A simple hike in the woods is all Rina Lazarus is expecting, perhaps with the opportunity to photograph some nature scenes along the way. Rina is doing just that when she stumbles upon a corpse, and thus begins Pete Decker’s newest case.
The deceased is a young man with a complicated history, and as Decker begins the investigation, he realizes that the unusual circumstances of the victim’s life are either going to hinder or help him find out who the young man is. None of the pieces fit together neatly, but it almost doesn’t matter because there are soon other discoveries at the burial site that set Decker off onto a myriad of pathways that must intersect … but where?
The clue lies in the colleges that share not only a location, but some faculty, students and all different types of social, political and educational organizations. Decker has lots of help sifting through the evidence and seemingly endless trails, but he can and does count on his old pals from his days in Los Angeles to come through in a pinch, and that they do.
The Bone Box is the latest of Faye Kellerman’s series featuring the married couple of Pete Decker and Rina Lazarus, and it’s every bit as fresh as when we first met Decker nineteen novels ago. That said, the complicated web surrounding the investigation at times seems heavy and unduly intricate, with an over-abundance of stereotypic collegiate misbehavior and a lack of clear motivation for the crimes committed. But the cast of characters in Decker’s circle is always entertaining, from his charming wife to the law student currently serving as Decker’s work partner. The Bone Box won’t keep you up at night, but it will keep you interested and curious as the pages fly by.