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Tess Gerritsen - Author

About the 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, and was awarded her M.D. in 1979. After completing her internal medicine residency, Tess worked as a physician in Honolulu, Hawaii.

While on maternity leave, she began to write fiction. On a whim, she submitted a literary short story to Honolulu Magazine’s statewide fiction contest¯and won first place!

In 1987, Tess`s first novel was published. She has now written 19 novels and is a Sunday Times bestseller. She also wrote a screenplay, ""Adrift,"" which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Having lived in Hawaii, she now resides in Camden, Maine, with her husband and two sons.

Featured books by Tess Gerritsen

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

When a young woman is found dead, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the scene of the murder. Though the body bears startling wounds, the actual cause of death is not immediately clear. A few days later, another body is discovered - a seemingly unrelated crime, but the lack of an obvious cause of death shows they have more in common than it would first appear. As Rizzoli and Isles race to discover the link between the victims before the killer can strike again, a mysterious person watches from the sidelines. She has the answers they're looking for. But she knows she has to stay quiet, if she wants to stay alive . . . '

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Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

What if your child wanted you dead? Julia is terrified by her daughter's aggressive behaviour. Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with. What scares Julia most, though, is that she knows why Lily is acting this way, but no-one will believe her. If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice. There Julia finds far more than just answers, and uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation. And this discovery has put her in serious danger... I defy you to read the first chapter and not singe your fingers reading all the rest. It's that compelling. It's that good. (David Baldaccci).

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Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

There, Julia uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation - a discovery that puts her in serious danger. Some people will do anything in their power to keep the truth silent...

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Die Again

Die Again

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Crime writing at its unputdownable, nerve-tingling best. (Harlan Coben). The Victims Boston, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles investigate a bizarre murder. A man has been found gutted and hanging in his home. When the remains of another victim are found, it is clear that this murderer has been at work for years, and not just in Boston. The Killer five years ago, a group of travellers set off on an African safari. None of them was seen again - apart from one woman who stumbled out of the bush weeks later, barely alive. The only woman to have seen the killer's face. The Survivor has the 'safari killer' resurfaced in Boston? Jane is sent to Africa to find the one link between the two cases - the only survivor. And convince her to face death once again...

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Die Again

Die Again

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2015

THE VICTIMS - In Boston, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles investigate a bizarre murder. A man has been found gutted and hanging in his home. When the remains of another victim are found, it is clear that this murderer has been at work for years, and not just in Boston. THE KILLER - Five years ago, a group of travellers set off on an African safari. None of them was seen again - apart from one woman who stumbled out of the bush weeks later, barely alive. The only woman to have seen the killer's face. THE SURVIVOR - Has the 'safari killer' resurfaced in Boston? Jane is sent to Africa to find the one link between the two cases - the only survivor - and convince her to face death once again...

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Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles 10)

Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles 10)

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Suspense doesn't get much smarter than this . (Lee Child). Crime-writing at its unputdownable, nerve-tingling best . (Harlan Coben). Murder. That's what they all have in common. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles find themselves locked inside a high-security boarding school along with the students. They are told it's for their own safety. The school has been set up to provide a place of sanctuary for chidren who have lost their families in violent circumstances. But now there has been a murder within the grounds. Does the threat come from outside ...or from within?

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Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles 10)

Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles 10)

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/08/2012

Three children, strangers to each other, are brought together by seemingly motiveless and extreme acts of violence. Orphaned and alone, they are taken in as students at Evensong, a boarding school for emotionally traumatized children in the remote Maine wilderness. A PLACE OF SAFETY? Forensic pathologist Maura Isles already has a connection with the school - Julian 'Rat' Perkins, the 16-year-old boy she met during a previous case, is now living there. But she suspects that the Evensong founders may be using the school for their own agenda. And her concerns grow when Detective Jane Rizzoli is asked to investigate yet another attempt on the life of one of the orphans at the school ...OR A PLACE OF DANGER? What both Jane and Maura soon discover is that even a school protected by locked gates and acres of forest cannot shut out a gathering threat. When three blood-spattered twig dolls are found hanging from a tree, they wonder if the threat comes from outside the school ...or from within.

The Silent Girl

The Silent Girl

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2012

A Violent Death: When a hand is found in an alley in Boston's Chinatown, it is detective Jane Rizzoli who finds its owner - a woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply that her head is nearly severed. A Revealing Clue: Two strands of silver hair cling to her body. They are Rizzoli's only clues, but they're enough for her and pathologist Maura Isles to make a startling discovery. This violent end had a chilling prequel. A Secret Better Left Buried: ...Years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide took place in a Chinatown restaurant, leaving five people dead. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious, beautiful martial arts master who knows a deadly secret. A secret that will kill again - unless Jane and Maura can track it down, and defeat it...

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Other books by Tess Gerritsen

The Shape of Night

The Shape of Night

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

'This will haunt you. Riveting!' Shari Lapena We've all done things we're ashamed of . . . When Ava arrives at Brodie's Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget. But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind. The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?

