In the silent pre-dawn city hours - alone with his thoughts about Rina Lazarus, the woman he loves, 3,000 miles away in New York - L.A.P.D. detective Peter Decker finds a small child, abandoned and covered in blood that is not his. It is a sobering discovery, and a perplexing one, for nobody in the development where she was found steps forward to claim the little girl. Obsessed more deeply by this case than he imagined possible, Decker is determined to follow the scant clues to an answer.
But his trail is leading him to a killing ground where four bodies lie still and lifeless. And by the time Rina returns, Peter Decker is already held fast in a sticky mass of hatred, passion, and murder - in a world where intense sweetness is accompanied by a deadly sting.
Mitch Greenberg adopts a straightforward, down-to-earth narrative tone for Faye Kellerman's third outing in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery series. While out for a late night walk and worrying whether or not Orthodox Jewish widow Rina Lazarus will marry him, Decker comes upon a 2-year-old, out alone, covered in blood and bee stings. Greenberg uses subtle vocal changes to distinguish minor characters from one another and is especially effective with women's and toddler's voices. His New York City and Yiddish accents are spot-on, and, as the mystery of the child's identity unfolds, Greenberg keeps the humanity real and the tension high.
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