When I first read a summary of VANISH, Tess Gerritsen's riveting new novel, in terms of a movie proposal my first thought was "Cagney & Lacey play Die Hard in a hospital." It's somewhat accurate, as far as plot points are concerned. Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli is in labor (and the method by which labor is, uh, induced is alone worth the price of admission) when she, her physician, and a couple of other patients and medical professionals are taken hostage.
The hostage taker is an enigma. She was on the cold slab in the coroner's office, an apparent drowning victim, when Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles discovered she was alive after all. The mystery woman