Day of Atonement

Day of Atonement

A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Mystery

Book - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
Detective team Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, in Brooklyn for the Jewish High Holy Days after their marriage, find themselves on the trail of an Orthodox teenaged runaway kidnapped by a psychopath.


Peter Decker of the L.A.P.D. never dreamed he'd be spending his honeymoon with his new wife, Rina Lazarus, in an Orthodox Jewish enclave in Brooklyn, New York -- or that a terrible event would end it so abruptly. But a boy has vanished from the midst of this close-knit religious community, a troubled youth fleeing the tight bonds and strictures he felt were strangling him. The runaway, Noam, is not traveling alone. A killer has taken him under his wing to introduce Noam to a savage world of blood and terror. And now Decker must find them both somewhere in America before a psychopath ends the life of a confused and frightened youngster whose only sin was to want something more.

& Taylor

Los Angeles detective Peter Decker's Brooklyn honeymoon with his Jewish bride, Rina Lazarus, is derailed when an Orthodox teenager runs away from his close-knit community in the company of a dangerous psychopath. By the author of Milk and Honey. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1991
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060554897
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 25 cm


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Librarian_Deb Dec 03, 2017

I'm really enjoying reading through the Decker/Lazarus series. In this one, Decker and Rina have just married, but their honeymoon is far from ordinary. They go to New York to visit with some of Rina's family and suddenly Decker is involved with a family crisis involving a missing teenage boy and a possible psychopath. I love the blend of the relationship between Decker and Rina that continues to develop and the actual thrill of the chase as Decker hunts down the bad guy. Rina asserts herself and want to help out and even tote a gun, to which Decker does not react well. Yet having Rina along may be a lot better idea than he thought. And the stuff about the Jewish culture/religion that comes out in these books is really fascinating. Highly recommended for fans of gritty mysteries and good relationship stories.

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