The Resource The surgeon, Tess Gerritsen

The surgeon, Tess Gerritsen

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The surgeon
Title
The surgeon
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Tess Gerritsen
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eng
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Award
  • Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, 2001.
  • RITA Award for Best Romantic-Suspense Gothic, 2002.
Review
  • After an almost brutal confrontation with trauma surgeon Catherine Cordell, detective Jane Rizzoli, the only woman in the Boston Police’s homicide unit, observes that “there’s cool, and then there’s ice.” Before moving to Boston, Cordell was raped in her Savannah, Georgia, home and would have had her uterus cut out if she hadn’t freed herself and shot her assailant before he completed his surgical procedures. Later in Boston, three other women weren’t as plucky. Since Andrew Capra, the surgeon who almost killed Cordell, was himself killed, who is playing “surgeon” in Boston, and why? The answers to those questions come out bit by bit. In the process, detective Tom Moore and Cordell fall in love, and the head of the homicide unit sends him off to Savannah, ostensibly to investigate the Capra murder scene but in reality to get him away from Cordell. While perusing Capra’s class picture in an Emory Medical School yearbook, Moore finds the key to both the “surgeon” and his motivation. Back in Boston, Rizzoli mistakenly kills an unarmed assailant, gets dismissed to the Boston equivalent of Coventry, but ultimately saves Cordell from the “surgeon,” though she almost loses her own life. Gerritsen fans know by now what to expect from her: a fascinating story with a gripping plot and believably human characters. Such is The Surgeon, and, in places, then some. Let new readers learn what the fans delight in. (Reviewed July 1, 2001) -- William Beatty
  • A creepy cerebral serial killer vaguely reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter pursues a charismatic female doctor in this thoroughly satisfying if somewhat derivative thriller. Skillfully drawn surgical backdrops sizzling with ER intensity balance out the obligatory romantic intrigue and familiar plucky police professionals, attesting to Gerritsen's authentic medical expertise as a former physician. Dr. Catherine Cordell, the main character in this chilling tale, thought she had shot and killed her rapist and would-be murderer two years earlier in steamy Savannah, where he was a surgery intern at her hospital. Now, in Boston, as another hot summer begins, he appears to have miraculously returned and embarked once again on his grisly mission: he rapes women, then surgically removes their wombs. As two intrepid detectives—Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli—investigate, Cordell begins to doubt her own memories (or lack of) and discovers that not even her OR is safe. Gliding as smoothly as a scalpel in a confident surgeon's hand, this tale proves that Gerritsen (Harvest ; Life Support ; Bloodstream ; Gravity ), originally a romance writer, has morphed into a dependable suspense novelist whose growing popularity is keeping pace with her ever-finer writing skills. (Sept.) Forecast: National print advertising in People, the New York Times and USA Today, plus a major promotion campaign, will ratchet Gerritsen's sales up yet another notch. --Staff (Reviewed July 2, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 27, p49)
  • No, the surgeon is not the good guy; he's a creep who murders women with the vicious exactitude of a trained physician. His nemesis? A woman doctor who survived a brutal assault of her own. --BARBARA HOFFERT (Reviewed May 1, 2001) (Library Journal, vol 126, issue 8, p64)
  • /* Starred Review */ Top-grade thriller-diller from Gerritsen (the jaw-chattering Gravity, 1999, etc.), a former internist who gave up the stethoscope to raise kids and chills.Blistering ER trauma-work spells the main melodrama: a gruesome serial killer who collects his victims' wombs has over the years become quite skilled with his blade. The really awful part: he removes the womb while the naked woman lies awake and can see his power over her. ER trauma surgeon Catherine Cordell first met the killer, called "The Surgeon" by Boston newspapers, down in Savannah, where she was his last victim. Luckily for Catherine, after being raped she got a hand free from the cord binding her to the bed, cut herself loose with a scalpel, reached under her bed, grabbed a pistol, and seemingly killed Andrew Capra, the inept medical student about to pluck out her womb. Unable to bear Savannah, where everyone seemed to know she'd been raped, Catherine transferred to Boston, holed up for nearly two years, then took a job as a trauma surgeon without disclosing her past. Good grief! more wombless bodies start showing up in Boston. Did she really kill Andrew? Well, yes. Homicide detective Thomas Moore, a widower soon romancing sexually zapped Catherine, determines that she is on the killer's list. Jealous, plainfaced, snappish young Jane Rizzoli, the only female on Boston Homicide, leads his investigation. Gerritsen goes to great pains working up a classical background for the killer, filling us in on Greek, Viking, and Aztec sacrificial practices while also getting strong pages out of scenes in a rape crisis center, where incidents vividly illustrate the lifelong black aftermath of a rape. Then The Surgeon leaves one victim alive as an ER birthday present for Catherine, so that she can sew up spilled bowels while working through her own rape trauma. Sharp characters stitch your eye to the page. An all-nighter. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2001)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
064513
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Gerritsen, Tess
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Police
  • Serial murders
  • Women surgeons
  • Boston (Mass.)
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The surgeon, Tess Gerritsen
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24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
359 pages
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9780345447838
Lccn
2001035901
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  • 9780345447838
  • 070999007991
Label
The surgeon, Tess Gerritsen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
359 pages
Isbn
9780345447838
Lccn
2001035901
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780345447838
  • 070999007991

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