far too easily. THe second crime, several months later cause the police to automatically conclude the two are related even tho...more
Vernon Chaplin
This started out with some promise--she's not a bad writer for a bestseller mystery author, and the character development was decent. However, the story got more and more implausible as it went on. The killer's supposed motive was hopelessly weak and totally didn't justify the killing spree, and the tying together of two unrelated plot lines involving the Holocaust and college entrance exams (yeah, I know, WTF?) was absurd. With few leads, the detectives were forced to take a few shots in the da...more
Quinn
The whole Kellerman family writes. Jonathan, Faye and their son, Jesse. Jonathan and Faye's styles are similar, which is a good thing for happy readers. This is another Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker story. Rina is a frum (observant) Orthodox Jew and Peter Decker is her detective husband, not quite so observant. Their lives include three at-home children. Two boys, from Rina's first husband, who died, and a daughter, Hannah.

The novel starts with the desecration of a temple that Rina belongs to and c...more
Kristen
Like most Kellerman books, this one will keep you reading, but it isn't fabulous. The plot is kind of a mishmash and there really isn't anyone who is likable other than Peter and his son. I liked the inclusion of a bit more of Peter's son, and could have used more.
Barbara
Don't think the author could decide what this book was supposed to be about. Too many characters each called by multiple names got confussing at times. Language and discriptions inconsistant.
Chris
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

L.A. homicide detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, his Orthodox Jewish wife, return in a new entry in this popular series. Faye Kellerman can be counted on to deliver emotional complexity along with suspense, and in The Forgotten it comes from the relationship between Peter and Jacob, Rina's troubled teenage s...more
Elizabeth
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Beth Pearson
I picked this up as a book on tape to listen to on a recent road trip. Apparently these characters appear in other Faye Kellerman books, but I've never read any before.

It sounded like an interesting story and I enjoyed the first 1/4th. A Jewish synagogue is vandalized with lots of anti Semitic graffiti and Rina Lazarus, the unofficial caretaker, is determined to repair the damage. Her husband, the police lieutenant is also determined to do the right thing and find the criminal who did this---ev...more
Natalie
I really liked the Jewish history. This was an interesting read.
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L.A. homicide detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, his Orthodox Jewish wife, return in a new entry in this popular series. Faye Kellerman can be counted on to deliver emotional complexity along with suspense, and in The Forgotten it comes from the relationship between Peter and Jacob, Rina's troubled teenage son. Jacob has a personal connection to the event that sets off this intricately plotted novel, the defacing of Rin...more
Donna
The first time I read a Faye Kellerman novel, I was intrigued. She had combined her culture and the love of the detective/police procedural/whodunnit genre into one book. Someone had done something terrible to someone because they were Jewish. I was introduced to the detective/protagonist Peter Decker (and the woman behind the man, Rina Lazarus) and given a pretty thorough explanation of how an observant Jewish household was run. Nice. She spun a good tale and wove some cultural understanding an...more
Christina
As far as I can remember, I think this is the first of Faye Kellerman's books I've read, but I will seek her out again. Very fun read, well well well developed and interesting characters. In fact, I like how it was the exploring of the characters that was really the meat of the story vs simply solving the mystery. Touched with humor too as I giggled a few times. It's the 13th in a series - yikes, didn't know that. I will say that her writing about the familial relationships and Jewish heritage w...more
Barbra
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.

Back Cover Blurb:
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 pr...more
Anna
The synagogue close to the Deckers gets vandalized, and a troubled 'rich kid' turns out being the culprit. But it gets much more complicated than that when the same kid later turns out dead, along with his therapist, in a survival camp for troubled, rich kids.
Twists as usual, and some interesting characters.

Decker series books have always interesting details about the life(style) of orthodox Jews. In the first book (I read in the beginning out of chronological order) this seemed quite an overdos...more
Alena
Another quick, enjoyable read with a great showdown at the end.

While the last book centered on Cindy, this one focused on Decker's son Jake, I guess you could call him the problem child of the family. As much as I enjoy the crime aspects of this series (this one centered (very roughly) on a white supremacist group, problem teenagers, corrupt psychologists), it is the family that makes me come back and read more.

