Mysticism & Murder: Golem of Paris

Posted March 29, 2016 by Elizabeth in book reviews/ 0 Comments

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Mysticism & Murder: Golem of ParisThe Golem of Paris by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
Series: Detective Jacob Lev #2
Genres: Thriller
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Source: NetGalley
November 3rd 2015 | Pages: 512
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It’s been more than a year since LAPD detective Jacob Lev learned the remarkable truth about his family, and he’s not coping well. He’s back to drinking, he’s not talking to his father, the LAPD Special Projects Department continues to shadow him, and the memory of a woman named Mai haunts him day and night.
And while Jacob has tried to build a bridge to his mother, she remains a stranger to him, imprisoned inside her own tattered mind.
Then he comes across the file for a gruesome unsolved murder that brings the two halves of his life into startling collision. Finding the killer will take him halfway around the world, to Paris—the city of romance, but also of gritty streets, behind the lights. It’s a dangerous search for truth that plunges him into the past.

Jonathan Kellerman has done it again. The second book in his Golem series, written in collaboration with his son Jesse, is as interesting and intriguing as The Golem of Hollywood. Los Angeles Detective Jacob Lev is back fighting demons both in his head and in life-size reality, and learning secrets about his family in the process.golem In Jewish tradition, a golem is a gender-less creature usually made from clay or other inanimate materials and brought to life through Kabbalistic mysticism. Centering the story around the famous Jewish legend of Rabbi Bezalal of Prague and the golem he created in 1580, the Kellermans take readers from the seedier side of Paris to an Israeli kibbutz in the 1970s as Jacob tries to solve a cold case murder from twenty years past while being followed by the strange members of the LAPD Special Projects Division. Many books that are part of a series can be read in any order, which I personally don’t recommend with these books, Start with the Golem of Hollywood and meet Jacob, his father, and the members of Special Projects. As always, I cannot recommend Jonathan Kellerman’s latest enough.

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