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Sanctuary: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #7)

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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 heartstop ...more
ebook, 544 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by William Morrow (first published November 1st 1994)
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Brina
May 22, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this latest installment featuring Peter and Rina Decker, we see diamond dealer Arik Yalom and his wife Dalia murdered and his sons fleeing the country. Meanwhile, one of Rina's former school friends Honey Klein has come to visit with her children. Klein appears distressed and her children forelorn, causing Peter to question if this was a pleasure visit or an escape.
This book appears to me as a transition book in the series. Peter and Marge have a new position in homicide under a lieutenant w
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Jennifer
I read this book for my mystery book club, it is the 7th in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus series by Faye Kellerman. Rina is an Orthodox Jew and her husband, Peter, converted to Judaism, which I’m thinking must have happened in the previous books. I had a hard time reading this book since there were so many Hebrew words used throughout, which slowed down the pace and understanding of exactly what was going on. There were 2 mysteries going on, one involving Rina’s high school friend, Honey Klein ...more
Jaqi
Feb 23, 2016 Jaqi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, so far, but this was not my favorite story. It was well written, just person preference that you like some better than others. Love the main characters as usual, but didn't dig the secondary characters as much as usual. Did love the cameo from detective Sturgis. On to the next one.
Ella Burakowski
Nov 11, 2012 Ella Burakowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
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Magpie67
Stunning story revolved around diamonds... what does religion and diamonds have in common... A lot when you involve the Jewish diamond sellers, buyers and cutters and the country of Israel and South Africa. Brilliant, witty writing from Faye, of course, I learn something new every time I dive into her series with Peter Decker and Rina. Love that I learn about history, religion and crime solving with rich characters. Suspense wrapped up into a package of dynamite when the PLO is involved. The sad ...more
Kristin
Apr 04, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was my favorite in the whole series so far. A good mix of religious knowledge, connection to Rina dn her family/community AND a good detective story.
Marita
Dec 02, 2011 Marita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another good one
Cindy
Nov 08, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the series - always well plotted and narrated. Recommended.
Maiesha
Jul 21, 2014 Maiesha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really hoping that I would like this book, since so many people I know had recommended Kellerman as a master of the mystery genre, but I was quite disappointed with this novel. This will likely be the last Faye Kellerman book I read. First, it was about 100-150 pages too long. I have no issue whatsoever with lengthy books with the level of detail and scope that justifies their length (The Golden Notebook and Dune are both favorites of mine). While I can't point to specific characters or su ...more
Truusje
I may have read this before but not much of it seemed even vaguely familiar. Now, more than 20 years after it was first published, it feels dated.
Anna
Sep 27, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2011
Decker-series books are best enjoyed in chronological order, as the characters live and develop in and between the books.

In this one, Decker investigates the case of a missing Israeli family consisting of diamond sellers and their teenaged sons. To keep his family life out of balance, Rina's high school friend, with whom she hasn't talked with for many years, comes over for a surprise visit with her children, all amazed by everything they haven't seen in their 18th century inspired, even more or
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Alex
Dec 25, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
"Sanctuary" is a Jewish murder mystery. In this case someone MIGHT be murdered and he is Jewish. A Jewish detective is placed on the case to find him and the missing family. This was a pretty good read. I really liked it.

The story: A Jewish diamond dealer is reported missing along with his wife and two sons. Detective Peter Decker is investigating along with his partner, Marge, who is trying to make her way up the ladder and getting a lot of guff. Decker's wife, Rina Lazarus, also gets involved
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Bonnie
Jan 12, 2013 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Chris
another review

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 re
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Ed
Jul 15, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#7 in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery series.

Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery - Orthodox Jewish housewife Rina Lazarus and her husband-and convert to Judaism-LAPD Detective Sergeant Peter Decker have their hands full. While Peter and his partner, Det. Marge Dunn, investigate the disappearance of diamond dealer Arik Yalom, his wife and their teenage sons, Rina plays hostess to Honey Klein, visiting from New York with her children and obviously escaping problems with her Hasidic diamond
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Sherri F.
Jun 25, 2015 Sherri F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone esp. Decker & Lazarus fans
Probably close to 4.5 but it might b/c of my Decker/Lazarus withdrawal lately. I love this series and this was another good one. It has two simulataneously and possibly related crimes intermingled with the personal lives...awww Hannah is 9 months already!

