Marge’s first homicide begins with an Israeli real estate agent and an empty house. .. Yalom, “whose name means diamond” calls the L.A. police to tell them that her sister has disappeared. There are clothes in the closet, three cars in the three car garage, but no people. Decker, converted Jew and police detective, notices that the mezuzah is attached to the inside of the doorway, and it secrets nothing — no holy scroll blessing a Jewish home.
The Mr. and Mrs. are found buried, their two boys are missing, and a bank safe filled with papers points to an unholy war with the largest South African diamond company in the world. Rena and Decker are off to South Africa….