The Ritual Bath

The Ritual Bath

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Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.

The crime was called in by Rina Lazarus, and Decker is relieved to discover that she is a calm and intelligent witness. She is also the only one in the sheltered community willing to speak of this unspeakable violation. As Rina tries to steer Decker through the maze of religious laws, the two grow closer. But before they get to the bottom of this horrendous crime, revelations come to light that are so shocking, they threaten to come between the hard-nosed cop and the deeply religious woman with whom he has become irrevocably linked.


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Jul 01, 2016

While the mystery is plotted well, the reader should be aware that the L.A.P.D. officers constantly use the worst profanity. Even "Jesus" is used as a profanity, about which the author being Jewish should have exercised some caution. After all, Jesus was a Jew. Kellerman also relies on Jewish stereotypes of Christians to depict the family into which Peter was adopted. On the other side Kellerman accurately depicts Jewish traditions, which a non-Jewish reader may interesting.

Sep 30, 2009

I read this eons ago but remember how I loved the character development and the romance between Peter and Rina. Start of a great series.

Feb 09, 2008

I agree. A terrific book-- and not just for mystery readers.

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