The Surgeon (Rizzoli and Isles #1) by Tess Gerritsen

`Released: September 2001
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 359
Publisher: Ballantine
ISBN-10: 0-345-44783-2

After catching the pilot for Rizzoli & Isles, I decided to check out the series the show is based on, by Tess Gerritsen. Her website lists The Surgeon as the first book in the series so I got it out from the library the other day, along with the next book in the series. Rizzoli is a major character in this book but there’s no Maura Isles, so it’s not quite the beginning of their story but it is the first time the reader meets Jane Rizzoli (even though she’s not mentioned in the flap blurb).

The Surgeon is set in Boston. There’s a killer on the loose, slipping into women’s homes at night and then mutilating them before he slashes their throats. His precision earns him the sobriquet “The Surgeon.” The only lead that the cops have is Dr. Catherine Cordell, the victim of a similar crime in Savannah two years earlier, and a recent transplant to Boston.

The main characters in this book are Catherine and two of the cops involved in her case: Rizzoli and Thomas Moore. Tess Gerritsen does a great job of developing all of their characters, though I do feel that the women are more fleshed out, possibly because we spend more time reading from their perspectives. All of the supporting cast are nicely individual and it will be interesting to see which of them pop up in future stories.

The plot of The Surgeon is well thought-out and delivers with every page. The story is well-paced and I couldn’t wait to turn the page to see what was going to happen next. The author has done a fantastic job of keeping the reader in suspense up until the very last moment, and I’m very excited to start reading The Apprentice.

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