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Sanctuary [Paperback]

Faye Kellerman BA in Dentistry UCLA
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15 Jun 1995
In the comfortable surrounds of Los Angeles an affluent Jewish family disappears into thin air. The father's trade is diamonds, a risky international business, and despite the lack of bodies Detective Sergeant Pete Decker knows something is wrong. Then Honey Klein, his wife Rina's old schoolfriend, comes to stay, pulling her children out of school on a surprise - and to Decker suspicious - jaunt. Honey's husband, whose religion has recently turned to fanaticism, is also in diamonds and according to his wife currently on business in Israel. Then Honey and her children vanish, their rented car found empty at the edge of the freeway, and again Decker senses danger - danger that stems from a network of ruthless international politics, danger that could spill on to his own family's doorstep...

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (15 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747247021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747247029
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,305 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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In the seventh stunning thriller of the series, Pete Decker realises that there is no safe haven from evil ...

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Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I must admit I only started reading Faye Kellermans books on the strength of being an avid reader of her hubands books. However it did not take me long to realise she has exceptional talent of her own.Most of Ms.Kellermans books centre on jewish life and that brings a different feel to the book, as you learn about different cultures.The story centres around one of Rena's friends disappearance,and soon the whole family is involved in the tangled web that has been spun.As the case is solved there are some references to the police who feature in her husbands books,which I thought was a brilliant touch.Definitly one of her best in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 15 Aug 2013
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I really love this author. This is another of her excellent books. I am gradually reading all her books. Briiliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Ms. Kellerman's best 29 May 1998
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I have now read all of Faye Kellerman's mysteries, and although I enjoyed every one, this is unquestionably her best in my opinion. The complexity of the story rivals that of a P.D. James, but the setting is familiarly California. I learned a great deal about Judaism and the fascinating world of diamond brokerage, but more importantly about the many roles that religion plays in our lives. It is, indeed, a "sanctuary," but can just as easily become a prison. Kellerman's characters are, as always, believeable and richly developed. I never tire of her books!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Faye Kellerman's best! 19 Mar 1999
By Danalee Lavelle - Published on Amazon.com
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In my book, this title vies with 'Ritual Bath' and 'Justice' as Kellerman's best. As with 'Ritual Bath' the reader is treated to the all encompassing traditions of Judaism. Although the Honey Klein angle seems to get more emphasis in reviews, I found the diamond merchant subplot more believable and fascinating. Descriptions of Israel and the West Bank were super--I enoyed the travelogue. Faye, give us more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in an incredible series! 11 Dec 2002
By S. Gould - Published on Amazon.com
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In my book 'Sanctuary' is one of the best in the Peter Decker/ Rina Lazarus series. The story revolves around the missing husband of Rina's friend. The search takes Rina and Peter to Israel where we are treated to a fascinating tour of the West Bank and the diamond trade in Israel. What makes this entry so important today is the portrayal of the continuing conflict and violence that shapes Israel's future and her people. It is a pleasure to read a book that is both thoughtful and fun to read.
My only other suggestion if you are new to Faye Kellerman is to start at the beginning with 'Ritual Bath' to see the relationship between Rina and Peter unfold. Then read all her books in the order in which they were written. Its a great series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-plotted pageturner with vivid characters 15 Oct 2003
By M. C. Crammer - Published on Amazon.com
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I had trouble putting down this book from the very start -- it's a real page turner with a well-plotted mystery -- two of them actually -- keeping you going. The mysteries involve a family who has disappeared out of the blue -- he's a California diamond dealer, so perhaps this was part of a theft -- and a woman and children who arrive unexpectedly for a visit with Detective Decker and his family -- her husband is also a diamond dealer in a Chasidic community in New York. As Decker goes about trying to solve the disappearance of the California family, odd things begin happening with the New York family who are visiting -- they also disappear. Is there a connection?
The mystery takes Decker and wife Rina to Israel, a major diamond cutting/dealing country.
I learned a lot about diamonds and Israel reading this book, and for the most part really enjoyed it. The dialogue was more natural than in some Kellerman books I've read. But -- her pro-Jewish, anti-everything else sentiment was present in this book again, this time in an anti-Moslem bias. Why are metal boxes on door frames considered good religious practice but painting a doorway blue (as Moslems do) treated as superstitious? It seems to me that the customs of Orthodoxy Judaism are unusual enough that Kellerman should be more tolerant and openminded about the practices of other faiths.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds are a detective's best friend 27 Mar 2003
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Decker and his wife Rina are enjoying family life with her sons and their new baby daughter when Rina's old friend Honey Klein asks to come visit. Rina is surprised because they hasn't been in close contact with Honey in recent years, but she agrees to the visit. Meanwhile Peter works with his partner Marge on a case involving an entire family who have suddenly vanished. The husband is a diamond dealer, and there are many motives for a possible murder, most of them having to do with money. Coincidentally, after Honey comes to the Lazarus home, her husband, also a diamond dealer, is mysteriously killed. Peter's quest for the truth in these matters eventually takes him and Rina to Israel where they pursue missing persons from both of these cases. As usual, author Kellerman weaves interesting facts about the orthodox Jewish religion as well as Peter and Rina's evolving family life. The trip to Israel adds an extra dimension to the story, and the total package is very satisfying for a mystery reader.
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