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Tess Gerritsen

USA flag (b.1953)

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. She started off her writing career with romance novels, now published by Mira. But in 1996 she switched to writing thrillers with her novel Harvest, inspired by the anger she felt about the illegal trade in human organs. It was her first New York Times bestseller. Since then she has become an internationally bestselling author of crime novels, and her thriller series starring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the basis for the hit television series "Rizzoli & isles." She lives with her husband in Maine.

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Thriller

Tavistock Family
   1. In Their Footsteps (1994)
   2. Thief of Hearts (1995)
     aka Stolen
Rizzoli & Isles
   1. The Surgeon (2001)
   2. The Apprentice (2002)
   3. The Sinner (2003)
   4. Body Double (2004)
   5. Vanish (2005)
   6. The Mephisto Club (2006)
   7. Keeping the Dead (2008)
     aka The Keepsake
   8. Ice Cold (2010)
     aka The Killing Place
   8.5. Freaks (2011)
   9. The Silent Girl (2011)
   9.5. John Doe (2012)
   10. Last to Die (2012)
   11. Die Again (2014)
   12. I Know A Secret (2017)
   13. Listen to Me (2022)
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   Three Complete Novels (1992)
   Temperature Rising (1994) (with Jacqueline Diamond and JoAnn Ross)
   Heatwave (Omnibus) (1998) (with Barbara Delinsky and Linda Lael Miller)
   Something to Hide (1999) (with Lynn Erickson)
   Impulse (2000) (with Barbara Delinsky and Linda Howard)
   Perfect Timing (2001) (with Barbara Delinsky and Muriel Jensen)
   Take 5, Volume 4 (2001) (with Mary Lynn Baxter and Annette Broadrick)
   Stolen Memories (2001) (with Stella Cameron and Jayne Ann Krentz)
   Family Passions (2002) (with Barbara Delinsky and Jayne Ann Krentz)
   Unveiled (2002) (with Stella Cameron and Amanda Stevens)
   Double Impact (2003) (with Debra Webb)
   Gravity / Bloodstream (2004)
   Under the Knife / Whistleblower (2005)
   Harvest / Life Support (2005)
   Call After Midnight / Under the Knife (2006)
   Murder and Mayhem (2006)
   Never Say Die / Whistleblower (2007)
   Under the Knife / Never Say Die / In Their Footsteps / Call After Midnight (2007)
   In Their Footsteps / Thief Of Hearts (2008)
   Presumed Guilty / Keeper Of The Bride (2008)
   Don't Talk To Strangers (2009)
   Never Say Die / Presumed Guilty (2013)
   Keeper of the Bride / Whistleblower (2014)
   In Their Footsteps / Stolen (2015)
   Secrets Uncovered (2016) (with Janie Crouch)
   Presumed Guilty / In Their Footsteps (2017)
   Thief of Hearts / Keeper of the Bride (2017)
   Whistleblower / Never Say Die (2019)
   After Midnight (2020)
   On the Edge (2021) (with Rita Herron)
   Hidden Truths (2021) (with Rita Herron)
   No Reason to Trust (2021) (with Barb Han)
     aka Never Say Die / Witness Protection
   In Their Footsteps / Justice for a Ranger (2021) (with Rita Herron)
   Thief of Hearts / Beneath the Badge (2022) (with Rita Herron)
Series contributed to
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (2002) : The Surgeon
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : Vanish
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : Vanish

Tess Gerritsen recommends
Bad Blood (1995)
(Victoria Lucci Mystery, book 1)
Suzanne Proulx
"Suzanne Proulx offers readers a delightful dose of death in this novel of hospital suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
Medea (1997)
(Delphic Women, book 1)
Kerry Greenwood
"This is a book I didn't want to end. I dreamed about the characters for days afterward."
Tell Me Lies (1998)
Jennifer Crusie
"Smart, sexy and howlingly funny."
Empty Cradle (1998)
Karen Harper
"Aill keep you awake until bedtime and beyond. Timely and gripping."