Two more to go, I think, then she better hurry up and write more. It's weird to play...more
Dev Singer
I definitely missed this book the first and second and third times I read this series. It was good, but I kept forgetting that the Isaac Golding storyline existed. I'm not sure what the point of it was, particularly since we never do find the whole truth.
Marjie Spinler
The Forgotten

pretty good, but kind of slow with all the description of rooms and furniture. And really didn't tell us all of who was in on the SAT dwindle.
Keely Allen
Great read

kellerman is consistently good. I always love both the mystery and the relationships. these are people I feel like I know
DWGibb
My first Faye Kellerman book. Found the Decker/Lazarus team interesting, engaging and illuminating. It seems Faye Kellerman and her novelist husband Jonathon Kellerman have an affinity for psychologists and psycho-therapists as principle characters, and weave their intricate theories and observations into the plots. This book is a good psychological whodunit arising from the Jewish tradition and family dynamics surrounding the protagonists, beginning with the trashing of their modest neighborhoo...more
Julie
I thought it was a good book, the story was a bit hard to follow, and there were a lot of people to keep track of. I did enjoy it, found some funny parts, and learned a few things too.
Dark-Draco
This is the first book I have read by this author and I did quite like it. Although the crime seems to start off quite small, it soon kicks off into multiple murders and a diffult case for Lieutenant Decker. Neo-nazi's, college entrance exams, holocaust survivers and drugged up teenagers all have their parts to play, which can be a bit confusing, but I liked the style and got lost in the story for a couple of days. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to read another of her books, but wouldn'...more
Lisa (scarlet21)
This is the first Faye Kellerman I have read and I wasn't too sure at the start but I have to say it was a great read, very enlightening about Jewish history, which made it more interesting, as did the family involvement which shows Decker up for the soft hearted family man he undoubtedly is as well as the tough cop. Great characters, good storyline, very involved but easy to follow. Think she is a name I will look out for in future - in fact, I may have to go hunt up her previous 12 books now!!
Liz
After being over 2/3 of the way through this book, I still couldn't really get into the main plot and found myself skipping ahead to the scenes with Rina. At that point I decided to drop the book in favor of another one. I wish that Kellerman had reversed focuses of the book and had the murders be the secondary plot and the story of the history be the primary plot. The murder plot is just too weak to successfully sustain the reader's interest in this book.
Linda
I think I’m through with Faye Kellerman. I found this book a jumble of suspected criminals, all of whom seemed to be in the clear as the book went on, and then I never did figure out “who dun it.” The story begins with vandalism at the Decker’s synagogue, and when the culprit is found, leads Decker to a cult. After the teen-aged boy who vandalized the synagogue is murdered, the plot thickens, and thickens, and thickens. Need I say more?
Jaime
Though I’ve been reading her husband’s books for years, I’d never read a Faye Kellerman book. I picked up this for cheap at the book fair and decided to give it a shot. I didn’t realize it was the 13th in a series! There was obviously back story, but I don’t feel like I was missing too much. The book itself was pretty good. I found myself fairly engrossed by the end. I wasn’t expecting to finish it last night, but before I knew it, I was done!
Marti
Faye Kellerman is an author whose books I have enjoyed in the past. Iusually buy certai hardcover books at book sales, with the intention of passing them on to my husband's 91 year olf aunt, but I won't be doing that this time. While the story is mildly interesting, there are unsavory, perverted sections, and at times it is confusing and convoluted. Not obe of your best, Faye!
Linda
It gets only 2 stars because somehow I managed to read the whole thing. This was terrible writing. The male characters weren't believable, trying to make jokes when in reality they were sad cliches, and the mystery of the book seemed to be the back story instead of the main plot. Absolute garbage - I highly recommend that everyone stay away from this one!!!!!
Nita
Meh. Like many reviewers, I found the Jewish history interesting. However, I thought the plot had gigantic holes. I didn't find the connection of the two crimes in the book very plausible.
Maybe the issue is the storyline for these two characters has played out? The book had a disjointed feel to me- almost as if the author wasn't that interested in writing it.
Margo
I enjoyed it as much as the other ones in the series, although the plot was more emninh ful because ai have recency come back from a trip to northern Europe where I did go to Germany and visit a concentration camp.

It did take me awhile to read it because I starred ot before the Olympics and then didn't get much reading in while that was going on.
Diana
This is a guilty pleasure book for me. Trashy, police detective, murder mystery series of novels with the main characters of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Orthodox Jews and he is the LAPD detective! This story include desecration of a synagogue by teens pulled into a therapist's cult. Yup, about as weird as it sounds but a good, quick read for the type.
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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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