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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 Rina's synagogue by one of his classmates. Ernesto Golding can't explain why he vandalized the synagogue, but when he and his therapists are murdered months after the incident, Peter realizes that something the teenager told him when admitting his guilt may hold the key to the killings: Ernesto's belief that his grandfather may have been a Nazi who posed as a Jew to escape to South America after the war. Investigating Ernesto's story gives Rina a strand of the plot to tease out; meanwhile, Peter concentrates on another motive for the therapist murders that involves computer fraud, the College Board exams, and the high cost exacted by parents who pressure their teenagers to succeed.
Kellerman skillfully keeps the dramatic tension going as she pulls all the pieces of her complex plot together. But what makes this novel her best yet is her acutely revealing portrait of Jacob, struggling with the existential angst of adolescence as he attempts to reconcile his devotion to Judaism with the temptations of contemporary life, from drugs to sex. She brilliantly limns his search for identity, intimacy, and independence even as he redefines his relationship to Peter and Rina, in a scenario that resounds with psychological truth. The Forgotten is a terrific addition to the Kellerman oeuvre. While she's always been an exceptional illustrator of the emotional life of the family, this time she writes with an expertise that may owe something to professional insights of her husband, author Jonathan Kellerman, who's also a child psychologist. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
In this complex, disturbing novel (after 2000's Stalker), Kellerman again adroitly balances Rina Lazarus's consuming Orthodox Judaism with the broader societal issues faced by her husband, L.A. homicide detective Peter Decker. Here they intertwine when the vicious defacement of their synagogue reverberates in a widening circle of murders. Ernesto Golding, a troubled, spoiled youth and acquaintance of Rina's son, Jacob, confesses to the crime, but several months later Ernesto and his therapists, Mervin and Dee Baldwin, are murdered. Ernesto had discovered that his beloved grandfather may have been a Nazi who escaped Germany disguised as a Jew. While Rina delves into this provocative strand of the plot, Peter and his staff investigate hate groups. Then another killing ties the therapists to not only the hate groups but also an insidious current of psychological and sexual manipulation and computer fraud. Kellerman focuses on the plight of desperate young people misused and misunderstood by their parents, who apply unbearable pressures for success on their often- bewildered children. She also shows the deepening love and rapport between Decker and his stepson as Jacob helps solve the case. Although the Holocaust subplot seems forced to give Rina a larger role, the author, as usual, seamlessly weaves her themes of religious belief and familial respect into a multilayered thriller, with finely realized characters and a tangible sense of place. 250,000 first printing.
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Ms. Kellerman states that the Polish people basically rolled over and joined the Germans terror of the Jews. This is not true. I am a descendant of a family that lost a four people in my immediate to the Nazis.
My grandmother and her mother escaped to Switzerland during the Holocaust. My grandmother lost her father and three brothers in the Holocaust. They were Polish Catholics. Her brothers died fighting the Germans. Her father died in a concentration camp in Germany.
Let's not forget that many other non-Jews gave thier lives to fight Hitler also.
O.K. this book was much better than the last one. It did run on a bit with the differing plots and such. I thought having the killers involved in racism and the SAT scandal was a bit over the top. All in all, aside from my personal pet peeve which brought the story down alot for me personally, I would give it a C. I would also like to add that I really enjoy learning about the Jewish religion. It is fascinating to me. I also wished there was more of a story with Peter and Rina's home life. I love to read about that.
She has not in any way lost any of her talent for keeping the reader glued to the book, and opening up a world of intrigue and mystery.
This book proves Kellerman's skill at moving skillfully from the homely to the horrific, from warmth to horror, from heroic to diabolical.
In an age where the hideous anti-Semitism is on the rise again, in measure never seen since the fall of Nazi Germany, the story begins with the hideous desecration of Peter and Rina's local synagogue, through the world of shady White Supremacist type groups, teenagers corrupted into insanity by their parents, whose own 60's radicalism, in my opinion, was the root of all the evil, drugs, bizarre sex rituals and murder.
Of course Peter and his teams determination and Rina's sanity and compassion helps restore truth and balance. Rina's rebellious son Jacob plays a big role in bringing this one to being solved.
On the downside I would have liked to see some of Cindy , and Marge's stepdaughter Vega.
The first third of this book is pretty bad. Does Faye have some apprentice she's letting write part of these books? It sure seems like it! I don't have the book in front of me, but if I did, I would have to make note of some of the truly bad lines that were in here. I was stupefied! After the first third of the book, the writing style suddenly got better, although the plot remained pretty much stale. I was totally unimpressed with the character of Ruby Ranger who was just disgusting and vile, but had nothing else. I guess cardboard is a good word for her. A totally unconvincing character. And the villain had a somewhat interesting motivation, but was overall not developed well. The ending of this book was totally unsatisfying. I won't ruin it for anyone else, but it was pretty much dumb.
And another thing. I have no connection at all to the Jewish culture, but liked reading about it courtesy of Faye Kellerman, but I have to say that the whole victim thing is now quite tiring. In a world where the conflict in the Middle East has been brought to the American doorstep, it's quite annoying to hear about Jews as victims victims victims.Read more ›
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Ms. Kellerman returns with another "ethnic" mystery. The plot in this one starts out intriguing but gets bogged down by too much repetitive dialogue; an incoherent... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Michael Butts
I used to enjoy reading this series, but the last few have been so incredibly weak that I have to ask, "WHAT HAPPENED? Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by mykaterina
This story's setup and most of the minor characters are actually somewhat interesting. However the "villians" are lame and the two protagonists (Lazarus and Decker) are annoying. Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by Zamanon
Lt. Peter Decker is called to the scene of a vandalized synagogue which he attends along with his wife Rina. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by Karen Potts
Rina Decker, wife of LAPD Seargent Peter Decker, is the caretaker of her small orthodox synogogue. She is shocked when it is vandalized, and appalled at the nature of the... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by K. Fromal
The book was alright but, not great. I've read each book in this series and I wasn't as impressed with this one as the others. Read morePublished on July 23 2002