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From Publishers Weekly

In this brisk, deftly plotted thriller from bestseller Gerritsen (Vanish), Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and police detective Jane Rizzoli look into the murder of 28-year-old Lori-Ann Tucker, whose body is found Christmas morning in her apartment amid an unholy mess of severed limbs, black candles and satanic symbols rendered in blood. "Peccavi," reads one word scrawled across Tucker's wall—Latin for "I have sinned." Isles and Rizzoli must sort sinner from innocent among suspects who can be found on several continents and include a group of sophisticates—scholars, an anthropologist, a psychiatrist—who are either cult members or crusaders against evil straight from the pages of Revelation. Other murders follow, all gruesome, all involving apocalyptic messages. On occasion, the action shifts to Europe, to a young woman running from a man she's convinced is descended from a race of fallen angels. Gerritsen has a knack for stretching believability just short of the breaking point—and for amassing details that produce an atmosphere in which the most terrible possibilities can and, indeed, should occur. (Sept.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

The Mephisto Club, the sixth in the Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles series (after Vanish), contains Tess Gerritsen's trademark lurid writing, grisly medical/forensic details, and chilling suspense. This time, as a satanically driven killer tortures and dismembers his victims, an esoteric cult considers the existence of a gene for evil. It's not a tale for the faint of heart; metaphysical inquiries into demonology and evil are matched, page by page, by grisly details. The only major criticism comes from New York Times Book Review, which cited a total lack of credibility. Otherwise, The Mephisto Club should provide "hair-raising, demon-hunting good fun" (Los Angeles Times).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345476999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345476999
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), and Last To Die (August 2012.) Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world.

Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and number one bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".

Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Derek on January 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book randomly while I was waiting for another book to be shipped to me from Amazon. I didn't know that this was part of the Isles/Rizzoli series, I just thought the descriptions of it sounded good and thought I'd pick it up. The whole time I was reading this book I kept going back and forth trying to guess the outcome of the plot and whenever I thought I was pretty sure it would be one thing, I'd come across something that would lead me to flip flop on that assumption. The whole book is engrossing and every chance I got I wanted to read to find out if my guesses were right.

Also, another huge plus of this book is that the protagonists/main characters are real people with real problems. Unlike a lot of other mystery/thriller books, the main characters here have both triumphs in whatever they're trying to figure out/accomplish, as well as major life problems that have potentially enormouos conseqences.

I recommend this book full-heartedly and will certainly pick up on the rest of Gerristen's novels.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cyn Premo on August 30, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having followed Jane Rizzoli from the beginning of the series, has been
a bit like watching a cherished child mature into an even more beloved adult, as she finds confidence, learns to be a bit less abrasive,
falls in love with the right guy, and has a baby. Her professional relationship and blossoming personal ties with Maura Isles have also been a delight to witness. Maura herself becomes more intriguing with each new book, and the fact that she has a mother who is the female
equivalent of Hannibal Lecter before Thomas Harris lost control of him,
is just the icing on the cake. "The Mephisto Club"
is one of the most deliciously creepy books I have read in a long time. The supporting
cast of characters is beautifully drawn, from the members of the club to Jane's amazingly dysfunctional family to Maura's forbidden lover. One of the things at which Ms.Gerritsen has become more adept with each new novel in the series is her ability to inject levity--albeit gallows humor--into the mix, without losing sight of the seriousness of the subject matter. I am greatly looking forward to the next novel featuring Jane and Maura, though I cannot imagine how Ms. Gerritsen could possibly generate more goosebumps than she did with this hugely entertaining book.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By LB on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book really pulled me in and I found it hard to put down. I contemplated many times who the 'bad guy' was going to be. I was so looking forward to the finale to find out which of the characters was doing all the dirty deeds!

But then - arrrrgh - not another book that has such a wonderful overall plot and then fizzles out at the end!! Noooo -- this book had so much promise. How could Tess Gerritsen write such an intricate and complicated novel and then finish it up with such a lackluster ending?

I was so disappointed to finish reading and find that Tess seemed to suddenly realize that it was time to turn in her manuscript to the publisher, so she wound up things very quickly with no real explanation at all. I seriously think that readers who stuck with this book for so many pages and chapters deserve a good conclusion that fills the readers in and gives them a satisfying finish to the story. It was so interesting up until it abruptly ended - psssttt......
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson VINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles (two recurring characters in a series of Tess Gerritsen books) are called to a horrifying murder scene where a young woman has been dismembered in her home. They soon discover that one of the body parts at the scene belongs to another victim. The clues point in the direction of the murders being ritualistic in nature. This path of investigation brings Rizzoli and Isles in contact with members of the Mephisto Club. The members of this club believe that in ancient times fallen angels mated with humans creating a blood line of human demons and it is their mission to seek out this "true evil" in the world.

Because of the supernatural slant, this was not my favorite Tess Gerritsen book. The demon aspect didn't really add to the storyline and in fact it was a distraction for me as I kept thinking why couldn't the "bad guy" just be a sociopath...why does he need to be a demon? The ending comes out of nowhere and it didn't seem to be as meticulously plotted out as the rest of the book. If you are reading the Rizzoli/Isles series, I would say you should still read Mephisto Club...just understand it might not be what you expect.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder on July 12, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Mephisto Club is the 6th of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli/Isles series. On Christmas Eve, Rizzoli and Isles are called to a horrific murder scene where the female victim has been decapitated and dismembered. During the autopsy, however, they realise there must be more than one victim as the left hand does not match the arm. And a call has been made from the victim's phone to Dr Joyce O'Donnell, the neuropsychiatrist who has made a career of defending serial killers. Before they can discover to whom the hand belongs, one of their own, a female police detective, is murdered in the backyard of a house where Joyce O'Donnell is dining. Symbols and words at both crime scenes, made with an unusual ochre clay, point to a Satanic element; or do they? When events in Isles' personal life coincide with the same symbols on her own front door, the action really starts to heat up. And Rizzoli has problems of her own with the way her parents are behaving. Gerritsen gives us two back stories which will have the reader convinced they know who the culprit is, although everyone but Rizzoli starts to wonder if their perp is, in fact, human. Gerristen touches on celibacy in the Church, secret societies, Satanic possession, mid-life crisis, and whether evil can have a physical form. Once again, Rizzoli provides some humour; the story is full of suspense and has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed. Another Gerritsen winner.
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