The Shape of Night

The Shape of Night

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

We've all done things we're ashamed of . . . When Ava arrives at Brodie's Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget. But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind. The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?

I Know a Secret

I Know a Secret

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2018

Ubita molodaya zhenshchina, vladelica kinostudii, snimavshaya fil'my uzhasov. Posle smerti kto-to vyrezal u nee glaza i polozhil ej v ruku. Prichina smerti neyasna, nikakih vidimyh povrezhdenij, vskrytie nichego ne pokazyvaet. Odnovremenno proiskhodit vtoroe ubijstvo - na pristani najden molodoj muzhchina s tremya strelami v grudi. Ta zhe istoriya: strely votknuty posmertno, prichina smerti neponyatna... Zadacha, stoyashchaya pered detektivom Dzhejn Riccoli i patologoanatomom Mauroj Ajlz, kazhetsya nerazreshimoj. No na vskrytii Mauru vnezapno osenyaet dogadka, i chtoby ubedit'sya v tom, chto ee teoriya verna, ona reshaet vstretit'sya s katolicheskim svyashchennikom, s kotorym ih kogda-to svyazyvali blizkie otnosheniya. Vyyasnyaetsya, chto u obeih zhertv den' rozhdeniya sovpadaet s dnem pamyati odnogo iz hristianskih muchenikov po cerkovnomu kalendaryu... Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

Bone Garden

Bone Garden

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2018

Posle tyazhelogo razvoda Dzhuliya hochet nachat' novuyu zhizn' i pokupaet priglyanuvshijsya staryj dom v prigorode Bostona, nevziraya na to chto prezhnyuyu hozyajku nashli na uchastke mertvoj. Dzhuliya samozabvenno vozdelyvaet svoj sadik i natykaetsya na skelet, prolezhavshij v zemle okolo dvuh stoletij. Sudmedehkspertiza soobshchaet, chto ehto byla molodaya zhenshchina, kotoraya pogibla nasil'stvennoj smert'yu. Fakt, ne slishkom priyatnyj dlya vladelicy doma, - dve smerti na odnom i tom zhe meste, pri nevyyasnennyh obstoyatel'stvah... Odnako na nih prolivayut svet starye dokumenty, ostavshiesya ot prezhnej hozyajki doma. Postepenno pered Dzhuliej raskryvaetsya tainstvennaya istoriya izvestnogo v XIX veke hirurga i talantlivogo poehta Olivera Vendella Holmsa i Vest-EHndskogo potroshitelya...

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

'Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places.' Paula Hawkins When a young woman is found dead, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the scene of the murder. Though the body bears startling wounds, the actual cause of death is not immediately clear. A few days later, another body is discovered - a seemingly unrelated crime, but the lack of an obvious cause of death shows they have more in common than it would first appear. As Rizzoli and Isles race to discover the link between the victims before the killer can strike again, a mysterious person watches from the sidelines. She has the answers they're looking for. But she knows she has to stay quiet, if she wants to stay alive . . . 'A fast-paced, dark, edgy mystery/thriller filled with unremitting suspense.' Huffington Post

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

When a young woman is found dead, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the scene of the murder. Though the body bears startling wounds, the actual cause of death is not immediately clear. A few days later, another body is discovered - a seemingly unrelated crime, but the lack of an obvious cause of death shows they have more in common than it would first appear. As Rizzoli and Isles race to discover the link between the victims before the killer can strike again, a mysterious person watches from the sidelines. She has the answers they're looking for. But she knows she has to stay quiet, if she wants to stay alive . . . '

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THE KEEPSAKE

THE KEEPSAKE

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2018

Arheologi vsego mira predvkushayut sensaciyu: v zapasnikah odnogo iz bostonskih muzeev byla najdena prekrasno sohranivshayasya egipetskaya mumiya, kotoruyu nazyvayut Gospozhoj Iks. Pri tomografii nahodki prisutstvuet special'no priglashennaya sudmedehkspert Maura Ajlz. Kakovo zhe udivlenie Maury i drugih uchastnikov ehksperimenta, kogda v noge drevnego ehksponata oni obnaruzhivayut... pulyu! Kak okazalos', Gospozhe Iks vovse ne dve tysyachi let... Vskore detektiv Dzhejn Riccoli nahodit v muzejnyh podvalah eshche neskol'ko pugayushchih artefaktov, i stanovitsya yasno, chto mumificirovannye zhertvy - ehto delo ruk ubijcy, obladayushchego osobymi znaniyami i navykami. Roman "e;Hranitel' smerti"e; - sed'moj v serii, posvyashchennoj Dzhejn Riccoli i Maure Ajlz.

