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A killer who knows his trade.

A series of horrific murders seem disturbingly familiar to Detective Jane Rizzoli. They remind her and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles of those committed by a killer known as the Surgeon, who they recently put behind bars.

While they’re still trying to track down the new killer, the unthinkable happens: the Surgeon escapes. Suddenly, Jane is chasing not one but two brilliant and twisted minds, united by one goal....

©2003 Tess Gerritsen (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Gerritsen was a medic before she turned to writing, and her book contains enough grisly details to put you off hospitals for life. But if you like your crime medicine strong, this will keep you gripped." (Mail on Sunday)

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A sequel with bad audio

I was expecting this to be the next episode in the life of Jane Rizzoli but it was very much a sequel to the last and I think you would need to read the first one.

This also isn't very murder-mystery-esque. Unlike the first book where they deduced the killer's identity with clues this was more like an adventure book where the killer becomes revealed to them. Doesn't actually paint the main character in a very flattering light nor does the chip on her shoulder she has towards men in general although that character flaw is adressed somewhat.

Isles is a background character again which makes me wonder how many books were written before the series was called "Rizzoli & Isles".

The main problem though is the audio. I listened to this directly after the surgeon so noticed the change in narrator immediately. Not only are the voices different and Rizzoli's name now pronounced with a "T" but the voices get muddled by the narrator with women sometimes having the deep masculine voices of the colleagues they are conversing with while sometimes having their normal voices. Were it not for "he said" and "she said" you would have no chance of following.

Then there's the bad audio editting where whole sections of book are repeated verbatim. This becomes especially annoying in tense exciting bits and pulls you right out of the story. It's a real shame they couldn't make more of an effort in the editting.

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Page-turner

As with other Tess Gerritsen stories, this one is a page-turner. It's frightening and gruesome, although by the end I was a bit bored of Rizzoli's only personality trait being a compulsion to show how tough she is. Yes, we get it: she really doesn't like to show weakness around men.

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Could have been better!

The story was fine and, though not my favourite, so was the reader.
My problems with this rendition was that several passages, of a few seconds duration, were repeated.
I also had some difficulty in getting back in to the story with about two and a half hours to go.
In a 'technical sense', there is something wrong with this rendition.

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Excellent

Excellent follow up to The Surgeon. Absolutely brilliant narration and characterisation. Looking forward to next book!

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Sequel to The Surgeon, get that 1st!

A few glitches and repeats in the recording and some questionable accents but overall a compelling ride. Listen to The Surgeon 1st, its better and this will give away loads.

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Great story line..

Wonderful reading as usual, but a couple of snags. Quite often when listening to the book it repeats the same sentence twice. (poorly recorded?)
Also the Narrator needs to do a little more work on her accents, the Irish one was quite amusing!

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Great Book

love this book only issue I had with this recording is that several times small passages repeated so was a little confusing. Other than this I enjoyed it.

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Great book, but recording badly edited

The recording was edited badly, several parts were repeated. But otherwise a really good book.

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as always a great read/listen

front the first word your caught the author does not let you down and leaves you wanting more

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Narrator mispronounces Rizzoli

The story is good and the narrator give good performance aside from calling Rizzoli “RITZolli”… hard to tolerate having seen the show first, but good narration aside from that. Also the editing repeats twenty or thirty second a couple of times throughout.