It is the middle of a hot sultry summer in downtown Boston, and Detective Thomas Moore of the city's Homicide Unit is called back from holiday to be told there's a serial killer at large. And this isn't just any serial killer. This is a killer who targets single women, breaks into their apartments in the early hours of the morning, and operates on ...
It is the middle of a hot sultry summer in downtown Boston, and Detective Thomas Moore of the city's Homicide Unit is called back from holiday to be told there's a serial killer at large. And this isn't just any serial killer. This is a killer who targets single women, breaks into their apartments in the early hours of the morning, and operates on his victims before killing them. This killer is a surgeon; a surgeon whom, it is soon established, works alongside unsuspecting doctors and nurses in the Pilgrim Medical Center, a surgeon whom, instead of saving lives, takes them in bizarre and terrifying acts of ritualistic torture. As soon as Moore and his sidekick, Rizzoli, the only woman detective in the Homicide Unit, begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Most closely involved is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful medic with a mysterious past. Five years previously, she had been the subject of a horrifying rape and attempted murder, but had shot her aggressor dead. Now she is being targeted by someone who seems to know all about her past, her work at the Pilgrim Medical Center, what car she drives and, crucially, where she lives. Once again, it seems, the man she believes she killed is on her case, and this time he knows exactly how to get her...In The Surgeon, Tess Gerritsen has written a high octane, page-turning novel as gripping as it is terrifying. From the opening page, when the surgeon is waiting outside his latest victim's apartment for the police to arrive, to the cataclysmic finale, the writing is slick and assured, the tension unrelenting. Written by a woman for women, this is psychological suspense at its very best.
This book is too gory even for Tess & even for me - both physicians. The concept is horrifying.
I can't recommend it.
Nov 4, 2010
A tight, scaary thrillere
In this well-written journey into the minds of those who would inflict incredible pain upon randomly-chosen victims and those who are charged with stopping them, Dr. Gerritsen introduces some characters we will be happy to follow and others who might give us nightmares. If you like the genre, this is one of the betteer ones.
Oct 9, 2010
Since The Surgeon, I have read three more of Tess Gerritsens' books and ordered two more. She is wonderful. You feel like you are there.
Sep 30, 2010
Excellent! Hard to close the book once the reading begins. Followed the TV show with a slight twist at the end. Can't wait to read the other books in the series.
May 2, 2009
Yet another fantastic book by Tess.. I cant wait to read the apprentice.. A book that keeps you wanting to read more.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-02 A creepy cerebral serial killer vaguely reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter pursues a charismatic female doctor in this thoroughly satisfying if somewhat derivative thriller. Skillfully drawn surgical backdrops sizzling with ER intensity balance out the obligatory romantic intrigue and familiar plucky police professionals, attesting to Gerritsen's authentic medical expertise as a former physician. Dr. Catherine Cordell, the main character in this chilling tale, thought she had shot and killed her rapist and would-be murderer two years earlier in steamy Savannah, where he was a surgery intern at her hospital. Now, in Boston, as another hot summer begins, he appears to have miraculously returned and embarked once again on his grisly mission: he rapes women, then surgically removes their wombs. As two intrepid detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli investigate, Cordell begins to doubt her own memories (or lack of) and discovers that not even her OR is safe. Gliding as smoothly as a scalpel in a confident surgeon's hand, this tale proves that Gerritsen (Harvest; Life Support; Bloodstream; Gravity), originally a romance writer, has morphed into a dependable suspense novelist whose growing popularity is keeping pace with her ever-finer writing skills. (Sept.) Forecast: National print advertising in People, the New York Times and USA Today, plus a major promotion campaign, will ratchet Gerritsen's sales up yet another notch. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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