STALKER by Faye Kellerman
A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novel
Avon Books - July 3, 2001
ISBN: 0-380-81769-1 - Paperback
Adult Mystery / Police Procedural / Suspense - for language and violence

Reviewed by Jo Rogers,
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In STALKER, though Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, are featured, the story centers on Decker's oldest daughter, Cynthia. Over her father's objections, Cindy has gone into law enforcement and is now a rookie patrolman for the LAPD.

Though Cindy is shy and nervous, she has a college degree and a smart mouth, and thus is perceived to have an "attitude." Then, she shows up her sergeant during a domestic violence case. She tries to make it up to him by typing his reports, and he seems to accept this, but someone isn't happy with her for some reason.

Cindy first found a note stuck in the cruiser she shared with partner Graham Beaudry. All it said was, "Remember." Then, things started getting rearranged in her apartment. But, with her father involved in a series of carjackings, she didn't feel she could tell him about the oddities. She had to solve this one on her own. Can she succeed before the stalker kills her?

Ms. Kellerman creates characters that are flawed and imperfect, real human beings. They draw you into the story and make you want to shout a warning when they make dangerous and stupid mistakes. I found myself reading faster and faster as Cindy plunges headlong into helping her father and sticking herself on the tracks of danger. This one is a dandy, and I hope the Decker and Lazarus series contains more stories of the family's newest crime fighter.

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