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In this serial killer novel, the culprit is somebody with a medical background who has been dubbed by the media as “The Surgeon”. On the case are Detectives Moore and Rizzoli, who consulted in a case in Georgia a couple of years earlier. Tied into the two cases are Dr. Catherine Cordell, who killed the man responsible for the previous murders. She is now in Boston where the attacks are happening, and appears to be the center of the killer’s obsession.

I have read so many serial killer novels, that I tend to get bored by them. There is only so much that can be done on the subject, and it pretty much has already been done before. With the lack of new ground, there has to be something that really stands out to make it interesting. Nothing stands out about this novel. The writing is certainly solid and I don’t have much to complain about. It’s very obvious early on that the person performing the murders is someone who was involved with the original murderer, so the reveal is hardly surprising. Everything else about the novel is fairly generic and not horribly compelling. Not that this was a bad novel, it just doesn’t stand out.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Apr 1, 2014 |
I thought this book was really good but I am confused how Isles comes into play because she was not in this the first book at all. I will read the second one and maybe I will find out.
  Swade0710 | Mar 20, 2014 |
This time is actually the second time that I had read The Surgeon. The first time I had read it I found it to be a thrilling read. This time I reread it because it was chosen as the book of the month for my mystery book club and wanted to refresh my memory. Gerritsen does a great job at building a suspenseful tale that is both chilling and dark. Some of the descriptions were very graphic, and the book has a very disturbed individual as the villain so this book is not for the faint of heart. However the main character of the story, Catherine, is a strong heroine who had been victimized and took back her life not wanting to hide in fear. Gerritsen does an amazing job at showing this strong female character overcoming the hardships she faced and who faces down the killer who is stalking her. This book also introduces the Rizzoli character who isn't as well developed in this book but also proves to be an interesting character. Overall this book proved to be a suspenseful tale both times that I have read it. ( )
  Sable677 | Oct 25, 2013 |
This is the first book of the police procedural series called Rizzoli & Isles. There is a hunt going on for a serial killer who kills rape victims and collects their uteruses as trophies. Two years ago, Catherine Cordell survived a similar attack and killed her attacker. So is this a copy cat or was there a subordinate.

This book has it all. A serial killer, police procedural, getting into the minds of the cops and lots of gore. It's a nice start to a promising series. ( )
  mausergem | Oct 7, 2013 |
The Surgeon is the first novel in the Rizzoli and Isles series by author Tess Gerritsen. A serial killer is discovered working in Boston that links to a cold case in which one of the victims survived. Detective Jane Rizzoli is sidelined from the taskforce to catch the killer but pursues the killer anyway and gets further than her colleagues, to the point where she risks her own life to bring the killer to justice. At the same time Rizzoli must deal with the sexist attitudes of her work colleagues and the disapproval of her family.

With this book Tess Gerritsen establishes herself as one of the key authors in the forensics sub genre of crime fiction. It is not surprising as Gerritsen herself was a former doctor turned crime writer. Read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Aug 27, 2013 |
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Today, they will find her body. I know how it will happen. I can picture, quite vividly, the sequence of events that will lead to the discovery...In Boston, there's a killer on the loose: a killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on his victims before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician - a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them. But as homicide detective, Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Closely linked to these killings is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful medic with a mysterious past. Two years ago, she was subjected to a horrifying rape and attempted murder but shot her attacker dead. Now, she is being targeted by this new killer who seems to know all about her past, her work at the Pilgrim Medical Center, and where she lives. The man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her...

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Serial rapist
Tracks a prior rape victim.
Close call, all ends well!

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Penzler Pick, August 2001: Tess Gerritsen left a very successful career as an internist to raise her children and devote more time to writing. After several books that have had moderate success, Gerritsen has now written a gruesome and frightening story that should put her among the top women thriller writers working today.

A serial killer is on the loose in Boston. The victims are killed in a particularly nasty way: cut with a scalpel on the stomach, the intestines and uterus removed, and then the throat slashed. The killer obviously has medical knowledge and has been dubbed "the Surgeon" by the media. Detective Thomas Moore and his partner Rizzoli of the Boston Homicide Unit have discovered something that makes this case even more chilling. Years ago in Savannah a serial killer murdered in exactly the same way. He was finally stopped by his last victim, who shot him as he tried to cut her. That last victim is Dr. Catherine Cordell, who now works as a cardiac surgeon at one of Boston's prestigious hospitals. As the murders continue, it becomes obvious that the killer is drawing closer and closer to Dr. Cordell, who is becoming so frightened that she is virtually unable to function. But she is the only person who can help the police catch this copycat killer. Or is it a copycat? To complicate matters even further, Detective Moore, often referred to as Saint Thomas as he continues to mourn the loss of his wife, is getting emotionally involved with the doctor.

The suspense in The Surgeon is almost unbearable. The writing is superb and the stunning twists and turns make it almost impossible to put down. -- Otto Penzler

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:16 -0400)

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A female heart surgeon, terrorized by a serial killer in Boston using the same MO as a killer who attacked her during her internship years in Savannah, works with a detective to solve the crime while trying to stay alive.

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