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Publication Order of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Books

The Ritual Bath (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sacred and Profane (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Milk and Honey (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of Atonement (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
False Prophet (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grievous Sin (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sanctuary (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prayers for the Dead (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serpent's Tooth (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jupiter's Bones (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stalker (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forgotten (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stone Kiss (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Street Dreams (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burnt House (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mercedes Coffin / Cold Case (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blindman's Bluff (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hangman (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gun Games / Blood Games (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast / Predator (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder 101 (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Theory of Death (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bone Box (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking Shadows (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Boys (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hunt (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Quality of Mercy (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moon Music (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Homicide (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Straight into Darkness (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Crimes (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prism (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Voiceless (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Season (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Sisters in Crime 3(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Woman's Eye(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Mystery(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder For Love(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mothers and Daughters(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diagnosis Dead(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Came the Phoenix(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Rest for the Dead(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
“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 Rina’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.

Faye 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.

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One Response to “Faye Kellerman”

  1. Harriette: 9 years ago

    where is my sister’s keeper published 2006?????


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