It had been a quiet summer for the Greenbury Police
Department, a semi-retired Detective Peter Decker was
enjoying the respite, a welcome change from his previous
post in Los Angeles. It was not to last, when his wife Rina
while hiking, stepped on dried up bones. Human bones.
Someone had been murdered and buried in the quiet college
town, and when two more skeletons are found, and two women
go missing, Decker fears there might have a serial killer on
the loose. The murders are a few years old, working cold
cases is never easy, and Decker and his young intern, Tyler
McAdams, have their hands full.
As one of my top go-to authors for dependable, exciting, and
solid murder mysteries, Kellerman she has done it again.
I've been a fan of the Deckers for a long time, probably
because of their rarity in fiction: they're Jewish,
empty-nesters; Peter is around sixty years old, but he
hasn't mellowed out, although his bones ache once in a
while. He always comes off as the real thing: not a
superhero but as I imagine a real detective. His age is a
source of teasing for Tyler, who is still a law student, and
their banter and teasing was good for a few laughs; they
complement each other perfectly. Ms. Kellerman weaves the
events in the Decker family so skilfully in the narrative,
that it never interferes with the police story; they are
such a wonderfully interesting family.
Faye Kellerman has mastered the art of writing efficiently
with surprising eloquence: every detail is sharply defined,
and every character impeccably fleshed out. BONE BOX is an
absorbing mystery where the characters' strong
personalities define the story. Decker and Tyler search for
the common threads, and the more they learn, the more
confounding it all is, as the straight lines become
crisscrossing serpentines. Faye Kellerman has crafted an
exceptionally complex mystery, with so many layers, and what
is most astonishing is that the denouement unravels as
brilliantly as the build-up was carefully engineered. With
every book, I always hope that Peter Decker will never retire!
On a crisp September morning, while walking a bucolic
woodland trail, Rina stumbles upon human remains once buried
deep beneath the forest floor. Immediately, she calls her
husband, Peter Decker, a former detective lieutenant with
the LAPD now working for the local Greenbury Police. The
body has been interred for years and there is scant physical
evidence at the gravesite: a youthful skeleton, a skull
wound, and long, dark strands of hair surrounding the bones.
As Decker and his partner, Tyler McAdams, investigate
further, they realize that they’re most likely dealing with
a missing student from the nearby Five Colleges of Upstate—a
well-known and well-respected consortium of higher learning.
And when more human remains are found in the same area,
Decker and McAdams know this isn’t just a one-off murder
case. Short-staffed and with no convenient entrée into the
colleges, Decker enlists Rina’s help to act as his eyes and
ears on campus. Winding their way through a dangerous
labyrinth of steely suspects and untouchable academics,
Decker, McAdams, and Rina race to protect their community
from a psychopathic killer still in the area—and on the hunt
for a fresh victim.