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The sinner, Tess Gerritsen

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The sinner
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Tess Gerritsen
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  • When two Boston nuns are found brutally beaten--one fatally and one with a scintilla of life left in her--it’s up to homicide detective Jane Rizzoli to find the perpetrator. Medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, nicknamed the Queen of the Dead, has the unlucky fortune to discover that the murdered nun, a young woman about to make her final vows, hid untold secrets from the rest of the aging convent. Both fallen Catholics, Rizzoli and Isles seek to reconcile the viciousness of the crimes with the seeming blind faith of the victims. Another dead body turns up, and the investigators must rely on their clinical analysis, lest they be sucked in to the drama unfolding before them. Each woman immerses herself in her work rather than face the outside world; Rizzoli refuses to face the truth of what her future holds, and Isles denies her own loneliness. Woven within the horror of this gruesome story is the old allegory of good versus evil, but by relating it through these two fascinating individuals, Gerritsen avoids cliches. Another captivating, horrific thriller in her extremely popular canon. (Reviewed June 1, 2003) -- Mary Frances Wilkens
  • Rendezvous Review: It's just days before Christmas and the weather in Boston is frigid. Detective Jane Rizzoli has drawn a bizarre case. The murder of one nun and another nun barely clings to life after suffering a severe beating. Medical Examiner, Dr. Maura Isles, nicknamed "Queen of the Dead", has arrived to examine the body of the dead nun. A young nun in an Abbey filled with elderly nuns. Upon examination of the body, Dr. Isles realizes that the dead nun has recently given birth. Where is the baby? Across town in an abandoned restaurant another body is found--a body of a woman whose identity as been completely obliterated by the brutal amputation of her hands, feet, and partial removal of the skin on her face. The victim also has unexplainable lesions covering her body. Along with these very baffling cases, both Dr. Isles and Detective Rizzoli are trying to sort out their love lives. Rizzoli is pregnant and as she grapples with her situation and the murders, Dr Maura Isles has problems of her own with a saint-like ex-husband. Jane Rizzoli was the heroine in Ms Gerritsen's THE SURGEON and THE APPRENTICE. She is a large factor is this novel, but this story belongs primarily to Dr. Maura Isles. Her medical knowledge breaks these intertwined cases wide open. Ms Gerritsen's characters are always complex and believable. The novel is graphic but the reader is drawn into the lives of these two women as well as needing to know the outcome of these cases. Ms Gerritsen has once again given the reader a thrill ride of a read. Excellent. -- Pat Kersten (Reviewed 07-01-2003)
  • A grisly murder at a convent baffles Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Det. Jane Rizzoli at the start of this assured, richly shaded seventh novel from bestseller Gerritsen (The Apprentice ; The Surgeon , etc.). The popular duo are called to Boston's Graystones Abbey when two nuns are discovered in an abandoned chapel, one dead and the other near death, both brutally bludgeoned. Red herrings are everywhere: Isles's discovery that one of the murdered nuns had recently given birth (followed shortly by the discovery of the baby's body in a pond near the convent); the murder of a homeless derelict with her face and extremities removed by her killer; and the lurking menace of a multinational chemical company. Complicating matters further is the sudden arrival of Isles's ex-husband, Victor, a celebrity humanitarian with his own suspicious connection to the case, and Rizzoli's old flame, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, who's responsible for the baby now growing in Rizzoli's belly. The investigation is rather low-key, but Gerritsen gives atmospheric depth to her tale with descriptions of snowbound Boston and an exotic past tragedy. Isles's pleasantly bitchy coldness ("Go ahead and pass me, idiots. I've met too many drivers like you on my slab") gives a welcome edge to the proceedings, and the struggles of both Isles and Rizzoli to balance their tough professional acts with romantic drama are satisfyingly gritty. BOMC main selection; 6-city author tour . (Aug. 19) --Staff (Reviewed July 14, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 28, p56)
  • Internist-turned-author Gerritsen returns with her sixth medical thriller (after The Apprentice), bringing back Boston detective Jane Rizzoli. This time out the victims are two nuns—young (and recently pregnant) Sister Camille, beaten to death in the chapel, and elderly Sister Ursula, who is left clinging to life nearby. Medical examiner Maura Isles is brought in to investigate, and she and Rizzoli team up against a case of seemingly biblical proportions, which includes Camille's mysterious pregnancy, leper colonies in India, and unexplained plagues. All of this mayhem swirls around a backdrop of Maura's problems with her charismatic ex-husband and Rizzoli's unexpected pregnancy, which make for a stew that doesn't quite cook and that is spiced with some turgid metaphors: "like a black hole, [the murder scene] sucks into its vortex the rapt attention of the living, who cannot turn away, cannot resist a glimpse into hell." But the plot moves quickly, and there's enough suspense here to warrant a slot on the beach reading list, perhaps along with something by Alex Quaver. Recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/03.]—Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN --Rebecca House Stankowski (Reviewed July 15, 2003) (Library Journal, vol 128, issue 12, p133)
  • /* Starred Review */ All her pages suffused purple from lividity, Doc Gerritsen's morgue slab awaits you, reader.Brilliantly, Gerritsen (The Apprentice, 2002, etc.) has her regular Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli play second lead to Medical Examiner Maura Isles, known as the Queen of the Dead, who autopsies all of Jane's vics and supplies more deliciously grisly pages this time than in Gerritsen's last two outings combined. While Rizzoli handles the crimes, Dr. Isles delivers arias on death and the sweet hell of human existence. And as much of this plays out against the frozen stones of Graystones Abbey—a nunnery where a youthful nun lies battered to death and an aged nun, also battered, is dying—as under Isles's examining scalpel and X-ray photos of crushed skulls and bullet fragments scattered about a vic's sternum. But Isles and Rizzoli are enmeshed and struggling as well with richly detailed love lives that have the reader suffering right along with the two leads, with Isles panting after her world-hopping divorced saint of a doctor-husband and Rizzoli fighting her lust for the FBI agent she bedded in The Apprentice—something she must pay for now. Autopsy reveals that the dead young nun had just given birth (no one knew she was pregnant) before being murdered in the midnight chapel. Where's the baby? Another murder pops up in a deserted Italian restaurant: a woman with her hands and feet removed and her face stripped off. Why her feet? Or her face? Now, that's enough. "A place of death has a power all its own. Long after the body is removed and the blood scrubbed away, such a place still retains the memory of what has happened there. It holds echoes of screams, the lingering scent of fear. And like a black hole, it sucks into its vortex the rapt attention of the living, who cannot turn away, cannot resist a glimpse into hell." Glorious deaths bursting with the guilty glow of sex. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2003)
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Gerritsen, Tess
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Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series
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  • Police
  • Medical examiners (Law)
  • Nuns
  • Forensic pathologists
  • Women physicians
  • Policewomen
  • Boston (Mass.)
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2003059151
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