Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #2)
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Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #2)

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Detective Decker had two problems. He had to find the killers of two young women from the incredibly seamy world of L.A. porn. And he had to learn to follow the faith of his new lover, Rina--or else lose her forever.
Mass Market Paperback, 329 pages
Published May 12th 1988 by Fawcett (first published 1987)
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Definitely one of my favorite novels in a set of very ,very, good procedural mysteries with Peter Decker and Rinna Lazarus as main characters. Peter Decker is a hard boiled cop/detective with a heart of gold who is seriously involved with a much younger devoutly religious woman named Rinna. While taking what he hopes to be his step sons camping, the oldest boy and he discover the charred remains of two female victims of pornographic sex ring.The psychological consequences of this discovery and...more
Genia Lukin
It's a cute enough schlock series, I suppose. As brain candy reading goes, it's not horrible, nor brilliant. For me, the extraneous digressions into Judaism here, there and everywhere were very offputting; I felt that, as a literary coup, they were poorly done. And that is a pity, because I would have loved to see more orthodox authors and themes written for outside audiences, and the complex life of Jewish Orthodoxy, which very few people on the outside are actually familiar with, reflected in...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This is the first Faye Kellerman book I have read, and I enjoyed.
The main character is Peter, a homicide cop who is converting to Judaism to marry Rina. While camping with her sons, he stumbles upon two burned corpses.
The book follows the forensic investigation of the murders, and well as Peter's journey to find his true faith calling.
I liked the twists and turns of the mystery, as well as the confliction Peter felt for the love of a woman who would only have him if he became an Orthodox Jew. He...more
Bill Hall

The continuing romance of LAPD Sergeant Peter Decker and the ultra orthodox Jewess Rina Lazarus. In this episode Peter struggles with the integrity of his newly discovered Jewish faith. Born to Jewish parent who gave him up for adoption, Decker was raised by Baptist adoptive parents. I began reading from the beginning of the series to find out how Decker converts from Christianity to Judaism. It seems that although his adoptive parents were devout Decker has no Sunday School training nor Christ...more
aPriL purrs 'n hisses
Good beach read. Better than the first in the series. In any case, for most genre novels my ratings have more to do with entertainment value first, plot consistency second, literary value third.

For religious people, the drama around sex and conversion and evil is probably resonating, even if completely mental (I find the religious arguments on why child abuse and torture is common and snuff films are permitted by any gods particularly compelling and ridiculous, especially the Rabbi's answers,; 1...more
This is the second book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series. In this one, there is less interaction between Peter and Rina. Peter is attempting to convert to Orthodox Judaism so that he can be with Rina, but has trouble reconciling religious belief with the dark world he sees everyday at work. There's a lot of fighting between Peter and Rina, and Peter is really kind of a jerk. Still, their relationship is very real, and if I cringed when they were arguing, it was because I truly felt li...more
This is the first Faye Kellerman book I've read, and I'm pleasantly surprised. The plot was compelling enough and the characters likable. But the thing that surprised me most is the deftness with which she, within the genre of detective/crime fiction, addressed issues of faith. Made more palatable to the reading public, no doubt, by the fact that the faith in question is orthodox Judaism, and so enough outside the majority Christian religion to be comfortable in our pluralistic proselitism-phobi...more
Lewis Weinstein
One of the early Decker/Lazarus novels, before they are married. The title is apt, as Decker alternates between two universes. On the one hand, he is studying the Jewish religion, a pre-condition of his hoped for marriage to Rina. On the other hand, he has descended into the depths of violent pornography and disgusting criminals. A solid detective story and significant character development indicative of what is to come in this excellent series. Decker's ambivalence toward Judaism, and indeed to...more
I really had trouble getting into this one, perhaps because I didn't read the first one in the series. (This book was orphaned at my house after a visit by a family member ;) All of the dialogue felt very forced and fake, and the religious elements of the plot felt very forced. I know the author is very Orthodox and is perhaps trying to expose readers to her religion, but you really need reference book or a dictionary to know what some of the characters are talking about in some scenes.

I don't...more
Just like the first book, this one was good but not as good as the first one. I'm not big on the Jewish thin but I really the mystery part of the book. I feel like the whole Jewish component gets in the way of the actual case.
Better than number one, in that I didn't see it coming until much closer to the end. However, slightly a stretch for me on Rina's choices and actions. I don't see this romance ever having got so far with any Orthodox woman in real life. Her steadfast faith would, in all likelihood, made her better able to withstand her heart than Kellerman paints it, but it certainly makes for a fun read at moments. Will read number three because these books are such quick reads, and I find Kellerman's interpret...more
Sacred and Profane is one of those infrequent books with a perfect title. The title tells you exactly what the book is about; even better, it is lifted out of a dialogue in which this concept is emphasized.

Titles are tricky. I've always liked the process of coming up with titles. Sometimes, it's like pulling hen's teeth and makes one want to scream. Even so, I was astonished and horrified to learn that publishers -- not authors -- choose or have the final say on book titles. Giving feedback I un...more

I like this one better than the first one. Not as much Jewish in this one.
The main character is Peter, a homicide cop who is converting to Judaism to marry Rina. While camping with her sons, he stumbles upon two burned corpses.
The book follows the forensic investigation of the murders, and well as Peter's journey to find his true faith calling.
I liked the twists and turns of the mystery, as well as the confliction Peter felt for the love of a woman who would only have him if he became an Orth...more
I've read a couple of Peter Decker books in the past and enjoyed them. (Reading out of order never bothers me.) This one, I wasn't crazy about. In fact this may be the last one I read of the series. And, although I enjoy reading about other cultures immensely and enjoyed the informational facts in this book, this dove a little too deeply into the Jewish aspect during the first half of the book. (And there were so many words that I wish the meaning had been at least alluded to.)
I actually did enj...more
*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads*

I have loved this series for years... Peter and Rita are fantastic characters with lots of depth and intelligence. I think the best part about this series is learning about the Jewish culture and traditions that Peter marries into. It isn't pushy or in your face but is just as important to the story as the murder/s that Peter solves. A great beginning to a great series, I highly recommend it.
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

I liked this book a lot more than I expected. I read the first book in the series when I was reading a lot of mysteries/crime fiction. Lately I have not been reading those types of books. This book made me remember why I used to read and enjoy this genre.