Chameleon (1998)
(P. J. Gray, book 3)
Shirley Kennett
"In CHAMELEON, Kennett has crafted an utterly chilling villain, cloaked in a child's innocence. A scary, compelling read."
Firebrand Bride (1999)
Janet Lynnford
"Lush and sexy... a compelling read."
Ghost Dance (1999)
Mark Sullivan
"Mark Sullivan combines poetic writing with eerie elements of mysticism to fashion yet another fascinating thriller."
Landry's Law (1999)
(Landry Brothers, book 2)
Kelsey Roberts
"Kelsey Roberts' seamless blend of tender romance and compelling intrigue will keep you turning pages."
The Rival Queens (2001)
(Countess Ashby De La Zouche, book 2)
Fidelis Morgan
"A delicious, rollicking romp of a mystery that kept me enthralled. Fidelis Morgan writes just the sort of story I love, full of sensuous details that make history come alive. I can't wait to read her next one."
Vitals (2002)
Greg Bear
"Terrifying . . . Not only does Greg Bear keep you guessing, he keeps you thinking. He is a master at turning a scientific concept into a crackling good thriller."
Flesh Tones (2002)
M J Rose
"Intensely erotic and compelling, Flesh Tones explores the disturbing realm that lies between love and obsession."
Black Valley (2003)
Jim Brown
"Utterly terrifying."
Blind Run (2003)
(Blind Run, book 1)
Patricia Lewin
"A writer with a genuine talent to thrill."
Suspicious Origin (2003)
Patricia MacDonald
"I could not put down this book. It haunted my dreams, called to me through the day. MacDonald is now on my list of favorite authors."
Gone Too Far (2003)
(Troubleshooters, book 6)
Suzanne Brockmann
"Sizzling with military intrigue and sexual tension, with characters so vivid they leap right off the page, Gone Too Far is a bold, brassy read with a momentum that just doesn't quit."
The Replacement (2003)
(Twins, book 11)
Anne Marie Duquette
"...truly thrilling, full of exciting action and suspense."
Mortal Remains (2003)
(Dr. Earl Garnet, book 4)
Peter Clement
"Thrilling and compelling."
The Judas Virus (2003)
David Best
"David Best is superb at spinning medical fact into gripping suspense."
Blue Blood (2004)
(Debutante Dropout, book 1)
Susan McBride
"A delicious romp of a mystery."
Crossing the Line (2004)
(Antonio Burns, book 4)
Clinton McKinzie
"An adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding thrill ride with a terrifying climax that left me clenching for a handhold."
Alligator Moon (2004)
(Hidden Passions)
Joanna Wayne
"Joanna Wayne waeves together a romance and suspense with pulse-pounding results!"
Lover Boy (2004)
Michele Jaffe
"Michele Jaffe's books will keep you turning the pages into the night."
Princess (2004)
(SEAL and Code Name, book 6)
Christina Skye
"Skye expertly weaves sizzling romance and suspense in her lightning-paced tales of intrigue."
Pandemic (2005)
(Dr. Noah Haldane, book 1)
Daniel Kalla
"Daniel Kalla expertly weaves real science and medicine into a fast-paced, nightmarish thriller - a thriller all the more frightening because it could really happen."
Most Wanted (2005)
(Melanie Vargas, book 1)
Michele Martinez
"An utter page-turner."
Thriller (2006)
James Patterson
"Thriller is entertaining, fast-paced, and just plain fun. It will take you to the most terrifying heights of suspense."
The Cleaner (2006)
(Jonathan Quinn Thriller, book 1)
Brett Battles
"Brett Battles makes a grand entrance into the thriller scene with this unputdownable spy novel. THE CLEANER has it all: exotic locales, James Bondian derring-do, and ingenious plot twists that will keep you sweating all the way till the end."
Sign of the Cross (2006)
(Payne and Jones, book 2)
Chris Kuzneski
"Sign of the Cross - chilling scenes and a lightning pace. This story really flies!"
Checkmate (2007)
(Cameron Talbot, book 1)
Karna Small Bodman
"A white house insider infects high tension into this high-stakes thriller."
