Sacred And Profane Mass Market Paperback – Nov 4 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Peter Decker, detective sergeant in the LAPD, meets young widow Rina Lazarus while investigating an attempted rape at the yeshiva in Deep Canyon where she lives. Rina's religious convictions shape their ensuing relationship and Peter begins the process of converting, in part for his own spiritual needs and in part to be able to marry her. On a camping trip, Rina's young sons discover two charred skeletons, plunging Pete into a case that makes up one thread in this follow-up mystery to Kellerman's The Ritual Bath. Identifying the skeletons via complex dental work (Kellerman is a dentist and the wife of suspense novelist Jonathan Kellerman), Pete traces the murders back to a grisly pornography ring centering around "snuff" films, which climax in death. Wading through the underside of LA's sex-for-sale world, Pete questions the purpose and value of religion in his life. As the horror and death toll mount, he struggles to reconcile the sordid realities with the religious practices of the yeshiva. Pete's growing isolation from Rina and increasing despair comprise the secondperhaps primaryfocus in mystery. Though leaning too heavily on Hebrew words and on details of dentistry, and with more graphic violence than at times seems necessary, Kellerman brings the case to a resounding resolution, suggesting as well a believable conclusion to Pete's personal dilemma even as she leaves his future with Rina unresolved.
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"A master of mystery." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Moves crisply the characters are deep and well drawn-Faye Kellerman is a talented writer." -- Chicago Sun-Times
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I like the series very much.Ater reading the five latest I started reading the first books and find them equally good.Published on May 10 2014 by SM Williams
This second book in the Decker/Lazarus series opens with Peter attempting to bond with Rina's two sons - Yonkie and Shmueli. Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by Joey Quinton
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. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by Josh Aterovis
What can I say? I'm a fan. You won't be disappointed in this one. I can't say you'd be disappointed in any of them.Published on July 8 2002
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She's very good...Suspenseful, witty, but little by little she is introducing more and more Yidih or Jewish words, phrases... Read more
This book is excellent---more gripping than Mrs. Kellerman's first book in the series, "The Ritual Bath. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2001 by Sharon Shapiro
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by Pam from Texas