Because it is very thin... the plot is thin, the characters are thin, the police procedures are questionable at best. A good tutorial on Judaism, though. Imagine a plot where a family is missing and no hint of foul play -- Decker and his partner decide to go into the LA foothills and happen to stumble (in the rain, even) on two buried bodies. Come on! Even if the foothills were only 2 or 3 acres this is improbable. Then the scene shifts to Israel (again, thin) and Decker saves that country from bombs and financial chaos. I have never imagined Jonathon Kellerman's character Milo Sturgis as being thin but this authors interjection of Sturgis into this story was thin!!! Obviously, I do not recommend Faye Kellerman's stuff.
This was a horrible listen, I din't care for the narrator on this story, the story itself was only suitable to someone who is an Orthodox Jew and even cares what goes on with religious people.
disappointed after reading and listening to many of Faye Kellerman's offerings.
Just finished listening to 'Sanctuary,' and am pleased to report that it was much more enjoyable than 'Grievous Sin,' the book in the Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker series published just before it.
The story was intruiguing and held my interest, even though there was an enormous amount of Hebrew & Yiddish words in the text, which are easier for me if I can see them. I recall listening to a book that had a main character who spoke mostly French and I remember that (after listening for a while), it wasn't a problem. I think that same thing happened here.
The story revolves around the diamond business, and after some time in Los Angeles, it takes Peter and Rina to Israel to follow Peter's quarry. Of course, a great number of diamond merchants in the U.S. are orthodox Jews, so Peter's familiarity with orthodox customs comes in handy in dealing with the people surrounding the crimes as well as in unearthing clues.
Mitchell Greenberg does a pretty good job in reading this entry in the series, although he is definitely not my favorite narrator. I really didn't like him when he read 'Grievous Sin,' so this is a marked improvement.
All the twists and turns. Hopefully learning about some of the Jewish religion.
Rena as she is always true to herself.
This is a thoughtful book. It is slow in some ways because the plot is involved. It is was certainly worth a listen and I have listened to several in the series.
If a lot more had been left to the imagination, including facial expressions, plot development, translation of foreign expressions, etc
Reading was too simplistic - perhaps meshing with the story
Keep out the little foul language there is in the book and market it as a mystery book for young teens.