Dead Head (2007)
Allen Wyler
"With its lightning paced excitement and fascinating science Dead Head has everything you could hope for in a medical thriller."
Kiss Her Goodbye (2007)
(Fourth Dimension Thriller, book 1)
Robert Gregory Browne
"Kiss Her Goodbye is a smashing good read. It moves at such a brekneck pace that you'll scarcely have time to take a breath."
Stigma (2007)
Philip Hawley
"Pulses with tension and drama... a top-notch thriller!"
Eat the Dark (2007)
Joe Schreiber
"A harrowing, up-all-night read with delicious scares at every turn. Joe Schreiber knows just what terrifies us, and his masterly skills are on full display."
Knock 'em Dead (2008)
(Finley Anderson Tanner Mystery, book 2)
Rhonda Pollero
"Rhonda Pollero's humor and compelling mystery will keep you turning the pages!"
Cemetery Lake (2009)
(Theodore Tate, book 1)
Paul Cleave
"Cleave is a writer to watch."
The Weight of Silence (2009)
Heather Gudenkauf
"Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel."
Evidence of Murder (2009)
(Theresa MacLean, book 2)
Lisa Black
"Lisa Black wows us with another tense and unputdownable thriller. She is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers around."
A Twisted Ladder (2009)
(Twisted Ladder, book 1)
Rhodi Hawk
"Eerie and evocative, A Twisted Ladder provides scares and surprises galore."
A House to Die for (2010)
(Darby Farr Mystery, book 1)
Vicki Doudera
"[Doudera] expertly weaves a tale of suspense on a Maine island, where murder and real estate are an explosive combination."
Stress Fracture (2010)
(Dub Walker, book 1)
D P Lyle
"Cutting-edge forensics and a whip-cracking pace make Stress Fracture a one-sitting read. If you love CSI, this is the book for you."
Crossing Oceans (2010)
Gina Holmes
"Poignant and unforgettable, this book will break your heart and then put the pieces back together again."
Think of a Number (2010)
(Dave Gurney, book 1)
John Verdon
"The best thriller I've read in a long, long time."
Hostage Zero (2010)
(Jonathan Grave, book 2)
John Gilstrap
"Taut, action-packed, and impossible to put down!"
Blackveil (2011)
(Green Rider, book 4)
Kristen Britain
"Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today."
Fifth Victim (2011)
(Charlie Fox, book 9)
Zoë Sharp
"Charlie Fox is one of the most vivid and engaging heroines ever to swagger onto the pages of a book."
Before I Go To Sleep (2011)
S J Watson
"Quite simply the best debut I've ever read."
Taken (2011)
(Jo Birmingham, book 2)
Niamh O'Connor
"Gripping, terrifying. If you like Martina Cole, you'll love this."
The Phoenix Apostles (2011)
(Seneca Hunt, book 1)
Joe Moore and Lynn Sholes
"What do you get when you cross Indiana Jones with Da Vinci Code? The Phoenix Apostles, a rollicking thrill ride with so many twists and turns that you won't have time to catch your breath!"
Hotwire (2011)
(Maggie O'Dell, book 9)
Alex Kava
"Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page."
Second Nature (2011)
Jacquelyn Mitchard
"Mitchard writes with passion and artistry, weaving a vivid story that both moves and astonishes. From the very first paragraph, you know you are in the hands of a gifted writer."
Available Dark (2012)
(Cass Neary, book 2)
Elizabeth Hand
"Fiercely frightening yet hauntingly beautiful, with a startling heroine you'll never forget, Available Dark shimmers with gorgeous writing even as it scares the dickens out of you. I've long been a fan of Elizabeth Hand's amazing books, and once again she proves why she is truly a writer's writer, her prose so glowing it makes all the rest of us jealous."
The Fallen (2012)
(Jade de Jong, book 3)
Jassy Mackenzie
"A white-knuckle thriller with an utterly chilling finale."
The Killing Harvest (2013)
Don Donaldson
"Brimming with chillingly authentic medical details."
Like This, For Ever (2013)
(Lacey Flint, book 3)
Sharon Bolton
"Chilling and mesmerising."
