Author Stories Podcast Episode 1253 | Faye Kellerman Returns With The Hunt

On today’s show we welcome back Faye Kellerman to talk about her new book The Hunt.

Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus return to Los Angeles when a kidnapping hits close to home—in this breathtaking new thriller from New York Times best-selling author Faye Kellerman.

Peter and his partner, Detective Tyler McAdams, are thrown into an unsolved case and propelled into action when a body is found in the very woods where a man previously went missing in Upstate New York.

But that’s not the only crisis that Peter has to deal with.

Teresa McLaughlin, the biological mother of Peter and his wife Rina’s foster son, Gabe, has fled to Los Angeles with her two children in tow, hoping to avoid a court injunction amid a messy divorce. But LA is no escape from her problems—she is found by ruthless men and beaten mercilessly. When she wakes, barely conscious, Teresa discovers that both of her children are gone and frantically calls Gabe for help.

With his mother on the verge of death, Gabe contacts Peter and Rina, as well as his biological father, the notorious Christopher Donatti, a former hit man from a known criminal family who’s now a millionaire in Nevada. By bringing Donatti into the fray, Gabe, Peter, and Rina know they have made a deal with the devil—but they may not be able to recover the kids without him.

As these unlikely allies rally to find the kidnappers before things end tragically, they race headlong toward an explosive confrontation from which no one will emerge unscathed….

Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA. Kellerman’s groundbreaking first novel, THE RITUAL BATH, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers of American, THE RITUAL BATH introduced readers to Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, termed by People Magazine “Hands down, the most refreshing mystery couple around.” The New York Times enthused, “This couple’s domestic affairs have the haimish warmth of reality, unlike the formulaic lives of so many other genre detectives.”

There are well over twenty million copies of Faye Kellerman’s novels in print internationally. The Decker/Lazarus thrillers include SACRED AND PROFANE; MILK AND HONEY; DAY OF ATONEMENT; FALSE PROPHET; GRIEVOUS SIN; SANCTUARY; as well as her New York Times Bestsellers, JUSTICE, PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD – listed by the LA Times as one of the best crime novel of 2001; SERPENT’S TOOTH; JUPITER’S BONES, THE FORGOTTEN, STONE KISS, STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS, THE BURNT HOUSE, THE MERCEDES COFFIN and BLINDMAN’S BLUFF. HANGMAN, and GUN GAMES, THE BEAST, MURDER 101, THE THEORY OF DEATH, BONE BOX and WALKING SHADOWS . The novels, STALKER and STREET DREAMS, introduced Kellerman’s newest protagonist, Police Officer Cindy Decker, and MURDER 101 moved Decker and Rina to Greenbury New York. There Peter works as a detective in Greenbury PD with his latest partner, Tyler McAdams, a Harvard law student with a nose for solving crimes. In addition to her crime series, Kellerman is also the author of New York Time’s bestseller MOON MUSIC, a suspense horror novel set in Las Vegas featuring Detective Romulus Poe, as well as an historical novel of intrigue set in Elizabethan England, THE QUALITY OF MERCY as well as a novel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, entitled THE KILLING SEASON, a novel of retribution and atonement.

She has also co-authored the New York Times Bestseller DOUBLE HOMICIDE, with her husband and partner in crime, Jonathan Kellerman. She was also lucky enough to co-write a young adult novel, PRISM, with her daughter, Aliza Kellerman.

Her newest novel – also in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series – in entitled THE LOST BOYS and will most likely be released in August of 2020. She is hard at work penning this latest venture.

Faye Kellerman’s highly praised short stories and reviews have been anthologized in numerous collections including two volumes of the notable SISTERS IN CRIME SERIES, Sara Paretsky’s, A WOMAN’S EYE; THE FIRST ANNUAL YEAR’S FINEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES; THE THIRD ANNUAL BEST MYSTERY STORIES OF THE YEAR; WOMEN OF MYSTERY AND DEADLY ALLIES 11. Her personally annotated collection of her award winning stories, THE GARDEN OF EDEN and OTHER CRIMINAL DELIGHTS, was published in August of 2006. In July of 2013, Ms. Kellerman was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Strand Magazine.

Her other hobbies include gardening, and jogging if her back doesn’t give out. She has four children, and eight grandchildren – the loves of her life. Her eldest son, Jesse, has published five novels including POTBOILER which was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award. She lives in Los Angeles, Santa Fe and Jerusalem with her husband, Jonathan, also the love of her life.
She has many loves: she smiles a lot.

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