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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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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 Portland, OR, United States 09-21-10
    Sheryl Portland, OR, United States 09-21-10 Member Since 2006
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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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    "JT"

    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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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 02-19-08
    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 02-19-08
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-18-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-13 Member Since 2010

    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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    "Kindness, Love and Fear"
    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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    J. D. Mosley-Matchett USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Good, but not as good as Ritual Bath"
    If you could sum up Sacred and Profane in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, sad & troubling

    I'm a HUGE fan of Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus novels. And I greatly appreciate that sequels are often not as good as the original story. But the ending of this one seemed abrupt and uneasy...as though she wasn't quite certain what to do with it. However, it does move their love story along. But it isn't as though Mik and Honey provides any answers for how Decker managed to wrestle his religious doubts into submission.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacred and Profane?

    When Decker showed up drunk at Rina's house and then blamed her for the outcome.


    What about Mitchell Greenberg’s performance did you like?

    Mitch Greenberg is a wizard with voices and accents. Really quite talented. And I greatly appreciate that he has been able to narrate the entire series. I really hate it when the narrator changes in the middle of a series and then the characters change entirely with the new interpretations by the new narrator. Please don't EVER switch from Mitch!!


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

    The death of the street kid who looked like Cindy.


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    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 04-18-12
    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 04-18-12 Member Since 2008

    Rootin' Tootin'

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    "WELL DONE MR. GREENBERG!"
    Any additional comments?

    I felt compelled to write this after reading a few reviews from people who did not like the narrator. I thought Mr.Greenberg did a fine job. He was able to handle the voices, especially those of the women and children. Sometimes narrators-especially male ones- have only one voice for all the women/children in the story, therefore, you can't tell who is speaking. With Mr. Greenberg, I was able to distinguish all the different characters well and I was able to get lost in the story.

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    rob 09-09-09
    rob 09-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Liked it"

    This book was slow and uninteresting until half way into it. Then it really picks up and becomes a good story. The Decker character was too perfect and boring in the beginning. Later, you see him with all his faults and he becomes much more interesting.

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