The Shadow Tracer (2013)
M G Gardiner
"I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."
The Never List (2013)
Koethi Zan
"Sent icicles down my spine. One of the most scariest thrillers I've ever read."
The Stolen Ones (2013)
(Byrne and Balzano, book 7)
Richard Montanari
"Relentlessly suspenseful... hooks you instantly."
Day One (2013)
Nate Kenyon
"Day One will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end."
Keep Your Friends Close (2014)
Paula Daly
"Surprises and astounds you with every ingenious twist and turn."
Don't Talk to Strangers (2014)
(Keye Street, book 3)
Amanda Kyle Williams
"Keye Street - Effortlessly brilliant.. Brutally funny and powerfully human."
The Daughter (2014)
Jane Shemilt
"Jane Shemilt builds layer upon layer of tension in a thriller you won't be able to put down."
Woman with a Gun (2014)
Phillip Margolin
"Margolin knows how to pack in the thrills."
Full Tilt (2015)
(Kate Page, book 2)
Rick Mofina
"Rick Morfina's tense, taut writing makes every thriller he writes an adrenaline-packed ride."
The Girl On the Train (2015)
Paula Hawkins
"So thrilling and tense and wildly unpredictable it sucked up my entire afternoon. Not to be missed!"
Fallen Sparrow (2015)
(Peyton Cote, book 2)
D A Keeley
"Packed with thrills and high-octane action."
Hotel Moscow (2015)
Talia Carner
"Exquisitely told, with details so vivid you can almost taste the food and hear the voices."
Looking Through Darkness (2015)
(Trading Post, book 2)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
"Terrific.Aimée and David Thurlo surely deserve to be called the successors to Tony Hillerman."
Pretty Girls (2015)
Karin Slaughter
"One of the boldest thriller writers working today."
Speak The Dead (2015)
Grant McKenzie
"Grant McKenzie is a terrific novelist."
The Number of Man (2015)
J T Ellison
"One of the best writers in the game."
What You See (2015)
(Jane Ryland, book 4)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
"Whip-smart writing, a dizzying pace-a thrilling read!"
Fan Mail (2016)
Peter Robinson
"Peter Robinson is a master."
Orphan X (2016)
(Orphan X, book 1)
Gregg Hurwitz
"Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I've read in a long, long time!"
Try Not to Breathe (2016)
Holly Seddon
"A razor-sharp, fast-paced plot and wonderfully complex characters . . . Not since The Girl on the Train have I been so captivated by a work of suspense."
Baby Doll (2016)
Hollie Overton
"What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page."
The Couple Next Door (2016)
Shari Lapeña
"A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman."
Assassination at Bayou Sauvage (2017)
(Andy Broussard & Kit Franklyn Mystery, book 8)
D J Donaldson
"D.J. Donaldson is superb at spinning medical fact into gripping suspense."
The Seventh Sun (2017)
(Dan Clifford, book 1)
Kent Lester
"A thrill-a-minute ride! Kent Lester knows how to make science wildly entertaining."
Beneath the Wake (2017)
(Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery, book 4)
Ross Pennie
"Fascinating and fast-paced, a medical thriller with the high-stakes tension of a frightening epidemic."
The Castle (2017)
(Ripped-from-the-Headlines, book 1)
Jason Pinter
"An author who dares to take the traditional thriller in bold new directions."
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (2017)
(Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, book 1)
Leonard Goldberg
"Strap on your seat belts for a thrilling ride. Leonard Goldberg pulls out all the stops in this action-packed tale that's sure to keep you flipping the pages."
The Driver (2017)
Hart Hanson
"The Driver is smart, brash, and funny, with characters who strut right out of an Elmore Leonard novel. For thrills, chills, and plenty of laughs, Hart Hanson is your man."
The Woman in the Window (2018)
A J Finn
"Amazing. Riveting. Just plain fantastic!"
Providence (2018)
Caroline Kepnes
"There is something for every reader in these pages—thrills, chills, and a complex love story. Kepnes is a writer to add to your must-read pile."
