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Tess Gerritsen

Biography

Tess Gerritsen

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess’s first medical thriller, HARVEST, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: LIFE SUPPORT (1997), BLOODSTREAM (1998), GRAVITY (1999), THE SURGEON (2001), THE APPRENTICE (2002), THE SINNER (2003), BODY DOUBLE (2004), VANISH (2005), THE MEPHISTO CLUB (2006), THE BONE GARDEN (2007), THE KEEPSAKE (2008; UK title: KEEPING THE DEAD), ICE COLD (2010; UK title: THE KILLING PLACE), THE SILENT GIRL (2011), and LAST TO DIE (2012.) Her books have been published in 40 countries, and more than 25 million copies have been sold around the world.

Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for VANISH) and the Rita Award (for THE SURGEON). Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publishers Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.

Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.

Tess Gerritsen

Books by Tess Gerritsen

by Tess Gerritsen - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard’s kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who ---or what --- is behind these gruesome deaths.

by Tess Gerritsen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

When several attempts on an orphan’s life prove to be part of a grisly plot, detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles take matters into their own hands. It's not just this one orphan in danger; an unspeakable secret dooms the children's fate unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer's twisted quest.

by Tess Gerritsen - Fiction, Thriller

Dr.Catherine Cordell has created a new life for herself as a successful surgeon in a Boston hospital. Two years ago she was the sole survivor of a serial killer in Savannah, and only the knowledge that he is dead has allowed her to rebuild her life. But when two Boston women are found murdered in a similar pattern, Catherine finds herself confronting not only demons from her past but also facing off against a madman who has his sights set on his next victim…her.

by Tess Gerritsen - Fiction, Mystery

In an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand: a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair --- not human --- cling to her body. Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning --- and a swift, avenging blade.