The Surgeon [Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles Series Book 1] [Secure eReader (recommended)/Microsoft Reader/Adobe EPUB]
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by Tess Gerritsen
Description: In her most masterful novel of medical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen creates a villain of unforgettable evil--and the one woman who can catch him before he kills again. He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure. The precision of the killer's methods suggests he is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the Boston newspapers and the frightened public to name him "The Surgeon." The cops' only clue rests with another surgeon, the victim of a nearly identical crime. Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and killed her attacker before he could complete his assault. Now she hides her fears of intimacy behind a cool and elegant exterior and a well-earned reputation as a top trauma surgeon. Cordell's careful facade is about to crack as this new killer recreates, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell's own ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. Her only comfort comes from Thomas Moore, the detective assigned to the case. But even Moore cannot protect Cordell from a brilliant hunter who somehow understands--and savors--the secret fears of every woman he kills. Filled with the authentic detail that is the trademark of this doctor turned author . . . and peopled with rich and complex characters--from the ER to the squad room to the city morgue--here is a thriller of unprecedented depth and suspense. Exposing the shocking link between those who kill and cure, punish and protect, The Surgeon is Tess Gerritsen's most exciting accomplishment yet.
eBook Publisher: Random House, Inc./Ballantine Books, 2002
EPIC eBookstore Release Date: June 2002
185 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats [Secure eReader (recommended)/Microsoft Reader/Adobe EPUB - What's this?]: SECURE MICROSOFT READER FORMAT [264 KB] - Requires Microsoft Reader 2.1.1 for PCs, SECURE EREADER (RECOMMENDED) FORMAT [444 KB], SECURE ADOBE EPUB FORMAT [1.0 MB], OEBFF Format (IMP) [645 KB]
Reading time: 257-360 min.
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"TESS GERRITSEN IS AN AUTOMATIC MUST-READ IN MY HOUSE. . . . What Anne Rice is to vampires, Gerritsen is to the tale of medical suspense."--STEPHEN KING
"Shocking . . . An entertaining thriller."--San Jose Mercury News
"Harvest left me clutching my head in an ecstasy of terror."--Boston Globe
"Harrowing . . . Harvest quite literally has gut-level impact."--San Francisco Chronicle
"The Surgeon grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until its hair-raising finish."--TAMI HOAG
"Wonderfully crafted and absolutely terrifying, The Surgeon is the finest, most thrilling Gerritsen novel yet, and that, my friends, is really saying something. I lost most of a night's sleep finishing the book and the rest of the night trying to calm down. This is a story you'll be talking up and thinking about for months to come. The tension is white-knuckle, the writing as deft as a surgeon's slice."--MICHAEL PALMER, M.D.
Author of The Patient
"The Surgeon touches the dark place only a hunted woman can know, yet plays homage to the courage that is the unbreakable shield of goodness. This is a story that terrifies and heartens all at once. What a ride!"--IRIS JOHANSEN
Acclaim for Tess Gerritsen's other novels
"PULLS READERS IN WITH FEARFUL FORCE . . . As riveting as The Hot Zone, this page-turner proves that Gerritsen is tops in her genre."--USA Today
"AN INTRICATE THRILLER . . . A TALE SURE TO FASCINATE."--People
"RIVETING . . . Gerritsen knows how to fashion credible, dimensional characters."--Los Angeles Times
"GRABS YOU AND HOLDS YOU FROM PAGE ONE. . . . Be prepared to drop all your obligations until you finish."--JOHN SAUL
"Chilling . . . Breathless ER-style pacing make Life Support a quick, delightfully scary read,"--People
Today they will find her body.
I know how it will happen. I can picture, quite vividly, the sequence of events that will lead to the discovery. By nine o'clock, those snooty ladies at the Kendall and Lord Travel Agency will be sitting at their desks, their elegantly manicured fingers tapping at computer keyboards, booking a Mediterranean cruise for Mrs. Smith, a ski vacation at Klosters for Mr. Jones. And for Mr. and Mrs. Brown, something different this year, something exotic, perhaps Chiang Mai or Madagascar, but nothing too rugged; oh no, adventure must, above all, be comfortable. That is the motto at Kendall and Lord: "Comfortable adventures." It is a busy agency, and the phone rings often.
It will not take long for the ladies to notice that Diana is not at her desk.
One of them will call Diana's Back Bay residence, but the phone will ring, unanswered. Maybe Diana is in the shower and can't hear it. Or she has already left for work but is running late. A dozen perfectly benign possibilities will run through the caller's mind. But as the day wears on, and repeated calls go unanswered, other, more disturbing possibilities, will come to mind.
I expect it's the building superintendent who will let Diana's coworker into the apartment. I see him nervously rattling his keys as he says, "You're her friend, right? You sure she won't mind? 'Cause I'm gonna have to tell her I let you in."
They walk into the apartment, and the coworker calls out: "Diana? Are you home?" They start up the hall, past the elegantly framed travel posters, the superintendent right behind her, watching that she doesn't steal anything.
Then he looks through the doorway, into the bedroom. He sees Diana Sterling, and he is no longer worried about something as inconsequential as theft. He wants only to get out of that apartment before he throws up.
I would like to be there when the police arrive, but I am not stupid. I know they will study every car that creeps by, every face that stares from the gathering of spectators on the street. They know my urge to return is strong. Even now, as I sit in Starbucks, watching the day brighten outside the window, I feel that room calling me back. But I am like Ulysses, safely lashed to my ship's mast, yearning for the sirens' song. I will not dash myself against the rocks. I will not make that mistake.
Instead I sit and drink my coffee while outside, the city of Boston comes awake. I stir three teaspoons of sugar into my cup; I like my coffee sweet. I like everything to be just so. To be perfect.
A siren screams in the distance, calling to me. I feel like Ulysses straining against the ropes, but they hold fast.
Today they will find her body.
Today they will know we are back.
Copyright © 2001 by Tess Gerritsen