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The Lost Boys

(Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #26)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,852 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Faye Kellerman returns with an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery set in bucolic upstate New York, full of unexpected twists and turns that build to a shocking and surprising end—the latest thrilling entry in her New York Times bestseller Decker/Lazarus series.

When Bertram Telemann goes missing from a local diner near Greenbury, the entire community of the small upstate New Y
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by William Morrow
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Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a devout acolyte of Faye Kellerman’s early Decker and Lazarus books. The Ritual Bath (1986) is, to me, one of the greatest first mysteries ever. In it, Peter Decker, an LAPD detective, encounters the orthodox Jewish Rina Lazarus after a rape and murder at her neighborhood mikvah, or ritual bath. Improbably, the two eventually get married and the series, now 26 books long, is a strong one. The early books were marked by intensity of character discovery, intensity of violence, and Kellerman’ ...more
The novel starts out with the search for a missing person. Bertram, a mentally challenged man, has disappeared from his residence. While searching for him, old remains are found in the woods. These are revealed to be related to a cold case from 10 years ago when 3 college students disappeared. Peter and Tyler (his trust fund Harvard-educated partner) work together on both cases, and as each case unfolds, questions arise. What happened to the three boys that weekend in the woods? Did someone help ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not one but three plots take place simultaneously in this, the 26th book featuring former LAPD detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus. I've followed them from the beginning, right through their not-so-long-ago move from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles to the far more laid-back community of Greenbury in upstate New York. There, missing the challenges of detective work but the day-to-day danger not so much, Decker has joined the local police.

The first plot centers on Bertran Lanz,
Jerry B
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
We’ve read every single book in the Faye Kellerman bibliography, “Lost Boys” her most recent 26th entry in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus series; we are/were long time fans. This latest novel features two main plots, plus a third silly sub-plot unrelated to anything but ancient family history. Regarding that latter, their immensely annoying "foster child" Gabe was reprised from books 19-21, the last three mediocre novels while they all still lived in Los Angeles, in a drama concerning his mothe ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Kudos to Faye Kellerman, who continues to write mysteries for retired LAPD homicide detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina. Peter works for the local police is a small college town in upstate NY. A man goes missing from a field trip for developmentally challenged adults, and while looking for him, the searchers find the 10-year old remains of a college student, who disappeared while camping with two friends over parent's weekend. Then, their foster son, maestro violinist shows up to ask Rina t ...more
Dr. Lori
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a disappointment

The worst book I’ve read in awhile, and I’m a Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus follower from before there was a Rina Lazarus. The book was just a hot mess —an editor should have prevented this mashup from being published, there are at least 3 potential books in there. And the end. OMG! I thought I must not have received
the last 10 pages. It struck me as though Kellerman just got up from her laptop mid-plot and walked away. Of course, the challenge of tying up all the loose ends w
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I thought I’d missed no more than a handful of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series but this is Kellerman’s 26th book featuring the couple and I’ve only read just over half, the last of which was book #22, Murder 101. Thankfully however this seems to matter little, aided in part because Kellerman ages her characters in real time.

In The Lost Boys, Decker and his partner Tyler are called in when a man disappears while on a field trip with a group from a local care home. In searching the woods near
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it

While on an outing with a group from a residence for developmentally disabled adults, one of them, Bertram Lanz, disappeared. No trace of him was found so detectives Peter Decker and his partner Tyler McAdams were assigned to continue the search.Decker quickly decides that Lanz left the group voluntarily, possibly with a former staff member.

As the search for him continues, though, one of them finds remains from one of three young men who had disappeared ten years earlier.

In addition, Ga
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-books-2021
I have read all of the books in this series but as I finish this book, I wonder if I will continue much longer. Decker and McAdams are detectives in Greenbury, NY and their newest case is a missing adult who lives in a home for developmentally disabled adults. It intersects when the bones of a body are found that are 10 years old and belong to a missing college student, who had disappeared on a camping trip. Much of the cases cover fairly boring routine police work in the minute detail. The case ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
As a lover of a good detective/mystery now and then, I found this to be a terrible disappointment. Since there seems to be 26 books in this series, I must admit have never read them all, however read some now and then. No it seems, you cannot do that! Much of this novel deals with vague characters and cases from previous books in the series, therefore spent much of this story not knowing what the characters were even talking about. That and the fact the author seems obsessed with describing the ...more
Barbara Blindauer
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the books in this series and I like how the author has the characters maturing into new stages of their lives. There were actual several mysteries to solve and a new mystery started which will probably be in the next book in the series.
Therese Thompson
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book was a terrible mess. Two stars is way too generous.

