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False Prophet (With Free Paperback of the Ritual Bath) [Hardcover]

Faye Kellerman
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Aug 1992 With Free Paperback of the Ritual Bath
When Lilah Brecht, the beautiful if unstable owner of a popular health spa, is found beaten, raped, and robbed in her own home, L.A. detective Peter Decker takes the case. His heart goes out to Lilah, who doesn't make it easy.

Lilah claims to have psychic powers, which Decker finds difficult to believe. And when a family member is murdered, he gets the distinct impression that Lilah, her faded actress-mother, and even her brothers are all keeping secrets--and starring in their own home movie of deception and deadly betrayal. . . .
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068810553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688105532
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,293,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, 'The Ritual Bath' (1986) introduced Sergeant Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.

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The phenomenal fifth thriller in Faye Kellerman's bestselling Pete Decker series

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Faye Kellerman has four children and lives with them and her husband, novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars another great read 17 April 2014
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Another gripping book by Faye Kellerman , she never fails to deliver , we always get an insight to the Jewish religion which I find very interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kellerman fan 13 Oct 2010
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Fantastic book. If you love crime novels you will love the Decker/ Lazarus novels, especially the links to Jewish religion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 10 Jun 2010
By Lou P.
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus stories. She is a great writer who builds a story and characters well. Her books add intrigue and mystery at a steady pace but are interesting and informative too. You feel as if Kellerman has done her homework/ research. I would recommend starting from the beginning of the series as relationships develop and Decker and his family grow as the books progress.

On saying this, this was probably my least favourite book so far. I think this was down to the characters in the case. They didn't feel as "real" as usual and some bits felt plain silly.

I must say, however, that there were a few good twists towards the end and a good ending.

Don't let me put you off. This was a good read just not the best in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex family relationships 20 Feb 2003
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Faye Kellerman always has two plot strands running through her Peter Decker/Rina Lazarua Mystery Series--the personal and professional parts of their lives. In this, the fifth book of the series, Rina is pregnant and cranky. Her sons and his daughter are a bit put off by the pregnancy and Peter is wondering if he's too old to be fathering a child by his young wife. The professional part of the story deals with a case in which Lilah Brecht, the daughter of a famous actress is assaulted and raped while her mother's jewels and some important papers are stolen from her safe. She clings to Decker in a way that makes both Peter and Rina uneasy. As he delves into Lilah's life, Peter discovers a complex and dysfunctional pattern of behavior between Lilah's mother and her children. Revelation follows revelation until Peter and his partner Marge finally put all of the pieces together. Kellerman is a dependable writer who turns out complex and interesting mysteries with an emphasis on what motivates people to do the things they do.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start, but still a great book 13 July 2003
By Anonymous Coward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The other reviewers seem to be mixed about this one. It's understandable. We've now read quite a few of these things (is this book 5 already?) and the honeymoon between Kellerman and the readers is definitely over. We're now reading the books not because they're as fantastic as the first one, but because we have time and emotion invested in Peter and Rina.
First, it's unfair to compare any of the Rina and Peter books to the first one. The first one was simply the best.
One of the reviewers gave a good plot summary, so I'll refrain from doing that here. Instead I'll say that the book is a little slow to start, but about midway, picks up at a tremendous pace. The characters become wonderfully complicated and Kellerman pulls quite a few tricks out of her hat which caught me by surprise. This book has its twists and turns!
One last comment. Some of Kellerman's books focus more on Peter and Rina's personal relationship, and some focus less. This one is less, for better or worse.
If you've made it to this book, chances are you'll read the next one. See you there! :-)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Harmless Read 11 Sep 2007
By Samuel Levin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is book number 5 in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series nd the two of them are now married and Rina is pregnant. The story really centers around Decker and his partner, Marge Dunn. Rina is in the background and plays a minor role in the development of this story and does seem somewhat extraneous. The characters are rarher well developed and the story tends to move along at a rather good pace. The plot varies from that which is expected and rather predictable to some very good double and triple turns of events. This is a good story which is a harmless read with characters that are of interest. It is fast reading even though it is somewhat forgettable. Take the book for what it is and you will have an enjoyable read.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Effort 8 Dec 1999
By Yisroel Markov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While not as masterful as the earlier books, this is still a well-crafted suspense full of surprises and insight into the life of the protagonists.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars perverted sexual and familial relationships 27 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this is the most explicit book that I have read of Faye Kellerman's to date. In the past I have enjoyed reading of the evolution of Rina and Peter's relationship and his growing faith. This book was a more typical mystery, and I was disappointed.
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