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Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus: A Mysterious Profile

Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus: A Mysterious Profile

by Faye Kellerman

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The USA Today–bestselling author details how she became a crime novelist and how she created her acclaimed husband-and-wife detective team.

In 1986, Faye Kellerman introduced LAPD detective Peter Decker and widowed yeshiva teacher Rina Lazarus in her crime novel, The Ritual Bath. The debut won Kellerman the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Novel and turned into a long-running bestselling series. But how exactly did it all come about?

In this autobiographical piece, Kellerman discusses the origins of Decker and Lazarus and answers common questions from readers. Like, how much does she resemble her character, Rina? And how have Peter and Rina evolved? But Kellerman also talks about her own life as an author, mother, and wife. She shares what it’s like being married to a fellow novelist, and how exactly she carved out a place for herself in the world of crime writing.

Praise for the Decker and Lazarus Novels

“Exceptionally fine suspense.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

“Faye Kellerman is a master of mystery.” —The Plain Dealer

“Tautly exciting.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Reading a good thriller is very much like taking a great vacation: half the fun is getting there. Faye Kellerman is one heck of a tour guide.” —Detroit Free Press

“Surprising twists and engaging subplots will keep readers turning the pages to the satisfying conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504074452
Publisher: Road
Publication date: 05/10/2022
Series: Mysterious Profiles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 33
Sales rank: 53,459
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Faye Kellerman, born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Sherman Oaks, California, is a bestselling author of dozens of mystery novels. She earned her bachelor’s in mathematics and a doctorate in dental surgery at the UCLA. Her first novel The Ritual Bath was published in 1986 and won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel. Her novel Prayers for the Dead was listed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best crime novels of 2001. Kellerman also co-authored the New York Times–bestseller Double Homicide with her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, and the young adult novel Prism with her daughter, Aliza Kellerman.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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