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
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After reading a very large intense book, I chose Sanctuary as my “in between” read, thinking it would be easy and light. I was pleasantly surprised to have really enjoyed it. In the beginning I thought it was a little hokey with just too much Jewish background, but I soon came to realize it was all an integral part of the entire plot.
This murder-mystery deals with the diamond industry, and takes the reader from Los Angeles to Israel. When dealing with billions of dollars, there’s bound to be thievery, cheating, murder, suspense, throw in a little middle-east politics and you have a recipe for a great story. I have only read one other Faye Kellerman book which was years ago so I cannot compare, but Sanctuary can stand on it’s own merits. You don’t have to read any of the other Peter Decker/Rina series to enjoy this one. There are enough plot twists to engage any reader.
Having been to Israel and understanding many of the places described in the book was an added bonus. The accurate descriptions of the many different kinds of people from black-hat orthodox, to PLO terrorist, to holocaust survivor, to an L.A. police sergeant – all well done.
There was an extensive overuse of Hebrew and Yiddish words throughout the book, which may be off-putting to someone not familiar with those languages. I also felt there was just too many wasted words about Peter and Rina’s baby Hanna. I assume their side story is the common thread that makes these books a series, but I found it distracting and annoying.
Mitchell Greenberg the narrator was awesome. He pronounced every one of those Hebrew and Yiddish words perfectly, adding authenticity to the story. He changed his accent so many times to suit the characters; everything from Israeli yeshiva boys, to Orthodox old men, to Israeli women and the list goes on. He did a superb job with the inflections of all the characters.
I'm not a big fan of the more recent Faye Kellerman books, but this older one has everything you loved in her Peter Decker series -- a whopping good mystery, tidbits of the personal life of Peter and Rina, police lore, plus the fact that Faye Kellerman writes the best dinner-table conversations of any author out there. A couple of dinner scenes in this one made me laugh out loud -- its so darn accurate you can hear it coming out of the mouths of your own family.
Something else I found spellbinding -- this book came out in 1995, and without offering a spoiler, suffice it to say that the plot involves a business trip to Israel for both Rina and Peter. In 1995, I was living in California, so back when I read this book, most of the nuances of their time in Israel probably went right past me. Now I've been living in Israel for ten years, and found Kellerman's storytelling absolutely fascinating. Israel has changed quite a bit since then, but many things remain exactly the same. When Rina finds herself driving to Hebron, all by herself, I literally cringed -- are you kidding? She's crazy! Only to find that a few minutes later, Rina is being soundly chastised by a police officer using virtually the same words I'd have used in telling her off. Kellerman's account of the streets of Israel, some of the people she writes about, are extremely accurate, even today. It was fun to see someone writing about Israel who obviously knew what they were talking about.
Huge credit in this one goes to the narrator, Mitchell Greenberg. He had to master a plethora of languages and accents, everything from Brooklynese to Yeshivish to Hebrew -- broken and fluent -- not to mention Southern California plus the southern drawl of Marge. Very impressive, how he could switch so easily from an aged Ashkenazi rosh yeshiva in Israel to a Sephardic police captain, then to the stumbling attempts at Hebrew by Peter Decker himself. Well done!
True, this book had an unusual number of highly improbable events -- amazing deductions, based on almost nothing, that not only turn out to be true, but were also provable on the first try. That's okay -- this is fiction. Leaps of faith are acceptable.
Darn good book. The best of the series, by any standard.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
My first Faye Kellerman book & I bought it on a $5 sale solely on the recommendations of other readers. I'm glad I did. It was a well structured, clean, and educational plot. The Deckers lead me through the twists & turns of a police detective story on two continents.
The glimpse of the Jewish household and viewpoints of the characters leading to the resolution of the mystery.
The voices of the different characters were well done and the story was well served by the narrator. I believed the characters.
I wanted to continue listening. Yes,yes,yes.
The voice actor was not up to the standards that I have listened to in my other books. I also couldn't get caught up in the story.
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.
I was very disappointing in book 6, so what a joy to return to the series and find that book 7 returns to form. Ms Kellerman's series is entertaining and educational. I continue to love the glimpses into the world of Orthodoxy. And now I also got to learn more about the diamond industry. This has been my favorite aspect of the Decker/Lazarus series.
I will say that if you want a gripping, suspenseful, hard-hitting mystery -- this series will likely disappoint. But if you like character driven stories Ms Kellerman's books are a great choice.
Rina Lazarus gets into the thick of things again. Twists and turns keep the reader off balance. As usual it is difficult to guess the end.
The Lazarus' have unexpected house guests- the next thing you know Rina and her Detective husband are hip deep in an international crime ring.
I chose this book/listen because of its setting-an Orthodox Jewish family/community. I found
it an enjoyable way to learn.
I would add more mystery and action to the study of Jewish culture.
I wanted to listen to a good mystery and struggled to find it!
Follow up would be fine. Just don't list it as a mystery!
Misrepresented in genre.
The narration was great! The story was average.
A quicker pace would have helped.
Very good voice and inflections.
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.
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