Publication Order of Decker & Lazarus Books
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|The Quality of Mercy||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Moon Music||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Naked Came the Phoenix||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Double Homicide||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Straight Into Darkness||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Capital Crimes||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Prism||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|No Rest for the Dead||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
|Women of Mystery||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
“I really do try to imbue my books with a little bit of style. Crime novels are the perfect vehicle to propel the plot. They usually have beginnings, middles and ends and a tremendous sense of satisfaction. I like seeing justice done. I can’t fix real life but if I choose, I can do it in fiction.” said Faye Kellerman on why crime writing.
Dentist turned writer, Faye Kellerman is one of the new York time bestselling author. She is well known for the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series of mystery novels.
Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 31, 1952 in Jewish community. Faye grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. As a young child, she fell in love with Gothic, Westerns and later on Mystery and crimes. She attended UCLA and received BA in mathematics and subsequently, a doctorate in dentistry though never practiced dentistry. Fayed married husband Jonathan Kellerman who is a psychologist and novelist. The couple have four children together. Her oldest son Jesse is also a novelist. He was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe award. In the year 2003, he won the Princess race prize for the most promising young playwright. His latest book is the Potboiler.
Her mystery novel debuted in the year 1986. In the series, Peter Decker, the LAPD detective usually solves crime with his wife/partner-Rina Lazarus. In the first book of this series, This fictional character Peter Decker is adopted Baptist in Florida. He then discovers that his actual parents are Jewish, just like his soon-to-be wife. Rina Lazara was born orthodox Jew as a daughter of Holocaust survivors. In her first marriage with the yeshiva scholar, the couple lives in Israel. Samuel and Jacob were born before her husband dies of brain tumor.
Other leading characters in the series include:
1. Samuel and Jacob Lazarus; Rina’s two sons from her previous husband,
2. Cindy Decker, Peter’s daughter from his first marriage. She will then enter the police force and has a spin-off for 2 books of her own-Stalker and Street Dreams.
3. Hannah Decker; Peter and Lara’s daughter
4. Detective Marge Dunn; Peter’s partner
In the first book, the Ritual bath (1986). Rina who is an orthodox Jew, now working as a teacher in yeshiva community buried in Los Angeles. Samuel and Jacob are 8 and 7 respectively. One night, she discovers the rape and murder after the mikvah-a bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism. Peter Decker is a police called in to the scence. Decker is a smart, dedicated cop. He is also a war veteran. He suspects that the rape at Mikvah night can be related to his ongoing Foothill rape case. The Jewish community doesn’t cooperate to the outsider, however. But Rina Lazarus is different. Soon, they become attracted to each other. At little by little, Peter has reason to believe that the actual target is Rina herself.
The second book of Peter Deker/Rina Lazarus series is Sacred and Profane that was published in the year 1987.
About six months after the Ritual Bath. Peter Dekker is assigned to burned and buried skeletons that Samuel (Rina’s son) finds during the camping trip. He works on the case and as a results, it interferes with his Talmud study at the yelshiva. At the end of the book, Rina relocates to New York, leaving Peter in LA to decide if he wants to continue the journey in Judaism.
By third book, Milk and Honey, published in the year 1990, it is about 18 months after Sacred and Profane. The two lead characters are getting closer to be together. Faye touched a bit on the unsettling bitterness that Peter has as a war veteran.
For the spin-off, Kellerman introduced Rookie Cynthia Decker-the stalker where she becomes cop against her father (Peter Decker) ’s wishes. But Cindy is determined and fierce.
Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series are New York Time best sellers because they have the humanity side as much as the forensic side. All the loose ends are tied. As the time passes, Kellerman allows each character to develop and unfold along. It has been noted that there is Jewish theme embedded throughout. Some readers find that it is unnecessary to paint the leading characters to be very good looking because the series were never written in a way that could turn into romantic novels.
Since 1986, there have been 21 books in this series of LAPD crime solving team. Starting from The ritual bath, Sacred and profane, etc. She also wrote two of the non-series book-The Quality of Mercy, Moon Music and Straight into Darkness. In the year 2006 Faye Kellerman appeared as herself in the TV series Murder by the book season 1, episode 3. Crime authors came on the show and talked about the most compelling crime stories that captivated and inspired them to write. Guest authors beside Kellerman that had gone on the show were like Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben. The show was written by Jonathan B Taylor and directed by Gabe Torres.
Faye Kellerman printed over 20 million copies internationally. She co-authored Double Homicide with her husband. She also co-wrote Prism with her daughter Aliza Kellerman. The collection of Sisters in crime series, woman’s eye, the Garden of Eden was subsequently published.
Fayes Kellerman famous collection, featuring Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are available in hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks and audio books.
Faye Kellerman’s series often make New York Times bestseller’s list. It is widely considered the ultimate list of best-selling books in the United States. It is published weekly. The best-seller list has been ongoing since October 12, 1931. Faye Kellerman herself received Macavity Award-literary award for mystery writers, in first best writer category, tied with Marilyn Wallace. Fayed and Jonathan Kellerman went on to become the only married couple in the history of New York Time Best Seller list for 2 lists. However the 2 Kellermans didn’t make the list of the top 50- biggest selling authors of all times based on sales price in Britain year 2012.
In 2013, Faye was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Strand Magazine.
Faye enjoys her hobbies include gardening, sewing, jogging. She lives in Los Angeles and 6- Acres-Santa Fe crime writers retreat home with her husband.