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The Hunt

By: Faye Kellerman
Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg
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Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus return to Los Angeles when a kidnapping hits close to home—in this breathtaking new thriller from New York Times best-selling author Faye Kellerman.

Peter and his partner, Detective Tyler McAdams, are thrown into an unsolved case and propelled into action when a body is found in the very woods where a man previously went missing in Upstate New York. 

But that’s not the only crisis that Peter has to deal with.

Teresa McLaughlin, the biological mother of Peter and his wife Rina’s foster son, Gabe, has fled to Los Angeles with her two children in tow, hoping to avoid a court injunction amid a messy divorce. But LA is no escape from her problems—she is found by ruthless men and beaten mercilessly. When she wakes, barely conscious, Teresa discovers that both of her children are gone and frantically calls Gabe for help.

With his mother on the verge of death, Gabe contacts Peter and Rina, as well as his biological father, the notorious Christopher Donatti, a former hit man from a known criminal family who’s now a millionaire in Nevada. By bringing Donatti into the fray, Gabe, Peter, and Rina know they have made a deal with the devil—but they may not be able to recover the kids without him.

As these unlikely allies rally to find the kidnappers before things end tragically, they race headlong toward an explosive confrontation from which no one will emerge unscathed....

©2022 Faye Kellerman (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Don't listen to negative reviews!

Finished it in two days - great story... a bit like catching up on the lives of old friends. Loved the background of the tumultuous relationship between Chris & Terry - though the ending made me cry. I thought it was a fantastic book - lots of little details that fleshed out all of the characters - makes you feel as though you are sitting at the breakfast table with them. I'll greatly miss reading about the Decker's and their entire brood. Raised a Catholic, I have learned a lot about the Jewish faith over the years.
Faye Kellerman - kudos to you! Please tell your husband he can't stop writing Alex Delaware & Milo books though - can't do without BOTH of you!

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Ok you're reaching here....

I eagerly waited for this 'last' Decker/Lazarus book. I too, as others have mentioned, always enjoyed the way Faye Kellerman has woven other, secular characters in with her hamishe Deckers. But is this for real? Did someone advise the author to literally spice it up, with other cultural references and cringe-worthy S-M scenes? Halfway through I couldn't wait to check in with Amazon and Goodreads to see if I was alone in this opinion (clearly, I am not).

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Such a waste!

I’ve read all of Faye Kellerman’s previous books.
I am only sorry that I didn’t stop with the last one.
I can’t believe that her editor would let her end such a good series in such a disgusting manner.

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What an end to the series

I laughed, I cried and I loved this last book in Faye Kellerman’s Lazarus/Decker series. I feel sad that I have to say goodbye to characters I’ve grown to love over many years.
I read the reviews before I started this book and was a little leery since there were several people who did not like the 2 parallel storylines. Some felt there were too many sexual references. I couldn’t disagree more. I liked everything about the book. Sure, Rina & Peter were only included in one of the parallel storylines but the plots were interconnected in other ways. Don’t miss this final book, you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you Ms. Kellerman for taking us along, for all these years, into the lives of these fascinating characters.

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unfortunate last book of a great series

I loved the Decker Lazarus series until this book. 50% of it focuses on the abusive relationship between Tery and Chris with detailed descriptions of their violent sex life. Not my cup of tea.

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This was awful.

The Peter storyline of the book was fine. I would give it 4 stars. But the Terry/Chris storyline was so awful that the entire book gets 2 stars. And that is gracious. Never in my life did I think I would give FK a bad review but here it is. I skipped at least half of the book and don't think I missed anything. Maybe you will like it more than I did. But I can't recommend this book at all.

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Just Yuck

After struggling to finish this I am glad it's the last book in the series. It's very different from the other books in the long series. Save your credit. I tried to return it and it seems that I can't because I finished it. I won't be listening to it a second time.

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I’ve always been a fan of this series but what an awful way to end the series. Half the book was spent on a first person narrative of the abusive sex life between Gabe’s parents. Not even a mystery except the mystery of why this was even part of the book. Since this is the last book of the series it would have been nice to spend the pages on Peter and Rina and not a deep dive into first person descriptions of rape and abuse. I wondered if Faye Kellerman even wrote this book it was so different - not in a good way. What a horrible way to say goodbye to the lovely characters of Decker and Lazarus. I’ve given it one star all around because I’m just that disappointed in the author who is clearly capable of so much better.

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I love Faye Kellerman but…

I had a hard time sticking with it. Although 3-4 of my favorite characters of hers are in it, it jumped so much that I really didn’t have that “can’t wait to start listening again” feeling.

I won’t let this stop me from listening to her other books (well the ones I haven’t read yet), but if this had been my first time listening to her books, I wouldn’t have ordered more.

I’m usually not critical because, hey, could you write a story that would entertain the masses? But, if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t get the book.

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Why was this written

I have always enjoyed this series from beginning until this one book. And then it is as if a steel door stole all the good moments and slammed them shut. I wish I hadn’t bought it. A library book you give back. This you can’t. And it is hard to shut out of your mind.

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