I Know a Secret

I Know a Secret

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2017

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Islesthe inspiration for the smash hit TNT seriescontinue their bestselling crime-solving streak, as they pursue a shadowy psychopath keeping secrets and taking lives.Two separate homicides, at different locations, with unrelated victims, have more in common than just being investigated by Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. In both cases, the bodies bear startling woundsyet the actual cause of death is unknown. Its a doubly challenging case for the cop and the coroner to be taking on, at a fraught time for both of them. As Jane struggles to save her mother from the crumbling marriage that threatens to bury her, Maura grapples with the imminent death of her own motherinfamous serial killer Amalthea Lank.While Jane tends to her mother, theres nothing Maura can do for Amalthea, except endure one final battle of wills with the woman whose shadow has haunted her all her life. Though succumbing to cancer, Amalthea hasnt lost her taste for manipulating her estranged daughterthis time by dangling a cryptic clue about the two bizarre murders Maura and Jane are desperately trying to solve.But whatever the dying convict knows is only a piece of the puzzle. Soon the investigation leads to a secretive young woman who survived a shocking abuse scandal, an independent horror film that may be rooted in reality, and a slew of martyred saints who died cruel and unusual deaths. And just when Rizzoli and Isles think theyve cornered a devilish predator, the long-buried past rears its headand threatens to engulf more innocent lives, including their own.

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles 12)

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

I have a secret. And someone wants to make sure I never tell . . . In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman's body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death. Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two bodies is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets? One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She's the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him. But she has a secret that she has to keep . . .

Mephisto Club

Mephisto Club

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2017

Prazdnik Rozhdestva vsem sulit veselye kanikuly, horovody vokrug naryadnoj elki i dolgozhdannye podarki. Detektiv Dzhejn Riccoli i patologoanatom Maura Ajlz tozhe poluchili "e;syurpriz - ubijstvo molodoj zhenshchiny, proizoshedshee v sochel'nik pri zhutkih obstoyatel'stvah... I oni nastol'ko napominayut sataninskij obryad, chto rassledovanie prihoditsya vesti sovmestno s tainstvennym obshchestvom pod nazvaniem "e;Klub Mefisto. Kto zhe sovershil prestuplenie: chelovek v oblike zverya ili... naoborot? Monstr, kem by on ni byl, nachal svoyu ohotu...

Thief of Hearts

Thief of Hearts

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2017

Die Again

Die Again

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2016

Bostonskij detektiv Dzhejn Riccoli s pomoshch'yu patalogoanatoma Maury Ajlz rassleduet zhestokoe ubijstvo Leona Gotta - taksidermista i zayadlogo ohotnika. Ego syn EHlliot propal vo vremya puteshestviya po Afrike za shest' let do ehtogo. Mezhdu dvumya proisshestviyami neozhidanno obnaruzhivaetsya svyaz'. Policejskie vyhodyat na Milli Dzhekobson - edinstvennuyu vyzhivshuyu v tom samom safari. Kazhetsya, strah navsegda izuvechil ee. No Dzhejn prosit Milli o nevozmozhnom: shagnut' navstrechu samomu opasnomu hishchniku na svete - cheloveku, stat' dlya nego primankoj... Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

Vanish

Vanish

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2016

Patologoanatom Majra Ajlz obnaruzhivaet, chto v morge po oshibke okazalas' zhivaya zhenshchina - Alena. Kakim obrazom ona okazalas' pri smerti, kto ona - ne izvestno nichego, krome imeni. Ee udaetsya reanimirovat', no, ochnuvshis', ona zahvatyvaet zalozhnikov v bol'nice. V ih chisle - i detektiv Dzhejn Riccoli, kotoraya vot-vot dolzhna stat' mater'yu. Kak spasti zalozhnikov? Pochemu molodaya zhenshchina vzyalas' za oruzhie? Kto ej pomogaet, zachem?Mnozhestvo voprosov dolzhny razreshit' policejskie i agenty FBR, no rassledovaniyu neozhidanno nachinayut okazyvat' soprotivlenie mogushchestvennye silovye struktury

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

What if your child wanted you dead? Julia is terrified by her daughter's aggressive behaviour. Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with. What scares Julia most, though, is that she knows why Lily is acting this way, but no-one will believe her. If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice. There Julia finds far more than just answers, and uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation. And this discovery has put her in serious danger... I defy you to read the first chapter and not singe your fingers reading all the rest. It's that compelling. It's that good. (David Baldaccci).

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Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

What if your child wanted you dead? Julia is terrified by her daughter's aggressive behaviour. Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with. What scares Julia most, though, is that she knows why Lily is acting this way, but no-one will believe her. If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice. There Julia finds far more than just answers, and uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation. And this discovery has put her in serious danger . . .

Body Double

Body Double

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2016

Bostonskomu sudmedehkspertu Maure Ajlz ne privykat' k vidu mertvyh lyudej. Odnako na ehtot raz ee ohvatyvaet nastoyashchij uzhas. ZHenshchina, najdennaya ubitoj v mashine vozle doma Maury, pohozha na nee kak dve kapli vody. Vskore vyyasnyaetsya, chto ubitaya - ee sestra-bliznec, o sushchestvovanii kotoroj Maura, usynovlennaya eshche v mladenchestve, dazhe ne podozrevala. No ch'ya zhestokaya volya razdelila sester? I kto na samom dele byl mishen'yu ubijcy? Rassledovanie ehtogo neobychnogo prestupleniya uvodit v dalekoe proshloe, polnoe temnyh tajn i neveroyatnyh otkrytij...