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Summary

Now living in upstate New York, former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is plunged into a bizarre web involving academia, underworld crime, and calculating killers in this compulsive novel in New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman's beloved Decker and Lazarus series.

Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it's been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town.

Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker's peace. The death appears to be a suicide--a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner's ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity, a task made difficult by the department's tight budget and limited personnel. Luckily, Decker gets some unexpected help when his friend and former Greenbury colleague Tyler McAdams calls, looking for a quiet place to study for his law finals.

The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. Beneath the school's rarified atmosphere they discover a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers--and most dangerous of all--a realm of underworld crime that transforms harmless nerds into cold, calculating evil geniuses. It will take all of Decker's experience and McAdams's brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes and solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.


Author Notes

Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 31, 1952. She received a B.A. in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry from UCLA. Instead of becoming a dentist, she decided to become a writer after being inspired by the success of her husband, Jonathan Kellerman.

Her first novel, The Ritual Bath, won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. It also became the first book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel series, which consists of over 20 volumes. Her other books include Moon Music, The Quality of Mercy, Prism written with Aliza Kellerman, and Double Homicide and Capital Crimes written with Jonathan Kellerman. She received a lifetime achievement award from Strand Magazine on July 10, 2013. She made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2017 with her title Bone Box.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Former L.A. detective Peter Decker is living and working as police chief in Greenbury, a small town in upstate New York, where a college student, Eli Wolf, is found dead in the forest, an apparent suicide. Decker investigates with the help of visiting Harvard law student Tyler McAdams (introduced in Murder 101, 2014), who is staying with Peter and his wife, Rina Lazarus, ostensibly to study for his final exams without distraction, but the distractions mount as the investigation continues. Wolf was Mennonite and estranged from his father. He'd been in a bad car accident several years earlier, resulting in a form of brain damage that left him obsessed with math. Wolf's one social connection was to another math student, who had a crush on him since they were teenagers, but that doesn't leave her out as suspect. Fans of Kellerman's long-running series may find that this installment has too much math and not enough Rina, slowing down the story considerably. Still, it's a necessary purchase for libraries collecting the full series, and, of course, it's a natural for math-loving mystery readers.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in Greenbury, N.Y., bestseller Kellerman's plodding 23rd mystery featuring Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (after 2014's Murder 101) opens with the discovery in a forest of the corpse of college student Eli Wolf, who apparently shot himself. Decker, who now works for the Greenbury PD after recently retiring from the LAPD, investigates. Meanwhile, Tyler McAdams, who left Greenbury PD for Harvard Law School, returns home to study for his exams. Tyler tags along as Decker tries to determine why Eli, who comes from Mennonite stock and was a gifted mathematician, would have committed suicide. When one of Eli's classmates turns out to be a woman who has had a crush on Tyler for years, she can't be ruled out as a suspect in what develops into a murder case. Series fans will be pleased to see that the relationship between Decker and Lazarus, neither of whom has any flaws, remains as affectionate as ever. New readers should be prepared for plenty of schmaltz. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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