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 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.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-07-24 In this brisk, deftly plotted thriller from bestseller Gerritsen (Vanish), Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and police detective Jane Rizzoli look into the murder of 28-year-old Lori-Ann Tucker, whose body is found Christmas morning in her apartment amid an unholy mess of severed limbs, black candles and satanic symbols rendered in blood. "Peccavi," reads one word scrawled across Tucker's wall Latin for "I have sinned." Isles and Rizzoli must sort sinner from innocent among suspects who can be found on several continents and include a group of sophisticates scholars, an anthropologist, a psychiatrist who are either cult members or crusaders against evil straight from the pages of Revelation. Other murders follow, all gruesome, all involving apocalyptic messages. On occasion, the action shifts to Europe, to a young woman running from a man she's convinced is descended from a race of fallen angels. Gerritsen has a knack for stretching believability just short of the breaking point and for amassing details that produce an atmosphere in which the most terrible possibilities can and, indeed, should occur. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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