This is an awesome book! Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus meet for the first time in this book. This book has a few Jewish words, although they are easy to comprehend.
Read this some time ago, but remember it fondly.
great book, gives you good insight into Judism while keeping you in suspense
From the book cover, "Someone has declared unholy war on the holiest of places...The quiet ordered world of a yeshiva in the California hills is shattered by an unspeakable crime: a woman is brutally raped as she returns from the mikvah, the bathhouse where women perform their cleansing ritual.
Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD has never heard anything like it, and he's relieved to find Rina Lazarus there as a witness. Calm and intelligent, Rina is the only one in the community willing to cooperate with Decker, as she tries to steer him through the maze of religious laws that thwart his investigation at every turn.
But as the trail grows cold, Decker's only getting closer to Rina and not to the rapist - or is he? Maybe Rina was the intended victim all along. And the rapist may not stop with rape the next time..."
This is the excellent first novel by Faye Kellerman, as interesting and informative about Orthodox Judaism, as it is thrilling and fast-paced. Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus mystery series presents intelligent and absorbing murder mysteries.
This book made me go out and buy the rest of the series.
This is the first book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus mystery series. Peter Decker is a LAPD detective called in on a rape case at the local yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish enclave. As Peter is drawn into solving the case, he is equally drawn to the young widow Rina Lazarus who offers to help him navigate the world of the yeshiva.
This is a class A mystery with an added bonus of taking you into a world few have ever seen. A truly great read.
Action-packed, exciting, suspenseful and interesting to boot. A must for Faye Kellerman fans.
Great book, believable characters. Can't wait to read more from this author.
This is the first book I have read from this series or this author. This book tells of a Jewish settlement in the US where a rape & then a murder occurs. The detective investigating meets a beautiful widow & they both have mutual attraction for each other. This is made more difficult by the fact that the woman will not date anyone out of her faith.
Good story line with insight into Jewish life of a yeshiva. Will continue to read the series.