The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

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8 Critic Reviews

Top-grade thriller-diller from Gerritsen...Sharp characters stitch your eye to the page. An all-nighter.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds toward a tense and terrifying climax.”—People (Page-turner of the week)
 
He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. The precision of his methods suggests that he is a deranged man of medicine, prompting the Boston newspapers to dub him “The Surgeon.” Led by Detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, the cops must consult the victim of a nearly identical crime: Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and filled an attacker before he could complete his assault. Now this new killer is re-creating, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell’s ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. And neither Moore nor Rizzoli can protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter who somehow understands—and savors—the secret fears of every woman he kills.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Tess Gerritsen's Die Again.
 
“[A] top-grade thriller . . . Sharp characters stitch your eye to the page. An all-nighter.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Creepy . . . will exert a powerful grip on readers.”—Chicago Tribune
 

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 October 2, 2001 by Ballantine Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Surgeon
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2016

Top-grade thriller-diller from Gerritsen...Sharp characters stitch your eye to the page. An all-nighter.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 28 2016

...has morphed into a dependable suspense novelist whose growing popularity is keeping pace with her ever-finer writing skills.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Mel Odom on Jan 09 2007

...the love story works well in this book, raising the stakes yet again on an excellent suspense novel that will keep you up late, and your heart rate up.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Mel Odom on Jan 09 2007

But the love story works well in this book, raising the stakes yet again on an excellent suspense novel that will keep you up late, and your heart rate up.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Marnie Azzarelli on Jun 17 2011

That is what's so wonderful about this novel. Every word is so emotionally charged and important to the plot that you can't miss it, and you just keep reading and reading because like a crime show you have to know how it ends, and if your deduction was right the entire time.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Shannon McKenna on Jan 24 2011

Make sure your doors are locked before you start reading this one. If the novel's end is any indication, this is one villain who just might make a repeat visit.

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RT Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Toby Bromberg on Jun 28 2016

...Tess Gerritsen takes you on a trip to the nightmare world of THE SURGEON. If it's high-voltage suspense you're after, you've found the right book!

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The Best Reviews

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Jul 30 2001

THE SURGEON is a multi-layered work with various and fascinating sub-plots seamlessly tying back to the main theme. Ms Gerristen has found her niche in the medical suspense genre.

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