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Publisher's Summary

A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages...one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer's identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it, if she survives the night.
©2005 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Never fails to deliver chilling suspense...leaves the reader breathless." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Drawing on current events, Gerritsen's latest novel is a tense, taut thriller that grabs readers from the get-go and never lets up." (Booklist)
"It's scary how good Tess Gerritsen is; this is crime writing at its unputdownable, nerve-tingling best." (Harlan Coben)
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By James B on 12-17-05

Vanished Logic

I found the basic concept of this book interesting. I found its execution bush-league and the narrator the same.

The narrator insists on giving main female detective Rizzoli a Brooklyn accent. The fact Rizzoli is born and bred in Boston doesn't dawn on her.

The storyline as it proceeds is dull and the reasons given for the major crime in story are not believable and don't fit the facts presented.

Gerritsen has reached the same point as Patricia Cornwell. She is no longer writing for the reader; she's writing for revenue.

I do not recommend this book and will not read another.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-01-05

Great story, but....

I think the reader was channelling Fran Drescher when she decided what a Bostonian should sound like. What were the producers thinking?

If you can ignore the accent then the story is worthwhile.

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