Walking Shadows (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #25)

Walking Shadows (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #25)

by Faye Kellerman

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Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, risk life and limb to solve a pair of brutal murders that may be tied to a crime from more than twenty years ago in this intense and addictive mystery from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

On a quiet suburban street in upstate Greenbury, New York, the brutally beaten body of a young man is discovered in the woods adjacent to an empty vacation home. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil a resident of the neighboring town of Hamilton, had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college. But as Detective Peter Decker learns, the clean-cut kid is linked to the criminal world. When Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. While Gratz and his partner, Kyle Masterson, admitted to the robbery, they swore they left the owners, Glen and Lydia Levine, very much alive.

The experienced detective knows there’s more to this homicide case than the records show. As he digs into Gratz’s past, Decker begins to suspect that the son’s murder may be connected to the father’s sins. Before he can put together the pieces, Decker finds out that one of Brady Neil’s friends, Joseph Boch—aka Boxer—has gone missing. Heading to Boch’s house with his temporary new partner, Hamilton PD cop Lenora Baccus, they discover a bloodbath.

Who would savagely kill two innocent men—and why? Finding the answers will require all of Decker’s skill and knowledge, the help of his fellow Greenbury detectives, Tyler McAdams and Kevin Butterfield, and information gleaned from his wife Rina’s behind the scenes investigation to put all the pieces of this deadly puzzle together . . . and see justice done.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982539283
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #25
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x (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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Walking Shadows 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third decker/lazarus in a row i have been disappointed with. I think it is time for these characters to retire. Their sdventures used to be engaging, edgy and twisty. Now they seem predictable and boring. Sorry Faye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like her books and her characters but since they moved to this boring little town the books are boring and , this one , has no ending really... The bad guys are let out the murderers go free and the corrupt cop captain wasn't really...or? Either way( like midsummer murder series on TV this little town has more murders than would seem possible . Seems like they will move again actually ...hints about it..hopefully they leave that Harvard guy behind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving and smart. I love the way Faye has aged Peter in a very real way, so his character has not become a cartoon characature of itself. He gets tired, lets others help him out than he used to. All in all, A very enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Kellerman's. Twisty, turning plots that leave you guessing till the end. Would love to see the kids in more stories, or even as spin offs. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frustrated with the ending of this book. A few questions left unanswered. The story was very good. I would really like to know who killed whom and specifically, the why.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this latest installment of Rina and Peter Decker although was hoping for total closure in the case as not everything was tied up in the end. It also gave me a feeling that there may not be another novel in the series?! I hope this is not the case as I would miss these characters and Ms Kellerman writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a good read, looking for the next one #26
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
After 35 years with the LAPD, Peter Decker took his well-earned pension and a supposedly softer job in a small town in upstate New York. So much for wishes. Now two years later and a homicide in each, he now has a third, when residents complain about vandalism, and a body is discovered in the area. This discovery leads Decker (with the help of his wife Rina Lazarus) on a wild chase involving a 20-year-old double murder and a robbery of a jewelry store in a nearby town. Complicating the task of finding the murderer is the fact that Decker needs the cooperation of the police department of the neighboring town, whose chief of police was the one who made his reputation in solving the old case. Another complication is that the persons convicted of the robbery-murder, one of whom is the father of the victim serving a 20-year term, and providing Decker with no help. It’s kind of hard to believe that Walking Shadows is the 25th novel in the series. I guess it has stood the test of time. Like its predecessors, the novel is a police procedural in which Decker logically solves the crime step by step, applying logic and asking questions, lots of questions. Recommended.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
"Old friends, old friends, Sat on their parkbench like bookends..." --Paul Simon After so many years of reading and enjoying the books in this series, the words to that song popped into my head as I started this one. I've followed the adventures of Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, from the time they met, fell in love and married (beginning, if I recall correctly, with "The Ritual Bath" in 1986). I loved watching their blended family grow and the interactions between Peter and Rina as she guides their Orthodox Jewish household and offers sage advice to him as he works to solve crimes. Given that expectation, then, I was a bit disappointed with this book, in which Rina plays what to me is a very insignificant role. Yes, she offers some coffee and sympathy when he gets bogged down in as-yet-unsolvable details of the case he's working on, but most of what little on-page time she gets is spent making kosher sandwiches. In all honesty, though, I've said the same for all the other books written since the empty-nesters and grandparents moved from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles to Greenbury, New York, a small, upstate college town (I believe this is the fourth). For both Peter and Rina, that move was supposed to put them in a relatively quiet, relaxing world; but bored with doing nothing, Peter joined the local police force, not really expecting much action. Needless to say, no sooner than he signed on, homicides started happening. This one - the body of a badly beaten young man - is discovered by Peter himself. In part because he lived in nearby Hamilton, there's some clamor over territorial rights, and the Hamilton police chief insists that his daughter, Lenora Baccus ("Lennie") be assigned temporarily to assist Decker and his Greenbury team. As sort of an aside, Lennie formerly worked for the Philadelphia police, specifically with Decker's grown daughter Cindy. Coincidence? Of course not; since Lennie has no idea that Peter is Cindy's father, it adds a couple of pages to the book by allowing him to call Cindy to check up on Lennie's performance since he really doesn't fully trust her or the reason her father lent her to Greenbury. Peter doesn't trust her father's motives, either (nor, for that matter, those of most of the police teams of Hamilton or Greenbury). Some of that distrust may be well-earned; early on, the supposedly squeaky clean victim, Brady Neil, turned out to be involved in criminal activities. Then it was learned that his father, Brandon Gratz, is in jail for the murder of two owners of a local jewelry store. That link, in turn, leads to possible connections to members of the Hamilton police, whose detectives - including Lennie's father - were the lead investigators in the jewelry store murders. The trail also leads Peter and Rina to Florida, where they can spend a few paragraphs visiting both their aging mothers (Ida Decker, Peter's mom, is a spry 94). Actually, the story itself is quite engrossing, but there are way, way too many characters to keep straight; about halfway through, I totally gave up trying, figuring things would sort themselves out in the end (which they did, for the most part). But keeping them all straight was made even more difficult because just about everyone in the cast had a name beginning with a "B" - either first or last. Finally, although most of the loose ends are tidied up by the end, there were a couple of stragglers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all of Faye Kellerman's books,twice, I found myself forcing myself to finish the book. I felt the dialogue was very trite and the storyline confusing. I was very disappointed since I looked forward to the book coming out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good Read this book was! Love Peter and Rina Decker!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable keeps you in suspense Till the last page
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ending up in the air