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

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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Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles 10)

Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles 10)

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

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.

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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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Presumed Guilty

Presumed Guilty

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Tess Gerritsen began her career writing romantic fiction and this, one of her early ones (published in 1993 in America) has that feel to it.  It’s fun and it is interesting to see how she has developed, but if you are expecting a gritty chiller this is not it.  It’s cosy crime with a bit of a spark.  If you are a fan you really should read it for interest sake; if you enjoy romantic crime, you’ll love it. Comparison: Tami Hoag, Mary Higgins Clark.

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The Killing Place

The Killing Place

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2011

A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. JANE RIZZOLI & MAURA ISLES - The female investigating duo of detective Rizzoli and forensic archeologist Isles is a unique and great combination and over nine books so far has established itself as a much-loved detecting pair. The hardy duo invariably encounter the grisliest of cases and are often obliged to put their very lives on the line in the exercise of duty. A spiky relationship between the two women peppers the books with sardonic flashes of wit, but the page-turning qualities of their exploits is never in doubt. Gripping stuff.   The Lovereading view... Gory and gripping this is Tess Gerritsen's most bone-chilling story yet in our opinion.  Gerritsen’s much-loved series heroines, forensic anthropologist Maura Isles and detective Jane Rizzoli are core to this nail-biting crime mystery.  Gerritsen plays on the reader's fears as she dishes out her unputdownable meal of non-stop nightmare in which both Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli are pushed well beyond where they've been pushed before.  

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The Bone Garden

The Bone Garden

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

One of Lisa Gardner's favourite books.   January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Tess Gerritsen... While I’m a huge fan of her characters Rizzoli and Isles, my favourite novel remains The Bone Garden, a historic thriller that captures gruesome medical practices in the 1830s, when surgeons unwittingly cross-contaminated their patients and the demand for black market medical cadavers kept grave robbers in business.  The Bone Garden is a thriller that both entertains and informs, my favourite kind of book.

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The Sinner

The Sinner

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2005

We think she is a stunning thriller writer, so much so we are featuring this, her paperback and her new hardback Body Double this month

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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...

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Girl Missing

Girl Missing

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/12/2009

The first body is a mystery.Shes young. Shes beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Kat Novak, betrays no secretsexcept for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside.The next body is a warning.When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets. The police are sceptical. The mayor wont listen. And Kats chief suspect is one of the towns most prominent citizens.The final bodymight be hers.With the death toll rising, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who is closer than she ever dreamt. And every move she makes could be her very last.

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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!

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Other books by Tess Gerritsen

Gravity

Gravity

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/12/2011

Top Ten bestselling author Tess Gerritsen delivers a thoroughly menacing new thriller. A brilliantly compulsive page-turner from the author of The Surgeon. Dr Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for the mission of a lifetime: to study living organisms in space. Jack McCallum, Emma's estranged husband, has shared her dream of space travel, but a medical condition has grounded him. Now he must watch from the sidelines... The mission aboard the space station turns into a nightmare when a culture of single-celled organisms begins to regenerate out of control - and infects the crew with agonising and deadly results. Emma struggles to contain the deadly virus, while back home Jack and NASA work against the clock to bring her home. But there will be no rescue, as the astronauts are left stranded in orbit where they are dying one by one...

Silent Girl

Silent Girl

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/07/2011

In the murky shadows of an alley lies a females severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hairnot humancling to her body. They are Rizzolis only clues, but theyre enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now shes the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil.Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunningand a swift, avenging blade.

Freaks: A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story

Freaks: A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/05/2011

In this Rizzoli & Isles short story from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, a bizarre death comes with a supernatural twist. Homicide cop Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have seen their fair share of mortal crimes, but the death of Kimberly Rayner may qualify as inhuman in more ways than one. When corpse of the emaciated seventeen-year-old girl is discovered next to an empty coffin in an abandoned church, mysterious bruises around the throat suggest foul play. Caught fleeing the scene is the victim's closest friend, Lucas Henry, an equally skeletal, pale teenager who claims he's guilty only of having a taste for blood—a craving he shared with Kimberly. But the victim's distraught father doesn't believe in vampires, only vengeance. And now, another life may be at risk unless Rizzoli and Isles can uncover the astonishing truth. Includes an excerpt from Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles novel The Silent Girl

Call After Midnight

Call After Midnight

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2011

Call After Midnight by Tess Gerritsen

Ice Cold

Ice Cold

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/06/2010

In Wyoming for a medical conference, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles joins a group of friends on a spur-of-the-moment ski trip. But when their SUV stalls on a snow-choked mountain road, theyre stranded with no help in sight.As night falls, the group seeks refuge from the blizzard in the remote village of Kingdom Come, where twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Something terrible has happened in Kingdom Come: Meals sit untouched on tables, cars are still parked in garages. The towns previous residents seem to have vanished into thin air, but footprints in the snow betray the presence of someone who still lurks in the cold darknesssomeone who is watching Maura and her friends.Days later, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli receives the grim news that Mauras charred body has been found in a mountain ravine. Shocked and grieving, Jane is determined to learn what happened to her friend. The investigation plunges Jane into the twisted history of Kingdom Come, where a gruesome discovery lies buried beneath the snow. As horrifying revelations come to light, Jane closes in on an enemy both powerful and mercilessand the chilling truth about Mauras fate.

