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The Silent Girl (with bonus short story Freaks): A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (Rizzoli & Isles Novels) Hardcover – July 5, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 599 customer reviews
Book 9 of 11 in the Rizzoli & Isles Series

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Praise for The Silent Girl

"Suspense doesn't get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory."—Lee Child
"She did it to me again!  I can't get anything done when Tess puts out a new book and this one caught me as I was starting work on Season 2 of "Rizzoli & Isles."  So instead of memorizing my lines, I was sucked up into Boston's Chinatown with Jane, Maura, and company and could not put this one down. Just like the other books. Every time.  
And to top it off, now I have to wait for the NEXT one to come out--you're killing me, Tess!  So good..."—Lorraine Bracco
“[A] deft thriller.”—Publisher’s Weekly

Praise for Ice Cold and Tess Gerritsen

“Gerritsen paces Ice Cold with surgical precision.”—Salon
“The kind of book you’d read in one sitting.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Amazing . . . another winner.”—The Plain Dealer
“[Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior do 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

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rizzoli & Isles Novels
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345515501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345515506
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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