Justice (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #8)

Justice (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #8)

by Faye Kellerman

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It’s Prom Night . . . and the queen is dead.

LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker and his wife and confidante Rina Lazarus have a daughter of their own. So the savage murder of a popular high school girl on prom night strikes home . . . very hard.

The cruel and bizarre slaying of a beautiful teen leads Detective Decker into the dark heart of an exotic subculture: the seamy, sometimes violent world of Southern California’s rootless, affluent youth. But even the confession of a disturbed kid with cold “killer eyes” cannot soothe Decker’s inner torment. For he knows in his gut this crime goes much deeper and higher than anyone expects—and that true justice, brutal and com-plete, has yet to be done.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061999369
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #8
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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Chapter One

Pages 7 and 8 of the paper were missing. National news section. Specifically, national crime stories. Decker laid the thin sheets down, his stomach in a tight, wet knot. "Rina, where's the rest of the paper?"

Rina continued to scramble eggs. "It's not all there?"

"No, it's not all there."

"You've checked?"

"Yes, I've checked."

"Maybe Ginger got to it," Rina said casually. "You know how the dog loves newsprint. I think she uses it for a breath freshener -- "

"Rina -- "

"Peter, could you please distract Hannah from the dishwasher and get her seated so I can feed her? And take the plums out of the utensil basket while you're at it."

Decker stared at his wife, got up, and lifted his pajama-clad two-year-old daughter. She was holding a plum in each hand.

"You want a plummer, Daddy?"

"Yes, Hannah Rosie, I'd love a plum."

"You take a bite?" She stuffed the fruit in her father's mouth. As requested, Decker took a bite. Juice spewed out of the overripe plum, wetting his pumpkin-colored mustache, rills of purple running down his chin. He seated his daughter in her booster and wiped his mouth.

"You want a bite, Daddy?"

"No thanks, Hannah -- "

"You want a bite, Daddy?" Hannah said, forcefully.

"No -- "

"You want a bite, Daddy?" Hannah was almost in tears.

"Take another bite, Peter," Rina said. "Eat the whole Plum."

Decker took the plum and consumed it. Hanna offered him the second plum. "Honey, if I eat any more plums, I'll be living in the bathroom."

Rina laughed. "I'll take the plum, Hannah."

"No!" the baby cried out. Her face wasflushed with emotion. "Daddy take the plummer."

Decker took the second piece of fruit. "Why do you keep buying plums?"

"Because she keeps asking for them."

"That doesn't mean you have to buy them."

"As if you can resist her requests? I noticed the other day she was playing with your gold cuff links -- "

"She likes shiny things," Decker interrupted. "I like how you skillfully changed the subject, darlin'. What happened to the newspaper?"

Rina set a dish of eggs in front of Hannah and poured her orange juice. She shrugged helplessly. "What can I tell you?"

Decker felt nauseated. "Bastard struck again."

Rina nodded.

Decker said nothing. But Rina could see his jaw working overtime. She said, "Cindy called this morning. She asked me to hide it from you. I shouldn't have done it. But she sounded so desperate for an ally. She couldn't handle you and her mother's hysteria at the same time. Besides, there's nothing anyone can do -- "

"What do you mean, 'There's nothing anyone can do'?" Decker snapped. "I can do something. I can bring her back home out of that hellhole."

"LA's not a haven from crime -- "

"It's better than New York."

"Not all of New York is like the area around Columbia, Peter."

"Well, that's just fine and dandy except Cindy happens to go to Columbia." Decker got up from the dining-room table and walked into the kitchen, staring out the back window at his acre's worth of ranchland. The riding corral was now a foot-deep mud pit; the stables had been battered from the recent storms. Behind his property line stood the foothills bleeding silt. His house was fine so far, the gunk at least five hundred yards away. But who knew? He had plenty of garbage to deal with here. He didn't need problems three thousand miles away.

"Did you talk to her at all?" Decker asked.

"For a few minutes," Rina answered.

"How's she doing?"

Rina glanced at Hannah. "You want a video, muffin?"

The little girl nodded, licking egg-coated fingers. "Mickey Mouse."

"You've got it." Rina slipped the tape into the VCR, then walked into the kitchen. To her husband, she whispered, "How's she doing? She's shaken up, of course."

"Goddamn police! This is the third one and they don't seem one ounce closer to finding this maniac. What the hell are they doing?"

"That's an odd thing for you to say."

"I know incompetence when I see it."

"So what do you propose to do, Peter? Go out to New York and handle the investigation yourself?"

"I've seriously thought about it. I was in sex crimes for over a decade -- "

"Peter -- "

"Maybe I'll call the principal investigator -- "

"You don't have enough work at home?"

"It's been a slow month."

"Baruch Hashem," Rina said, blessing God.

"Baruch Hashem," Decker repeated. "Besides, this is my daughter we're talking about. I want to make sure everything possible is being done."

"I'm sure they're working overtime. Just like you'd be doing."

"Right. Overtime on doughnuts." Decker grimaced. "I know I'm not being fair. Frankly, I don't care."

Rina sighed. "Peter, why don't you go visit Cindy? I'm sure she'd be thrilled to see her six-foot-four detective father. She and all the other girls in the dorm. But go out as a protective father, not as a cop."

Decker drew his hand across his face. "Son of a bitch! Preying on young girls like that. God, I swear, Rina, if I come face-to-face with that sucker, I'm gonna shoot off his you-know-whats." He looked at his wife. "Was the latest one hurt? Of course she was hurt. I mean, was she beaten or anything?"

"No. Same MO."

The MO. Bastard sneaked up on the girls, brought them down from behind, placed a large paper bag over their heads, and raped them from the back. The victims had described the violation as strong and painful but mercifully fast. Before they could utter boo, the monster had been upon them.

Justice. Copyright © by Faye Kellerman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Justice (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More explicit than I expected after having read only The Ritual Bath, the book not only works as a mystery but also raises questions about love and trust and what is forgivable.
-Eva- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A teenage girl is found dead in a motel and her mafia-connected on/off boyfriend confesses to the murder in order to keep another girl out of the public eye. This is a bit different than the previous installments in the series in that part of the story is told from another character's point of view and that Decker's family is almost entirely absent. At times, it seems a YA love story and at times a mafia story, before returning to be a standard Decker-mystery. Although the plot occasionally teeters on the brink of improbability and the characters (especially the ones we already know) behave somewhat cardboardy, it is quite engaging and keeps the interest up until the (surprisingly) open end.
blueeyedgoover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great Great book....would rather follow the Donattis than the dectective however, perhaps the next will touch upon it??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The very best so far! The prior book was a little tedious to read! I love the suspense in the book! Justice is a page turner from cover to cover!!
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Claudia McKenna More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading each book in this series but this is my favorite so far. I felt this book wouldn't let me put it down. I would recommed this series and especially this book to anyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was very disappointing. It was not very realistic and not very interesting. I also found that the changes to first person for one character seemed to have no real purpose and were just disruptive.