The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
A Novel

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13 Critic Reviews

There are some glitches in the plot, however nothing major, and the story stands up well, riveting and hard to put down. If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you will thoroughly enjoy The Mephisto Club, a powerful story that I wouldn’t be surprised to see made into a movie.
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Synopsis

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

Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a diabolical new disciple in this white-knuckle thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.


PECCAVI
The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman’s brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It’s a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O’Donnell–Jane’s professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

On top of Beacon Hill, the club’s acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us.

With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it’s clear that someone–or something–is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own–or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness?

Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced . . . one whose work is only just beginning.
 

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 September 12, 2006 by Ballantine Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, History, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Mephisto Club
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

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Above average
Reviewed by This End Up on Nov 04 2007

There are some glitches in the plot, however nothing major, and the story stands up well, riveting and hard to put down. If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you will thoroughly enjoy The Mephisto Club, a powerful story that I wouldn’t be surprised to see made into a movie.

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Reviewed by Mysterious Reviews on Feb 01 2007

A more serious problem is the motivation of the culprit and the purpose for the murders. Though it appears to be personal, in the end, the implication is that there was an ulterior motive to the crimes that is at odds with the events that took place. It's rather convenient how it all turns out, and just a bit illogical.

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Reviewed by Mel Odom on Nov 03 2006

Gerritsen is a gifted writer, one who likes to get it right, and she moves a story along at a breakneck pace.

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Reviewed by Mel Odom on Nov 03 2006

Gerritsen is a gifted writer, one who likes to get it right, and she moves a story along at a breakneck pace. She also has support material on her website.

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 07 2006

If Gerritsen's intent with THE MEPHISTO CLUB is to create a fan base in a second, ongoing series, then she certainly will succeed.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by TANNER STRANSKY on Sep 08 2006

Loaded with outlandish murder details and a tenuous good-versus-evil plot, The Mephisto Club is a quick read that feels real enough to be worthy of a nightmare or two.

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About.com

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Reviewed by John M. Formy-Duval on Feb 14 2013

One must bring, as Coleridge said, a willing suspension of disbelief and accept the premise of the book: Evil still walks among us on Earth, and his number is legion. That being said, Gerritsen leads us pretty quickly in the right direction to determine who the killer is. Three interlocking stories draw us along.

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Mysterious Reviews

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on May 23 2015

It's rather convenient how it all turns out, and just a bit illogical. Despite these few shortcomings, The Mephisto Club is definitely worth adding to your library.

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Spinetingler Magazine

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Reviewed by Diana Bane on Feb 14 2013

The denouement seems in no way inevitable; I was kept guessing until the very end. The Mephisto Club is a rewarding read, especially as it is enriched by the deeper dimension brought by the Mephisto Foundation’s mission.

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Reviewed by Christy Tillery French on Sep 04 2007

Gerritsen offers a galvanizing look at Rizzoli's parents, the two people who shaped her, which helps the reader understand her cynicism and insecurities. An electrifying read.

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Reviewed by Sharon Wheeler on Sep 01 2006

The book loses a little when it's taken out of Maura and Jane's points of view. And there are times when the lines between myth, legend and history seem confusingly blurred. But I devoured THE MEPHISTO CLUB in one day. It's a great addition to a consistently strong series...

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Curled Up

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Reviewed by Dave Roy on Apr 25 2015

The Mephisto Club is another must-read by Gerritsen if you have any interest in crime thrillers. While suffering in comparison to what I consider her masterwork (Vanish), it's an interesting book that will hold your attention to the end.

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Reviewed by Leeswammes on May 30 2012

I didn’t really get a good idea of the difference between Rizzoli and Isles, they were rather interchangeable for me...It’s a nice and quick read. It’s a little forgettable, though, hence my short review.

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