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The Surgeon: A Novel by Tess Gerritsen

The Surgeon: A Novel (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Tess Gerritsen

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Title:The Surgeon: A Novel
Authors:Tess Gerritsen
Info:Ballantine Books (2002), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (2001)

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The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
Book #1 in the Rizzoli & Isles series
5 Stars

A sadistic killer, who enjoys immobilizing and removing his victims’ organs, is on the loose in Boston, and the police have only one significant lead: his apparent obsession with Dr. Catherine Cordell, a prominent surgeon and the only survivor of a different killer with a similar modus operandi. Can the police make the necessary connections and find the killer before it is too late?

As someone who enjoys serial murder books, I am always on the hunt for well-crafted and gripping tales, and The Surgeon certainly fits the bill.
The author’s background in medicine adds credible detail to the plot, and the characters are gritty and believable with very human desires and flaws. I particularly enjoyed Jane Rizzoli’s character and I was not surprised to learn that subsequent books in the series focus on her rather than the male lead, Detective Thomas Moore. As the only female homicide detective in her unit, Jane must cope with the prejudices against women in her profession. At times she comes off as overly aggressive and belligerent but it becomes clear that this conceals a profound vulnerability and need to prove herself. I found her to be a realistic and engaging character and look forward to seeing the direction in which her character develops.
The plot is intelligent and it is possible to work through clues and follow the investigation with the fictional detectives. It is necessary to warn readers that some scenes are particularly disturbing with vivid and gruesome descriptions.
Recommendation: This is a brilliant read and I can definitely recommend it for lovers of thrillers and mysteries. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
The first book in the Rizzoli & Isles series is a suspenseful story that had me turning pages. ( )
  lewilliams | Apr 23, 2018 |
Mediocre. Unfortunately this Rizzoli and Isles book has no Isles. None. Nothing. Which may have been one of its weaknesses, so I am willing to give later books in this series a shot one day. In any case, it's a very middle-of-the-road story about rapists/serial killers, their abused victims and the hardworking detectives that try to stop them and... doesn't get anywhere beyond that, at all. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
The Surgeon is the first novel in Tess Gerritsen`s Rizzoli and Isles series.The book is about a serial killer with surgical knowledge and skill whom is dubbed "The Surgeon" by the press. The Surgeon is killing women in Boston by slitting their throats and removing their uteruses. Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner Detective Thomas Moore connect the recent killings in Boston to murders with a similar MO that happened years ago in Savannah, Georgia. One problem - the man who killed in Savannah died after being shot by the last of his victims, Catherine Cordell. Dr. Cordell is a heart surgeon who transferred to a Boston area hospital. As the book and murders continue, it appears Dr. Cordell is the primary target of The Surgeon. Everyone starts to wonder if The Surgeon is a copycat, or if it's the same killer.

I could not stop reading this book and had to force myself to close it to go to sleep and to get off my train to work. It is so well written that it truly keeps one guessing until damn near the end.

I highly recommend The Surgeon. ( )
  MelissiaLenox | Jan 13, 2018 |
"A top-grade thriller...Sharp characters stitch your eye to the page. An all-nighter." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The first Rizzoli & Isles novel
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jan 31, 2017 |
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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!

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345447840, Mass Market Paperback)

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

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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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