The Surgeon

The Surgeon

Book - 2001
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In her most masterful novel of medical suspense,New York Timesbestselling author Tess Gerritsen creates a villain of unforgettable evil--and the one woman who can catch him before he kills again. He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure. The precision of the killer's methods suggests he is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the Boston newspapers and the frightened public to name him "The Surgeon." The cops' only clue rests with another surgeon, the victim of a nearly identical crime. Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and killed her attacker before he could complete his assault. Now she hides her fears of intimacy behind a cool and elegant exterior and a well-earned reputation as a top trauma surgeon. Cordell's careful facade is about to crack as this new killer recreates, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell's own ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. Her only comfort comes from Thomas Moore, the detective assigned to the case. But even Moore cannot protect Cordell from a brilliant hunter who somehow understands--and savors--the secret fears of every woman he kills. Filled with the authentic detail that is the trademark of this doctor turned author . . . and peopled with rich and complex characters--from the ER to the squad room to the city morgue--here is a thriller of unprecedented depth and suspense. Exposing the shocking link between those who kill and cure, punish and protect,The Surgeonis Tess Gerritsen's most exciting accomplishment yet.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Pub. Group, 2001
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345447838
Branch Call Number: FIC Gerri 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 359 p


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CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 18, 2017

A killer is recreating the attack endured by Dr. Catherine Cordell. But she fought off and killed her attacker, so who is the copycat and why is he recreating her nightmare assault?

rb3221 Jul 27, 2017

A well written, fast paced and terrifying medical thriller that builds in intensity right to the conclusion. The inside view of the mind and thoughts of the killer surgeon add to the fear and suspense of the novel. The epilogue was a great way to end the novel.
There is good character development mainly with the gutsy, tough cop Jane Rizzoli who certainly has her issues in her male dominated career. I enjoyed Dr. Catharine Cordell and Thomas More, Rizzolis' partner.
The descriptions are authentic and realistic and perhaps a bit too graphic but do add to the realism of the Surgeon and his killings. The multiple viewpoints give the novel a deeper dimension. Overall a satisfying and good read.

Oct 04, 2015

What happened to Isles? Rizzoli looking a bit unsympathetic. Author tired of these characters?
Story line a bit on the hackneyed side, but a good enough read.

fay6634 Jan 31, 2015


Vincent T Lombardo Jan 25, 2015

Too much blood and gore and too many medical terms. I stopped after 50 pages.

hania4987 Nov 16, 2013


Jul 29, 2013

This book was exactly what I was looking for in a good summer read. It kept me engaged and eager to read all the way to the end. Pretty easy read as well..shouldn't take more than a solid day or two at the beach to finish! Super creepy, and I enjoyed the medical aspects of the book.

May 28, 2013

Thriller about a serial killer and the woman he tortures. Expected more but was disappointed.

lfranz Oct 10, 2012

Very good read. Early years of Rizzoli

Jul 18, 2012

scary and brutal - not for the squeamish...but a thriller that kept my attention to the end

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