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The Forgotten
Faye Kellerman
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The Forgotten (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #13)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,973 ratings  ·  88 reviews
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 o ...more
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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
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
Well, I really liked most of it, but not all. I thought it started out slow, really drawn out. I was forcing myself to continue reading. What I didn't like about the book was that I felt, at times, that it was self serving; a history lesson on the camps for Jews in Poland and a text book listing all the hate groups in the U.S. I was being preached to; a point trying to be made other than the story the book was supposedly about. Once I got to the murders, my interest perked up. I enjoyed the "who ...more
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
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.
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.

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
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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
I really liked the Jewish history. This was an interesting read.
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
Donna Davis
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
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
I like the Decker-Lazarus family, and I like them somewhat better for being culturally somewhat alien to me, and therefore interesting. Their Jewishness is particularly relevant to this novel, which starts with the desecration of a synagogue, and ends up with researches into Treblinka, but is far more nuanced than that bald statement would suggest. It also has a fair bit of physical action for Decker, and his aches and pains are of the realistic sort.
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 pr
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
Having read the other reviews, I can that I was confused by the characters' names but caught up in the history of the camps. While there certainly is a showdown, it seemed a bit misplaced for my liking. I don't know if it was the author's attempt at irony or a way to package it in a neat bundle after the build-up.
In this novel, Faye Kellerman deals with the ever-present issue of anti-Semitism. Yet, as is her style, this novel's initial issue/event is not the entire story. From anti-Semitic desctruction to college application competition to murder to a man dealing with his father's role during the Holocaust - all woven into a tight, suspenseful story! Another winner from Kellerman.
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
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.
Interesting and quick read. She is a good author with decent believable characters. The book did not wrap up as I thought it would, meaning I was not quite sure at the end as to how to piece it together. But I enjoyed it.
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
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
Theresa Engkilterra
Excellent book. I really like how Kellerman tells her stories and weaves her Jewish faith in each Decker/Lazarus book.
I quite enjoyed this book, and would like to read the first book in the series to get a better understanding of the main characters.
Love the series, but this one wasn't as good as I remember.
This was a good read but I felt it dragged at times.
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.
Sandra Munger
Have never read her. Good detail on the Jewish faith. So true on the pressure to be academically successful
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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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Other Books in the Series

Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)
  • Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #2)
  • Milk and Honey (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #3)
  • Day of Atonement (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #4)
  • False Prophet (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #5)
  • Grievous Sin (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #6)
  • Sanctuary (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #7)
  • Justice (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #8)
  • Prayers for the Dead (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #9)
  • Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #10)
The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1) Milk and Honey (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #3) Hangman (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #19) Sanctuary (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #7) Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #2)

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