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
"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)
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. . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Sacred and Profane led in many directions of human nature, some of it good and some of it not so good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Decker showed up drunk at Rina's house and then blamed her for the outcome.
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!!
The death of the street kid who looked like Cindy.
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.
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.
I liked the background and plot of the book, but the music at the end and beginning of some chapters was distracting. Even more distracting was the narration. Often, narrators can add a lot to the story by their interpretation of the tone of conversation & thought. However, this reader reduced the characters to caricatures and there were some obvious mis-pronunciations of common words. The story is still worth it as an escape, but just be prepared for a bit of frustration if you care about details.
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