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The Silent Girl: (Rizzoli & Isles series 9) [Kindle Edition]

Tess Gerritsen
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Book Description

'Gripping . . . Both women deal with personal and family issues that reveal their humanity and lend credibility to this deft thriller' Publishers Weekly


A severed hand is found in an alleyway in Boston’s Chinatown. Detective Jane Rizzoli discovers the rest of the body on a nearby rooftop, the head nearly severed.

The only clue Jane has is two strands of hair, but it’s enough for Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles to make a startling connection. This violent attack has its roots in an unsolved murder-suicide case from nineteen years ago. The only witness, a beautiful martial arts master, has never dared to speak.

And she may never get the chance...

Editorial Reviews


“Suspense doesn't get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory.”—Lee Child
“Another great thrill ride . . . The Silent Girl is one of [Tess] Gerritsen’s best.”—Associated Press
“Gripping . . . Both women deal with personal and family issues that reveal their humanity and lend credibility to this deft thriller.”—Publishers Weekly
“Chilling and thrilling . . .  an exciting and suspense-filled adventure.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

About the Author

Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers Ice Cold, The Keepsake, The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1036 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (July 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00563M34W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author's gender is beside the point May 4, 2011
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I've read several of Tess Gerritsen's books including her first, HARVEST, and the several most recent ones. There's always a tendency to call her one of the best woman writers, and that of course is true enough, but moreover, she's one of the best mystery thriller writers, period.

And this is one of her creepiest and most mesmerizing. After a brief prologue detailing the meeting of two important characters, we're plunged into the grisly discovery in Boston's Chinatown of first a woman's severed hand and then her body. Jane Rizzoli, aided by medical examiner Maura Isles who is presently on bad terms with the police officers, leads the investigation. The investigation reveals that this and another murder has connections with a bizarre massacre that occurred 19 years earlier.

Two enigmatic Chinese women flavor the story, the older one narrating some chapters. There is a certain mysticism also flavoring the story. The solution is satisfyingly meaty and involved. I did spot one character early in the book who was playing a greater role than was obvious, but the rest of the solution was suitably surprising.

The pace here is fast and the characterization is superb, making several characters fascinating and likeable, ones you enjoy knowing. I give this my highest recommendation for whatever it may be worth.
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175 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great new thriller April 28, 2011
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I have loved all of Tess Gerritson's thrillers and this one The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel is no exception. The story is set in Boston and has a strong sense of place when the plot develops. This story is about a chilling murder in Boston's china town where detective Jane Rizzoli finds a red haired woman murdered on a roof top with a severed hand which they find in the alley below. Between the detective and the medical examiner, Dr. Maura Isles, they look for clues. Some of the clues are given early in the book and it is very interesting how the team tries to connect all the clues and then discover secrets of an ancient Chinese legend and all its dangers...

The author has done it again by coming out with this tremendous thriller. Don't start this book late at night like I did, and then you simply have to stay up to find the next clue! I am sure it will be another best seller, it is the type of book that grabs you from the very beginning!
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95 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more Isles and less paranormal May 8, 2011
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In "The Silent Girl", Tess Gerritsen delivers another tale of mystery, murder, and mayham, starring TV-famous Jane Rizzoli--detective with a heart--and Maura Isles, a medical examiner who searches only for truth (a contendor for Patricia Cornwall's early caricature of Kay Scarpetta, now abandoned for a darker, more depressing person I barely recognize). The story is told through the eyes of both the people solving the crime and the person suspected of committing it. This book, though, comes with a twist. More on that later.

Rizzoli and Isles are called to the scene of a heinous murder which Rizzoli quickly ties to one nineteen years ago. Rizzoli's the star of this story with only cameo help from Isles, delivered with none of the ME's usual magic uncovering clues from dead bodies no one else notices. Why? Isles is distracted by ending her relationship with a boyfriend and testifying in a trial against a policeman. The former breaks her heart, the latter breaks the Blue Code of Silence and alienates her from the men she must work with on a daily basis. But it's Isles core reasoning--that truth is justice--which sets up the story's theme: Is truth a barometer of right and wrong or a moving target? There are several appealing scenes between Isles and the boy who saved her life in an earlier book that contribute to Isles part in solving this puzzling mystery, but nothing like the usual partnership we have come to relish between Rizzoli and Isles, crime solvers extraordinaire.

While Gerritsen does a good job sharing the juxtaposition of man's law vs. nature's, leaving it to the reader to decide if they side with Maura's black and white view or Rizzoli's more tempered 'Do we really know', it's not enough.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston Chinatown murder for Rizzoli and Isles May 8, 2011
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On a Chinatown ghost tour with his parents, a 10 year old boy discovers what is initially thought to be a prop for the tour...a severed human hand. This is enough for a midnight call to homicide Detective Rizzoli and the ultimate discovery of the remains of a beautiful woman, dressed all in black, on a nearby rooftop who has died of a slash to her throat.

During the medical examination of the corpse by ongoing character Dr. Maura Isles, two grey hairs are discovered and bagged. Not human, not rodent, not canine or feline-what could they be? Meanwhile Jane Rizzoli tracks her victim's car to a nearby parking garage and finds a GPS with only 2 addresses punched into it-a retired Boston detective whose out of touch on vacation and the Chinatown martial arts studio led by a woman who lost her husband in an infamous 19yr. old murder/suicide in Chinatown.

Dr. Gerritsen excels in tight, fast writing, sucking you in to turn the next page and learn what happens. As a former practicing MD, the science is all real and thoroughly researched. While it does help to have read the previous books in this series, you can appreciate the unfolding of the entwined mysteries and twists of plot without having read the other books. And as an American of Chinese extraction, she has a chance to reveal some of the unspoken prejudices that still exist in the US.

A wild ride and a good read to share with friends...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story
I loved this book. I enjoy the characters of Jane and Maura but the new characters were rich and intriguing. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Karen McCormick
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read if you don't really care what you're reading.
it was just okay. i usually don't like short stories and ones that were included were a little "dumb"
Published 7 days ago by Elizabeth J McLane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book and jeeps your interest till the end
Published 14 days ago by Marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars So real, So Intense and So Enjoyable!
Tests Gerritsen puts her all into writing, taking the reader where no other writer is equipped to do so. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read
Couldn't put it down great plot twists. Going to start looking for not from Tess Gerritsen. Like the combinations of the books and the T V show
Published 25 days ago by Walt Lumley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Brenda S Retterer
4.0 out of 5 stars ...tied up with a nice little bow!
I never know how the stories are going to all connect up, but once again, Tess Gerritsen is able to tie it all up together with a nice little bow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gotro13
5.0 out of 5 stars one of her better books
Just the right balance of recurring character stories along with the new mystery. I especially like having more Frost. An interesting read.
Published 1 month ago by Gary R. Trebert
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a silent book!
The series is losing something as these series do eventually. The plots seem to be similar and leave one thinking- I've read this before i'm sure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love reading all of the R & I books
Love reading all of the R & I books. One more book to go before I am current. Thank you Tess for a very rewarding read.
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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.


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