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The Lost Boys: A Decker/Lazarus Novel    by Faye Kellerman order for
Lost Boys
by Faye Kellerman
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William Morrow, 2021 (2021)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The Lost Boys is the twenty-sixth in Faye Kellerman's long running and engaging police procedural series starring detective Peter Decker and his supportive wife Rina Lazarus. They now live in the sleepy college town of Greenbury in upstate New York, and Decker is partnered with young Tyler McAdams.

As The Lost Boys opens, Decker is working on a missing persons case. Bertram Lanz, thirty-five years old and with cognitive disabilities, went missing from a local diner while on an outing with fellow residents of the Loving Care Home. Officers and volunteers have combed the area, with no success. Decker learns that Bertram wasn't happy about being moved to Loving Care, leaving his girlfriend behind at his previous care facility - did that prompt his disappearance? The plot thickens when human blood is found in the home of someone connected to Bertram's case.

Back at home, Rina is pleased to see her foster son, Gabriel, show up unexpectedly. Gabe has come for advice after his mother turned up in the States (with his half sister and brother) wanting to see him. They don't have a good track record, as series fans know well. Nor does his psycho father Chris. Rina helps all of them sort out their problems. Adding to Decker's workload, a body is found in Greenbury. It's not Bertram, but rather part of a cold case, involving three missing students.

As we expect, Decker sorts all these plot threads tidily. At the same time, he's been arranging to buy a fixer-upper in Jerusalem, and is planning a leave of absence there. This should make for an intriguing next episode! Though the mystery was engaging, what I enjoyed most in this novel were Decker's musings, his conversations with Rina, and bantering with Tyler - they all come across as good and very real people.

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