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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038073267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380732678
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #656,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I like the series very much.Ater reading the five latest I started reading the first books and find them equally good.
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Excellent! Second book in series. Peter is studying the Jewish faith with a rabi because Reni will not consider a relationship with him unless he is a practicing Jew. He takes her two sons on a camping trip and one of the boys discovers two skeletons. They find out one of the skeletons is a teenage girl who has disappeared. Peter's search for the killer takes him into the porn world and he finds it hard to balance his work with his religious studies. Very good. One day read. Since I gave Ritual Bath 5 stars, I wanted to give this one 6 because it is better.
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Much grittier than the first novel in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series, this novel addresses personal depravity and personal spirituality, both of which actively concern the murders at the center of the novel, and the relationship between Decker and Lazarus. Taking place months after the events in 'The Ritual Bath', the opening of the novel finds Decker camping with Lazarus' two boys, one of whom stumbles upon two dead bodies. Reluctantly, Decker takes on the case, and what follows is depressing for him and for the reader: teenage prostitution, snuff films, and pyromania, just to name some of the elements. These subjects take a toll on Decker, and threaten both his relationship with Lazarus and his embrace of Judaism. As in the first novel, the characters are well-drawn and realistic; you feel for Decker and Lazarus, especially when Decker becomes self-destructive, hurting everyone around him. The multi-layered plot is much more complex and satisfying than 'The Ritual Bath', although the ending will not please romance fans. You'll be left wanting more...which is presumably where the next book will take you.
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This second book in the Decker/Lazarus series opens with Peter attempting to bond with Rina's two sons - Yonkie and Shmueli. Peter takes the two young boys on a camping trip that soons turns into a horrible nightmare as Shmueli stumbles upon two burned corpses. Peter's investigative trail lead us into a world unknown to most of us...A world of "snuff films" depicting sexual acts culminating in onscreen death. This one keeps you on the edge of your seat. Kudos to Ms. Kellerman...a true crime writer. I love the glimpse into Orthodox Judaism!
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By Josh Aterovis on May 6 2003
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Peters and Rina's relationship continues to evolve as Peter is transferred back to homicide after he finds the bodies of two girls while camping with Rina's children. Very dark and disturbing, the book deals with underground fantasy/fetish porn in which money can get you anything you want, including murder. The story is very well written and suspenseful until the very end, and the relationship between Peter and Rina is successfully woven into the mystery without being distracting.
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By Karen Potts on Jan. 17 2003
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Sacred and Profane is the second in the Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker Mystery Series. In this installment Peter is camping with Rina's sons when they discover human remains which have been burned. Peter begins an investigation to determine the identity of the remains and ends up in the profane world of porno film-makers. The word "sacred" in the title refers to Peter's study of Judaism which Rina requires of him if their relationship is to progress to marriage. Peter begins to chafe at the restrictions of Rina's Orthodox faith, which leads to a crisis in their relationship. Kellerman, as always, does a skillful job of weaving a murder mystery into the background of Peter and Rina's private life. This talented writer can always be depended on to provide a good read.
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Well, that's not quite accurate, but it's a great teaser for people to read this review.
I read the first book in this series a few years ago and then just sort of put it aside. After finishing this book I'm glad I came back to it.
The mystery angle is nothing special - you can buy quite a few books in the mystery section of any bookstore that are just as good. It's Ms Kellerman's integration of religious Jewish life with the rest of the plot that will draw you in.
In the first novel in this series the life of the Jewish community was integral to the plot - indeed, without that integration there would have been no plot. But you can't do the same thing for each entry in the series, and if this second entry is any indication, Ms Kellerman is going in the right direction. Of necessity she started exploring Peter Decker's and Rina Lazarus' backgrounds in the first book. Those backgrounds are not linked to the mystery in this novel, but they are even more fascinating than the details we learned about in the previous one.
Rabbi Schulman in particular is a great supporting character. He is a very educated man, and not at all pompous about his education - he just wants to help his community and Decker along on the right path.
The conclusion of this aspect of the novel was somewhat surprising but it does open the door for some interesting possibilities in the next book.
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