'It was the stunned, pale look of bad news' The call is brief.
There's been a murder in the family of Lieutenant Decker's half brother, Rabbi Jonathan Levine. Ephraim Lieber, a Hassidic Jew with a catalogue of problems in his past, was found dead in a seedy Manhattan hotel, a single gunshot wound to his head. And his niece, fifteen-year-old Shaynda, is missing. In a desperate bid to track down the missing girl, Decker finds himself in an alien city and a maze of deceit and danger, on a twisted journey that takes him from the darkened slums of New Jersey and the deserted industrial streets of New York, to the hidden meeting places of Hassidic outcasts...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 01/02/2003
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780747265382
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Review by mazda502001
This is the 14th in the Decker/Lazarus series and I really enjoyed this one. Having read the whole series I have found some of the series a bit lacking but overall I have enjoyed them. This was one of the better ones.Back Cover Blurb:The call is brief, but to the point. There has been a murder in the family of Lieutenant Decker's half brother, Rabbi Jonathan Levine. His brother-in-law, Ephraim Lieber, a Hassidic Jew and former drug addict, was found naked in a seedy Manhattan hotel, a single gunshot wound to his head. And his niece, fifteen year old Shaynda, is missing.Jonathan pleads with his policeman brother to come to New York to help the family.Reluctantly, Decker agrees, taking his wife, Rina, and their youngest daughter with him for company. But soon after arriving on the East Coast Decker is infuriated to discover that Shaynda's parents have changed their minds about involving him in the case. Faced with a hostile family, a city in which he's a stranger and a local police force mired in international problems, Decker is on his own. Moving from the darkened slums of New Jersey to the deserted industrial streets of New York, he is thrust into a world divided mercilessly into killers and victims.And Decker must decide which he wants to be....