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Publisher's Summary

Boston medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles literally meets her match and must face a savage serial killer and shattering personal revelations in the brilliant new novel of suspense by the New York Times best-selling author of The Surgeon and The Sinner.
Dr. Maura Isles makes her living dealing with death. As a pathologist in a major metropolitan city, she has seen more than her share of corpses every day, many of them victims of violent murder. But never before has her blood run cold, and never has the grim expression "dead ringer" rung so terrifyingly true. Because never before has the lifeless body on the medical examiner's table been her own.
Yet there can be no denying the mind-reeling evidence before her shocked eyes and those of her colleagues, including Detective Jane Rizzoli: The woman found shot to death outside Maura's home is the mirror image of Maura, down to the most intimate physical nuances. Even more chilling is the discovery that they share the same birth date and blood type. For the stunned Maura, an only child, there can be just one explanation. And when a DNA test confirms that Maura's mysterious doppelgänger is in fact her twin sister, an already bizarre murder investigation becomes a disturbing and dangerous excursion into a past full of dark secrets.
Searching for answers, Maura is drawn to a seaside town in Maine where other horrifying surprises await. But perhaps more frightening, an unknown murderer is at large on a cross-country killing spree. To stop the massacre and uncover the twisted truth about her own roots, Maura must probe her first living subject: the mother that she never knew...an icy and cunning woman who could be responsible for giving Maura life and who just may have a plan to take it away.
©2004 Tess Gerritsen (P)2004 Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Contemporary Mystery, 2004
"An electric series of startling twists, the revelation of ghoulishly practical motives and a nail-biting finale make this Gerritsen's best to date." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Donna on 11-07-04

The Apprentice

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Tess Gerritsen's books. The narraters have been able to capture the characters and bring them to life. There the kind of stories that have you listening in the car long after you've reached your destination. I have and will continue to highly recommend any of her stories. If you like a good forensic criminal mystery, try any of Tess Gerritsen's work.

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By Rebecca on 09-24-05

Kept me guessing

This is a terrific story with a lot of twists that I did not figure out in advance. The narrator is good and does a better Boston accent than on "Vanish", another Gerritsen. It's a little grisly. If you're pregnant right now, I do NOT recommend listening to this story!

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