I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Justice by Faye Kellerman

Peter and his wife Rina, are Modern Orthodox Jews, meaning that they practice kosher and Sabbath.  In fact, Sabbath is the only day he gets off from work.  They have a one-year-old daughter Hannah, a fifteen-year-old and thirteen-year-old son from Rina's previous marriage (she was a widow when Peter met her in the first book, Ritual Bath, which I highly recommend), and Cindy, a college-aged student that is Peter's daughter from a previous marriage.  The police call him Rabbi, in a good way.  Unfortunately, his partner Marge is on vacation in Hawaii, and her character is sorely missed.

In this ninth Detective Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery, a young woman is found in a cheap hotel tied up in a Christ-like pose and is strangled to death.  There is evidence that two men had sex with her (two condoms, yet semen in her vagina as well as different pubic hairs), but the Peter's Lieutenant refuses to look farther than the girl's kinda boyfriend Chris Whitter, the adopted son of a mob boss, who has drawings of the real girl he loves, Terry, in as much he is able to love someone, tied up in exactly the same way.  He is engaged, in an arranged marriage, to another mob family daughter and tries to stay away from Terry because of this.

On Prom night, a group of them go to the hotel and have a party, before going into separate rooms.  While he says he doesn't remember what happens, Chris admits to killing Cheryl in order to have the pictures taken out of evidence, so that Terry won't have to go through the ringer with the press and the publicity of the pictures.  But did he really do it?

Terry dogs Decker to reopen the case two months later because she believes he is innocent of this crime.  Maybe not other crimes, but this one.  When Decker begins to look into the case with fresh eyes and follow up on leads and talks to witnesses who were never talked to, one of which has died the same night as the girl, he finds himself doubting the boy's guilt.  Will true Justice be done?

She died of breast cancer.  She had it for a long time, but was afraid to go to the doctors.  She was afraid of losing her breast, disfiguring the body he loved so much.  She just let it go until it was way too late.  Stupid.  He later told me the sexiest thing about her chest wasn’t her breasts but her heartbeat.
---Faye Kellerman (Justice p 48)
Link to Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Decker-Lazarus-Novel-Novels/dp/0061999369/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1479056654&sr=1-14&keywords=justice

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