Life Support

Life Support

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

DON'T COUNT ON SEEING TOMORROW 'If you like your crime medicine strong, this will keep you gripped.' Mail on Sunday Dr Toby Harper's quiet night is disrupted when a severely ill man stumbles into ER. She suspects a viral brain infection. But shortly after trying to treat him, he disappears without a trace. When a second person is admitted with the same symptoms, she starts to trace the deadly infection backwards. And begins to suspect foul play. And that she may be on borrowed time . . .

Vanish

Vanish

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

STARE DEATH IN THE FACE 'If you're home alone, do not risk even the first sentence. Once you've started reading this book, putting it down is not an option' Mo Hayder Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles unzips a body bag and gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. The woman is rushed to hospital, where she murders a guard and siezes hostages, including a heavily pregnant Detective Jane Rizzoli. No one knows who this woman is, or what she wants. Only Jane, trapped with the madwoman, can solve the mystery. If she survives the night . . .

Harvest

Harvest

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

'Suspense as sharp as a scalpel's edge. A page-turning, hold-your-breath read' Tami Hoag HEART-STOPPING TERROR Dr Abby Di Matteo has made the best - and the worst - decision of her career. Instead of giving a donor heart to the wealthy patient it's been reserved for, she uses it to save a dying boy's life. Luckily, a new heart appears that's perfectly suited to the original patient, and the furore dies down. But then Abby discovers that the organ has been obtained illegally. Defying the hospital's commands, she starts her own investigation... And uncovers a murderous conspiracy that will threaten her very life . . .

Body Double

Body Double

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 16/01/2006

A wholly unput-downable book, frightening and utterly gripping where the motive for the terrible killings ….  no I shouldn’t tell you that.  It’s a revelation of utter depravity which is so compelling it is almost painful to put aside.  It starts with our pathologist returning from holiday to find “herself”, or so the neighbourhood believe, dead in a car outside her house and from there the mystery doesn’t let up.  It’s stunning.Comparison: Karin Slaughter; Kathy Reichs; Mo Hayder.Similar this month: None but try Mary Higgins Clark, Dean Koontz.

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The Apprentice

The Apprentice

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

___________ A KILLER WHO KNOWS HIS TRADE 'Gerritsen was a medic before she turned to writing, and her book contains enough grisly details to put you off hospitals for life. But if you like your crime medicine strong, this will keep you gripped' MAIL ON SUNDAY A series of horrific murders seem disturbingly familiar to Detective Jane Rizzoli. They remind her and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles of those committed by a killer known as The Surgeon, who they recently put behind bars. While they're still trying to track down the new killer, the unthinkable happens: The Surgeon escapes. Suddenly, Jane is chasing not one but two brilliant and twisted minds, united by one goal...

The Mephisto Club

The Mephisto Club

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

'Gruesome, seductive and creepily credible' The Times 'I HAVE SINNED' The words are scrawled in blood at the most shocking murder scene Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli have ever witnessed. The victim, a young woman, has been entirely drained of blood and horrifically dismembered. When there's a second murder, the police uncover a link to a secret society known as the Mephisto Club. Their mission is a terrifying one - to find the true source of evil on earth. But has evil already found them? - The Mephisto Club is the sixth book in Tess Gerritsen's bestselling Rizzoli & Isles series, and the inspiration behind the hit TV show

The Surgeon

The Surgeon

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE IT HURTS... 'This is crime-writing at its nerve-tingling best' Harlan Coben A killer is targeting lone women, torturing and murdering them. The precision of his methods leads Detective Jane Rizzoli to suspect he is medically trained. Then Jane makes a terrifying discovery. Years ago a young woman was assaulted in a similar way. She escaped by shooting her attacker dead. So why does it feel like he's stalking her again? IT'S GORY, IT'S GRIPPING, IT'S GERRITSEN

Keeping the Dead

Keeping the Dead

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/08/2009

'A seamless blend of good writing and pulse-racing tension.' Independent HE HIDES, HE KILLS, HE KEEPS . . . Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles is asked to attend an intriguing examination. An ancient mummy has been found in a museum basement, prompting great media excitement. But with horror she realises that it's not as ancient as they thought...A very modern bullet is showing up on the scan. Detective Jane Rizzoli is called to investigate and soon discovers a second - and then a third - mummified body. Who is this killer and why does he preserve his victims so meticulously? And who will be the next to join his monstrous collection?

Keepsake

Keepsake

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers. For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy–to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact–seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large–and is now taunting them.Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering–or perhaps a ghastly promise of what’s to come.The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried.Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.From the Hardcover edition.

Mephisto Club

Mephisto Club

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/11/2007

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles—the inspiration for the hit TNT series—continue their action-packed crime-solving streak. Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a diabolical new disciple in this white-knuckle thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.  PECCAVIThe Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell–Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club. On top of Beacon Hill, the club's acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us. With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it's clear that someone–or something–is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own–or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness? Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced . . . one whose work is only just beginning.

Bone Garden

Bone Garden

Author: Tess Gerritsen Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/09/2007

Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soilhuman, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local resurrectioniststhose who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect. With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, THE BONE GARDEN deftly traces the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking.From the Compact Disc edition.