Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Ritual Bath (1986) Faye Kellerman
Peter Decker is a detective for the LAPD, and is called out when a rape occurs at the yeshiva.
“A rape in Jewtown,” Marge muttered. “I’ve always thought of the place as sacrosanct. Sort of like a convent. Who’d rape a nun?”
“Who’d rape, period?” Decker said.
The biggest problem, however, is getting the victim to cooperate with the police.
I found this fascinating. I’d been told for years that I’d really like this series, but there are a lot of books, and I of course needed to find the first book in the series and then…
This book was published in 1986, so like The Monkey’s Raincoat there are a lot of things seem really strange (take phone lines being cut–would a modern kid even understand what that meant?) but since I enjoy historical books, this is just a different kind of historical.
Decker glanced at the computers— six IBM PCs, four Apple MacIntoshes. “Looks like some money has been spent here.”
That made me giggle.
And I really really liked reading all the religious bits. Those things fascinate me AND it’s unusual to see extremely orthodox characters shown in a positive light. Orthodox religion (of any type) is often just a shorthand for “bad guy” so the complexity was a lovely change
Published by William Morrow