There’s so many problems, especially with police procedure, it’s difficult to chose my favorite. Yes, I do know that a reader must, to a certain degree, suspend disbelief and occasionally common sense in service of the author’s story. But, no police detectives act outside their jurisdiction without informing the local police agency, particularly in the investigation of a possible murderer with mental health issues. Choosing to bring al
Karen Wegman
I love this series. Is this one of the best? Maybe not but still very enjoyable. I liked that Ms Kellerman left the door open for future stories. The characters are comfortable and familiar. It's crazy but I found it hard to believe that Peter is 70 years old. Even crazier that this is the 26th book in the series. I always look forward to new books in this series. Thank you Ms Kellerman. ...more
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Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice visit with old friends

Once a homicide detective, always a homicide detective. Even in the small, upstate New York college town, Decker keeps being entangled in complex murder investigations. He discusses cases with his wife, and listens to what she says.

Lost Boys is about a cold case and a missing persons case that are apparently unconnected. As Decker pursues the answers, he still has an interesting life swirling around him. At almost 70 years old, he has grandchildren and a zest for adv
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I haven't read this author or this series in years sod I jumped at the chance to read this ARC. I remembered how much I loved the earlier books in this series. With this book, I swear I'm going to re-read the ones I own and buy the rest!

It is nice to see an author who has written 26 books in a series show that her characters age. So with this book, Peter is (I think) 70. His character has slowed down, but that doesn't mean the mysteries have become less complicated. I was amazed at how
Eli Pollack
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
All mystery writers take note, this is Kellerman's 26th book in this series and not once has Rina and Peter Decker saved the world from destruction, kept a Pope, President or other world leaders (or multiple leaders at the same time) from being killed.

I love this series because the stories are small - solving a murder, a kidnapping, a disappearance while we enjoy our heroes' lives and get to better know their family and friends. Tolstoy's 'Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is un
Rose Wesselman
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I have read everyone of the Decker/Lazarus series - I was hooked from Ritual Bath #1. This book was well written. I thought at one point that she was going to end the series here which might have worked had she transitioned to stories featuring Tyler. I was very disappointed in the ending of the book with only some answers - actually very few - to the many story lines going on. The cliff hanger at the end left me discouraged rather than anxious for more. Maybe if there had been a preview of the ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
My first 2021 published book and it was a good one. Love this series and good to see all my favorite characters back, their relationships growing and the family dynamic still there in the Decker/Lazarus extended household. A double mystery with a recently missing man and a cold case of 3 lost college students. Well paced and enjoyable.
James Kennedy Public Library
26 books in and Kellerman never fails to deliver an interesting story in this long running series. The best part of all of her books is the relationship between Peter and Rina and their blended family. And once again she manages to throw in a little personal surprise! The books in this series just can't get published fast enough for me. ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a faithful Kellerman reader for years, but I found this book disappointing for several reasons. First of all when did Rina start calling everyone honey??
The dialogue felt stilted, as I haven't felt before. There were 3 plot points happening at the same time. Only 1 of which was solved, leaving two cliffhangers!! Which was weird as another plot point seemed like the series was winding down to an ending!
Decker and Tyler were driving and flying all over the place, descriptions were almo
The Library Lady
Oy. Kellerman has clearly lost interest in this series. She ends one who done it in a disappointing fashion, and seems to leave the second as a cliffhanger for another volume. The same goes with the subplot featuring the Deckers' foster son Gabe., it's almost as if a chapter or two didn't get included!

If Kellerman wants to keep making money -- oops, I mean writing books - - she should let Decker and Rina retire peacefully and turn back to Decker's daughter Cindy, about whom she wrote several bo
Nancy Reale
Too many unresolved plot lines

I don't expect every mystery to be tied up complete and neat at the end but with this book there was about 4 different clumsily unresolved plotlines. I understand a cliffhanger to lead you to read the next book but this story didn't leave me with the satisfaction of a solved mystery which is something most readers want in this genre.
I was very dissapointed.
Andrew Tucker
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I love this series but this was not one of the better entries. Of the three simultaneous plots 2 end on cliffhangers and the third has a very silly resolution...was a very disappointing ending to an otherwise good book.

Ray Higgins
A generous two stars. The author perhaps could not decide which of her several storylines to write about- so she wrote about them all. A story about a 10 year old unsolved crime, the disappearance of an emotionally handicapped adult, the continuing saga of a foster child's natural parents ongoing difficulties. Pick one- any one of the three would have been better than this jumble.

I finally discovered that none of the stories were inter-related when I finished struggling at the end.

My last book
Tracey Hafen
Decker mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed this book but was disappointed that it was incomplete. I had to check I was actually on the last page.
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
Kellerman's books are always interesting. This one is a bit of a mess. There are 3 separate story lines that don't intertwine, and the first takes a back seat and doesn't add much to the book. ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised that the book didn't come to a conclusion, but left two storylines open. If I would have know that, I would have waited until the next book came out and read them back to back. ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
Story lines left incomplete. Just did not enjoy this one.
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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/Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 26 books)
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