Walking Shadows

Walking Shadows

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Greenbury, New York. The brutally beaten body of a young man is discovered in the woods adjacent to an empty vacation home. Brady Neil had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college. When Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. Decker begins to suspect that the son's murder may be connected to the father's sins. When one of Brady Neil's friend goes missing, Decker and his temporary new partner, Hamilton PD cop Lenora Baccus, discover a bloodbath. With the help of the Greenbury detectives, Decker is determined to see justice done. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780008148898
0008148899
9780062424983
006242498X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KELLERM 2018
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm

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library00781633
Apr 25, 2019

Unlike previous books of this series, I found this one poorly written. I wasn't even sure it was written by Faye Kellerman. To make matters worse, the reader of the audio version did not help (he was boring at best) but this may be because the quality of the writing was so juvenile.
As I had just previously listened to Bone Box, read by Richard Ferrone, the difference in quality was striking

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MB_kcls
Apr 11, 2019

It was hard to concentrate on the story of 'Walking Shadows' which is unusual for Faye Kellerman because usually her plots are tightly woven. The are a bevy of family members (of good guys, bad guys and victims!); it's hard to sort them all out and remember who belongs to whom ... and why, especially when all their names are similar and start with the same letter. Also, a character pivotal to the story (and possibly Decker via his daughter) literally walks away toward the end, never to be seen again and no one knows where? No one asks?

I thought the passage of a witness telling Decker to read Alex Delaware novels was funny, BUT did Faye forget he actually consulted/worked with Alex and Sturgis in a previous story? Evidently. How did an editor not catch that?

Peter Decker is wasted in a small town. It might be time to let him retire.

3.5 stars,because this book was slow going for me and shouldn't have been.

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grieta
Jan 04, 2019

Meh ~ I've read all the Decker/Lazarus books, and while I do appreciate that Faye Kellerman has "aged" the duo appropriately, I was sorry to see that Rina has been reduced to a footnote of her former self. The story itself was interesting (as always) but I wasn't at all captivated by it. I found myself longing for more of a story line for Rina as well as more lessons in the Jewish faith (which as someone whose knowledge of the Jewish faith was limited to generalities such as matzoh and bagels) I thought was an ingenious way to introduce it to the masses. Anyway, it was worth the read but I honestly don't see where the author can take this formerly dynamic duo from here nor do I think I care.

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