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Tess Gerritsen (born Terry Tom; June 12, 1953) is the pseudonym of Terry Gerritsen, an American novelist and retired general physician. Early life Tess Gerritsen is the child of a Chinese immigrant and a Chinese-American seafood chef. While growing up in San Diego, California, Gerritsen often dreamt of writing her own Nancy Drew novels. Her first name is Terry; she decided to feminize it when she was a writer of romance novels. Although she longed to be a writer, her family had reservations about the sustainability of a writing career, prompting Gerritsen to choose a career in medicine. In 1975, Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University with a BA in anthropology, intrigued by the ranges of human behavior. She went on to study medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her medical degree in 1979 and started work as a physician in Honolulu, Hawaii.While on maternity leave, she submitted a short story to a statewide fiction contest in the magazine Honolulu. Her story, "On Choosing the Right Crack Seed", won first prize and she received $500. The story focused on a young male reflecting on a difficult relationship with his mother. Gerritsen claimed the story allowed her to deal with her own childhood turmoil, including the repeated suicide attempts of her mother. Writing career Inspired by the romance novels she enjoyed reading while working as a doctor, Gerritsen's first novels were romantic thrillers. After two unpublished "practice novels", Call After Midnight was bought by publisher Harlequin Intrigue in 1986 and published a year later. Gerritsen subsequently wrote eight romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue and Harper Paperbacks. Other genres In 1996, Gerritsen wrote Harvest, her first medical thriller. The plot was inspired by a conversation with a retired homicide detective who had recently traveled in Russia. He told her young orphans were vanishing from Moscow streets, and police believed the kidnapped children were being shipped abroad as organ donors. Harvest was Gerritsen's first hardcover novel, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list at number thirteen. Following Harvest, Gerritsen wrote three more bestselling medical thrillers: Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity.In 2001, Gerritsen's first crime thriller, The Surgeon, was published and introduced homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. Although a secondary character in The Surgeon, Rizzoli has been a central focus of 13 subsequent novels (see below) pairing her with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The books inspired the Rizzoli & Isles television series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Gerritsen also made an appearance in the series' final season as a writer who helps Isles establish herself in the literary field.Although most of her recent books have been in the Rizzoli/Isles series, in 2007 Gerritsen wrote a stand-alone historical thriller titled The Bone Garden. A tale of gruesome murders, the book is set primarily in 1830s Boston and includes a character based on Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes.Gerritsen's books have been published in 40 countries and have sold 25 million copies. Other works Film & Television Adrift (1993) Rizzoli & Isles (2010) Island Zero (2018) Magnificent Beast (2022) Gerritsen co-wrote the story and screenplay for Adrift, which aired on CBS as Movie of the Week in 1993 and starred Kate Jackson and Bruce Greenwood.She has contributed essays in volumes published by Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She also blogs regularly about the writing business, both on her own website and on a mystery writers site, Murderati.com. She is also the composer of the musical piece "Incendio" for violin and piano, a waltz that features in the plot of her novel "Playing With Fire". The composition has been recorded by violinist Susanne Hou. Chinese legacy Gerritsen's mother told her traditional Chinese stories eg. about Monkey King. Her novel The Silent Girl uses Chinese martial arts and traditional motives in contemporary Boston. One of the victims is a Chinese chef. Works inspired by Gerritsen Yakov's Lament (2012), a solo violin piece by French composer Damien Top, is inspired by Gerritsen's novel Harvest. Personal life Gerritsen is married to Jacob Gerritsen, who is also a physician. She has two sons. She enjoys gardening and playing the fiddle, and lives in Camden, Maine. Reception The Surgeon received a RITA award Romance Writers of America in 2002 for Best Romantic Suspense Novel.In 2006, Vanish received the Nero Award for best mystery novel, and was nominated for both an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and a Macavity Award. She has also won approval from several of her contemporaries, including James Patterson and Stephen King, the latter of whom described her as being "even better than Michael Crichton". Selected bibliography Romantic thrillers Adventure's Mistress (1985) Love's Masquerade (1986) Call After Midnight (1987) Under the Knife (1990) Never Say Die (1992) Whistle Blower (1992) Presumed Guilty (1993) Girl Missing (Originally released as Peggy Sue Got Murdered) (1994) Keeper of the Bride (1996) Perfect Timing (2001) Murder and Mayhem (2006) Madame X (2008) Playing with Fire (2015) The Shape of Night (2019) Choose Me (with Gary Braver)(2021) The Spy Coast (2023) Medical thrillers Harvest (1996) Life Support (1997) Bloodstream (1998) Gravity (1999) The Bone Garden (2007)Tavistock series In Their Footsteps (1994) Stolen (Originally released as Thief of Hearts) (1995)Rizzoli & Isles series The Surgeon (2001) introduces police detective Jane Rizzoli The Apprentice (2002) introduces medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles The Sinner (2003) Body Double (2004) Vanish (2005) The Mephisto Club (2006) The Keepsake / Keeping the Dead (US / UK, 2008) Ice Cold / The Killing Place (US / UK, 2010) 8.5 Freaks (short story, 2011) The Silent Girl (US / UK, 2011)9.5 John Doe (short story, 2012) Last To Die (UK / US August 16 / 28, 2012) Die Again (2014) I Know A Secret (15 August 2017) Listen to Me (5 July 2022)References External links Official website Gerritsen on Goodreads Interview aired on NPR's All Things Considered July 12, 2010 Literary-oriented interview by Lenn Wanner on The Crime of It All website (October 10, 2010) Pictures of Tess Gerritsen's office and office view, with her comments, on the Murderati website Tess Gerritsen at IMDb Interview on the Profile website. 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  • Wolf Trap synopsis, comments

