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The Silent Girl (2011)

by Tess Gerritsen

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Series: Rizzoli & Isles (9)

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Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli is already at the crime scene when medical examiner Maura Isles arrives on the Chinatown rooftop. Rizzoli's gut says they're on the trail of a twisted predator and when a monkey hair is found on the body, other clues point Rizzoli and Isles in the direction of the fable of the Monkey King.… (more)
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My favorite Rizzoli and Isles book. ( )
  RobertaLea | Jun 4, 2019 |
Rizzoli + Isles mystery set in Boston Chinatown — creepy ending good mystery

In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel.

Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. But 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 she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil.
  christinejoseph | Sep 7, 2017 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
I love the Chinese martial arts and folklore added to this story. I am intrigued by the introduction of detective Tam, I hope to see him in other stories. I loved the intrigue involved when an old mystery and a new crime seem related. Rizzoli and Isles continue to grow as characters. ( )
  mnm123 | Feb 11, 2015 |
This was a fast-paced reading. In the beginning I was just collecting loose ends as Jane Rizzoli was doing so. By and by I was able to put the pieces together. Nevertheless it was very enthralling.
The story is positioned in Boston's Chinatown even though the evil ones aren't Chinese. From the very beginning all characters are in position and therefore it makes the guessing so interesting. The main question is who has abducted all the young girls many years ago and why? There is old Chinese mythology involved as well as western crime. ( )
  Ameise1 | Jun 22, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gerritsen, Tessprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eby, TanyaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franci-Ekeler, ElsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jäger, AndreasÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sirois, Tanya Ebysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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What you must do, said Monkey, is lure the monsterfrom its hiding place,but be certain it is a fight you can survive.Wu Cheng'en,The Monkey King: Journey to the West, c. 1500 - 1582
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To Bill Haber and Janet Tamarofor believing in my girls
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All day, I have been watching the girl.
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ISBNs 1423392434, 1423392442, 1511364548 are abridged (condensed/shortened) audiobooks. Please do not combine with the full-length book since they are not the same work.

Do not combine with the 2-in-1 that contains the bonus story Freaks.

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Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli is already at the crime scene when medical examiner Maura Isles arrives on the Chinatown rooftop. Rizzoli's gut says they're on the trail of a twisted predator and when a monkey hair is found on the body, other clues point Rizzoli and Isles in the direction of the fable of the Monkey King.

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In the murky shadows of Boston's Chinatown lies a severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed in black, her head nearly severed from her body. Two strands of silver hair -- not human -- cling to her body. They are homicide cop Jane Rizzoli's only clues, but they're 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 is now the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries cunning -- and a swift, avenging blade.
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