The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (Gerritsen, Tess)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Tess Gerritsen's The Silent Girl.

Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the cloistered convent lie two nuns–one dead, one critically injured–victims of an unspeakably savage attacker. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered. Then another body is found, mutilated beyond recognition. Together, Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As long-buried secrets come to light, Maura Isles finds herself drawn inexorably toward the heart of an investigation that strikes close to home–and toward a dawning revelation about the killer’s identity too shattering to consider.
 

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 19, 2003 by Ballantine Books. 355 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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But Isles and Rizzoli are enmeshed and struggling as well with richly detailed love lives that have the reader suffering right along with the two leads, with Isles panting after her world-hopping divorced saint of a doctor-husband and Rizzoli fighting her lust for the FBI agent she bedded in The ...

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Tess Gerritsen’s third Jane Rizzoli novel (which should, in all fairness, be described as a Rizzoli and Isles novel at this point) starts out with a bang by showcasing Dr. Maura Isles, the forensic pathologist of the team, as she walks up to a murder scene.

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Book Reporter

It's right at the end of Chapter Four of THE SINNER, Tess Gerritsen's fine new novel, that readers --- whether familiar with Gerritsen's previous work or not --- will have to resist mightily the temptation to stop reading to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with the other titles in her bibliogra...

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Entertainment Weekly

A good airplane read is a tricky feat to pull off: You need an engaging yet troubled protagonist, a nicely twisted murder, and enough MacGuffins to keep a reader intrigued for the length of, say, one layover, two warm beers, and an occasional glance up at ''Agent Cody Banks.'' Done, done, and done.

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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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The portrayal of the pair is the book's main strength, and a welcome relief from the bland, squeaky clean, badly damaged or pathetic victim female characters who all too often people the pages of contemporary crime fiction.

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She examines various sad aspects of modern life, not the least being corporate crime, the tragedy of those suffering from Hansen's Disease, or leprosy, the sad decline of once thriving religious communities who no longer attract new members, the alienation of minority groups within a population n...

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It's Christmas time in Boston, but Medical Examiner Maura Isles isn't thinking of the holiday.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In Gerritsen's latest novel, two nuns are severely assaulted within their chapel.

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Dr. Maura Isles is the star of this tale because it is her esoteric medical knowledge that is needed if the case is to be solved.

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Medical examiner, Maura Isles, is called to the convent of Our Lady of Divine Light where novice, Sister Camille, has been bludgeoned to death and an older nun, Sister Ursula, beaten but still holding on.

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This gritty novel begins on an icy cold New England morning, with the police investigating the brutal attack on a couple of nuns inside a chapel, which left one young nun dead and an older one critically injured.

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