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The Ritual Bath: The 1st Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series) Hardcover – Large Print, June 1, 2000
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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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"A Master of Mystery" -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Engaging" -- -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Exceptionally fine suspense." -- -- San Diego Union-Tribune
"Phenomenal!" -- -- Murder Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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