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Summary

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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

Critic reviews

"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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Excellent

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

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The narrator has ruined it

This is highly disappointing, Tess I'm so sorry, I am a die hard R&I fan, this is my first time listening to the audio books, after Book 1 it's disappointing but Rizzoli does not have a T in it, this should have been picked up by editing before release. it's so irritating that I cannot even finish chapter 2. Please consider the mass feedback and re record. I will do it for free. this is productive criticism coming from love of the author and her creations.

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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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Don’t leave your windows open at night…

Enjoyed The surgeon, so decided to read the next book and it didn’t disappoint it had me griped and terrified right from the beginning, brilliantly written, ready for book number 3 now.

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Brilliantly disturbing

The storyline is genius, and the chacterisations are amazing. Who could come through the clutches of the killer twice? Only someone who has no off button. Brilliantly narrated.

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Great story.

this really is a twisted tale, with well thought out plots that intersect and will be relevant in future books.
The narration wasn't bad though I did not like the voice given to Dr Maura Isles.
The big criticism here is in the editing. many lines are repeated and it becomes annoyingly invasive.

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Enjoyable (even with a little bad editing)

Both the story and the narration were great, as always. The only downfall was the poor editing,
where the narration of a sentence was repeated in about four places. If you enjoy Tess Gerritson books though, then I would still recommend this book.

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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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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.

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Another masterpiece

It is a great story if one can get past the narrator pronouncing Rizzoli as RiTzoli.