A diamond dealer and his entire family have mysteriously disappeared from their sprawling Las Angeles manor, leaving the estate undisturbed and their valuables untouched. Investigating detective Decker is stumped - faced with a perplexing case riddled with dead ends. Then a second dealer is found murdered in Manhatten, catapulting Decker and his wife, Rina, into a heartstopping maze of murder and intrigue that spans the globe... only to touch down dangerously in their own backyard.
Solve another case with Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.
©1994 Faye Kellerman (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I have to give it a three because although I finished the book only two months ago (I’m behind in my reviewing), I had a difficult time remembering the end. I remembered the rest of the book but had to go back and re-read the ending before finishing my review. Guess that does not say much for the book. Not memorable.
People have said that they are tired of all the Jewish terminology in Kellerman’s books but I find it fascinating. In this book there is more than usual because Decker and his wife, Rena, actually go to Israel. I found parts of the Jewish heritage very interesting such as Rena realizing that the one Rabi was an imposter by the way he phrased things. Rena plays a bigger role in this book than others.
The part of the book about the diamond industry was not particularly interesting to me because I have learned so much about the industry, even the seedy underworld part, from the history channel and other TV shows.
The diamond industry comes into play as a subplot because Decker is working on a case in LA in which a wealthy diamond merchant and his entire family have disappeared. Rena also has a friend from NY whose husband is a diamond merchant and he is murdered. Rena’s friend, Honey, and her children then also disappear.
I guess that I initially did not remember the ending because I did not like it. It seemed to be out of place or unconnected with the majority of the story.
The reader is always very good and especially good with children's voices.
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.
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