Faye Kellerman was born to a Jewish American family in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA. She never pursued a career as a dentist, and was a homemaker before publishing her acclaimed first novel, The Ritual Bath, in 1986. It won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers of America, and introduced readers to the characters of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. She went on to become a bestselling novelist whose books have sold more than 20 million copies. Faye Kellerman's short stories and reviews have been anthologized in numerous collections, including two volumes of the notable Sisters in Crime series. Her personally annotated collection of her award-winning stories, The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights, was published in 2006. She and her husband and sometimes co-author, the novelist Jonathan Kellerman, have four children and live in Los Angeles and Santa Fe. They teamed up to write Capital Crimes, a pair of crime thrillers. She has also written a young adult novel, Prism, with her daughter, Aliza Kellerman.