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Last to Die: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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From Author Tess Gerritsen: Why I Wrote Last To Die
When I was ten years old, I got a fingerprint kit for my birthday. I'd been obsessed with Nancy Drew mystery novels, and I was convinced that I, too, could be a spunky girl detective and track down all the dangerous criminals lurking in my suburban San Diego neighborhood. The fingerprint kit consisted of a brush and a baggie of black powder. I practiced by dusting various surfaces in my house, blowing off the excess powder, and using Scotch tape to capture the patterns. I never nabbed any dangerous criminals, but I did discover the interesting fact that fingerprint powder is really hard to clean off white walls and furniture.
Thus ended my career as spunky girl detective.
The years passed and I grew up to become a doctor and then a thriller novelist, but I never forgot my childhood fantasy of being a crime-fighter. I realize now that it was a variation of a universal fantasy we all share: that even ordinary people can do extraordinary things. It's a theme we see often in fiction and in movies: Harry Potter, the despised boy living under the stairs, becomes the world's greatest wizard. Luke Skywalker, a farm boy, becomes a Jedi knight. So why couldn't a mere kid help catch a criminal?
In my newest novel Last to Die, that's exactly what happens.
It's the tenth in my Rizzoli and Isles crime series starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. This time they're on the hunt for a killer who's stalking three surviving orphans of different family massacres. Assisting Jane and Maura are a few brilliant young sleuths who belong to The Jackals, a student forensics club at the remote and mysterious Evensong boarding school. The three threatened orphans--Claire, Will, and Teddy--are now sheltered at Evensong, where frightening new events at the school make Jane Rizzoli wonder if the killer has tracked the orphans to the isolated sanctuary that was supposed to keep them safe.
But Evensong is no ordinary school, and Evensong's students are certainly not ordinary children. Among the students is sixteen-year-old Julian "Rat" Perkins, who saved Maura's life in my book Ice Cold. As president of The Jackals Club, Julian leads this oddball group of amateur detectives, and they have more than a few tricks up their sleeves--tricks that may save the lives of Jane and Maura.
I never fulfilled my childhood fantasy of being a girl sleuth who catches bad guys. But I can finally bring that fantasy to life in Last to Die, where it just might be the kids who bring down the killer.
“Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory.”—Lee Child
“[Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior so dark and frightening that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft seem like goody-two-shoes.”—Chicago Tribune
“One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.”—The Providence Journal
The Silent Girl
“Another great thrill ride . . . one of Gerritsen’s best.”—Associated Press
“An exciting and suspense-filled adventure.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
“Gerritsen paces Ice Cold with surgical precision.”—Salon
“The kind of book you’d read in one sitting.”—Chicago Sun-Times
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; First Edition first Printing (August 28, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345515633
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345515636
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.42 x 1.2 x 9.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #386,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When children are the only survivors after the slaughter of their families they are sent to Evensong for safety . There's no safety to be had . Maura gets tangled in the mystery first, but Jane soon follows.
The plot has tension and many satisfying red herrings. It keeps you guessing right up to the end.
My rating: 4 Stars
My opinion: Let me preface this review by stating that I have read every book in this series, some several times. On that note, I must also state that Dr. Gerritsen is probably one of the most character and storyline driven author I have ever had the pleasure of reading. What I mean by this is that this is not a series that one can pick up a single book and have an excellent understanding of how incidents in the story reflect back to other novels and follow the overall R&I story. Another point I will make is that if watchers of the TNT series think that the books follow the TV series, they don't! This series, particularly the earlier novels, can be quiet graphic without the "silliness" portrayed by the TV characters.
Now, this is not my favorite of the R&I series, but not my least favorite either. This book had much more of a psychological aspect to it and went much deeper into the Rizzoli family history and dramatics than her books before. Still with Dr. Gerritsen's high quality writing, this was a pleasurable read.
Would I recommend? : Of course, I regularly recommend this series.
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They have gone to live with other families & those families have been killed. Again they survive, this time two of them assisted by a mystery blonde woman who disappears just before the authorities arrive.
The all end up at Evensong, a special residential school for children with a common denominator - murder.
All have lost one or more family member to homicide.
The security is high, education excellent & accommodation manorial.
The premise is that there is evil in the world, be prepared. Whether it is learning which plants are poisonous, how to use a bow & arrow, survival skills & self sufficiently - all are available.
The tutors have lost someone close to them toi murder, they believe that Evil exists, they are members of the Mephisto Society.
Strange things start to happen after the arrival of the last member of the trio.
Maura is there to visit Julian, the sixteen year old who she survived a previous trauma with, a deep friendship developed through their shared ordeal.
A two week vacation at Evensong with Julian and his dog, Bear is just what she needs.
Before she left Boston, one of her last cases was the autopsies of a family murdered, their foster child being the only survivor.
Her curiosity is piqued when she learns about the other two children who have lived through a similar ordeal.
A fascinating story, excellent research with totally unexpected twists & turns leading to a quirky ending.
As usual, Ms. Gerritsen takes you on a mystery tour, and you are never disappointed with the final destination.