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Sacred and Profane: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel | [Faye Kellerman]

Sacred and Profane: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work of a homicide cop - until Sammy stumbles upon a gruesome sight.
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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work of a homicide cop - until Sammy stumbles upon a gruesome sight.

Two human skeletons, charred beyond recognition, are identified by a forensic dentist as teenage girls - and for Decker, the father of a 16-year-old daughter, vacation time is over. Throwing himself professionally and emotionally into the murder case, he launches a very personal investigation: a quest that pulls him deep into the crack dens of Hollywood Boulevard and painfully close to the children of the streets and a nightmare world he must make his own.

©1987 Faye Kellerman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bold, taut, with an artful fusion of the down-and-dirty with characters whose personal lives we care about and whose spiritual and emotional growth are as compelling as the events themselves." (Sue Grafton)
"Moves crisply and the characters are deep and well drawn - Faye Kellerman is a talented writer." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Sheryl 09-21-10
    Sheryl 09-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Do not listen to in the car with children!"

    I love this series so far. I feel I am learning so much about Jewish Orthodoxy while being entertained by very believable and exciting plots. BUT, I wish it wasn't so sexually graphic. I've decided to download the next in the series because I really do like the characters and I love murder mysteries. We'll see. . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-06-08
    Jean Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-06-08
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    Kellerman weaves the mystery of the crime with the mystery of personal relationships that makes the novel alive and real. The realty of how love can motivate one's actions is well written in this novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 03-22-08
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 03-22-08
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    "Oh save me from music!!"

    I really like the combination of real life and cop life in this series, but this one was "produced" which mean altho it has a good reader, there's the inevitable suspense (?) music, which really detracts.

    Also, the ending is not satisfying. I think you can make it clear that the series will continue w/o the feeling of sudden chopping off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lioness 02-19-08
    Lioness 02-19-08 Listener Since 2003

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    "Terrific Book"

    I really enjoyed this book - even though I guess it's one of her older ones. I especially enjoyed the history of the Jewish religion.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-18-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "rated down for the terrible music..."

    THe music detracts from the overall production! This series does a great job of intertwining the mystery with the home life of Peter and Rina. It is what I like best about Faye Kellerman's books. She teaches us about Judaism and shows us the beauty of that lifestyle all while exploring sometimes gruesome crimes. She is brilliant at this juxtaposition of the sacred and profane. However, I do wish the sex scenes were more limited. And I hope the future books contain no music.

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    Gary Rockville, NE, United States 08-16-10
    Gary Rockville, NE, United States 08-16-10 Member Since 2005
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    "The characters are charming and the story is great"

    Like all of the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novels, this story is very entertaining. What more could you ask for in a novel? Part of the fun is the character development and the relationship between all the characters. I wish Audible carried all of the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novels hint, hint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 05-31-15
    Simone 05-31-15 Member Since 2015

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "I really like Peter & Rina!"

    I did not like the cop storyline of book 2 that much; I am not particularly interested in reading about sexual depravity. It’s not entertaining, it’s just sickening.

    Still, I am continuing to enjoy the Peter and Rina storyline – so off I go now to read Book 3!

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    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 05-28-15
    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 05-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "What happened? This one stunk!"
    What would have made Sacred and Profane better?

    The narrator could have rehearsed his parts better. The main characters suffered from gross over acting. The story stumbled along and the story drug.


    What could Faye Kellerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The detective was made to be too flawed, the coincidences were too frequent, the emotions were silly and erratic.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mitchell Greenberg?

    Mitchell did well in "The Ritual Bath". Which is what led me to purchase this, thinking it would be good also. He just did a really bad job this time.


    Any additional comments?

    The production and editing was VERY BAD. And the silly and annoying music didn't help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "HOOKED"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if they like following a series. I listened to the preview and was hooked.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has very likeable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the 2nd book in the series before I have finished the first. I am looking forward to listening to more. Well narrated so far.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    What did you love best about Sacred and Profane?

    The Sacred and Profane led in many directions of human nature, some of it good and some of it not so good.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    How did the plot keep me on the edge of my seat? Let it be said, that there are men who are chosen to be the caregivers of the world. However, these virtues can run full force into one another where your profession is a policeman. Loving that which is good but not understanding quite how to mix violence, murder and greed with the tenants of Judaism became a problem for his girlfriend, Rina. Decker had begun to take lessons from a learned man of Judaism. Rina had not requested that he convert but he was, at that time, looking for something to believe in. Loving a woman who loves you back but is uncompromising to the dictates of the world around her because of her beliefs in Orthodox Judaism can become a life altering problem. Life is not all white or black but rather a mixture of the two, gray. Not believing that both coexist, limits a person's ability to adapt outside of oneself. Decker's job was such that he almost had to have this belief, or he couldn't survive comfortably as a policeman. His job required him to want more answers to questions that could put other's lives in jeopardy. Living with the consequences creates a double edged sword. Allowing one's beliefs to go beyond the realm of sanity, can only lead to disaster for the perpetrator committing a crime. The answer is yes, the plot of good versus evil did keep me on the edge of my seat. How all the developments lead to a viable yet quite unsettling conclusion, constitutes that gray area where life can be a mixture of good and evil.


    What does Mitchell Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mitchell Greenberg brought the characters to life. Even the characters that you never meet, become real. He provides a personality to the characters. Greenberg's intonations allowed the emotions of the characters to come alive. You learn to understand how that character's inner being works. That becomes very apparent when a good narrator tells a story through the spoken word.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment in the book that moved me was when Jacob was clinging to his mother, Rina. because he had a nightmare that related to his brother, Sammy, having found skeletal bones on a camping trip with Decker. Decker arrived during the episode and was able to have Jacob put his trust of Peter into action by allowing himself to be held and soothed by him. He had developed love for the boys and the boys had learned to love and trust him.


    Any additional comments?

    The Sacred and Profane is the second book in the series, Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. The book is well worth your purchase. Decker works for the LAPD. Getting to know him as a person and Rina and her two sons is great. The character development continues to grow and this is only the second book in the series. The same narrator remains constant and I find that a plus when listening to a series. The novel has thrills and action. The Sacred and Profane has an excellent story with great character's and a narrator who makes the book come alive.

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