New Golem book suggests a series

Are golems the new vampires? Perhaps — that is, if Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have anything to say about it. Out Nov. 3, “The Golem of Paris” is the duo’s second father-son team-up, a sequel to their first collaboration, last year’s “The Golem of Hollywood.”

Jonathan Kellerman is the blockbuster author of a seemingly endless list of bestselling suspense novels, while his son, Jesse, is the author of a handful of novels and plays. It’s all part of the family business for the Kellerman clan, which also includes bestselling mystery novelist Faye Kellerman, Jonathan’s wife and Jesse’s mother. All three Kellermans are practicing Orthodox Jews. Jesse lives in Berkeley, while his parents have a home in Los Angeles.

“The Golem of Paris” continues its predecessor’s mash-up of detective noir and Jewish mysticism, picking up a year after “The Golem of Hollywood” ends. LAPD Detective Jacob Lev, the protagonist of the first novel, is back to drinking, grumbling and generally doing the things that jaded detectives do in mystery novels. But the file for an unsolved murder catches Lev’s eye, and his search for answers eventually takes him, as the title suggests, all the way from L.A. to Paris. — david a.m. wilensky