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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072788140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tess Gerritsen is an automatic must-read in my house." -Stephen King

"Tess Gerritsen...throws one twist after another until the excitement is almost unbearable." -San Jose Mercury News

"Ms. Gerritsen is a master!" -RT Book Reviews

"Gerritsen's romances are thrillers from beginning to end." -Portland Press Herald

"Tess Gerritsen brings us action, adventure and compelling romance." -RT Book Reviews

"Riveting... Gerritsen knows how to fashion credible, dimensional characters."-Los Angeles Times

"Tess Gerritsen writes some of the smartest, most compelling thrillers around." -Bookreporter

"Gerritsen is tops in her genre." –USA TODAY --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, "Harvest, " which became a "New York Times" bestseller, followed by "Life Support" and "Bloodstream" -- all of which are available from Pocket Books. She lives in Maine.

More About the Author

I'm a physician as well as the New York Times-bestselling author of medical thrillers and the Jane Rizzoli crime thrillers.

Readers who are familiar with my graphic autopsy scenes and forensic details may be astonished to learn that my very first published novels were actually ... romantic suspense. So why did I leave writing romances and turn to thrillers?

It was all because of a chance dinner conversation some years ago. The man sitting beside me at a restaurant one night was an ex-cop who 'd recently been traveling in Russia. Moscow cops had told him that orphans were vanishing from the streets, and they believed the children were being kidnaped and shipped abroad as organ donors.

I was horrified by the tale. Weeks later, unable to forget those missing Russian orphans, I knew I just had to write a book about them. I wanted to bring into it all the medical and autopsy details that I'd learned from my years as a physician. The sights, the smells of the autopsy and operating rooms -- everything.

My first medical thriller, HARVEST, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked my debut on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list. It was followed by my medical thrillers LIFE SUPPORT (1997), BLOODSTREAM (1998), GRAVITY (1999).

In 2001, my books took another abrupt turn, to forensic thrillers. THE SURGEON was my first Jane Rizzoli thriller. Since then, I've written THE APPRENTICE (2002), THE SINNER (2003), BODY DOUBLE (2004), VANISH (2005 -- and an Edgar Award nominee), and THE MEPHISTO CLUB (2006).

I believe my readers want me to tell them secrets. And that's exactly what I try to do. I take them into the autopsy room, and show them what I've seen. But most of all, I hope I'm revealing what lies in the hearts of my characters. Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles are real people to me now. I hope they're just as real to everyone who becomes acquainted with them!

Customer Reviews

Tess Gerritsen is by far one of the best mystery/suspense authors.
E. Arment
So honestly from the first few poorly written pages of the plot, there was not much hope of this turning out to be a sharp, interesting story.
LB
I would recommend this book to those who like love, mystery and on the edge of your seat suspense.
Gayle Wilson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By R. Kummel on July 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
The thing is, I picked up this book after throughoutfully enjoying Gerritsen's medical thrillers (I figured they'd feature the same gripping story-telling) but what I found was a lukewarm novel, filled with two-dimensional characters and a terribly boring plot. The ending was nice, but it wasn't enough to save this book.
So... If you read Gerritsen's medical thrillers (Bloodstream, Harvest, etc...) don't expect the same kind of plot, characters or narration in here.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By LB on March 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered the hardcover edition of this book. The Amazon page did not indicate that this was originally published by another company 15 years before. I thought I was getting a new novel by Tess Gerritsen.

I was almost glad to read that it was so old as I could not believe that Tess Gerritsen had really written this drivel. Obviously she was at the start of her writing career when she wrote this. As someone else noted, this is a romance with a slight mystery thrown in. But, the main problem is that is very poorly written, has cardboard cut out characters and frankly, a stupid plot line.

The main character is accused of committing a crime. She did not do it, but is universally considered guilty. The woman was not even in the home when the murder took place. There could be no incriminating evidence specifically related to her (blood spatter, cloth used to clean blood from the knife, blood on her clothing, etc) yet she is charged with the crime. So honestly from the first few poorly written pages of the plot, there was not much hope of this turning out to be a sharp, interesting story.

A male character is trying to find the identity of a suspect. He has no legal or police authority, he is just a relative of the murdered man. He calls newspapers around the country to find out if a specific person was formerly employed there. All of newsrooms he calls tell him Yes or No without any further questioning of him or why he is asking. He then decides the suspect must have changed her name and calls her Grad School. He asks the Grad School office to search for people who graduated in a specific year with the first name "Jill". Yep, again they supposedly do this research for him with no questions asked.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Music lover in Omaha on July 15, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was not the best book by Tess Gerritsen I have ever read, but I must confess that I enjoyed it. It was certainly not as graphic or horrific as 'The Surgeeon' or 'The Apprentice', but it kept my interest. This was almost more of a romance novel and could have lost me at any time, but I stayed with it and found it to be a good story. (could be a Lifetime movie)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M. Schliem on June 1, 2012
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I purchased the audio book, and I just noticed that the book was first released in 1993. No wonder it was so awful. I was very disappointed with the plot, the charters and the reader, Jennifer Van Dyck. I really need to read the description section more carefully on future books purchased here. It really was almost unbearable. I feel tricked by Amazon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Boml on August 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before Tess Gerritsen started writing the long medical thrillers such as Harvest, she wrote for the Harlequin Intrigue line.....these books have the same style of writing, with superb character development and storylines, but a shorter story with a touch more of romance......(just up my alley!) Miranda Wood's ex-lover was found stabbed to death in her bed....all evidence pointing towards herself, she is imprisoned. The dead man's brother, Chase Tremain, anonymously posts bail without knowing if she was the murderer or not....hoping to keep an eye on her, he has doubts about her guilt when he witnesses some attempts on her life!...that is, unless she's a good actress!! I liked the emotional roller-coaster ride..........great climax!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SherriLee on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My fault--I could have checked publishing info, but I still feel tricked. This is an old Harlequin romance/mystery that has been republished now that Gerritsen is famous. It isnt horrible for what it is, but not near the caliber of her present stuff -- which I love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By keekster on July 17, 2013
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Not only is the book itself small in size, but the print is small! This is an old Harlequin Romance published novel and it shows. I returned it,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J J Lukacs on June 17, 2013
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I was expecting a novel more in line with real life as with the Rizzoli/Isles or similar detective type writing of her other books. this one was very sophomoric.
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