    Wolf Trap

    Connor Sullivan

    “A mustread thriller from a brilliant new talent in the genre.” Jack Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling authorThis “adrenaline rush of a novel” (Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times be...

  • The Sinner synopsis, comments

    The Sinner

    Tess Gerritsen

    This ebook edition contains a special preview of Tess Gerritsen’s I Know a Secret.Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bonechilling scene of ...

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    Catherine Coulter

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this “eerie, unsettling, and breathlessly terrifyi...

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    Trust No One

    Paul Cleave

    In this “outstanding psychological thriller” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) by the Edgarnominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate betwee...

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    The Sinner

    J.R. Ward

    A sinner’s only hope is true love in this passionate new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series.Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercen...

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    J.R. Ward

    A heartpounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, about a scientist fighting to save the gray wolvesand getting caught in a deadly trap herself...Lydia Susi is ...

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    Out For Blood

    Deborah Masson

    DI Eve Hunter is back in the edgeofyourseat new detective thriller from Deborah Masson, winning author of the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year 2020.A young man, the son of a...

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    Cat And Mouse

    M. J. Arlidge

    IF YOU THINK YOU'RE ALONE:THINK AGAIN A scratching at the window.A tap on the door.What if, this time, someone is out there? A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home ...

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    Presumed Guilty

    Tess Gerritsen

    Rediscover this fanfavorite thriller by New York Times bestselling author Tess GerritsenMiranda Wood thinks she has seen the last of Richard Tremain, her rich and married exloverun...

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    In the Shadow of the Master

    Michael Connelly

    “A wonderful treat for the Poe connoisseur, or a perfect introduction to his works.”Charlotte ObserverIn the Shadow of the Master is an exceptional collection of classic stories fr...

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    J.R. Ward

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and “master of contemporary romance, with heroes so hot they set the pages on fire” (Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author...

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    Catherine Coulter

    From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heartstopping twentyfirst installment in the electrifying FBI Thriller series.After Agent Dillon Savich stops a c...

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    Double Impact

    Tess Gerritsen & Debra Webb

    TESS GERRITSEN’S Never Say DieWilly Jane Maitland traveled to Saigon to uncover what had happened to her father, missing in action twenty years ago. Instead she found intrigueand m...

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    Red Flags

    Lisa Black

    New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black launches a pulsepounding new series with a taut, compelling forensic thriller that introduces Dr. Ellie Carr and Dr. Rachael Davies, wh...

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    The Other Wife

    Michael Robotham

    The ninth thriller in the Joe O'Loughlin series, the inspiration for the major ITV series The Suspect starring Aidan Turner.'Superbly constructed . . . a breathtaking twist' Daily ...

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    Lover Arisen

    J.R. Ward

    True love brings a deadly threat to the Black Dagger Brotherhood in this sizzling new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.Possessed by the demon Devina, Balth...

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    Catherine Coulter

    From “one of the bonafide rock stars of the thriller genre” (The Real Book Spy) comes another tour de force in the #1 New York Times bestselling FBI Thriller series following agent...

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    The Apprentice

    Tess Gerritsen

    Jane Rizzoli and Maura Islesthe inspiration for the hit TNT seriescontinue their crimesolving streak. The bestselling author of The Surgeon returnsand so does that chilling no...

