I just finished listening to the audiobook version of Faye Kellerman’s latest novel, Hangman, beautifully narrated by Mitchell Greenberg. While I liked it a lot, I can understand why some people might not. In the first place, this book is the most recent entry in Kellerman’s long series of mysteries featuring Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker; if you haven’t read the preceding stories, you might be confused, even though the background is not absolutely essential in this case. Second, the pace is rather slow; although I personally like slow-paced books (as you can tell from my other books), you may not.

As in the previous books in the series, the fact that Lazarus and Decker (and Kellerman) are Jewish makes a continuing contribution to the plot, even though the reader is rarely hit over the head with this fact. A new, intriguing character is introduced: the almost-15-year-old Gabe, who is a convincing teenager despite his unusual combination of being a piano prodigy and having a gangster as a father. If you’ve read the earlier books, you will be struck with how the characters have grown older in a realistic way, in contrast to many series where the characters seem ageless. On the whole, this is definitely worth reading if you’re a fan of any of the three Kellerman authors.

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