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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Rizzoli and Isles Series Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9780736698313
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Surgeon and The Apprentice comes a chilling new novel of suspense featuring Boston medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, on the deadly trail of an anonymous madman who’s committed an unholy crime.

Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered in the early morning hours at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the sanctuary walls of the cloistered convent, now stained with blood, lie two nuns—one dead, one critically injured—victims of an unspeakably savage attacker.

The brutal crime appears to be without motive, and the elderly nuns in residence can offer little help in the police investigation. But medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille, the order’s sole novice, gave birth before she was murdered. Then the disturbing case takes a stunning new turn when another woman is found murdered in an abandoned building, her body mutilated beyond recognition.

Together, Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As long-buried secrets come to light, Maura Isles finds herself drawn inexorably toward the heart of an investigation that strikes closer and closer to home—and toward a dawning revelation about the killer’s identity too shattering to consider.

As spine-tingling as it is mind-jolting, The Sinner showcases Tess Gerritsen in peak form—bringing her intimate knowledge of the dark depths of criminal investigation brilliantly to bear. Beneath its layers of startling insight into the souls of its characters, and the richly wrought depiction of the everyday war between good and evil, beats the unstoppable heart of an irresistible thriller.

PRAISE FOR TESS GERRITSEN

The Surgeon

“A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds toward a tense and terrifying climax.”
People (Page-Turner of the week)

“Creepy . . . [The Surgeon] will exert a powerful grip on readers.”
Chicago Tribune

“Grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go.”
—TAMI HOAG

The Apprentice

“Skillful and scary.”
—The Washington Post Book World

“An adrenaline rush from start to finish.”
—IRIS JOHANSEN

“Masterful . . . Gerritsen moves into the Thomas Harris class, though with a style all her own.”
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Quotes & Awards

  • [Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior so dark and frightening that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft seem like goody-two-shoes. Chicago Tribune
  • Satisfying . . . The Sinner is as busy and bumpy as a storm-filled sky. Entertainment Weekly (Editor’s Choice)
  • A suspenseful, white-knuckle tale all the way to the end . . . Gerritsen is not only talented with words, she has unusual medical and scientific expertise, which gives all her books a precious credibility. . . . It’s not only a terrific story, it provokes thought about a lot of other issues of international import. And it’s real, without special effects, a story that emanates from the real life around us. Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Gerritsen’s weaving of unusual crime scenes, complicated investigations, lurid medical details, and moments of visceral fear is truly unique. . . . [The Sinner] will keep the reader quickly turning pages. . . . Into these terrors forges Maura Isles, Queen of the Dead, and riveted, we readers follow her. Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)
  • Dark emotions and dangerous secrets permeate this unusually chilling novel. . . . Another gut-wrenching tale from a true master. Romantic Times (Top Pick)
  • Gerritsen just keeps getting better with each book. . . . [The Sinner] moves at a heart pounding pace without a word wasted. Drood Review of Mystery
  • Assured, richly shaded. Publishers Weekly
  • Another captivating, horrific thriller in her extremely popular canon. Booklist
  • Well-executed and entertaining. News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/4/2014

    " I'm really enjoying the Rizzoli/Isles series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Kilpatrick | 2/2/2014

    " I'm loving Tess Gerritsen even though I normally don't read anything with even a hint of gore. She is so skillful at making the reader care about her characters, that I would probably follow her just about anywhere. This story, in particular, was fantastic thanks to the way she weaves external conflicts to internal conflicts. Just a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ty | 1/22/2014

    " Finally, we are getting to "know" the Rizzoli and Isles we've "known" on TV. The first two books didn't even involve Isles. And although their personal lives are different in the books from the show, we are starting to develop the relationship between the two main characters that I love on the TV show. Can't wait for the next book to come from the library! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Clark-emmons | 1/16/2014

    " Was good but was able to figure out the whole story line within the first few chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Rosenfeld | 1/14/2014