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    Under the Knife

    Tess Gerritsen

    Dive into the danger and drama of this classic romantic suspense novel, only from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. For attorney David Ransom, it begins as an opena...

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    The Viper

    J.R. Ward

    In this newest Prison Camp installment, #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward pens a heartwrenching tale of love and betrayal in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world…Framed...

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    Catherine Coulter

    In this thrilling entry in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series, FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen...

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    The Sixth Day

    Catherine Coulter

    Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine take on a criminal mastermind in the next captivating thriller in the New York Times bestselling A Brit in the FBI series. “Coul...

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    Like Mother, Like Daughter

    Elle Croft

    'Utterly absorbing and thoughtprovoking' Caz Frear'What a premise, and packed with suspense' Victoria Selman'A dark, delicious triumph' Niki MackayIf what they said was true, then ...

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    The Forgotten Girls

    Sara Blaedel

    The Forgotten Girls The body of an unidentified woman has been discovered in a remote forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, bu...

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    The Savior

    J.R. Ward

    A vampire and a scientist’s fates are passionately entwined in a race against time in this thrilling romance in the #1 New York Times bestselling “utterly absorbing and deliciously...

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    Lover Unveiled

    J.R. Ward

    The #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series returns featuring a powerful MMA fighter with a buried secret that can change the world of Caldwell forever. Sahva...

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    The Keepsake

    Tess Gerritsen

    Jane Rizzoli and Maura Islesthe inspiration for the hit TNT seriescontinue their bestselling crimesolving streak.For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten...

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    Patricia Cornwell

    Discover the “dazzling…fascinating” (Los Angeles Times) forensic thriller that launched the New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling crime writer Patrici...

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    A Warm Heart in Winter

    J.R. Ward

    #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.Featuring one of the Bl...

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    Where Winter Finds You

    J.R. Ward

    #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.When Trez lost his belo...

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    Keeper of the Bride

    Tess Gerritsen

    Revisit this heartracing romantic suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen!If Nina Cormier’s wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the b...

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    Prisoner of Night

    J.R. Ward

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, t...

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    The Wolf

    J.R. Ward

    Return to the sizzling glymera’s prison camp in this dark and sexy second novel in the new Black Dagger Brotherhood Prison Camp spinoff series from the #1 New York Times bestsellin...

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    Down to the Woods

    M. J. Arlidge

    If you go down to the woods today, you better not go alone . . .FROM THE MILLIONCOPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M.J. ARLIDGEThe last thing Tom Campbell remembers is camping in the New Fore...

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    The Wedding from Hell Bind-Up

    J.R. Ward

    #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s The Wedding From Hell is an exclusive threepart prequel to her standalone suspense novel Consumed. Taking us back to where it all s...

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    Hold Your Tongue

    Deborah Masson

    WINNER OF THE BLOODY SCOTLAND SCOTTISH CRIME DEBUT OF THE YEAR 2020'Gritty and close to the bone, Hold Your Tongue is a compelling, addictive read that I devoured in one sitting.' ...

  • Blood Truth synopsis, comments

    Blood Truth

    J.R. Ward

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “utterly absorbing” (Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author) Black Dagger Brotherhood series and The Savior brings you the...

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    The Last Second

    Catherine Coulter

    The New York Times bestselling Brit in the FBI series continues with this thrilling “popcorn movie in print form” (Associated Press) pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Mi...

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    The Guilty Wife

    Elle Croft

    THE TOP 10 EBOOK BESTSELLER 'A gripping tale of betrayal, deceit, and duplicity. Fabulous.' Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You 'Relentless and intense...I loved the final ...

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    Thief of Hearts

    Tess Gerritsen

    Be thrilled by this classic romantic suspense!Reformed cat burglar Clea Rice has witnessed enough crime to put her on the straight and narrow. But little does she suspect that her ...

  • The Mephisto Club synopsis, comments

    The Mephisto Club

    Tess Gerritsen

    Jane Rizzoli and Maura Islesthe inspiration for the hit TNT seriescontinue their bestselling crimesolving streak.  Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a ...

  • The Jackal synopsis, comments

    The Jackal

    J.R. Ward

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sinner brings another hot adventure of true love and ultimate sacrifice in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.The location of the gl...

  • Denial synopsis, comments


    Peter James

    Introducing policeman Glenn Branson...When actress Gloria Lamark takes her own life, her devoted son, Thomas, is heartbroken. Something must be wrong with a world in which such a t...