Maze Master (2018)
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
"From the very first page, you'll know you're in the hands of a master storyteller. With plenty of 'Da Vinci Code' twists and turns, MAZE MASTER is both thrilling and mind-bending."
Find Me Gone (2018)
Sarah Meuleman
"FIND ME GONE is one of those rare novels that you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve finished it. Vivid, complex, and completely immersive!"
The Midnight Witness (2018)
(Louise Rick / Camilla Lind, book 1)
Sara Blædel
"Sara Blaedel knows how to reel in her readers and keep them utterly transfixed."
Long Road to Mercy (2018)
(Atlee Pine, book 1)
David Baldacci
"FBI Agent Atlee Pine is a heroine I'll never forget. I hope David Baldacci's hard at work on Agent Pine's next adventure, because I can't wait to dive into it."
Bleak Harbor (2018)
(Bleak Harbor, book 1)
Bryan Gruley
"The myth of the happy family! Bryan Gruley dives deep into twisted psyches, well-hidden secrets, and dark, explosive desires. Welcome to Bleak Harbor. Be afraid."
Blood Orange (2019)
Harriet Tyce
"Blood Orange kept me frantically turning the pages, desperate to know what would happen next. A superb, compulsive read!"
Smokescreen (2019)
(Eve Duncan, book 25)
Iris Johansen
"SMOKESCREEEN is supercharged, combustible and totally addictive. There's no one like Iris Johansen!"
Last Day (2020)
Luanne Rice
"In Last Day, Luanne Rice shows once again her unique gift for portraying the emotional landscape of a family. By adding a riveting thread of suspense, she proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that love and murder make brilliant bedfellows."
The Burden of Truth (2020)
Neal Griffin
"Add Neal Griffin to your list of must-read crime writers!."
A Dangerous Breed (2020)
(Van Shaw Mystery, book 5)
Glen Erik Hamilton
"From the first page, you'll know you're in for a thrilling ride! This is vivid and powerful writing that maintains its verve till the very end."
The Garden of Angels (2021)
David Hewson
"Gripping and powerful...richly evokes the tension and threat of Nazi-occupied Venice."
Fatal Intent (2021)
(Kate Downey Medical Mystery, book 1)
Tammy Euliano
"Fatal Intent rings with thrilling authenticity. Tammy Euliano writes with convincing authority, immersing us in a world only a doctor truly knows."
The Lost Girl (2021)
(Mickey Keller, book 1)
Alan Jacobson
"Jacobson expertly ratchets up the tension and shows us that the most courageous heroes are those with everything to lose."
Sleeping Bear (2021)
Connor Sullivan
"SLEEPING BEAR clamps you in its jaws and doesn't let go. A fierce, relentless beast of a novel!"
Never Saw Me Coming (2021)
Vera Kurian
"Gripping! With a college campus setting, charming psychopaths, and a bitingly clever voice, Never Saw Me Coming is a dazzling debut from a bold new talent."
Child Zero (2022)
Chris Holm
"CHILD ZERO is a thriller that truly thrills! With warp-speed pacing and frightening medical details, it offers a terrifying look at a world gone mad and the possible plagues to come."
Metropolis (2022)
B A Shapiro
"Riveting, with fascinating charaters, a pace that crackles with tension, and a deeper message that will resonate with everyone."
Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride (2022)
(Nonna Maria, book 1)
Lorenzo Carcaterra
"An utterly delightful tale starring one of the most charming amateur sleuths ever created, Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride is so delicious it will make you want to pack your bags and move to Italy!"
In the Dark We Forget (2022)
Sandra SG Wong
"A chilling, nerve-jangling journey into lost memories and unforgettable terrors. Sandra Wong knows what scares us all--and what we can never forget."
Dark Objects (2022)
(Laughton Rees, book 1)
Simon Toyne
"There are times when I read another author's novel and it's so darn good I just want to put down my own pen and retire because I can't match it. This is that book."
The New Neighbor (2022)
Karen Cleveland
"Few books have sucked me in as completely as The New Neighbor did. Karen Cleveland ingeniously melds domestic intrigue with the lightning pace of a spy thriller, showing us the devastating personal costs of intelligence work."

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