Tess Gerritsen
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Tess Gerritsen

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), Last To Die (2012), Die Again (2014), Playing With Fire (2015), and I Know A Secret (2017). Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world.

Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and number one bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".

Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.

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Best Sellers

    • I Know a Secret

    • Rizzoli & Isles, Book 12
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 801
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 709

    Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles return to investigate the gruesome staged murder of a horror film producer in this edge-of-your-seat thriller....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The McMartin's reincarnated-WOW!!

    • By shelley on 08-16-17

    Regular price: $25.89

    • The Apprentice

    • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,057
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 738
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 742

    It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Read

    • By Mary S. Murray on 09-02-07

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Body Double

    • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 730

    Returning home from a trip to Paris, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles confronts a nightmarish scene....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bert

    • By Tapioca on 08-27-04

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Surgeon

    • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,045
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 701
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 705

    He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • The Surgeon

    • By Elizabeth on 11-19-07

    Regular price: $19.93

    • The Keepsake

    • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Deirdre Lovejoy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,068
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 622
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629

    For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. Its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and a mystery....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Decent Listen - I'll Keep Coming Back

    • By WhickedWhich on 10-12-08

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Sinner

    • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 734
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739

    The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Margaret S. on 09-05-04

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Vanish

    • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 649
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 656

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Vanished Logic

    • By James B on 12-17-05

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Girl Missing

    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 795
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 589
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 586

    She's young. She's beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Cat Novak, betrays no secrets - except for a notebook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You Should Know...

    • By Debbie Woodruff on 12-17-09

    Regular price: $22.99

    • Playing with Fire

    • A Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Will Damron
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416

    The first time violinist Julia Ansdell picked up the "Incendio Waltz" in a darkened antique shop in Rome, she knew it was a strikingly unusual composition....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Somewhat off-key

    • By Janice on 11-16-15

    Regular price: $25.89

    • Ice Cold

    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,373
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,631

    Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where 12 eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Intelligent people behaving stupidly

    • By Babs on 07-03-10

    Regular price: $25.89

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