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)
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.
At times, I know that writers like to explore a bit with theories that interest them. But, this plot takes the prime characters a bit too far off their center. The author explores the bodily existence of evil due to her interest in the Book of Enoch and Book of Jubilees.
I think this subject should have been explored in a separate book, as the author has done in the past. She is a great writer, but using the Rizzoli & Isles characters was the wrong venue.
I had a very hard time getting through this book. There were many parts that I simply FF through. Animal sacrifices by weirdos (technical term there!), graphic torture.. I simply can't stomach.
I've enjoyed this series up until now. I'll try one more book to see if this exploration continues.. if it does, I'll stop the series.
Would I recommend this book? No. At least, not to anyone with any semblance of a sensitive soul.
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.
I like audio books for long road trips. Kathe Mazur dues a great job of Dr. Isles.
How art meets science, the secret Illuminati, and kind of historical air to it.
Had to remember when to gas up, so I guess so!
Jane rizzoli. She is tough but still feminine.
All. She is really good.
The scene in the big house. I didn't see that coming at all.
Would highly recommend.
I have been a Gerritsen fan for a while and have loved reading her books. However, this audio book seemed like a chore to finish.
It has a good plot with a surprising, if somewhat anticlimactic ending BUT the story seemed bogged down with irrelevant details and minute dissection of the character's thoughts and feelings. Several times I caught myself thinking "come on, just get on with it already."
I admit I do skim over parts when reading a print book if I don't feel it is adding to the direct story line. Had I been actually reading this book, there would have been many pages skipped. I am all for character development and depth in a series but I felt that this book was almost more about Mara Isles than the case. Maybe I should have just gotten the abridged version - hopefully there is one.
The narration was adequate but sometimes she applies an accent to Rizzoli that is annoying. Put me in the mind of a female Boston Godfather rather than a police detective.
I will not give up on this series yet. Fingers crossed that the next installment will be more like the earlier books - the ones that I was disappointed to reach the end.
Sometimes I think that when a novel series becomes a successful TV series the books are doomed. Since Rizzoli & Isles aired I always hear and "see" the actresses that portray them on TV and can't seem to get the most out of the novel. In this situation it seems written as a screenplay and not as a novel. The book starts off well but loses it's bite in the middle section. Then the bodies start piling up and I always see that as a bad omen. Really, how many people have to die before the cracker shot team solves the murders. And, in this case, they really don't. The scenario just sort of plays itself out without much help from either main character. I was more interested in Rizzoli's family issues (and I think she was too!) than in the crime itself.
Still, the character development was very well done and I thought the narration was excellent in spite of what other reviewers though of as a bad Boston accent. The story line, although a little far fetched, was rounded out with the crime at hand and the intertwining of the characters personal lives too.
I usually love Tess Gerritsen novels. Perhaps they just don't translate well to audio. I will buy the hardbound editions in the future.
I would recommend this audiobook. The story was well written and very interesting.
It kept you engaged.
I'm not sure. I would like to though. She did a great job.
I would have however my audiobooks are my exercise incentive. With that said, I walked extra miles until the book was done.
I can't wait to download the next one.
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