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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

Rizzoli & Isles Series 11-Book Bundle

Rizzoli & Isles Series 11-Book Bundle

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2015

';Suspense doesn't get smarter than this,' raves Lee Child—and countless readers agree. The inspiration behind TNT's hit show Rizzoli & Isles, Tess Gerritsen's New York Times bestselling thrillers featuring Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles just keep getting better, leading William Landay to praise her latest as ';Gerritsen at her dark, addictive best.' Discover why in this riveting eBook bundle, which collects the first eleven novels of the series:   THE SURGEON THE APPRENTICE THE SINNER BODY DOUBLE VANISH THE MEPHISTO CLUB THE KEEPSAKE ICE COLD THE SILENT GIRL LAST TO DIE DIE AGAIN Also includes an excerpt from Tess Gerritsen's riveting standalone thriller Playing with Fire!   Praise for Tess Gerritsen and her Rizzoli & Isles series   ';[Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior so dark and frightening that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft seem like goody-two-shoes.'—Chicago Tribune   ';One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.'—The Providence Journal   ';A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds toward a tense and terrifying climax.'—People, on The Surgeon   ';Richly suspenseful and provocative . . . leaves the reader breathless.'—The Philadelphia Inquirer, on Body Double   ';Gerritsen, as always, puts her medical training to ghoulish use.'—The Boston Globe   ';The kind of book you'd read in one sitting.'—Chicago Sun-Times, on Ice Cold   ';Suspense doesn't get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory.'—Lee Child, on The Silent Girl   ';Gerritsen has a knack for creating great characters and mysterious plots that seem straightforward but also dazzle with complexity and twists.'—Associated Press, on Last to Die   ';Tess Gerritsen always delivers, and this is Gerritsen at her addictive best.'—William Landay, on Die Again

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

In a masterful standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli Isles series, Tess Gerritsen, a mother is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.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. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret that not only dates back to the horrors of the Holocaust, but also directly involves a dangerously powerful family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

In a masterful standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli Isles series, Tess Gerritsen, a mother is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.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. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret that not only dates back to the horrors of the Holocaust, but also directly involves a dangerously powerful family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

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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GRAVITY

GRAVITY

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2015

Astronavt EHmma Uotson prinimaet uchastie v programme biologicheskih issledovanij na bortu Mezhdunarodnoj kosmicheskoj stancii. Neozhidanno na stancii nachinaet proiskhodit' nechto neob"e;yasnimoe. Odin za drugim chleny komandy pogibayut, srazhennye neizvestnoj bolezn'yu. Vse popytki najti sredstvo izlecheniya tshchetny. EHmma ponimaet, chto nel'zya podvergat' zhitelej Zemli ehtoj opasnosti, a znachit, o vozvrashchenii domoj nuzhno zabyt'. Pohozhe, spaseniya net...

Whistleblower

Whistleblower

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2015

apprentice

apprentice

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2015

Upryatav za reshetku serijnogo man'yaka po prozvishchu Hirurg, detektiv Dzhejn Riccoli nadeyalas' navsegda zabyt' o tom uzhase, kotoryj ona perezhila, popav v ego lovushku. Odnako pri rassledovanii ocherednogo ubijstva u nee vdrug voznikaet zhutkoe oshchushchenie dezhavyu. Prestupnik vosproizvodit nekotorye detali pocherka Hirurga, hotya ego zhertvami stanovyatsya ne odinokie zhenshchiny, a semejnye pary. Neuzheli u Hirurga poyavilsya podrazhatel'?

Girl missing

Girl missing

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2015

V gluhom pereulke vozle musornogo baka najdeno telo krasivoj molodoj zhenshchiny. Ocherednaya narkomanka, umershaya ot peredozirovki? Vozmozhno. No patologoanatom Keht Novak schitaet, chto ne vse tak prosto. Veshchestvo, posluzhivshee prichinoj smerti, ne pohozhe ni na odin izvestnyj narkotik. A vskore v tom zhe rajone nahodyat eshche odno telo s temi zhe priznakami. V zazhatom kulake pervoj zhertvy Keht obnaruzhivaet knizhechku kartonnyh spichek s nacarapannym na nej nomerom telefona. Nomer prinadlezhit vladel'cu farmacevticheskoj kompanii Adamu Kuontrellu. Keht nachinaet podozrevat', chto imenno on i ego kompaniya prichastny k sozdaniyu novogo strashnogo narkotika-ubijcy.

Never Say Die

Never Say Die

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2015

surgeon

surgeon

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2015

On pronikaet v doma po nocham i neslyshno vhodit v spal'ni zhenshchin, kotorye, probudivshis' oto sna, popadayut v ozhivshij koshmar. Sudya po tomu, chto on prodelyvaet so svoimi zhertvami, mozhno predpolozhit', chto on blizko znakom s medicinoj, i gazetchiki prisvaivayut emu prozvishche Hirurg. V hode rassledovaniya detektivy Tomas Mur i Dzhejn Riccoli obnaruzhivayut, chto prestupnik kopiruet pocherk serijnogo man'yaka, ubitogo dva goda nazad, prichem kopiruet do mel'chajshih podrobnostej, izvestnyh ochen' nemnogim. Oni reshayut vstretit'sya s vyzhivshej zhertvoj ubitogo man'yaka - doktorom Kehtrin Kordell. Imenno ona zastrelila svoego muchitelya, i, pohozhe, imenno ona stanovitsya glavnoj cel'yu podrazhatelya. S kazhdym ocherednym ubijstvom on podbiraetsya k nej vse blizhe...