The Jewish aspect did not bother me like it did other readers. I found it interesting, I know very little about Jewish Orthodoxy and liked learning more.

I liked the mystery and watching it unfold. I like...more
Another great book by Faye Kellerman. Second in the series, this book takes you deeper into the characters of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. The plot was very realistic - so real, it's not for the sensitive soul as the descriptions of the murder and the facts resulting from the investigation are graphic at times. I was surprised by who actually committed the murders, but it made sense in the end. That's my kind of detective novel. Now, on to book #3.
I liked this book despite not particularly liking the main protagonist. Peter Decker is a borderine abusive borderline bully. Interestingly enough, at one point in the book there is a conversation about how child abuse wasn't reported in the 60s/70s, while looking back at the mores of the 80s, you can see a lot of behaviour that wouldn't be considered acceptable now, but which passed without comment then. Instances like Peter turning up where he was specifically asked not to go really got under...more
Fredrick Danysh
After Sergeant Peter Decker is on the scene when the sons of his fiancé discover two dead and burned bodies while on a camping trip, he is reassigned to homicide for the investigation. Decker comes across a child porn ring while have to deal with the problems in his personal life due to the trans-religious nature of his engagement. A good mystery that keeps you guessing.
Glenda Alexander
Sacred and Profane is an interesting mixture of Detective Decker sleuthing for the solution of gruesome murders and searching for acceptance of his religious heritage without the deep desire to accept a belief in his religion.

This strange but intriguing mixture drives the curiosity of the reader to finish the book to learn the solutions to diametrically opposite situations, one based in analysis of facts to allow Detective Decker to solve the crimes and the other based on studies of writings wh...more
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
The idea of a Jewish detective that doubts about his religion is an interesting one, especially if his girlfriend is an orthodox young and very pretty girl that will not have him unless he believes anew and converts whole heartedly in Judaism again. The cop has other distractions that keep his feet on the ground, like a horrid murder of a teenage girl who has a goody goody two shoes record. Somehow the clues take him into the underworld of sadomasochism and porn movies. The story felt a bit too...more
Kt Thames
I like this series and the window it provides into another religion. I also liked that the author allowed the conflict between the main characters, Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker, over matters of religion and faith to remain unresolved.
Although the storyline itself was good, the book had too much Jewish words and terminology that were not understandable. It almost seemed like a religious book instead of a mystery.

LAPD detective Peter Decker loves Rina but not the confines of her Orthodox Jewish faith. He is having to learn Yiddish as well as everything else about the faith and is taking lessons from the rabbi. This is in addition to a strange case involving a snuff film where the characters were actually killed and their bodie...more
Al Canary
(Hold at Lib 8-27 Finished yesterday) I picked this out as a "to-read" wanting to see how Peter & Rina (#2) worked out, following completion of P&R #1.... It seemed to me that fully 1/3 of the writing was directed to an understanding of a "Torah" Jew which Peter is committed to become. The rest sounds to me like a "Police Procedural". And although the reading became someehat rough for me, it became relative when compared to a Holocost Survivor.

I was hoping for a "happily ever after" onl...more
Dit tweede deel vind ik beter dan deel 1. Waar het eerste deel over Decker en Lazaris de nadruk heeft liggen op de verhoudingen tussen de hoofdpersonen, heeft dit tweede deel de nadruk liggen op de misdaad en het oplossen ervan. De tweede verhaallijn (die van de hoofdpersonen zelf) speelt op de achtergrond.
this is the second in series involving Detective Peter Decker and his sweetheart Rina Lazarus, who are stumped in their relationship by their religious believes. Decker comes across two charred skulls in his camping trip with Rina's two young sons. From there the investigation picks up and ugly truth rears its head. This book deals with violent subject matters - hard core porno, snuff film etc. and has a few gory details and is not for the faint hearted and the young. Still, I enjoyed the slow u...more
Dev Singer
I read (and reread) these books because they're Jewish mysteries. I hate Decker's behavior in this one, but I do like that it makes him a more complex character.
Read a Faye Kellerman a few years ago, and didnt like it, much preferring her husband's style, so have avoided reading this one for a while.[return][return]However, did enjoy it more than I thought I would![return][return]Synopsis: "While on a camping trip, Detective Peter Decker and his two young charges come across the charred remains of two teenage girls. Embroiled in a disturbing case, Decker's only unifying thread in a network of violence and corruption is the deaths of the two apparently v...more
Annabel Gallagher

I liked this book as it continual's the back ground stories from the first one the ritual bath the where Decker is still seeing Rina and looking to become Jewish.
The story was good the only thing i didn't like was Decker's attitude half way through the book thought it is understandable due to everything going on.
I will be reading the next book as i know his not always like that ( i have read some of the books out of order.) thought i would say try reading the first before reading this one as you...more
Rina & Decker fight their attraction. Decker tries to get justice for Lindsey, whose bones the boys found on their camp-out.
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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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