Decker & Marge are at their new station & division and Marge disappointed that she isn't getting the good cases and thinks she's getting another weak one and it turns into a missing family, which turns in missing/murder case related to t
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Sherree
Jul 21, 2015 Sherree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very strange story with the coincidences of two diamond dealers and their families disappearing. I was paying attention, while reading this book, to Faye Kellerman's descriptions of people who appeared one or more times. This is a pretty early book. The ones I have read from later go into excruciating detail about what everyone is wearing (for some reason I always seem to particularly notice the description of Marge and Oliver's clothing everyday). I wonder when this started, since it wasn't p ...more
Mirrordance
Dec 18, 2013 Mirrordance rated it liked it
Una nuova avventura di Peter Decker ambientata all'interno delle comunità ortodossa. Questa volta si sposta addirittura in Israele per seguire un mistero che si intreccia con gli affari di un commerciante di diamanti. queste indagini si intrecciano con la scomparsa/assassinio di un altro commerciante di diamanti, la cui moglie è una compagna di infanzia di sua moglie. All'inizio puo' sorgere il duccio che le due storie possano avere tratti in comune, in realtà l'unico aspetto comune è il profond ...more
Katherine
Sep 04, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this early Peter Decker book. It isn't as visceral and overtly gripping as some of the other books, however it is thoughtful and intriguing from the start. The plot centres around parallel disappearances of diamond dealers and their families and I was particularly impressed by the structure Faye Kellerman uses, with the first part of the book set in LA as we expect and the second half in Israel. Peter is totally out of his comfort zone in Tel Aviv and relies very much on Rina - ...more
Susan Ackland
Jul 05, 2010 Susan Ackland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Faye Kellerman. I haven't been a serial reader of one particular author for many years -- it's a practice I secretly disapprove of. Nevertheless, she has me hooked. "Sanctuary" involved murders within the Jewish part of the diamond industry and it was interesting to learn a bit about that "story." There was a secondary plot involving the ultra-orthodox community and the issues raised when a man refuses to give his wife a divorce. Ultimately the plot went over the top and becam ...more
Fredrick Danysh
LAPD Sergeant Peter Decker investigate the disappearance of a family that is in the diamond business. After another diamond merchant is found murdered, Decker and his partner search for the family on their own time. They find the buried bodies of the couple but the sons are missing. An old friend of Decker's wife visits with her children and disappear. The her husband's body is discovered in New York City. Decker and his wife make a trip to Israel looking for the missing boys. Others are also se ...more
Wanda
Oct 31, 2015 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Combines two mysteries in the same book that are sort of related. Both involve people involved in the diamond business with ties to Israel. Lots of Jewish history, culture and religious practices described.
Peter gets involved looking for some missing people and find the parents dead and the children missing. He eventually tracks them to Israel and finds out why they were being hunted and who killed the parents. Meanwhile a friend of his wife comes to town with her children and then go missing.
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Barbra
May 13, 2008 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventh in the series - hope these continue for a long time.

Back Cover Blurb:
A diamond dealer and his entire family have mysteriously disappeared from their sprawling Los 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 Manhattan, catapulting Decker and his wife Rina, into a heartstopping maze of murder and intrigue that spans the
...more
Les
Dec 11, 2013 Les rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Peter Decker is put on a case where a whole family is missing from their home. The husband is a diamond dealer. On top of this an old friend of Rina's decide to visit them with her children. Then in New York another diamond dealer is found dead. He is trying to see if the crimes are connected. He doesn't know wht happen to the missing family. It is a great read and the ending was a complete surprise. This is a great read and a fast one.
Antonia Jackson
Aug 13, 2015 Antonia Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cleared-books
Plot is good but why is there so much minute explanation of the Jewish/Jordanian/Isreal situation and blow by blow scene description- planning on someone wanting film rights?? I liked how the minor characters showed pluses and minuses of their character, ie, morality about shady business dealings. The diamond industry expose and role of Russia and African diamonds was great. Why was Milligan's role so one-sided?
Katie
Great read. Loved the excursion to Israel. Loved the conversation about gets, but not necessarily the story line of it. I mean the conversation they had about it while in Israel was fantastic. However, watching the story line play out was unsettling. Both murders fell in that gray area where I'm not really sure how I feel. There just isn't an easy answer to either of the situations. Was it right or was it condoning? And was there enough closure? My second favorite in series so far.
Nancy
Aug 22, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than "Grievous Sin." I'm reading through these in order, as I love the relationship between Peter and Rina and all the details about Orthodox Judaism. I realize this is only number 7 in the series, but I can see that Kellerman is improving as a writer. Her dialogue is still pretty corny. And it's very dated - lots of contemporary details from 1990s Los Angeles. But I will soldier on!
Sandy Schmidt
Nov 09, 2015 Sandy Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good old fashioned mystery with death, disappearances, intrigue, terrorism and a journey through the diamond trade. It starts in the L.A. home of Detective Decker and his wife Rina and spreads to a trip to Israel looking for this missing sons of a murdered diamond cutter. Interesting look into Judaism, the diamond trade and more.
Marcia Adversalo
Aug 07, 2014 Marcia Adversalo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that I liked best about this book was all of the information about Judaism and Israel. I find so many things about those two subjects to be interesting, but I'm unlikely to sit and read a nonfiction book about them. So when I find a series like this one that has Jewish characters, I love reading it.
Mindy
Feb 10, 2015 Mindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I enjoy books that give me insights into different time periods, cultures and environments. This novel, though, was so thick with cultural references that it hindered the story. A good editor needed to delete all the irrelevant details, which would have been about 1/3 of the book, for this to have received an extra star or two from me.
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Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA., and conducted research in oral biology. Kellerman's groundbreaking first novel, THE RITUAL BATH, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers ...more
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Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • False Prophet (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #5)
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