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Faye Kellerman


Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman
Born (1952-07-31) July 31, 1952
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality United States
Education Doctor of Dental Surgery
Alma mater UCLA
Genre Mystery
Notable works Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novels
Spouse Jonathan Kellerman
Children Jesse Kellerman, Rachel Kellerman, Ilana Kellerman,[1] Aliza Kellerman

Faye Marder Kellerman[1] (born July 31, 1952[2]) is an American writer of mystery novels, in particular the "Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus" series as well as three non-series books, The Quality of Mercy, Moon Music and Straight into Darkness.


  • Early life 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Bibliography 3
    • The Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series 3.1
    • Other novels 3.2
  • References and sources 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended UCLA where she earned a B.A. in mathematics in 1974. Four years later she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. At that time she "fully intended to pursue a career as a dentist". Despite her intention, she has never practiced dentistry and was a housewife before publishing her first novel. In a 1997 essay she says she can't pinpoint the metamorphosis from oral hygienist to writer of detective fiction, but several factors that steered her toward mystery writing were: "a desire for justice, a suspicious nature, an overactive imagination, and, of course, a penchant for the bizarre."[3]

Personal life

Kellerman is a practicing Orthodox Jew, as are her husband and son, the novelists Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman, respectively. Her writing frequently deals with Jewish themes and characters, incorporating them into the framework of the traditional mystery. The Peter Decker books, for example, center on a police detective raised as a Southern Baptist who returns to his Jewish roots after falling in love with Rina Lazarus, an Orthodox Jew, while investigating a rape that took place near a yeshiva.

The Kellermans are the only married couple ever to appear on the New York Times bestseller list simultaneously (for two different books). Their oldest child, Jesse Kellerman, is a bestselling novelist and award-winning playwright. Their youngest, Aliza Kellerman, co-wrote Prism (2009), a young adult novel, with her mother.[4]


The Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series

  1. The Ritual Bath (1986) (Winner of the 1987 Macavity award for Best First Novel, nominated for the 1987 Anthony Award in the same category)[5][6]
  2. Sacred and Profane (1987)
  3. Milk and Honey (1990)
  4. Day of Atonement (1991)
  5. False Prophet (1992)
  6. Grievous Sin (1993)
  7. Sanctuary (1994)
  8. Justice (1995)
  9. Prayers for the Dead (1996)
  10. Serpent's Tooth (1997)
  11. Jupiter's Bones (1999)
  12. Stalker (2000)
  13. The Forgotten (2001)
  14. Stone Kiss (2002)
  15. Street Dreams (2003)
  16. The Burnt House (2007)
  17. The Mercedes Coffin aka Cold Case (2008)
  18. Blindman's Bluff (2009)
  19. Hangman (2010)
  20. Gun Games (2011) aka Blood Games (2012)
  21. The Beast (2013)
  22. Murder 101 (September 2014)

Other novels

  • The Quality of Mercy (1989)
  • Moon Music (1998)
  • Double Homicide (2004) – written with Jonathan Kellerman
  • Straight Into Darkness (2005)
  • The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights (2006)
  • Capital Crimes (2006) – written with Jonathan Kellerman
  • Prism (2009) – written with Aliza Kellerman

(Source: – Author Bibliography – Faye Kellerman Bibliography)

References and sources

  1. ^ a b Kathleen Doheny (1985-12-02). "The Mystery of the Kellermans : Where Do They Find Ideas and Time to Pen His and Her Novels?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lindsay, Elizabeth (2007). Great Women Mystery Writers (2nd ed.). Greenwood Press. p. 130.  
  3. ^ Kellerman, Faye, essay in Small Miracles: Extraordinary Coincidences from Everyday Life, Adams Media Corporation, 1997, ISBN 1-55850-646-2.
  4. ^ Amazon. Accessed 2015-01-09.]
  5. ^ "Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards". Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 

External links

  • Faye Kellerman's website
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