    " They get better with each book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 1/6/2014

    " another great one! the rizzola saga continues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/10/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/26/2013

    " I listen to this series more for the characters than the plot but in this entry I found the plot very compelling and was pleased that Dr. Isles took center stage. I listened to the audio version read by Anna Fields. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 10/30/2013

    " Another great Rizzoli novel. I can't stop reading Tess Gerritsen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlu | 10/29/2013

    " Enjoyed it, best book in the series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nguyen Phuong | 10/24/2013

    " Another battle between good and evil. As another monster appear; detective Jane Rozzile and Dr. Maura raises to meet this challenge in order to protect the world we live in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/18/2013

    " Tess Gerritsen writes the Rizzoli and Isles books. They are easy mysteries to read and somewhat fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Wells | 9/12/2013

    " Frightening enough that I dreamed about it last night, which is rare. The characters are well-drawn and it was good to learn more about Det. Rizzoli and Dr. Isles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci Treffert | 9/11/2013

    " Really good! Totally didn't see where the plot was going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ulla | 8/12/2013

    " This is the third, and IMHO the best Tess Gerritsen I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayen | 8/11/2012

    " murder for now...since James Patterson made me wail like a baby with Sam' Letters to Jennifer... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/6/2012

    " Yet another good book by this author! I got hooked on this author before I ever read any books with the characters of Isles and Rizzoli. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 4/1/2012

    " Tess Gerritsen won me over with this book. I loved the story line and how much the characters developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Duffield | 2/4/2012

    " These books are suspenseful as hell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Teilh | 2/3/2012

    " Great book. I love the Rizolli character. She is a no nonsense detective and tough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rugg Ruggedo | 11/21/2011

    " The relationship between the detective and the doctor really takes shape here. Its also a huge departure from the TV series. I love Gerritsen's style and have the next book teed up for the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Schlueter | 10/17/2011

    " The characters are really starting to come together! Their personal lives are so different than the Rizzoli & Isles series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivienne | 9/28/2011

    " Very glad I read these in sequence as the series builds quite nicely with lots of twists and turns. I'd been through a real drought in reading prior to this and this series really kick-started me back into the reading habit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 8/21/2011

    " I got sucked into finishing this book tonight! I think it was my favorite of the series so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 6/24/2011

    " I always enjoy Gerritsen's books. Quick, easy, entertaining reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wynn | 6/21/2011

    " Pg 268 & 269 says it all! Jane confronts the bad guy who is in a wheel chair after a stroke. She leans forward and whispers in his ear what she really thinks of him and he can't respond due to the stroke. One on the best scenes ever featuring Jane. Creepy. Fantastic writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 6/9/2011

    " It was the first book that I read by her and it is still among the best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/11/2011

    " This is a great series and the TV show is just as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juli | 5/9/2011

    " This was my first book by Tess Gerritsen and i love it. Interesting charakters, great story, good written. I look forward to read more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 5/8/2011

    " Not as good as the first two, but still had twists and turns, and moments so totally Jane. It was nice to learn more about Maura. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 5/3/2011

    " Totally not something I usually pick up-- I got this at our last Book Swap, and actually really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/16/2011

    " Loved this book, one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 3/31/2011

    " Murders at a nunnery! Interesting twisis and turns make this who done it very good reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 3/28/2011

    " Read this in 3 days. Loved it. Didn't think I'd like to read about "Medical Examiner" investigations, but couldn't put it down once I started. Going to read her book "Body Double" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 3/26/2011

    " Rizzoli is a little bit more sympathetic character in this book. Anxious to find out what the future holds for both her and Maura. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanu | 3/6/2011

    " So far, so good. Easy to read and engaging subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 3/3/2011

    " good read. a deeper mystery with all the personal loves and lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 3/1/2011

    " time to get going a little more on this series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/27/2011

    " I get annoyed when strong women act stupid w.r.t. men. (Which is not to say I never have, but still....) "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.