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The Surgeon (2001)

by Tess Gerritsen

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Series: Rizzoli & Isles (1)

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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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A fast, suspenseful read. Gruesome details, a very creepy entry in the serial-killer-on-the-loose genre. You can tell Gerritsen really knows her medical stuff. I found myself a bit annoyed at how long it took for the detectives to figure things out that seemed obvious, but that's a typical thing for me with this genre. I'm planning on continuing with the series, at least for a book or two more. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
Cracking read of suspense and terror, including graphic description of dissection and emergency room procedures. Ms Gerritsen worked in an emergency room herself, so the description is authentic.

Dr. Catherine Cordell survived rape in Savannah and walked out alive of what could have been the scene of her murder. She shot her would be murderer, a man who had murdered three other woman in a grisly ritual slaughtering.

Two years later she seems to be the focus of a surgeon, a serial murderer with intimate knowledge of the Savannah killings. He has recreated every detail, and seems to want Catherine as his grand trophy.

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  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
Synopsis: 'A killer and torturer of young women is loose in Boston when he was supposed to have died years ago, and it is up to a weary police detective and his new partner to track down the killer and stop him. This is the first book in a series of suspenseful crime novels set in Boston. I normally don't like novels that mix romance and crime, but this one did it tolerably, at least. The main character is police detective Thomas Moore, accompanied by another detective named Jane Rizzoli (there's a TV series based on these books with her as the main character). Thomas is world-weary, handsome detective who is recovering from the death of his wife years ago. When a young woman named Elena is found murdered, cut up in such a precise and skilled manner and her uterus so neatly removed that it's as if the killer considered it art and had real surgical/medical expertise, Thomas is on the case. Joining him is tough-as-nails, unpleasant Jane Rizzoli.
Jane and Thomas use an online national database of homicide and assault information, cataloging murders from around the country. Killers often repeat patterns so this helps the duo locate other identical murders. None are in New England, but some did happen years ago in Georgia, one in Atlanta and three in Savannah. However, the Georgia murderer Dr. Andrew Capra is reported dead, with DNA evidence and witnesses to back it up. He had one surviving victim, and that victim shot him to death in Savannah - Dr. Catherine Cordell, a beautiful trauma surgeon. Catherine now lives in Boston and Jane and Thomas go to interview her. Catherine is still deeply traumatized by her abuse and near-death experience, and is tightly wound, holding all the pain and fear and mistrust in. She is still scared, and she hasn't truly healed. She finally trusts her colleague at the hospital, Peter, to take her out to dinner.

The murderer meanwhile begins to focus on a new target in Boston/Brookline, a sales representative named Nina. The novel has passages from his viewpoint, and it becomes clear that he is intelligent, educated, well-read and obsessed with killing, blood, and power over beautiful women. Thomas and Jane get a psychological evaluation of the killer, and learn that he is obsessed with control and possession of his victims. Meanwhile, a connection is discovered that connects all the murder victims: all of them were previously rape victims. Catherine discovers this because one of them was on her Internet support group for abused women. Jane's investigation unearths a pattern of clues which shows that the killer is leaving a calling card each time, to show his next crime scene. Their investigation is not fast enough, as Catherine is pinpointed as the next victim and there are grisly hints of what the killer has in store for her - threatening message, her personal effects rearranged, and finally a mutilated woman sent to the ER as a "gift" and warning to Catherine. Jane and Thomas catch up with the clues and a financial trail just as Catherine is kidnapped and taken the killer's personal lab - because that is where he works, as a lab technician at the hospital. The killer turns out to be an accomplice and medical school classmate of Andrew Capra, a man named Warren Hoyt. Warren and Andrew murdered together, and Warren continued the trend in Boston, using his job as a lab technician to collect personal details of the women he eventually killed. Catherine is tied up, about to be raped and cut again, when the police search led by Jane eventually finds her in a woods cabin, and Hoyt dies in the resulting shootout.
Throughout the book a very understated romance develops between Thomas and Catherine, and I prefer it that way. There are no wild sparks, just a steady building of trust. Thomas is intrigued by her and sympathetic and protective, and Catherine feels safe with him, and protected by his strength. Thomas marries Catherine at the end.
Thomas and Jane's relationship also develops through the novel. Jane is hard around the edges because of the long history of sexism she has faced as a woman officer, and Thomas is the first person to treat her as an equal. A camaraderie builds between them and Thomas is the only guy Jane lets down some of her walls with. By the end of the novel, they are friends.
Review: Make sure you're not in the house alone when you read this one. Good character development and plot line. Really creepy! ( )
  DrLed | Jul 27, 2021 |
Great read

A good story with well-developed characters. It kept me guessing. I am looking forward to reading another Rizzoli and Isles novel. ( )
  SuzieNunley | Jun 9, 2021 |
Enjoyed this & looking forward to reading more & watching the series on TNT. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
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Gerritsen, Tessprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Biel, ScottCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galian, Carl D.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansonis, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waltman, KjellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Today they will find her body.
No matter how much you try to maintain order in your life, no matter how careful you are to guard against mistakes, against imperfections, there is always some smudge, some flaw, lurking out of sight. Waiting to surprise you.
Rape is a subject too intimate, too shameful, to talk about. Even with someone who cares about you.
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ISBNs 0553714570, 0739312405 and 0553528769 are abridged (condensed/shortened) audiobooks. Do not combine with the full length book since they are not the same work.
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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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Serial rapist
Tracks a prior rape victim.
Close call, all ends well!

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