In my first foray into author Faye Kellerman’s world of murder and mystery in her most recent novel, Hangman, I found that I really liked her characters. Main characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are parents, partners, lovers, and professionals in their community. Decker is a police detective in LA, and Lazarus teaches at a Jewish school.
Enter some other return characters from previous books, the various children of Peter and Rina, and some corpses and you have a murder mystery with good depth, a good support cast, and lots of uncertainty.
There are Peter and Rina and their daughter, Hannah. They are practicing Jews, accept the foibles and strengths of each other, and are grounded in the love and liveliness of their extended family.
There is the beautiful Terry – doctor, mother of teenage Gabe, and wife of a professional killer, Chris. She disappears. Chris is not around.
When Terry vanishes, Gabe ends up living in a with the Decker-Lazarus family. I think Kellerman does a great job capturing the dichotomy of what Gabe has experienced as he grew up and the interactions of his temporary family.
The first corpse Kellerman provides is Adrianna. She is recognized for her professionalism as a nurse and later, as Decker digs deeper, for her interest in partying. Who would kill her?
[amazonify]0061702560[/amazonify]We meet Adrianna’s unpleasant boyfriend, presumably saddened friends and co-workers, and then some more corpses. And yes, providing the book’s title, the corpses are all hung with a noose.
Kellerman provides twists and uncertainty, good details about the investigative process, and some fine characterization of an American family where everyone is going their own way, but s istill strongly connected. So, where some mysteries are cold and full of gory details, I find that I like a more human murder mystery and that is what Kellerman provides!
Joanne is an organization development and human resources professional with a business background living in Ohio. She has lived in Europe, Africa (including her Peace Corps service in South Africa), and arround the United States. She loves to plays volleyball, read, write, and has a cat named Ender.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.