Christmas Eve in Boston is no holy night for medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. In a rundown house a woman has been dismembered in an act of carnage that leaves veteran cops in shock. The last person called from the dead girl's phone is Dr. Joyce O'Donnell, a celebrity psychiatrist who's made her name defending serial murderers. But there are other ...
Christmas Eve in Boston is no holy night for medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. In a rundown house a woman has been dismembered in an act of carnage that leaves veteran cops in shock. The last person called from the dead girl's phone is Dr. Joyce O'Donnell, a celebrity psychiatrist who's made her name defending serial murderers. But there are other clues that make the police wonder if this slaying was part of a Satanic ritual. Drawn on the wall, in blood, are ancient symbols, and a mirror-image word in Latin that, translated, says: "I have sinned." Then a second woman is found butchered on Beacon Hill, just outside the grand residence of Anthony Sansone, a reclusive historian. He is the leader of the Mephisto Club, an old and secret society dedicated to the study of evil, and to confronting it in its purest form. On the door to Sansone's house have been scrawled yet more ancient symbols. Are they clues? Or threats? When the same symbols appear on Maura Isles' door, Maura and Jane must call on the Mephisto Club for assistance. Because this is a form of evil Boston PD has never encountered before. And the only way they can defeat it is by turning to the people who understand the devil himself.
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Tess Gerritsen's plots are so excellently constructed that the stories come alive in ways few Authors have achieved.
Feb 8, 2009
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
Tess Gerritsen is often compared to Patricia Cornwell. Both authors have a flair for detailed descriptions of dead bodies and medical practices. Having read nearly everything written by either, I prefer Tess Gerritsen because her characters seem more plausible. The Mephisto Club, like others in this series, is a book you will probably not want to read during meal time. The premise this time around is that there is evil lurking on earth which not too many people know about if they haven't studied obscure Christian writings (that would be a LOT of people, since christianity is relatively new compared to other religions, a point also made in the book).
This story is character driven with believable dialogue yet I don't think it's Ms. Gerritsen's best. The ending wasn't really a surprise to me, especially considering the names given to the dogs. That's all I'm giving away, tho. This isn't a tough read and you probably won't stay up all night to finish it. The Mephisto Club continues the stories of Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles, so if you are new to the series, start with the earlier books.
Apr 3, 2007
I have read all of the Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles books and they were great. Kept you hanging on til the end. Can't wait for the next in this exciting series.
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