Harvest

Harvest

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2015

Doktor EHbbi Matteo rabotaet v komande ehlitnyh bostonskih hirurgov, zanimayushchihsya peresadkami serdca. No odnazhdy ona prinimaet reshenie, kotoroe ne tol'ko okazyvaetsya dlya nee sud'bonosnym, no i imeet daleko idushchie posledstviya: peresazhivaet serdce zhenshchiny, pogibshej v avtomobil'noj katastrofe, ne bogatoj pacientke, a mal'chiku-podrostku, stoyavshemu pervym v ocheredi na peresadku. Zatem EHbbi delaet strashnoe otkrytie. Okazyvaetsya, novoe donorskoe serdce postupilo v kliniku po somnitel'nym kanalam, a neobhodimye soprovoditel'nye dokumenty - fal'shivka. Korporativnye pravila kliniki trebuyut "e;ne lezt' ne v svoe delo i pomalkivat' odnako EHbbi narushaet ih i nachinaet rasputyvat' ehtot klubok...Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

Keeper of the Bride Keeper of the Bride / Whistleblower

Keeper of the Bride Keeper of the Bride / Whistleblower

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2015

KEEPER OF THE BRIDE Had she survived because of fate, coincidence or just luck? If Nina Cormier's wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the bride was left at the altar, the church stood empty when the bomb went off. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her car off the road, however, that she realized someone wanted her dead. But who? That's what Detective Sam Navarro needs to find out. . . fast. As a cop, he knows better than to become attached to the woman he's trying to protect. But as a man. . . With a nightmare unfolding around them, Sam and Nina decipher the stunning truth. Now they're at the mercy of a brilliant madman who plays for keeps. . . . WHISTLEBLOWER A deadly truth... When Victor Holland comes flying out of the night, he runs straight into the path of Catherine Weaver's car. Having uncovered a terrifying secret which leads all the way to Washington, Victor is running for his life - and from the men who will go to any lengths to silence him. Victor's story sounds like the ravings of a madman, but the haunted look in his eyes - and the bullet hole in his shoulder - tell a different story. As each hour brings pursuers ever closer, Cathy has to wonder, is she giving her trust to a man in danger or trusting her life to a dangerous man? Praise for Tess Gerritsen Tess Gerritsen. . . throws one twist after another until the excitement is almost unbearable. San Jose Mercury News Gerritsen has enough in the locker to seriously worry Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben and even the great Denis Lehane. Brilliant. Crimetime Gerritsen is tops in her genre. USA Today Tess Gerritsen writes some of the smartest, most compelling thrillers around. Bookreporter

In Their Footsteps In Their Footsteps / Stolen

In Their Footsteps In Their Footsteps / Stolen

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2015

IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS The quiet scandal surrounding her parents' deaths 20 years ago sends Beryl Tavistock on a search for the truth from Paris to Greece. As she enters a world of international espionage, Beryl discovers she needs help and turns to a suave ex-CIA agent. But in a world where trust is a double-edged sword, friends become enemies and enemies become killers. STOLEN When the bullets finally ceased, the bodies lay in a coiled embrace on the lifeboat. The sinking of a cargo ship and the slaughter of its crew seemed a senseless act of violence. But Clea Rice knows the truth and is determined to expose the culprits. When Jordan Tavistock is asked to steal the indiscreet letters of a friend, he reluctantly obliges, only to be caught red-handed by another burglar. The burglar is Clea, who is looking for something else entirely. As Jordan finds himself caught up in a web of mystery and intrigue, he wonders how he can trust Clea when she will not tell him who she is working for, or even what her real name is. Only together, can they find the answers to the sinister questions surrounding the sinking of the ship. Answers that some are prepared to kill for to keep buried.

Call After Midnight Call After Midnight / Under the Knife

Call After Midnight Call After Midnight / Under the Knife

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2015

CALL AFTER MIDNIGHT A ringing phone in the middle of the night begins a horrific journey for newlywed Sarah Fontaine when she is given the news that her husband, Geoffrey, has been killed in a hotel fire in Berlin. Convinced that Geoffrey is still alive, she challenges special agent Nick O'Hara of the U.S. State department to prove her wrong as they crisscross Europe in a desperate search, trying to stay one heartbeat ahead of a dangerous killer and risking everything for answers that may prove fatal. UNDER THE KNIFE For David Ransom, it begins as an open-and-shut case. Malpractice. As attorney for a grieving family, he's determined to hang a negligent doctor. Then Dr. Kate Chesne storms into his office, daring him to seek out the truth - that she's being framed. First, it was Kate's career that was in jeopardy. Then, when another body is discovered, David begins to believe her. Suddenly, it's much more. Somewhere in the Honolulu hospital, a killer walks freely among patients and staff. And now David finds himself asking the same questions Kate is desperate to have answered. Who is next? And why?

Under the Knife: Murder in a Honolulu Hospital

Under the Knife: Murder in a Honolulu Hospital

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2014

Never Say Die Never Say Die / Presumed Guilty

Never Say Die Never Say Die / Presumed Guilty

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

NEVER SAY DIE Twenty years after her father's plane crashed in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Willy Jane Maitland was finally tracking his last moves. She recognised the dangers, but her search for the truth about that fateful flight was the only thing that mattered. Closing in on the events of that night, Willy realises that she is investigating secrets that people would kill to protect. And without knowing who to trust, the truth can be far from clear cut. . . PRESUMED GUILTY Guilty - until proven innocent Miranda Wood arrives home to a dark, cold cottage - and a man, stabbed to death, lying in her bed. Miranda is the obvious suspect, and she looks even guiltier when her bail is paid by an anonymous donor. As Miranda fights to clear her name, she unearths a murky history of blackmail, corruption and scandal. As she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone else wants to kill Miranda - someone with a personal reason for wanting her out of the way... Gerritsen is tops in her genre. USA Today