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The Forgotten (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus #13) [Paperback]

Faye Kellerman
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many plot lines, not enough substance.. Sept. 23 2001
Format:Hardcover
Faye Kellerman is a marvelous writer, and I haven't given up on the Lazarus series. This, the 13th book, showed a lot more promise than the 12th book, "Stalker".
It was interesting to see where time has taken the relationship between Peter and Rina, but even better to watch Kellerman weave the complex relationship between son Jacob and his parents into the novel.
The premise, senseless vandalism and violence at the Deckers' temple, is a strong one. One of the perpetrators, Ernesto Golding, an affluent young man with strong signs of adolescent OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is caught, but does not give up his partners. This is where Kellerman departs from the firm foundation of the novel and stretches needlessly into several murders, sexual obsession and fraudulent SAT preparation. Had she stayed with the story of Ernesto and explored his relationship with his ancestors, parents and brother; perhaps had him struggle with other crimes based on his obsessions, we might have had a fine book.
Instead, she introduces the character of Ruby, and the story and plotline go downhill from there. The assignation of Ruby and Jake is truly a ridiculous plot contrivance.
Unlike other readers, the unraveling of the Judaic customs and beliefs that accompanies every Lazarus story, for me, is a welcome counterpoint to the police line. The learnings and fabric this setting gives to the series helps it stand apart from all the others.
Three stars based on an interesting plot setting and Kellerman's writing style...but no more. I've recently given up reading Jonathan Kellerman, because recent entries in his Alex Delaware psychologist series have been pale shadows of his former work. Hopefully, that will not be the case with Faye's Lazarus series; it appears the author simply has to put in as much effort and creativity in the conclusions of her books as she does in the premise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FORGIVEN NOT FORGOTTEN Nov. 19 2003
Format:Paperback
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 ending in which who did what to whom is never answered; and even though many reviewers found Jacob's plight involving or sensitive, I found his teen age rebellion a little too pat. Rina also steps in to solve a mystery regarding one of the victim's background, researching and proletyzing on the Holocaust.
Kellerman again demonstrates her narrative skills, and if she would only maintain more suspense and mystery, I think her novels would be more entertaining.
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1.0 out of 5 stars By page 300 I had lost the will to live........ Aug. 19 2003
Format:Paperback
I used to enjoy reading this series, but the last few have been so incredibly weak that I have to ask, "WHAT HAPPENED?"
The ridiculous plot is only outdone by the truly AWFUL dialogue. (Granted my life is relatively sedate, but I have never met people who warranted that many exclamation points in real life.) The characters are unbelievable and the ending seemed more like a cartoon than a mystery novel. ...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and paper June 25 2003
By Zamanon
Format:Paperback
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. The book's cover and early chapters suggest that the author may weave some interesting historical or religious facts into the story so that the reader at least learns something - but no. And the plot goes, well not exactly nowhere, but it's hardly engaging or believable.
Instead of putting my copy in the box of stuff to be donated, I put it the recycle bin - I couldn't bear even indirectly being responsible for someone else suffering through it.
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By krb
Format:Paperback
First, let me get a pet peeve off of my chest regarding this author. It seems that in almost every book she has some personal bias against others yet at the same time she wants the reader to believe that she has all the answers to to the eternal questions of every countries standing against the Holocaust.In this book there comes a point where she has the main character (Rina) speaking about Poland's part during the Holocaust. I should say the Polish peoples part in the Holocaust. Not the Germans who invaded Poland.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up with the best of them April 25 2003
Format:Paperback
Faye Kellerman is definitely the No 1-crime fiction writer of today, and ranks up there with the best novelists of police and crime thrillers.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously complex plot
Lt. Peter Decker is called to the scene of a vandalized synagogue which he attends along with his wife Rina. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by Karen Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Hatred and Redemption
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 more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by K. Fromal
5.0 out of 5 stars A MATTER OF FAITH...SUSPENSE
Rina's store front synagogue is vandalized with paint and litered with pictures of Nazi death camp victims. Hate crimes are investigated so Peter checks in. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by G. Bowser
5.0 out of 5 stars A MATTER OF FAITH...SUSPENSE
Rina's store front synagogue is vandalized with paint and litered with pictures of Nazi death camp victims. Hate crimes are investigated so Peter checks in. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by G. Bowser
2.0 out of 5 stars Faye, where have you gone?
I remember there was a time where I actually said to myself, "Faye Kellerman writes better than her husband. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the next one
Another satisfying addition to the series.
Published on Aug. 2 2002 by Glims mom
3.0 out of 5 stars Libertarian point of view......
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 more
Published on July 23 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember the Forgotten
It's hard to think of Faye Kellerman without thinking of her husband, Jonathan, who also writes mysteries. Read more
Published on July 16 2002 by mrliteral
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