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HANGMAN
by Faye Kellerman

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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The importance of family — or at least a non-psycho family — is front and center in Kellerman’s latest Decker/Lazarus mystery. The evolution of characters and relationships have been a key factor in the continuing success of this long-running series by adding realism to the clever mystery plots. At times heart-breaking and chilling, this is a most excellent read!

Over the years, LAPD Lt. Peter Decker’s life has occasionally intersected with alleged New York hitman Chris Donatti. This time it is Chris’ wife, Terry McLaughlin, who wants Peter’s help in defusing the ramifications of a physical fight between the couple. Things appear to go as planned until Peter gets a call from the couple’s 14-year-old son-Gabe. Both his mother and father have disappeared.

As Peter tries to find out what happened to Terry, he brings piano prodigy Gabe home to stay with Rina and their daughter, Hannah. Peter and his team also catch a murder that involves the hanging of a young woman named Adrianna Blanc. Peter and company investigate, only to learn that the trail of this killer may lead to very unexpected places. (MORROW, Aug., 432 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed By: JIll M. Smith

Publisher: MORROW

Published: August 2010

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