The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Tess Gerritsen's Last to Die.

The bestselling author of The Surgeon returns—and so does that chilling novel’s diabolical villain. Though held behind bars, Warren Hoyt still haunts a helpless city, seeming to bequeath his evil legacy to a student all-too-diligent . . . and all-too-deadly.


It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city’s woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death.

The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city’s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that’s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her—literally and figuratively—she is determined to finally end Hoyt’s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad.

But Rizzoli isn’t counting on the U.S. government’s sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn’t counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta. . . .

Filled with superbly created characters—and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademark—The Apprentice is Tess Gerritsen at her brilliant best. Set in a stunning world where evil is easy to learn and hard to end, this is a thriller by a master who could teach other authors a thing or two.

About Tess Gerritsen

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Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller, Harvest. Among her other blockbusters are Ice Cold, The Keepsake, The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish (nominated for the Edgar and winner of the Nero), Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, and The Surgeon. Her latest novel is The Silent Girl. TNT’s new original series Rizzoli & Isles is based on Tess Gerritsen’s bestselling novels.
Published August 26, 2008 by Ballantine Books. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction

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In the earlier book, Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli got medical technician and blood specialist Warren Hoyt put in jail, though not before he’d scarred her palms with his scalpel.

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Publishers Weekly

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Rizzoli notes connections between the Dominator's handiwork and that of Hoyt, and visits Hoyt behind bars.

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BC Books

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Tess Gerritsen has brought back Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli for a second outing in The Apprentice, a follow-up to her bestselling The Surgeon.

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Book Reporter

For detective Jane Rizzoli of the Boston PD the heat brings with it a searing reminder of the summer before, when she faced down Warren Hoyt --- a serial killer known as "The Surgeon" --- and narrowly missed becoming one of his victims.

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Suite 101

The latest Theresa MacLean investigative mystery focuses on a Cleveland serial killer whose vicious methods appear again over seventy years later.

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Gather Books

At the same time we see Agent Dean come onto the scene, whom I did not realize he was who he was until the end, then I remembered that I had read a book further up in the series and remembered he was in that one too.

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Deseret News

The first book, "The Surgeon," was set in Boston, a frightening story about a serial killer with medical training.

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Leave the lights on, check the closets and lock the doors before cracking Gerritsen's intensely graphic sequel to The Surgeon.

Aug 26 2002 | Read Full Review of The Apprentice

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