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It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. 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 literally and figuratively scarred her, she is determined to finally end Hoyt's awful influence. But Rizzoli isn't counting on becoming a target herself. Yet once Hoyt is suddenly free, he joins his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta....
©2002 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Well-drawn characters and a compelling story will grab readers' interest and earn Gerritsen more admirers." (Booklist)
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By Mary S. Murray on 09-02-07

Good Read

I enjoyed this book immensely. I like the narrator and have no problem with the way she does male voices. I've listened to her many times and I'm used to her style of reading. I find it easy to get lost in the book & characters with this narrator.

The book itself is suspenseful all the way to the very end. As to Jane being the stereotype of 'women in a male world' - so what? I felt it was an honest characterization of a strong woman doing what is considered a man's job. I find it too much on the mark to ridicule the book based on that.

The self-psycho analysis of the 'surgeon' was excellent and very mind provoking. Really makes you start to think about the sort of things and people who do this sort of thing.

I have not read the first book "The Surgeon" and doubt if I do so while this one is fresh on my mind, but I will probably pick it up in the future. I also now plan to pick up some more of Gerritsen's books as I like her style of writing.

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By Lee on 04-29-14

Both The Author and The Narrator are Perfect

First let me say that I am addicted to modern mysteries with intelligent female detectives, medical examiners, contract killers, ditch diggers, surgeons, anything but frumpy housewives and good mommies with perfect kids. So when Tess Gerritsen "gave birth" to the Rizzolli and Isles series I almost inhaled the first book in one sitting through my ears. Then I realized that the voice reading it was so hypnotic, expressive, engaged in the story that this was part of the reason I could not take my ears off the pages. Anna Fields is one of the most talented readers that Audible has. She can read an IRS information pamphlet on tax exemptions for 501 c3 organizations and make it interesting. Although Gerritsen's plots and excellent writing can survive other readers, even the less than mediocre ones, the combination of Anna Fields and the characters of Gerritsen's suspense novels is unbeatable. The Apprentice has so many twists and turns it's like a subway tunnel built by a crazed carnival ride inventor. But she did not fool me one bit with her ending. There will be more to come and a return of the least likable characters of The Apprentice so listen carefully, once, twice, maybe three times so you will be prepared for the sequels.

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