PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and a member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.
On top of Beacon Hill, the club's acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us.
With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it's clear that someone, or something, is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own, or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness?
Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced...one whose work is only just beginning.
©2006 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"Deftly plotted." (Publishers Weekly)
the story is a good one... It took forever to get going... tried to listen three times but got tired of the pace. When i finely managed to listen long enough... It was a good story.
Everything about this book is great! The reader is great also, kept us listening and not wanting to miss a word! We listened in the car on our way to Florida to visit family and finished on the 10 hour drive home! 7 1/2 hours into the drive home the book sadly has come to its conclusion! Don't miss this read!
This is an exciting mystery with a fascinating plot involving ancient satanic rites and symbology--! My favorite R&I book do far!
I listen to audio books while working.
This is a pretty good story, but in all I think I am through with Gerritsen. I like mysteries not gore, and she is fascinated by gore.
I love the Rizzoli & Isles series. But this was totally out of character. Neither Rizzoli nor Isles plays an important role, which sucks. I wish Tess Gerritsen would have made this a separate novel from the R & I series. Then she would have been released from the strictly logical cop novel format against which she seemed to be struggling throughout this book. And she wouldn't have subjected all of us mystery novel fans to a genre we didn't think we were buying into.
Yes, because I love her mystery novels, but if she pulls another stunt like this...
The girl on the run was my favorite character. I wish Ms. Gerritsen would've made her a bit stronger, but she was a good character. She just didn't fit with the R&I format
I would cut Rizzoli and Isles from the book. Take it all the way to Dan Brown genre. Make the two main characters someone from inside the Mephisto Club, who interferes with the police because he/she believes there is more to the series of deaths than the cops do, and the girl on the run. Major revisions.
I wish I had known this was so unlike her other books before I bought it. I had to fast forward through many chapters because I found the creepy what-if history so tedious in a suspense novel.
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I have listened to all of the series available on audio. This is my favorite. There are characters here that show up in other books. Their backgrounds and relationships seem to come across with more detail in this episode.
As usual, the mystery involved is engaging. Maura and Jane always work well together and have each other's back.
Narration is appropriate; the "accents" are difficult to portray.
BTW: The network version doesn't do the books justice. The story line diverges greatly and seems rather vanilla by comparison.
This book is based alot on religion. It wasn't her best story but since i love the series I got through it.
This was a fairly good listen but not quite as good as previous Rizzoli & Isles books that I've listened to. If you like the series, you have to listen to it to keep up with what is going on in the lives of the characters. But honestly, this one was a little out there with the whole religious/supernatural back story. I don't want to give away anything in the story, but that part of the story becomes the main story line and was just too far fetched to really be interesting for me personally. All in all, it was entertaining and I will continue on to the next R & I book.
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