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L.A. Homicide Detective Peter Decker never wanted the perils of his job to touch his family. But now his two worlds have collided.A first year rookie with the LAPD's Hollywood Division, Cynthia Decker became a cop against her father, Peter Decker's, wishes. But police work is in her blood, and she's determined to make it on her own -- even now, when her razor sharp instincts for danger are telling her that something is very wrong...The signs are impossible to ignore: things being moved around in her apartment, the destruction of personal effects. But it's a harrowing trip down a dark canyon road that confirms Cindy's worst fears. Someone fiendishly relentless, and with decidedly evil intentions, is stalking her. And with Peter Decker isolated from her troubles by his own investigation into a disturbing series of car-jackings, it's up to Cindy alone to find out who in her personal and/or professional life wants her frightened or harmed...or dead.

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									Stalker
Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus

Author: Faye Kellerman
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L.A. Homicide Detective Peter Decker never wanted the perils of his job to touch his family. But now his
two worlds have collided.A first year rookie with the LAPD's Hollywood Division, Cynthia Decker became
a cop against her father, Peter Decker's, wishes. But police work is in her blood, and she's determined to
make it on her own -- even now, when her razor sharp instincts for danger are telling her that something is
very wrong...The signs are impossible to ignore: things being moved around in her apartment, the
destruction of personal effects. But it's a harrowing trip down a dark canyon road that confirms Cindy's
worst fears. Someone fiendishly relentless, and with decidedly evil intentions, is stalking her. And with
Peter Decker isolated from her troubles by his own investigation into a disturbing series of car-jackings,
it's up to Cindy alone to find out who in her personal and/or professional life wants her frightened or
harmed...or dead.
Excerpt

It should have happened at night, in a secluded corner of a dimly fit parking lot. Instead, it occurred at one
twenty-five in the afternoon. Farin knew the time because she had peeked through the car window,
glancing at the clock in her Volvo -- purportedly one of the safest cars on the road. Farin was a bug on
safety. A fat lot of good that was doing her now.It wasn't fair because she had done everything right. She
had parked in an open area across the street from the playground, for God's sakes! There were people in
plain view. For instance, there was a man walking a brown pit bull on a leash, the duo strolling down one
of the sunlit paths that led up into the mountains. And over to the left, there was a lady in a denim jacket
reading the paper. There were kids on the play equipment: a gaggle of toddlers climbing the jungle gym,
preschoolers on the slides and wobbly walk-bridge, babies in the infant swings. Mothers were with them,
keeping a watchful eye over their charges. Not watching her, of course. Scads of people, but none who
could help because at the moment, she had a gun in her back.Farin said, "Just please don't hurt my bab
--""You shut up! You say one more word, you are dead!" The voice was male. "Look straight ahead!"Farin
obeyed.The disembodied voice went on. "You turn around, you are dead. You do not look at me.
Understand?"Farin nodded yes, keeping her eyes down. His voice was in the medium to high range.
Slightly clipped, perhaps accented.Immediately, Tara started crying. With shaking hands, Farin clutched
her daughter to her chest, and cooed into her seashell ear. Instinctively, she brought her purse over Tara's
back, drawing her coat over handbag and child. Farin hoped that if the man did shoot, she and the purse
would be the protective bread in the Tara sandwich, the bullet having to penetrate another surface before it
could --The gun's nozzle dug into her backbone. She bit her lip to prevent herself from crying out."Drop
your purse!" the voice commanded.Immediately, Farin did as ordered. She heard him rooting through her
handbag, doing this single-handedly because the gun was still pressing into her kidneys.Please let this
be a simple purse snatching! She heard a jangle of metal. Her keys? Out of the corner of her eye, she
saw the passenger door to her station wagon had been opened. Again, she felt the press of the gun."Go
in. From passenger's side! You do it or I shoot your baby!"At the mention of her baby, Farin lost all
resolve. Tears poured down from her eyes. Hugging her child, she walked around the front of the car,
thoughts of escape cut short by the metal at her tailbone. She paused at the sight of the open door."Go
on!" he barked. "Do it now!"With Tara at her bosom, she bent down until she found her footing. Then she
slid into her passengers seat."Move across!" he snappedFarin tried to figure out how to do this. The car
had bucket seats and there was a console between them. With clumsy, halted motions, and still holding
Tara, she lifted her butt over the leather-cushioned wall, and into the driver's seat, both now scrunched
behind the wheel. Again, Tara started to cry."You shut her up!" he barked.She's a baby! Farin wanted to
shout. She's scared! Instead, she began to rock her, singing softly into her ear. He was right beside her,
the gun now in her rib cage.Don't look at him, Farin reminded herself. Don't look, don't look, don't look!
Staring straight ahead. But she could tell...
Author Bio
Faye Kellerman
Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, and their
children in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

								
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