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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. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that's what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who literally and figuratively scarred her, she is determined to finally end Hoyt's awful influence. But Rizzoli isn't counting on becoming a target herself. Yet once Hoyt is suddenly free, he joins his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta....
©2002 Tess Gerritsen (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

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"Well-drawn characters and a compelling story will grab readers' interest and earn Gerritsen more admirers." (Booklist)

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Good Read

I enjoyed this book immensely. I like the narrator and have no problem with the way she does male voices. I've listened to her many times and I'm used to her style of reading. I find it easy to get lost in the book & characters with this narrator.

The book itself is suspenseful all the way to the very end. As to Jane being the stereotype of 'women in a male world' - so what? I felt it was an honest characterization of a strong woman doing what is considered a man's job. I find it too much on the mark to ridicule the book based on that.

The self-psycho analysis of the 'surgeon' was excellent and very mind provoking. Really makes you start to think about the sort of things and people who do this sort of thing.

I have not read the first book "The Surgeon" and doubt if I do so while this one is fresh on my mind, but I will probably pick it up in the future. I also now plan to pick up some more of Gerritsen's books as I like her style of writing.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • Spring Branch, TX, United States
  • 04-29-14

Both The Author and The Narrator are Perfect

First let me say that I am addicted to modern mysteries with intelligent female detectives, medical examiners, contract killers, ditch diggers, surgeons, anything but frumpy housewives and good mommies with perfect kids. So when Tess Gerritsen "gave birth" to the Rizzolli and Isles series I almost inhaled the first book in one sitting through my ears. Then I realized that the voice reading it was so hypnotic, expressive, engaged in the story that this was part of the reason I could not take my ears off the pages. Anna Fields is one of the most talented readers that Audible has. She can read an IRS information pamphlet on tax exemptions for 501 c3 organizations and make it interesting. Although Gerritsen's plots and excellent writing can survive other readers, even the less than mediocre ones, the combination of Anna Fields and the characters of Gerritsen's suspense novels is unbeatable. The Apprentice has so many twists and turns it's like a subway tunnel built by a crazed carnival ride inventor. But she did not fool me one bit with her ending. There will be more to come and a return of the least likable characters of The Apprentice so listen carefully, once, twice, maybe three times so you will be prepared for the sequels.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanna
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 07-28-11

Read "The Surgeon" First

If I could, I would give this 3 1/2 stars. The only reason it wasn't 4 stars for me was that it became a little repetitive with the plot lines. The same scenario over and over... talk about deja' vue! All with very slow progress in terms of clues to find these serial killers. It all comes together at the end, but it is a long time coming. Don't judge the narrator by the sample on the book page. She sounds awful on that snippet, but when she begins to use different voices for different characters she is quite good. Not great with the male voices, but better than some with this series.

One interesting question... is Jane's last name pronounced Ritz-oley or Rizz-oley. As with the word Pizza, the correct Italian pronunciation, "zz" is just "z." No "t." Personally, I don't care, but I sure wish the narrators would make up their mind how Jane pronounces her last name... it varies from book to book. Another illustration of my biggest complaint with this series... NO continuity with narrators! They are AWFUL!

I would strongly recommend to listen to this series in order. I got my information as to the order of the books from an incorrect source when I began listening to them. Now I am all over the board in terms of what and who I know, and how things evolved. The only reason I haven't read The Surgeon is because it is abridged, and I am strongly opposed to abridged books, but after reading this book, I feel I am going to cave in and go back and read it. There were SO many references to it in this book that I regret not having read it first. It is central to the plot in this book, so if you haven't read The Surgeon I would recommend the same for you BEFORE you read this.

Otherwise, I love Tess Gerritsen, even her non-Rizzoli and Isles books. Some of those were even more enjoyable, IMHO. This was not my favorite book in the series, but I did enjoy it, and I think Gerritsen has created a great character in Jane Rizzoli

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Felicia
  • The Colony, TX, United States
  • 08-24-10

Thrilling Ride...

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Purchased: Purchased Audiobook from Audible

What I Loved: This was the 2nd book in this series and it was firing on all cylinders. From beginning to end, the case was intriguing and chilling. Perhaps the best part of the book was the continuation of the story between the Surgeon and Rizzoli. It was wonderful to watch the story unfold from both of their perspectives in a unique, emotional, and raw way. I won't give away any spoilers but I will say that the story takes many twists/turns that will leave you breathless.

What I Liked: I liked the introduction of Isles in this book. It was understated but you got the feeling that she is going to become very important in the series. I also like the fleshing out of the character of Frost. I think he and Rizzoli make a great cop partnership and together they make a very solid foundation to build cases upon.

Complaints: Only one, I did not enjoy the narrator for this book. She made Isles sound really masculine and I believe my total dislike for Dean comes from the way she voiced him.

Why I gave it a 4: This was a very good follow-up to the first book in the series. Tess did not cheat her characters by automatically healing them from the things that have happened but she also didn't victimize them. She let them grow naturally and for that reason I am excited to read more from her.

Who I would recommend it too: I would recommend this book to thriller readers. It was well-paced, well-written, and well-delivered!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • washington , DC, USA
  • 03-31-10

Great Listen

Great Listen. Enough twists and turns to make it difficult to turn off until completed. The Apprentice is the second of a five story series. It is the recommendation of both the author and I that you read them in the order they were written. While you can enjoy this one without having read the first one (The Surgeon), reading them in order allows you to see the development of the characters and have a better understanding of his/her personality. Can't wait to start # 3 The Sinner.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Better Than The Show

The books are better than the show; well except for Angie Harmon. The follow up book to The Surgeon, Warren Hoyt returns to terrorize both Jane and the general populace and this time he has a partner. The television show made Hoyt out to be a larger factor than he is in the books, but he is a major player in this one. Though there is a great deal of extraneous detail at times this book is quite good. There is a certain amount of disbelief that must be suspended by the listener, but much of the law enforcement portion of the story is well done if not particularly realistic. A good listen.

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Would you listen to The Apprentice again? Why?


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

the plot was good

Would you listen to another book narrated by Anna Fields?

Not unless she pronounced Rizzoli without a T I have already ordered an other book so I have to

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An even better sequal

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.
This book flowed perectly from Surgeon.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really graphic!

I didn't read the first in this series (The Surgeon), and after listening to this, I won't! It was extremely graphic, and I had trouble liking the main character... she was a steriotype of "female hero in a male world" and had no depth. I may read one more from this series to see if I'm judging too harshly, but not the first one. This book had so many references back to the first, that I don't need to read it!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 09-19-16

Very good

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Awesome. Interesting characters and a story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I did not read the first book in the series (The Surgeon) but The Apprentice fills in the background enough so that I did not miss it. Jane, the heroine, is a homocide detective. She is working on a series of murders that are very similar to the murders committed by the Surgeon, who she caught a year ago, and who sits in jail for his crimes. Jane was terribly injured, both physically and emotionally, in the process of capturing the Surgeon. She is fighting off memories of the horror she went through and is determined to catch the killer who is copying the Surgeon's killing style. But then there is that pesky FBI agent.

Anna Fields is amazing in performing this book. I believe I read that she died over a year ago. If that is true, what a terrible loss. She was so talented.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful