Books by Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and was awarded her M.D. in 1979. After completing her internal medi


LAST TO DIE by Tess Gerritsen
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Purplish prose and a wildly baroque ending won't deter a devoted fan base."
Three children survive wholesale homicide, and Rizzoli and Isles (Silent Girl, 2011, etc.) have to find out how. Read full book review >
THE SILENT GIRL by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 5, 2011

"The ending is way over the top, the prose occasionally purple-tinged, but Gerritsen is a hardscrabble plotter, and much of what she does is compelling."
Paired for the 10th time, Rizzoli (homicide cop) and Isles (forensic pathologist) learn that in Boston's Chinatown, revenge is a dish served sweet & sour. Read full book review >
ICE COLD by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"While the ending feels rushed, Gerritsen, a physician whose novels are not for the squeamish, can always be counted on to deliver a yarn that's start-to-finish entertaining. This one is no exception."
Gerritsen (The Bone Garden, 2007, etc.) brings back Maura Isles, a Boston-based medical examiner, and her partner in crime solving, Det. Jane Rizzoli, in this often gory and always engrossing thriller set against a frozen Wyoming winter. Read full book review >
THE BONE GARDEN by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Readers with delicate stomachs may find Gerritsen's graphic descriptions of corpse dissection hard to take, but the story, which digs up a dark Boston of times long past, entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes."
An old mystery is crossed with a modern story in the latest from Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MEPHISTO CLUB by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Some sizable plot holes, some purplish prose ("Friendships are broken all the time, so are hearts"), but the Gerritsen fan base will survive intact."
Demons-'R-Us in this formulaic entry by one of the queens of the romance/thriller hybrid (Body Double, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
BODY DOUBLE by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2004

"Gerritsen always does well on the charts, but this masterful outing should rocket her into the top bracket of suspense writers."
Doc Gerritsen rises to her best yet, skirting neatly around the cliché plotting usually tied to serial killers. Read full book review >
THE SINNER by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 19, 2003

"Glorious deaths bursting with the guilty glow of sex."
All her pages suffused purple from lividity, Doc Gerritsen's morgue slab awaits you, reader. Read full book review >
THE APPRENTICE by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Note: Do not read this one in bed or when home alone."
You may need a smear of Vicks menthol under your nose to get through Gerritsen's autopsies and crime scenes in this follow-up, a masterful sequel to The Surgeon (2001). Read full book review >
THE SURGEON by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Sharp characters stitch your eye to the page. An all-nighter."
Top-grade thriller-diller from Gerritsen (the jaw-chattering Gravity, 1999, etc.), a former internist who gave up the stethoscope to raise kids and chills. Read full book review >
GRAVITY by Tess Gerritsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 17, 1999

"Doc Gerritsen (Bloodstream, 1998, etc.), a former internist who creates chilling viral disasters, knows all the natural gates and alleys of the human bio-novel as well as she does the musculature of suspense."
A strongly plotted thriller about a plague-like epidemic on a space station. Read full book review >
BLOODSTREAM by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Doc Gerritsen's mastery of the stupefying stupidity inherent in adolescent resistance to almost everything may well give the reader gray hairs."
Third straight biological unpleasantry by redeployed internist Gerritsen (Support, 1997, etc.), who shuns no commercial device on the quest to suck in ever more readers. Read full book review >
LIFE SUPPORT by Tess Gerritsen
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A satisfyingly nefarious scheme, some tentative romance, and enough medical rushing-about to satisfy hardcore ER fans add up to a lively ride."
Former internist Gerritsen follows Harvest (1996) with another far-fetched but effective medical thriller. Read full book review >
HARVEST by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The pages turn themselves as this far-from-superhuman heroine tries, in vain, to convince the world that she's not paranoid: Everyone really is out to get her."
Former internist Gerritsen debuts with a tale of medical suspense as taut and well-plotted as it is formulaic. Read full book review >