- Series: Decker/Lazarus Novels (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061999245
- ISBN-13: 978-0061999246
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ritual Bath: The First Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Like the series it inspired, Kellerman's award-winning 1986 debut novel combines police procedure, via hard-boiled LAPD detective Peter Decker, with Judaic rites and rituals courtesy of its heroine Rina Lazarus, an ultra-Orthodox widowed mother of two. Decker and Lazarus are brought together by the brutal rape of a young bride-to-be at the mikvah (a bathhouse used in the purification ritual) that Rina manages in the Hollywood hills. Mitchell Greenberg nicely vocalizes the story from Decker's point of view, with the detective struggling to stick to his sleuthing in spite of his developing feelings for Rina. The novel continually rings true, from explaining various Orthodox beliefs and customs to Decker and his crew's no-nonsense unmasking of the villain. Greenberg moves in and out of the novel's elements smoothly and efficiently. He paces the police work with just the right sense of urgency and frustration; handles the romantic sequences with the proper emotion and without a hint of sentimentality; and breezes through the many Jewish-centric passages with the confidence and clarity of a yeshiva graduate. An Avon paperback. (Jan.)
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Top Customer Reviews
This first book about a rape that occurs just outside the mikvah in a small orthodox community shows how the relationship between Peter and Rina begins to develop while cleverly solving the crime. It deals more with issues of religion than the rest of the series. I found this quite enlightening being a very secular jew living in a community that is becoming quite orthodox.
I don't want to give away any of the story as many reviewers do so I'll just advise you to read this book. However, I'm warning you that you will not be able to stop with just one of Faye Kellerman's books.
In this haunting mystery, you learn how Decker and Lazarus came to be.
Although I'm not Jewish, Ms. Kellerman's detailed narrative makes learning about Orthodox Judaism a real pleasure.
Throw in cops, bad guys and mystery you can't top it! Oh, did I mention one hell of a love story?
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I Highly recommend this book to all !!