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Sanctuary (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #7)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  4,971 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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 HarperCollins e-books (first published November 1st 1994)
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Ella Burakowski
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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Maiesha
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
Anna
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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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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Alex
"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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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
Bonnie
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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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
Antonia Jackson
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?
Mirrordance
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
Mindy
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.
Tara
I love this series, however this segment was a little far-fetched for me. While I love when Peter and Rina work together, would they really be able to continue an investigation in Israel. Nothing will stop me from reading more about these characters.
Evelyn
A well-written, but unexceptional mystery. In order to enjoy this book and understand the solution to the dual mysteries, it helps if you have a knowledge of Orthodox Judaism and Middle Eastern politics.
Morris Maram
What can I say? I am a loyal reader. I find an author that I like and then try and read all the books that she has written. I find all her books enjoyable and nice reads
Rosemarie
Another good one by Kellerman. This one kept me guessing until the end with international intrigue inside the diamond industry, a foray into Israel, missing children, and a couple of murder suspects. Great characters, three-dimensional plots, and a satisfying ending. What more could you want in a novel?
Susan Ackland
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
Krissie
Diamond-dealer murders take Decker & Rina to Israel. Wonderful, absorbing, not-put-downable!
Marcia Adversalo
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.
Barbra
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
Mii
This book was a great read!
Tom Carter
I always love the Peter Decker stories that Faye Kellerman writes. This book is #7 in the series. We have had the same reader so far in this series and his voice for me, is Peter Decker. (Audio Book). I love how they play out their Jewish faith in the issues that arise in the mysteries.. Luckily for me the series currently has 22 books, so I have a lot more stories in this series left...
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.
Les
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.
Nancy
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!
Rebecca Huston
Another four star read in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. This time, it's a grisly murder in the hills involving a Jewish diamond merchant and the disappearance of his family. Quite a few twists, and a top notch mystery.

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David
I enjoyed Ms Kellerman writing about Israel and its side streets. This book I enjoyed the least of the three that I have read. The chief letting the detective go to Israel and taking his wife is just a little too much for me to believe. I did enjoy learning some facts about the diamond business.
The Cats Mother
This was OK, I felt that I missed out by not having read any of the previous books. The descriptions of jewish culture were interesting but also irritating as I didn't know what a lot of the words meant and they often didn't explain - I guess if you were American you'd know.
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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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