Saturday, December 21, 2019

Review: Walking Shadows by Faye Kellerman

Title: Walking Shadows
Author: Faye Kellerman
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 420
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, risk life and limb to solve a pair of brutal murders that may be tied to a crime from more than twenty years ago in this intense and addictive mystery from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

On a quiet suburban street in upstate Greenbury, New York, the brutally beaten body of a young man is discovered in the woods adjacent to an empty vacation home. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil a resident of the neighboring town of Hamilton, had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college. But as Detective Peter Decker learns, the clean-cut kid is linked to the criminal world. When Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. While Gratz and his partner, Kyle Masterson, admitted to the robbery, they swore they left the owners, Glen and Lydia Levine, very much alive.

The experienced detective knows there’s more to this homicide case than the records show. As he digs into Gratz’s past, Decker begins to suspect that the son’s murder may be connected to the father’s sins. Before he can put together the pieces, Decker finds out that one of Brady Neil’s friends, Joseph Boch—aka Boxer—has gone missing. Heading to Boch’s house with his temporary new partner, Hamilton PD cop Lenora Baccus, they discover a bloodbath.

Who would savagely kill two innocent men—and why? Finding the answers will require all of Decker’s skill and knowledge, the help of his fellow Greenbury detectives, Tyler McAdams and Kevin Butterfield, and information gleaned from his wife Rina’s behind the scenes investigation to put all the pieces of this deadly puzzle together . . . and see justice done.

Review: Another Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novel...yay! I always know what I am going to get with this series and I am always satisfied.

I like that in book 25 (yes, #25) I really know the main characters, their families, their culture and religion, their colleagues, and how they work. They are aging well, like each other, are peaceful and intelligent characters who care about other people.

The crimes in these detective novels are gruesome and often complicated, but the outcome doesn't ever seem unrealistic. All in all a satisfying way to spend a Saturday.


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