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Publisher's Summary

A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.

Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.

Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer's identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.

Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it, if she survives the night.

©2005 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Never fails to deliver chilling suspense...leaves the reader breathless." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Drawing on current events, Gerritsen's latest novel is a tense, taut thriller that grabs readers from the get-go and never lets up." (Booklist)
"It's scary how good Tess Gerritsen is; this is crime writing at its unputdownable, nerve-tingling best." (Harlan Coben)

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Vanished Logic

I found the basic concept of this book interesting. I found its execution bush-league and the narrator the same.

The narrator insists on giving main female detective Rizzoli a Brooklyn accent. The fact Rizzoli is born and bred in Boston doesn't dawn on her.

The storyline as it proceeds is dull and the reasons given for the major crime in story are not believable and don't fit the facts presented.

Gerritsen has reached the same point as Patricia Cornwell. She is no longer writing for the reader; she's writing for revenue.

I do not recommend this book and will not read another.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great story, but....

I think the reader was channelling Fran Drescher when she decided what a Bostonian should sound like. What were the producers thinking?

If you can ignore the accent then the story is worthwhile.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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boston accent

Tess Gerritson always writes a great story and this was no exception. However, I am from Massachusetts and I just couldn't get past Jane Rizolli sounding like a combination of Marisa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny" and New Jersey's Carmella Soprano.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sariena
  • North Brunswick, NJ, USA
  • 10-15-07

Tough to listen to

I love Tess Gerritsen all the way through to Mephisto Club. But this one was tough to listen to-just could not get into the dialogue the characters. The story of Anna etc was very sad, but for some reason, I wish she was the center of the story, and in this one I didn't feel the focus was on the most powerful story line.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Definitely not as great as her other books

I like to read/listen to Gerristens books, but the reader on this one had me droning out. The story line wasn't very good but the twist at the end was pretty good. In comparison to her other books this one didn't quite measure up.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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This was the first book in this series I've read and I definitely want to read more now. Some things seemed to get tied up a little carelessly but I found that I just plain like Jane, and also found the subtext about her baby very believable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Edison, NJ, USA
  • 09-13-05

It was ok

It kept me interested, but not like I couldn't put it down. The twist another reviewer spoke about, I had figured out about half way through as well as some other things at the end. I guess it was typical of these types of books though. The reader was a little annoying at times and there were times that I couldn't figure out which character was speaking. It wasn't bad though.Not bad

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  • Nancy
  • St Charles, MO, United States
  • 08-06-13

Great entertainment

I've really come to love this series. Yes, its descriptions of the autopsy can be rather.. graphic.. but, the story is intelligent, the characters are realistic and developing and the writing is great!

In this installment, Rizzoli becomes a witness in the underground sex-slave trade from the Slovic countries. The injustices in that trade are portrayed in detail and not "pleasantly' .. but, it isn't lewd, just realistic. The story of the victim is very poignant.

I must admit, that I got a bit angry with Rizzoli for not putting her baby first.. but, that is me.. not her.

The narrator is good. I don't have any trouble distinguishing voices, and don't need to keep rewinding because I don't understand or miss something.

Yes, I'd recommend this book.. with a caution to those with sensitive souls.. You will hurt for and with the victims quite a bit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Terrific Book

This was a very enjoyable listen from start to finish. The narrator was excellent and it held my interest throughout. I hope she writes more Jane Resolli books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lupo
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 08-22-08

Same caliber as Baldacci

This was an excellent book and very well written. I thought the narration was top-notch and the accents believable. I would put Gerritson right up there with Baldacci. I actually enjoyed this book more than Baldacci's latest work, which also focused on abused government defense contractors. Gerritson does a fabulous job of weaving in the plot through so many different angles. You're never really sure who is good or bad until the end. Loved it and can't wait for her next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful