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The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

The Apprentice (2002)

by Tess Gerritsen

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Series: Rizzoli & Isles (2)

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It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city's streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that's what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her--literally and figuratively--she is determined to finally end Hoyt's awful influence ... even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad. But Rizzoli isn't counting on the U.S. government's sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn't counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta.… (more)
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    DanieXJ: Both have a take no prisoners, no holds barred Detective character as well as a very smart and interesting ME character. And both are the first part of a series of novels, so, lots to read.

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I'll be honest. I picked this up because I was curious about the upcoming tv series. What I found was a gripping thriller, which made a nice change of pace from the other books I've been reading lately.

Fair warning to the squeamish: As someone who hadn't read a police procedural/serial killer focused mystery in awhile, I was taken aback by the graphic crime scenes. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
The Apprentice
5 Stars

It is another hot summer in Boston, and a sadistic serial killer is on the loose again. Detective Jane Rizzoli is drawn into the case as the murders are reminiscent of Warren Hoyt’s rampage, and she forced not only to deal with a secretive FBI Agent but must also confront her worst fears when Hoyt escapes custody and joins forces with the city’s newest monster.

An excellent sequel.

The plot is well-written, fast-paced and suspenseful. However, there are several disturbing scenes that require a strong stomach. Moreover, a number of sections of the story are told from Warren Hoyt’s perspective which adds to the tense and creepy atmosphere.

Rizzoli is an incredible character. She is tough and hard as nails but comes across as so real and compelling that it is difficult not to identify with her. The secondary characters are also intriguing and some series regulars make their first appearance including Maura Isles, Agent Gabriel Dean and Vince Korsak.

On a side note, this is the book that the pilot episode of the TV series Rizzoli & Isles is based on. There are many differences between the show and the book, the most significant being that Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles are merely acquaintances in the book and not fast friends. As such, readers coming to the book from the series may be disappointed.

In sum, this book is thoroughly entertaining and I wholeheartedly recommend it for those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers with a touch of ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
I thought this was pretty good, The only difficulty I had was trying to hold onto the author's descriptions of the characters, instead of letting them be supplanted by the actors and actresses from the series. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
Even though Tess Gerritsen is a talented writer, she couldn’t get this serial killer novel to work. Serial killers are by far the most tired sub-genre in mystery/thrillers. Based on the way authors handle them, you would think every fourth person living in the United States is a serial killer. To make matters worse, this novel is very cliché. In this case, a brilliant serial killer, Hoyt, (can you say Hannibal Lecter) escapes from jail and now he has an apprentice with the dreadful name of The Dominator. Even though the writing is pretty solid, the content completely lacks any originality.

There is a good bit of visceral violence and tension. Gerritsen has good prose and sets a good pace in the novel, but I couldn’t get over the lack of originality. Gerritsen has higher quality novels out there. It’s not a bad read, but there are better choices out there.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Sep 14, 2017 |
I have read a few Rizzoli and Isles books but not in order. They are tense thrillers and well written stories. Maybe a little too much scientific detail of the murder victims. ( )
  scot2 | Jul 12, 2017 |
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He may be behind bars, but Warren Hoyt still haunts a helpless city, bequeathing his evil legacy to a student all too diligent - and all too deadly. A year has passed since the capture of the Surgeon, serial killer Warren Hoyt, yet the memory of his brutal crimes continues to haunt Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. Now she faces a new killer, a hunter who preys on well-to-do couples. For Rizzoli the death scenes have a horrifying air of familiarity, especially when she realizes that this new killer is copying one obscure element from Warren Hoyt's crimes. A new complication arises as a federal investigator from Washington joins the case. Again and again, Rizzoli clashes with Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who shows up at every crime scene. He knows something about this killer, something so politically explosive that he cannot reveal it to her. Then Warren Hoyt makes a brilliant and bloody escape from custody. Suddenly there is not one hunter on the loose, but two. And they are united, a pair of blood brothers who share grotesque appetites and a combined genius. They have joined forces to stalk the most challenging prey of all, the very woman who now hunts them ...
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