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.
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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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11 . Awesome
Posted June 07, 2010 by Rob , New BedfordAt first what grabbed my attention to this book was the fact that a new TNT series based on the characters Rizzoli and Isles is starting soon and it was offered at a low price. That being said it was a great read. Rivetting from the very beginning and it kept you guessing until the very end. Now I'm hooked and can't wait to read the rest of the series and watch the tv show.
12 . Page turning Thriller
Posted June 07, 2010 by love to read , Boston, MAFor a $1.99 I was not expecting alot. It was a page turning story. Loved how the characters intermixed and kept you guessing. I could not wait to finish the book to find out what would happen next. I would recommend it to anyone!! I am glad that I took a chance on purchasing it and loved it!! I will now read another book by this author.
13 . Great read!
Posted June 04, 2010 by Love to read , SarasotaI was thrilled with the price and then amazed at how good it was. Not very long with a little more than 200 pages.
14 . Galvenizing
Posted May 28, 2010 by Mike , Full Time RVerOMG! Best $2 I ever spent. Couldn't put this book down. Ignored my wife to finish it (probably not a good idea!)
15 . fantastic!
Posted March 05, 2009 by cheryl malkerson , coon rapids, mn.Kept me up all night just to finish the book. Never figured out the end till it happened. You need to put this book on your list to read soon.
16 . Top class thriller ... end to end
Posted November 25, 2008 by Bookworm , Brookfield, CTImpossible to put down. Well researched. Characters are normal and not ex-Marine superstars. You need to curb the tendency to skip sentences just to get to the next paragraph or page or chapter! Riveting read.
17 . The Surgeon
Posted October 06, 2008 by jays4monkeys , New JerseyThis book engrossed me from the first page. I read the entire book in one day. It really sucked me in and made me feel like it was real. My heart pounded and I couldn't wait to turn the page. A must read...excellent.
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.