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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rizzoli and Isles Series Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781415922743
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A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double.

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. 

Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages … one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli. 

Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane’s husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer’s identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.

Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it—if she survives the night.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Nero Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2006 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathrine | 2/16/2014

    " You know how you sometimes read a book, and the ending is so terrible that you stop liking the book at all? This was not one of those times. I loved everything that happened in this book, and I love how it always is exciting to read, no matter where you are in the book. This is one of those books I'll only read once, but remember forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/29/2014

    " Very good read-a good thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheree Ross | 1/13/2014

    " I like the chatacters. Jane has a sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Boggs | 1/6/2014

    " Good page-turner. Suspenseful and well-thought out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/22/2013

    " It was a fast moving good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/15/2013

    " One of the best in the series so far, this 5th book in the Rizzoli & Isles series deals with human trafficking and has Detective Rizzoli taken hostage when she is just about to give birth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malin | 12/8/2013

    " Good story and quick pace but a little too many POVs for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/20/2013

    " This book was heart-breaking. Heart-breaking for many reasons but the biggest reason being that this actually happens in the United States. The last hour of the book had the hairs on my arms and the back of my neck standing on end. Tess Gerritsen is a brilliant writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danieldayao | 11/19/2013

    " Another great story from Terri Gerritsen! I just don't like the cover..from far away peope would think you were reading a naughty book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 11/12/2013

    " She's a great writer. Went out and bought more of her books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 10/25/2013

    " Not my favorite in the series but still very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 9/24/2013

    " I loved this book because I could relate immensely to Jane and her struggles in motherhood. I know I should focus on the fact that there was a mystery and it was thrilling but what I was most impressed with was the honest take and feelings of motherhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Douglas | 8/12/2013

    " Not one of my favorites by Gerritsen, but still a quick, readable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeananna | 7/3/2013

    " one of the best in the series so far!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin or Roberta | 5/26/2013

    " Another great book by Gerritsen. Be warned, some scenes are hard to read due to the content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Jules | 3/9/2013

    " I think the book is amazing. It's the first book I've read written by Tess Gerritsen and at first I just took it from the library just because I liked the cover of it. After I read, which was after 2 days, I named it the best book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Sawczyn | 6/5/2012

    " Absolutely loved this entire series, very suspensful, very engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 4/9/2012

    " Gerritsen is getting better with each book! The best advice when reading a mystery or thriller- trust no-one except your main characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramzi | 2/18/2012

    " I liked Jane alot in this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/2/2012

    " Read the whole book in one day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mamabartz | 1/25/2012

    " Engrossing page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Radcliffe | 12/18/2011

    " Another great Tess Gerritsen thriller. Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles are great characters. White slave trade and federal intrigue made this another thriller to read as quickly as I could turn the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Midge | 5/28/2011

    " Always a good read, the characters are splendid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/25/2011

    " I loved this book because I could relate immensely to Jane and her struggles in motherhood. I know I should focus on the fact that there was a mystery and it was thrilling but what I was most impressed with was the honest take and feelings of motherhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margiek2000 | 5/24/2011

    " Book 5 of Rizzoli and Isles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/10/2011

    " Liked the other books better. I liked the baby though. She already has a personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jackie | 5/6/2011

    " an easy read for a weekend. it was on my shelf forever, and i finally got round to it.

    halfway through i realised that i had already read it, but a long time ago. but it didn't spoil it for me though, and i still enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 4/23/2011

    " This is by far the best book of Tess Gerritsen that I have read so far. It caught my interest and intrigued me from the first page and never let up. LoVE IT........ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paityn | 4/11/2011

    " A thrilling tale of life and death. I love this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves crime and solving the case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 4/7/2011

    " Another good story - though not quite as good as the last. Started really well, but fizzled a little at the end, hence the 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/21/2011

    " Read this book through in one sitting. (Well, mostly one lying down, since I was on the couch with the company of two cats.) Very compelling story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 3/15/2011

    " I enjoy the Rizzoli and Isles series though the characters are somewhat diffenent from the TV seriers. I have to say, I skipped a bit at the end of this one since I anticipated the ending. But still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/11/2011

    " I found it hard to put this book down. If time would have allowed I would have finished it in one sitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgiann | 3/11/2011

    " This is the story of a Russian girl Mila who finds that coming to America is not what she thought it would be. It's not like her favorite movie Pretty Women. She finds herself hunted by the very people who made her a prostitute. This is a memorable story with an intense ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/9/2011

    " Very eye opening!! All of her books are good and very suspenseful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cinde | 3/8/2011

    " really good so far. I think I have skipped a Rizzoili and Isles book because since the last one I read and this one. She got pregnant and married. "

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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

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.