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(Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #12)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,310 ratings  ·  178 reviews
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 instinc
Mass Market Paperback, 442 pages
Published July 2001 by Avon Books (first published 2000)
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Sep 21, 2016 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
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has certainly not got the intricate story line of some of Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus novels.
But it is still a well-written and entertaining read.
Cindy can be impetuous and brattish, but she also has some good qualities, for example note
The love she has for her younger half-sister, Hannah.
Cindy has a lot of growing up to do!
I like the way she skillfully weaves the religious family life of Peter and Rina's family into the
In this one we see how observation of Shabbos (the Jewish Sa
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as never-finished-abandoned
I gave this series an honest try - it's not a bad series, but it just isn't grabbing me, and this particular book really isn't about Decker and Lazarus - the main reason why I started reading it. I love police procedurals, but I prefer that the author stays true to the profession, i.e. follow procedure. I may pick up this book again and give the series another try, but my heart just isn't in it right now.
4.5 stars.
One of the better ones in the series. I have been erratically following the Decker Lazarus saga for quite a few years now , possibly a book or a couple a year. To me , what happens with them and their progeny is the main attraction , rather than the crime which is just a sideline.
I love reading the series out of order.

In this particular book , Cindy has just joined the PD as a rookie and is given much flak , especially as she is a female progeny of someone higher up ... And people ar
Larry Bassett
Mar 12, 2012 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
Two-haiku review:

Cindy's now a cop
Uniformed, proving herself
Strange things happening

Liked new POV
Decker and Rina still there
Good characters, plot
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a re-read for me after previously listening to this as an audiobook. I love this series involving LT Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus, and this one doesn't disappoint. It is another good mystery that focuses on Decker's daughter Cindy in the start of her police career. The familiar characters are there, Oliver and Marge, with both playing prominent roles in solving the mystery of who is stalking Cindy. Again I was thinking I had it figured out, then it ends up being someone else. Can't ...more
Aug 02, 2008 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
Jan 18, 2010 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. ...more
Jul 24, 2010 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 very sweet ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is my first Faye Kellerman novel. I am not one to give up on a book and will typically finish hoping that a novel will turn around at some point, but I couldn't finish it. I gave up about 200 pages the book was hard to follow, it was more cop banter than a thriller which was what I expected. I tried but couldn't get into this book at all. The book was slow and all over the place, but never really got anywhere. ...more
Mar 07, 2011 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. ...more
Sep 06, 2016 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. ...more
Mar 13, 2011 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. ...more
Karen Miles
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you like Faye Kellerman, you will like this one.
Cara Hinton
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Held my interest but this book doesn't make me want to read another by this author. ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
storyline is mostly about Cindy, Decker's 25yr old daughter who is now a rookie police officer

reread this is one of my favorite of the series
John Olson
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical Faye Kellerman story! However, she twisted the story interest the normal reader like me! It goes to show what goes behind the scenes in life of a police person, not really but what the hey! That a story from 20 years ago and nicely done.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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
Aug 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Feb 15, 2017 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
Faye Kellerman, is the wife of Jonathan Kellerman whose books I read avidly many years ago. So I must admit the name attracted my attention this is the 12th in a series featuring Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus sleuths but this time the focus is on their daughter Cindy, a young police officer.

I was expecting a really good whodunnit but unfortunately I was bitterly disappointed instead I found myself navigating my way through lots of political and ‘office’ bullshit gossip amongst police of
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel, in the Decker/Lazarus series. Peter Decker's oldest daughter Cindy, from a previous marriage, after going to college, decides to follow in her father footsteps and become a cop. Much to her father's dismay, he just wants all of his children safe and knows first hand, how dangerous the life of a cop is.
The novel starts with Cindy being on the force as a rookie, for 9 months. Then things start getting weird, items in her home are moved around. She is tailed by another
Michael Laflamme
Jul 31, 2013 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
Aug 23, 2011 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 have li ...more
May 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
I don't think I'll read more Kellerman. Language is just too coarse for my taste. Strangely, the author seems enamored of the word "sweat" as it seems to get a mention once ever other page. I did find the storyline believable and it did hold my interest, despite entire chapters of nothing but dialogue. I fact the vast majority of the book seemed dialogue with only occasional action interspersed, but this did appear to be the author's strength. ...more
Apr 15, 2016 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. ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This could well be my last Faye Kellerman novel - just too formulaic. When I am able to predict the complete plot arc in a book, I know I have wasted some time reading it. Additionally, the appeal of this series lies in the interaction of Peter and Rina, particularly their family struggles and the most fascinating religious side of their lives. That's nonexistent in this outing - clearly we are creating the Cindy Decker series. And that, I'm not interested in. ...more
Katie Harris
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Faye kellerman wrote the most boring book ever.

Cindy, the main character, is nothing more than an idiot. She has no common sense and puts her life at risk all of the time. She hooks up with a guy old enough her father, which is just disgusting. The plot is supposed to be suspenseful but I find watching the grass grow much more entertaining.

Don't bother with this book.
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Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries
This book was extremely disappointing. I was actually excited to see Cindy follow in her dad's footsteps and was hopeful that this would provide even more reasons to like the Decker/Lazarus family. But in this book I found Cindy thoroughly unlikeable and at times rather stupid. On top of this, because the book revolved around Cindy, there wasn't enough of Peter and Rina to save it. ...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

Other books in the series

Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 26 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)
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