Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #2)

Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #2)

by Faye Kellerman
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Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #2) by Faye Kellerman

Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work of a homicide cop—until Sammy stumbles upon a gruesome sight . . .

Two human skeletons, charred beyond recognition, are identified by a forensic dentist as teenage girls—and for Decker, the father of a sixteen-year-old daughter, vacation time is over. Throwing himself professionally and emotionally into the murder case, he launches a very personal investigation: a quest that pulls him deep into the crack dens of Hollywood Boulevard and painfully close to the children of the streets and a nightmare world he must make his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061999253
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 257,847
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hometown:

Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri

Education:

B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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Sacred and Profane 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
sonia edward More than 1 year ago
Great read. This was the first kaye book i ever read and was instantly hooked on the characters of Rina and Decker. Can not wait to get to the rest of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I had known this book were as steeped in religion as it was, I would not have ordered it. Detective novels are wonderful to me, but the mystery and cases and resolutions are what bring me here and if characters become too immersed in side stories, it frustrates me and this includes romances generally. I have read Faye Kellerman several times before and enjoyed them, but this one just got me too far off the trail with religious terminology I didn't understand or care to. The detective novels whose romantic interests added to the overall were the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker... I love the way Spenser loves his woman. I am not taking anything away from the skill with which this book was written, but unless you are familiar with Judaism or want to become more so, you may find yourself as frustrated as me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, for this listener, an audio comes along on which the book's lead character and the audio narrator seem as one. In other words, the voice perfectly replicates the way I imagine a character would and should sound. Such is the case with Mitch Greenberg's reading of Sacred and Profane, another in Kellerman's popular Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels. Greenberg's voice is deep, strong, mature. And, I discovered in listening that 'mature' was important to me. After all LA Police Detective Decker has seen a lot (some of it very unsavory) and done a lot. He's no longer the new kid on any block, and Greenberg captures him perfectly. Set in Los Angeles during the holidays, we hear Decker say, 'Hell, here it was the day of Christmas Eve and he was out camping in the foothills, isolated from civilization, playing big brother to two little boys with yarmulkes. Christmas had never been a big deal to him but still it felt strange. Some habits were hard to shake.' Decker may have gotten more than he bargained for when he became involved with Rina - she is an orthodox Jew and the mother of two young sons. Yet, he can't deny what he feels in his heart and has grown close to all of them. It's his vacation and he's decided to take her two boys, Sammy and Jake, on a camping trip - peaceful, relaxing, and fun. Their adventure is none of the above as Sammy discovers a hideous sight - the charred remains of two young girls. Decker is a homicide cop through and through as well as being the father of a 16-year-old daughter, so he finds himself involved both professionally and emotionally. He's an intrepid tracker the trail that he follows leads him into one of the worst parts of his city - the drug hangouts that line Hollywood Boulevard and the children who try to live there. Descriptions of this area and its denizens are frightening. Again Kellerman has crafted a suspenseful story, gritty and real. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book that I have read by this author and it was just as wonderful. Faye is an extremely talented writer and you really get into the characters of the story. I can't wait to read the rest of the Peter and Rina series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was only the 2nd book in this series that I've read and I loved both of them. The characters are very well defined and I honestly felt I personally knew them. It's amazing how much one can find out just by looking at exrays of the teeth and head which was how the idenity of the two bodies were made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love characters and plot lines Just started reading series and am hooked Dont have to be jewish but integral part if who Peter and Rina are
grammajo9 More than 1 year ago
I am now on the 5th in this series, although I have read a couple out of sequence. I love the characters, I love the religious story. I am Jewish and from Brooklyn, so I relate to some of the story line. I am also a fan of murder mysteries and the books are real page turners. Keep them coming!!!!
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, for this listener, an audio comes along on which the book's lead character and the audio narrator seem as one. In other words, the voice perfectly replicates the way I imagine a character would and should sound. Such is the case with Mitch Greenberg's reading of Sacred and Profane, another in Kellerman's popular Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels. Greenberg's voice is deep, strong, mature. And, I discovered in listening that 'mature' was important to me. After all LA Police Detective Decker has seen a lot (some of it very unsavory) and done a lot. He's no longer the new kid on any block, and Greenberg captures him perfectly. Set in Los Angeles during the holidays, we hear Decker say, 'Hell, here it was the day of Christmas Eve and he was out camping in the foothills, isolated from civilization, playing big brother to two little boys with yarmulkes. Christmas had never been a big deal to him but still it felt strange. Some habits were hard to shake.' Decker may have gotten more than he bargained for when he became involved with Rina - she is an orthodox Jew and the mother of two young sons. Yet, he can't deny what he feels in his heart and has grown close to all of them. It's his vacation and he's decided to take her two boys, Sammy and Jake, on a camping trip - peaceful, relaxing, and fun. Their adventure is none of the above as Sammy discovers a hideous sight - the charred remains of two young girls. Decker is a homicide cop through and through as well as being the father of a 16-year-old daughter, so he finds himself involved both professionally and emotionally. He's an intrepid tracker the trail that he follows leads him into one of the worst parts of his city - the drug hangouts that line Hollywood Boulevard and the children who try to live there. Descriptions of this area and its denizens are frightening. Again Kellerman has crafted a suspenseful story, gritty and real. - Gail Cooke
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Just read it. Great story line. Tightly written with great charachters that you want to know. Totally entertaining with some extra knowledge to boot. Kudos to Kellerman who gives you a multi faceted read. Be prepared to become a fan!
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