In her most masterful novel of medical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen creates a villain of unforgettable evil--and the one woman who can catch him before he kills again.He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure. The precision of the killer's methods suggests he is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the Boston newspapers and the frightened public to name him "The Surgeon."The cops' only clue rests with another surgeon, the victim of a nearly identical crime. Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and killed her attacker before he could complete his assault. Now she hides her fears of intimacy behind a cool and elegant exterior and a well-earned reputation as a top trauma surgeon.
*The enhanced ebook includes a new cover, original essays from Tess Gerritsen about the inspiration for her characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, and an excerpt from her upcoming thriller, Ice Cold.
A creepy cerebral serial killer vaguely reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter pursues a charismatic female doctor in this thoroughly satisfying if somewhat derivative thriller. Skillfully drawn surgical backdrops sizzling with ER intensity balance out the obligatory romantic intrigue and familiar plucky police professionals, attesting to Gerritsen's authentic medical expertise as a former physician. Dr. Catherine Cordell, the main character in this chilling tale, thought she had shot and killed her rapist and would-be murderer two years earlier in steamy Savannah, where he was a surgery intern at her hospital. Now, in Boston, as another hot summer begins, he appears to have iraculously returned and embarked once again on his grisly mission: he rapes women, then surgically removes their wombs. As two intrepid detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli investigate, Cordell begins to doubt her own memories (or lack of) and discovers that not even her OR is safe. Gliding as smoothly as a scalpel in a confident surgeon's hand, this tale proves that Gerritsen (Harvest; Life Support; Bloodstream; Gravity), originally a romance writer, has morphed into a dependable suspense novelist whose growing popularity is keeping pace with her ever-finer writing skills. (Sept.) Forecast: National print advertising in People, the New York Times and USA Today, plus a major promotion campaign, will ratchet Gerritsen's sales up yet another notch. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . A good thriller
Posted April 02, 2011 by PM , DenverIt was a good read and moved well. I like how it built to the ending which was very chilling. Found it very infomative about Rizzoli and the background of her life. will read others in the series
2 . Good read
Posted January 22, 2011 by Abby , Vncouveralthough the subject matter was a bit brutal at times...I could not put this book down.
3 . Keeps you guessing
Posted December 27, 2010 by Heather , Goula TownThis book pulls you in from the start and keeps you guessing till the end! Scary good but disturbing to be in the mind of a killer. I'll definitely put this one at the top of my list of Thrillers.
Wish the TV series could be more like the books...
4 . Another Good One
Posted October 31, 2010 by kw , LaGrange, GAT. Gerritsen knows how to write. This is another good one. Worth reading if you have or have not read Gerritsen before.
5 . Suprisingly Thrilling!
Posted October 05, 2010 by Nancy , HonoluluI loved this book!! Tess did an amazing job, you won't be able to put it down!! She's a great writer! This had me on my toes the whole time!
6 . Excellent
Posted July 10, 2010 by dpetree , san antonioThis was a great book....very engrossing. I couldn't put it down!
7 . Great Book!
Posted July 10, 2010 by Nurse Ratched , Central FloridaI got this as a $1.99 special and loved it from cover to cover! Great thriller! Couldn't put it down. I'll also pay full price for this author again!
8 . great value at the regular price - amazing at discounted one
Posted June 15, 2010 by paulm , philadelphiaSmart advertising ploy. I am now a fan and will pay full price next time!
9 . Engrossing
Posted June 14, 2010 by RB Arnold , Fort Wayne, INReally enjoyed this one; action and twists. A great buy at 1.99; will buy others by her at full price.
10 . Catchy and engagiing.
Posted June 10, 2010 by A.S. DiMarco , Tampa Bay, FloridaThis book was rivetiing from the first page. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the authors expression and portrayal of the theme. It was hard to put it down once I started to read it.
July 30, 2002
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Excerpt from The Surgeon (A Rizzoli & Isles Novel: #1) by Tess Gerritsen
One year later Detective Thomas Moore disliked the smell of latex, and as he snapped on the gloves, releasing a puff of talcum, he felt the usual twinge of anticipatory nausea. The odor was linked to the most unpleasant aspects of his job, and like one of Pavlov's dogs, trained to salivate on cue, he'd come to associate that rubbery scent with the inevitable accompaniment of blood and body fluids. An olfactory warning to brace himself.
And so he did, as he stood outside the autopsy room. He had walked in straight from the heat, and already sweat was chilling on his skin. It was July 12, a humid and hazy Friday afternoon. Across the city of Boston, air conditioners rattled and dripped, and tempers were flaring. On the Tobin Bridge, cars would already be backed up, fleeing north to the cool forests of Maine. But Moore would not be among them. He had been called back from his vacation, to view a horror he had no wish to confront.
He was already garbed in a surgical gown, which he'd pulled from the morgue linen cart. Now he put on a paper cap to catch stray hairs and pulled paper booties over his shoes, because he had seen what sometimes spilled from the table onto the floor. The blood, the clumps of tissue. He was by no means a tidy man, but he had no wish to bring any trace of the autopsy room home on his shoes. He paused for a few seconds outside the door and took a deep breath. Then, resigning himself to the ordeal, he pushed into the room.
The draped corpse lay on the table-a woman, by the shape of it. Moore avoided looking too long at the victim and focused instead on the living people in the room. Dr. Ashford Tierney, the Medical Examiner, and a morgue attendant were assembling instruments on a tray. Across the table from Moore stood Jane Rizzoli, also from the Boston Homicide Unit. Thirty-three years old, Rizzoli was a small and square-jawed woman. Her untamable curls were hidden beneath the paper O.R. cap, and without her black hair to soften her features, her face seemed to be all hard angles, her dark eyes probing and intense. She had transferred to Homicide from Vice and Narcotics six months ago. She was the only woman in the homicide unit, and already there had been problems between her and another detective, charges of sexual harassment, countercharges of unrelenting bitchiness. Moore was not sure he liked Rizzoli, or she him. So far they had kept their interactions strictly business, and he thought she preferred it that way.