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The Forgotten (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #13)

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Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Lieutenant 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 susp ...more
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Oct 10, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter and Rina Decker and their family are back in another heart stopping mystery, this the thirteenth in Faye Kellerman's award winning series. The Deckers' store front shul (synagogue) has been vandalized and immediately labeled as a hate crime. Even though the case could easily be a conflict of interest, Lieutenant Decker wants nothing more than to nab the person who caused all the mess. Along with his team of homicide detectives and family members, Decker takes on this case that hits to the ...more
May 16, 2014 Shomeret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2011 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2014 Quinn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
May 29, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan 06, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
After the last book I wondered if perhaps this series had run its course. Luckily I gave it one more chance and I am glad that I did because The Forgotten is a return to what I love most about the series: an exploration of the characters and their unique and interesting lives. Rina is front and center where she belongs. Peter is the hard-working and intelligent cop I love. The mystery is there too, but more importantly, the characters I love are there.
Steve Ponedal
Nov 05, 2015 Steve Ponedal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery without the testosterone of other authors in the mystery authors. Between the lines this author has a great love of her family. Again, very unique for the genre as portrayed in the book
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
Jan 12, 2016 Myrna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been a while since I had read one of Faye Kellerman's book; but I have read a number of them and really like the series on Decker/Lazarus. Altho this is one of her older books I seemed to have missed it.

The synagogue that they attend has been trashed & anti-semitic graffiti, along w/graphic, horrible pictures from the death camps. Detective Decker is called to investigate. He begins w/the local schools, and finds one of the valuables from the synagogue in a students backpack. The stud
May 23, 2008 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Jun 16, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Mar 10, 2012 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 18, 2015 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me why I love this series.

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
Jan 20, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-2013
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Beth Pearson
Jun 14, 2011 Beth Pearson rated it did not like it
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
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
Jan 27, 2010 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictionread
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
Oct 10, 2016 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faye Kellerman is always good beach or vacation reading - or maybe the word is, "escape." As usual, I enjoyed the twists and turns, formulaic though they may be. This one involves the desecration of a synagogue and the murder of a pair of psychologists who worked with troubled teens. At times, I felt as if I had read this one before. It's hard to tell if it's the formula or if, indeed, I'm re-reading. Even so, Kellerman (whether Faye or her husband) is a good escape.
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.
Dec 30, 2015 Sherree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the sub-sub-plot of finding out about Mr. Golding's father to be the most interesting, followed by the situation with Jacob, who is quickly making up for having been the "easy" child. The primary drama with the psychiatrists was at the very back of the line. There was still some conflict going on between Rena and Peter, but at least she had something to devote her attention to, the desecration of the shul.
Jan 31, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#13 in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery series. Author Kellerman manages to intelligently blend an LAPD procedural with an insight into Orthodox Judaism.

Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery - Decker gets involved investigating the defacement of his synagogue, then the case turns into a homicide investigation when the vandal and the psychiatrists involved in his rehabilitation are murdered.

Jul 22, 2010 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2010
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
Jun 14, 2016 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
More murder and mayhem, together with family dynamics and problems. This time, Rina and Peter's synagogue is vandalized, and son has some problems. In the series, the family is usually too perfect. This time, Jake's teenage problems add some interest, but he is still almost too perfect to be believable.

Still, an interesting read.
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.
Sep 04, 2014 Rosemarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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