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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New edition edition (5 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747276455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747276456
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,331 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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Faye Kellerman's 11th Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery takes police lieutenant Decker into the enclave of a Heaven's Gate-style pseudoscientific religious cult, the Order of the Rings of God. The cult's leader, a former world-class physicist who styles himself Jupiter, has died of an un-godlike combination of liquor and prescription drugs, but whether it was accident, suicide, or murder is suspiciously murky. The death is mysteriously reported by Jupiter's estranged daughter Europa, a scientist who has nothing to do with the cult, and when the police arrive on the scene they find that Jupiter's followers, particularly his four unpleasantly ambitious personal attendants, range from uncooperative to downright hostile. Decker's suspicions kick into high gear when two other cult members go missing and another body turns up--but with the tense situation threatening to unravel as explosively as Jonestown or Waco, it's Marge, Decker's professional sidekick, who penetrates the cult's inner sanctum and effects a scary 11th-hour rescue.

For Decker, as always, the mystery serves to offset the tempestuous Orthodox Jewish family life that he married into. Sammy, Rina's older son, wants to study in a politically unstable region of Israel and Jake, the youngest, is teetering on the edge of a most unorthodox social scene of girls, porn movies and pot. Kellerman knows how to craft a compelling mystery, but it's the honesty of Decker's unique religious and family struggles that keeps mystery fans interested book after book. If you're new to this series, you'll want to begin at the beginning with Ritual Bath. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A mistress of the genre... Kellerman tells a good scary tale with just enough reality , humour, and accuracy to keep you turning the pages (Irish News) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1999
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Over two decades ago, cosmologists and astrophysicists held Dr. Emil Euler Ganz in very high esteem as one of the leading lights of his field. Ganz finally resurfaces ten years after vanishing. His new name is Father Jupiter and he heads the Order of the Rings of God cult. For the next fifteen years, Jupiter dictatorially led his followers. Though aging and his alcohol-drug related death seems like a suicide, the autopsy reveals the possibility of murder through arsenic poisoning.
Los Angeles Police Department Detective Peter Decker begins an investigation to determine whether foul play actually occurred. However, before he can get deeply into the case, two more of the leaders suddenly die. Law enforcement officials conclude a serial killer is on the loose inside the cult's compound. As the cult's current leader Brother Bob holds police and FBI at bay with the threat of killing everyone, including the children, Decker wonders what to do next to save the lives of the innocent.
The Decker police procedurals are some of the best on the market today. Peter remains a complete character who struggles with an ugly work scenario while trying to be a loving father and husband. The story line nears greatness when it focuses on the police inquiries and their struggle with the cult. The plot bogs down when it turns to a lesson on physics that detours the crisp tale to a near standstill. Overall, Faye Kellerman gives readers an entertaining novel that borders on excellence when the reader skips the lectures on physics.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By madcentral@aol.com on 6 Jan 2000
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My first Faye Kellermann book and it wasn't until I was well into it that I actually realised it was part of a series, which gives it the thumbs-up for its ability to 'stand alone'. It's an interesting crime thriller with an unusual lead character. It's not fast, nor is it action-packed, but it holds you fast nonetheless, keeps you thinking and is highly-original. Well worth a read.
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L.A. Police Lieutenant Pete Decker is called in to investigate the death of a cult leader, the charismatic Father Jupiter of the Order of the Rings of God, the former famous astromoner, Dr. Emil Ganz.

There are suspects galore. Ganz had made a lot of enemies when he was a scientist and his leadership of the cult was coveted by some of his followers. Added to that are the relatives of people who have been lured into the cult. The police probably wouldn't even have been notified of Ganz's death, which had already been called a suicide by the other cult leaders, if someone hadn't told his estranged daughter. She, in turn, called the police.

Getting into the compound and getting cooperation from the members is difficult enough for Decker, but it's complicated by a struggle for power by the four privileged attendants, who are; Pluto, Venus, Nova and Bob. Brother Pluto is livid with anger because of the invasion of the police into their sacred sanctuary.

In addition to Jupiter's death, the police learn that two of the cult members, one a child, are missing. Pluto shifts between accusing the police and a cult deprogrammer of stealing these two from their happy home.

And as usual in a Faye Kellerman novel, there's problems on the home front. It appears that Decker's younger stepson, Jacob, is smoking pot and messing around with his girlfriend. For many parents that might seem like a teenage phase, but for Orthodox Jews it's a big deal.

Kellerman knows how to write a fast-moving, suspenseful story involving people the reader learns to care about. She also manges to educate the reader about her religion without seeming to preach. Somehow she does it, without it getting in the way of the story. All and all, a very good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan 2000
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Read in one sitting. Different storyline to usual. Enjoyed the phsycology of the cult. Very well researched. Please hurry with the next one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 2000
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Having read all of FK's books I was disapointed by this one. It is supposed to be the Decker/Lazarus series but Rina has turned into a shadow of her former self. She seams more like an out of touch cartoon that the heroine we have come to know and love and she is now barely more than Deckers prudish housekeeper. A good book on its own but sadly lacking in the developement of it's characters. Lets hope for better in her new book.
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