Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Books
By Faye Kellerman

Book review by Jaye
Copyright © 2005 by Jaye

          If it were not for the relationship between Peter and Rina, these books would be straightforward police procedurals.  Peter is a homicide detective in Los Angeles.  He was born Jewish but raised Baptist by his adoptive parents.  Rina Lazarus is an Orthodox Jewish widow Peter meets in the line of the rape investigation, falls in love with, and eventually marries.  So there's this wonderful story about Peter learning about his Jewish heritage, and about this exploration helping him in his investigations.  At various times the rest of his family gets involved in the investigations, or complicates them.  In the early books, there's a wonderful relationship between Peter the Orthodox rabbi, but by the third or fourth book, this story line is dropped.  I really wish they had kept this particular story line up, but I have a feeling the publisher decided that too much of the public thought it slowed things down.  Still, Peter is developing an identity particle he never had any idea that he lacked, and it is great seeing him grow.

          In the latest books, his daughter Cindy gets into the act, too.  She went to university in the middle books, and now she's back in Los Angeles, where she's a rookie cop.  Her dad wanted her to be anything but a cop, so there's friction -- but he's also so proud of her he can't see straight.

          Read these books to find out how exploring a heritage and blending a family makes for a complete identity and enhances a person's ability to do his job. Then apply it to yourself.

          Blessings on you, and on your house.

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