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Prayers for the Dead: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels)

By Faye Kellerman

The brutal homicide of Dr. Azor Sparks in an alley in the back of a restaurant is greeted with public outrage and a requirement for fast, convinced justice. however the research into the well known surgeon's demise is elevating too many questions and delivering too few solutions for murder detective Lieutenant Peter Decker.

Why, for instance, may the family members of a guy so liked reply to his slaying with extra shock than grief? And what associated a celebrated health professional with strict fundamentalist ideals to a gang of outlaw bikers? however the so much unsettling connection of all is the person who ties the tormented Sparks relations to Peter Decker's own—and the secrets and techniques shared through a renegade Catholic priest . . . and Decker's spouse, Rina Lazarus.

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It took just a quickly name to Sparks’s secretary—Heather Manley—for Oliver to determine that Reg was once Dr. Reginald Decameron, Myron was once Dr. Myron Berger, and Liz was once Dr. Elizabeth Fulton. This access was once one of the that had seemed in Sparks’s company book—a semiweekly examine assembly of a few variety, in accordance with the secretary, Heather. And the dinner conferences have been continuously held in Sparks’s convention room, now not at Tracadero’s. That was once all he may well glean prior to Heather’s hysteria broke via. Oliver’s eyes moved off the pages of Sparks’s day-by-day planner and scanned the workplace.

As though that whole ordeal were only a bad nightmare. “Did I wake you, Lieutenant? ” “Uh…no; the puppy did. ” Decker smiled. “It’s ok. ” “How are you feeling? ” “Not too undesirable. ” “Sorry to hassle you at domestic. ” “How’s your loved ones? ” “Fucked. ” Decker stated not anything. “Sorry, yet it’s the truth,” Luke stated. “I may possibly lie, say that Abram’s demise made us nearer, made us take pleasure in each other. however the unhappy factor is…we’re an analogous humans. Worse. simply because we misplaced our relations glue. And the area misplaced a really stable guy.

A heavyset nurse with muscular forearms. younger and good scrubbed. In one other existence, she could have been a milkmaid. She whispered, “Dr. Berger might be with you in a second. do you want extra espresso? ” “No thank you,” Decker stated softly. The nurse’s identification tag advised him her identify used to be Tara. “I’m pretty well coffeed-out. What precisely is Dr. Berger doing? ” “Pardon? ” Decker cleared his throat. “It’s virtually 3 within the morning. Aren’t lots of the sufferers asleep? ” Tara stated, “He’s simply completing off o’clock vitals fee.

You need to decide on the homosexual angle,” Martinez acknowledged. “The porno within the secure, the most important in Decameron’s pocket…it’s the one factor that is smart. ” “It was once Shockley,” Oliver introduced. “He’s the single person who is smart. ” “So why does the priest have bloody garments? ” Marge requested. “We’re repeating ourselves,” Decker stated. “Let’s finally end up the bureaucracy and sleep on it. ” He stood up and opened his workplace door. “Tomorrow’s one other day. ” the home was once darkish and quiet. Decker tiptoed into the kitchen to make himself a cup of tea.

Shit like this is often an effing substantial, black eye. no matter what you would like for this one. simply get it performed and get it performed speedy. ” “Absolutely. ” “If that implies double shifts, then you definitely paintings double shifts. ” “No challenge. ” Decker caught his palms in his wallet, considered Rina, made a psychological word to ship her plants. larger lead them to roses…long stems. Strapp acknowledged, “You checked out the physique? ” “Yes, sir. It’s fairly undesirable. ” “Jesus, Decker, who’d are looking to homicide a person like Sparks? He used to be New Christian health facility. with no him, where goes to fold.

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