by Sukey HowardNovember, 2001
Crime, justice and the law Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery series goes way beyond the usual. She always provides a well-turned plot, suspense and all the attractions of a top-notch whodunit, but her main characters set her novels apart. Rina is a deeply involved Orthodox Jew; her husband Peter, is an LAPD detective who converted for her; and one of her sons is a teenager struggling with authority. In Kellerman's latest, The Forgotten, which is also one of her best, Rina's modest place of worship is trashed and covered by anti-Semitic graffiti. When the young perpetrator is found, he, in turn, leads Rina and Peter into a labyrinth of present day hate groups and past secrets that have torn generations apart. Dennis Boutsikaris' fine performance captures the nuances of family friction and the charged atmosphere of difficult police work. Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.