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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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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
It is my belief that this is a first novel for this fine author. I prefer to read an author's first novel and then read later works. As a first novel, I felt it was a good effort. The story seems to drag a little bit at times. There is a lot of dialogue that seems at times slightly tedious. The novel is not a difficult read and is not excessively crude. The author was also able to make me relate to and like the male detective, Peter Decker.
The story was very interesting to me on several levels. It was published in 1986. There is an LAPD detective trying to work his way through various violent felonies. I was a detective in 1986 and well into the 21st century. This novel reflects criminal investigation before the internet was prominent, before cell phones and texting, and before DNA technology was an accepted part of criminal complaint nvestigation. I recall all of that and tend to forget how much the art of criminal investigation changed in those decades. I enjoyed contemplating that as I read this novel.
By coincidence I recently read another crime story novel set in New York City that occurs within a Jewish Community. The name of that novel is "Invisible City". I believe I preferred that novel a little bit more, although it was definitely more crude at times. But I found both of these fine novels very educational about two separate Jewish Communities on the East Coast and the West Coast.
In summary, I do intend to read another Faye Kellerman novel. Although I like this particular novel, I probably would not reread it without a specific reason. Thank You...
Peter Decker is attracted to Rina Lazarus, a practising, young Jewish widow, who lives with her two sons in the compound. Could Sarah Adler have been mistaken for Rina? Rina recalled her dependency when she was with Yitzchak. That paranoia encircled her again The invisible fear shackles had to be broken.
This Is a crime story, but also, the first of several novels written by Faye Killerman which feature the budding, and developing romance between an orthodox Jewish woman and an outsider. This novel lays the foundation for more Decker, Lazarus novels which pair the two as lovers, and intelligent crime solvers. The undercurrents are deep and freely flowing. After the prep is apprehended, Marge said of Rina, "She's bruised, but she'll be okay. She's s tough lady, Pete."
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