Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #17
On Sale: August 1, 2008
Featuring: Rina Lazarus; Peter Decker
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Mystery | Thriller Police Procedural
Billionaire genius Genoa Greeves never got over the
shocking death of her favorite teacher, Bennett "Dr. Ben"
Alston Little, murdered execution-style and stuffed into
the trunk of his Mercedes-Benz. No arrests were ever made,
no killer charged for the brutal crime. Fifteen years
later, the high-tech CEO reads about another execution-
style murder; this time the victim is a Hollywood music
producer named Primo Ekerling. There is no obvious
connection, but the case is eerily similar to Little's and
Genoa feels the time is right to close Dr. Ben's case once
and for all—offering the L.A.P.D. a substantial
financial "incentive" if justice is finally served for
Lieutenant Peter Decker resents having to
commit valuable manpower to a fifteen-year-old open case
simply because a rich woman says "Jump!" Still, the recent
murder of Primo Ekerling does bear a disturbing
resemblance to Little's case, even though two thug
suspects are currently behind bars for the Ekerling
murder. Decker can't help but wonder about a connection.
His first phone calls are to the two primary investigators
in the Little case, retired detectives Calvin Vitton and
Arnie Lamar. Lamar is cooperative, but Vitton is not only
reluctant to talk, he winds up dead of a suspicious
suicide twelve hours later. Plunging into this long-buried
murder, Decker discovers that even though the two slayings
are separated by a decade and a half, there is still
plenty of greed, lust, and evil to connect the dots.
Decker's team of top investigators not only includes
his favorite homicide detectives, Scott Oliver and Marge
Dunn, but also his newly minted Hollywood detective
daughter, Cindy Kutiel, whose help proves to be
invaluable. His wife, Rina Lazarus, continues to be his
backbone of support, offering a cool, rational outlook
despite her growing concern for her husband's welfare and
safety. Rina's worries and fears begin to build at a
fevered pitch as past and present collide with a
vengeance, catapulting an unsuspecting Peter Decker closer
and closer to the edge of an infinite dark abyss.
A relentlessly gripping tale spun by a master, Faye
Kellerman's The Mercedes Coffin races through a
dangerous urban world of fleeting fame and false dreams,
making heart-pumping hairpin turns at each step of a
terrifying journey, where truth and justice are fine lines
between life and death.
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