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Publisher's Summary

In her most masterful novel of medical suspense, New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen creates a villain of unforgettable evil - and the one woman who can catch him before he kills again. 

He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure. The precision of the killer's methods suggests he is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the Boston newspapers and the frightened public to name him "The Surgeon". 

The cops' only clue rests with another surgeon, the victim of a nearly identical crime. Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and killed her attacker before he could complete his assault. Now she hides her fears of intimacy behind a cool and elegant exterior and a well-earned reputation as a top trauma surgeon. Cordell's careful facade is about to crack as this new killer recreates, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell's own ordeal. 

With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. Her only comfort comes from Thomas Moore, the detective assigned to the case. But even Moore cannot protect Cordell from a brilliant hunter who somehow understands - and savors - the secret fears of every woman he kills. 

Filled with the authentic detail that is the trademark of this doctor turned author...and peopled with rich and complex characters - from the ER to the squad room to the city morgue - here is a thriller of unprecedented depth and suspense. Exposing the shocking link between those who kill and cure, punish and protect, The Surgeon is Tess Gerritsen's most exciting accomplishment yet.

©2001 Tess Gerritsen (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Way too many mispronunciations

Elena
Ortiz
behemoth

There were many more but Elena Ortiz was mispronounced many, many times.

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Characters were well done

I probably would have given 5 stars if I had read the book. I kept getting distracted by a few “off” pronunciations of names and words.
Overall, though, good enough for me to get the second in the series.

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GREAT STORYLINE==HORRIBLE NAEEARION

RIZZOLI IS NOT VERY LIKEABLE IN THIS STORY UNTIL THE END, BUT THE HUNT FOR THE SURGEON IS FAST PACED AND EXCITING.

THE NARRATION IS SO BAD YOU CANT TELL MALE FROM FEMALE AND WHEN SEVERAL ARE CONVERSING YOU DON'T KNOW WHO IS WHO.

SO 5 STARS FOR THE STORY AND 1 FOR THE NARRATION.

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Not what I expected

I have binge watched Rizzoli and Isles and enjoyed ever episode. I do not know about the other books in this series, but I truly disliked the way Rizzoli was depicted in this particular book. But books and shows are always different, so I understand. The story line was not bad. It was nice the way the investigation unfolded. And at times, it made you wonder if what YOU believed was really the truth, which is always nice. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was a different narrator. I've listened to her before, and never had an issue, but in this book at times I couldn't tell which character she was until she said..."said Moore". I will try to read one more, because I want to see how Isles comes into play, and if Rizzoli will become a main character (because she wasn't in this book, in my opinion. It was Moore). Overall, not bad.

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Great comeback from your last book, Great book

Now this is the Tess Gerritsen I enjoy reading.. Great book, hard to stop reading, Great job Tess, Can't wait for the next one.

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Good Mystery

The reader was dull and many words mispronounced . was too gory for my taste.

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Fantastic

I fell inlove with the story line, plot, sub-plot, characters. The story was gripping, believable and scary at the same time as exciting!!

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Way too wordy

Way to much detail jeez just get to the point. Is this author paid by the flowery scientific sentence? 1000 words to say one simple thing. Edited it is not

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Complex and Entertaining

This is the first Tess Gerritsen book I have listened to, and it will not be the last! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was intrigued throughout, I could relate with a lot of the characters and Laurel Lefkow did an amazing job bringing them to life and making them sound interesting. The one character I had any distaste for was Rizzoli. I truly do not like her and while Gerritsen does a fair job of explaining why she is the way she is... it's still unpalatable to me. It did not, however, detract from the story line. Loved this one!

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Well told

Excellent telling on a pretty horrible story. Gerritsen does her usual job of telling a good tale of a gruesome story.