Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work of a homicide cop-until Sammy stumbles upon a gruesome sight...
Two human skeletons, charred beyond recognition, are identified by a forensic dentist as teenage girls—and for Decker, the father of a sixteen-year-old daughter, vacation time is over. Throwing himself professionally and emotionally into the murder case, he launches a very personal investigation: a quest that pulls him deep into the crack dens of Hollywood Boulevard and painfully close to the children of the streets and a nightmare world he must make his own.
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by Faye Kellerman
"The second in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series (1987) finds Decker on loan from the Juvenile Division to Homicide, investigating L.A.'s sleazy underbelly. Decker's encounters include teenaged runaways, prostitution, child pornography, and snuff films. Further, Decker and Rina's relationship is on the line, as Decker is unable to commit to Orthodox Judaism just to please her. Mitch Greenberg's skillful performance turns Kellerman's well-drawn characters into flesh and blood. Greenberg keeps Yiddish accents from being stereotypes, even singing a Hebrew blessing beautifully. Children sound childlike, women sound womanly, and his urban street toughs, pimps, and hookers never sound like caricatures. With enough plot twists to satisfy, fans will be well pleased with Greenberg's understated, controlled voicing of this popular series. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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