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The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel | [Tess Gerritsen]

The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

Tess Gerritsen was a successful internist who left her practice to focus on her children and her writing. Gerritsen's medical suspense novels have consistently won critical and fan acclaim, and now, with The Surgeon, she delivers her most gripping work.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.


Cordell's careful façade is about to crack as this new killer recreates, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell's own ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. Her only comfort comes from Thomas Moore, the detective assigned to the case. But even Moore cannot protect Cordell from a brilliant hunter who somehow understands - and savors - the secret fears of every woman he kills.

©2001 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2002 RITA Award Winner, Romantic Suspense
  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Suspense Novel, 2001

Grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go. (Tami Hoag)

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    Elizabeth Pinson, AL, USA 11-19-07
    Elizabeth Pinson, AL, USA 11-19-07
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    "The Surgeon"

    I thought it was the unabridged version at first then realized it was not. It as good as an abridgement can be, bad like all abridgments is seriously lacking. My suggestion is to find a unabridged version or read the book otherwise you miss so much the story does not make sense.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St. Albert, AB, Canada 01-19-04
    Nancy St. Albert, AB, Canada 01-19-04
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    "The Surgeon"

    I love a good mystery and this one will keep you on the edge of your seat! I'm only half way through, but wanted to stay up last night to listen to it - had to work today, but have not been able to get my mind off of it. Hurry up 5 o'clock!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tyrona Saint Clair, MO, USA 10-19-03
    Tyrona Saint Clair, MO, USA 10-19-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Heart-pounding, up all night suspense!"

    This book kept me awake for hours- it is one of her best! It has excellent narration- I just couldn't turn it off.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Altamonte Springs, FL, USA 08-24-03
    Christina Altamonte Springs, FL, USA 08-24-03
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    "She's becoming more popular everyday"

    This is the second book of Gerritsen's I actually read. It was extremely suspenseful! I had a hard time putting either of her books down. I'm a RN, but don't think medical background is necessary to love her writing. If you like intense medical thrillers, this book & Bloodstream are worth the time.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 12-02-08
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 12-02-08
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    "A great Beginning"

    I love Tess's books.
    I read them all and listen to them all.
    I love her flow and characters.
    She is great and as an Anesthesiologist, I love her ideas and true medical information.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Smyrna, GA, USA 11-07-07
    Brooke Smyrna, GA, USA 11-07-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    This was a great book! I kept finding myself staying in my car to find out what happened next. It was suspenseful and well thought out. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you'll love this novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Reno, NV, USA 12-08-06
    Dorothy Reno, NV, USA 12-08-06
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    "a good thriller"

    This is a good thriller that is not predictable. Is is bloody and gross and exciting. It will keep you wanting to listen to more. I didn't find it quite as fabulous as the other reviewers but, it is definetly worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ace Mcinturff Sequim, WA USA 06-18-10
    Ace Mcinturff Sequim, WA USA 06-18-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book, but...."

    When I read that Angie Harmon would play Rizzoli in a TNT version of Rizzoli & Isles this fall, I thought I would try to read the source novels. This was an intereting crime novel, but for me, far to gory, bloody and shows torture in clinical detail. Not my cup of tea, and I'm not even remotely interested in going forward to the other novels in the series. Great for those interested in that kind of thing though!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lannielui 03-22-09
    Lannielui 03-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Cutting Edge"

    This audio book is excellent despite the fact that it is abridged. The roller coaster ride and spine chilling suspense packed into only 5 hours makes this story hard to put down. Gerritsen takes us into the mind of the killer, skillfully crafting the bizarre viewpoint of life and the murders. Plenty of twists and turns, The Surgeon, delivers a peek into the mind of a perverse hunter, the prey he hunts, and the cops who are hot on the trail. A brilliant prequel to The Apprentice, where this captivating story continues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Dewey, AZ, United States 10-27-13
    Stephanie Dewey, AZ, United States 10-27-13

    I love excitement and relaxation. I love reading and playing games and spending time with my family

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was very disappointed in this book. there was a few parts that was getting exciting then let me down. I tried listening to it again and just couldn't. maybe it was the reader that did not make it interesting or just the book itself. I could not finish something that could not capture me. and it seemed like it would skip from one story to the next and felt a bit lost.


    What three words best describe Dennis Boutsikaris’s voice?

    boring


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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