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The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Tess Gerritsen
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Aug. 28 2007 Rizzoli & Isles
Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a diabolical new disciple in this white-knuckle thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman’s brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It’s a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O’Donnell–Jane’s professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

On top of Beacon Hill, the club’s acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us.

With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it’s clear that someone–or something–is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own–or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness?

Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced . . . one whose work is only just beginning.

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In this brisk, deftly plotted thriller from bestseller Gerritsen (Vanish), Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and police detective Jane Rizzoli look into the murder of 28-year-old Lori-Ann Tucker, whose body is found Christmas morning in her apartment amid an unholy mess of severed limbs, black candles and satanic symbols rendered in blood. "Peccavi," reads one word scrawled across Tucker's wall—Latin for "I have sinned." Isles and Rizzoli must sort sinner from innocent among suspects who can be found on several continents and include a group of sophisticates—scholars, an anthropologist, a psychiatrist—who are either cult members or crusaders against evil straight from the pages of Revelation. Other murders follow, all gruesome, all involving apocalyptic messages. On occasion, the action shifts to Europe, to a young woman running from a man she's convinced is descended from a race of fallen angels. Gerritsen has a knack for stretching believability just short of the breaking point—and for amassing details that produce an atmosphere in which the most terrible possibilities can and, indeed, should occur. (Sept.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling! Oct. 16 2006
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
I liked The Mephisto Club best of the books in this fine series. If you've liked any of the earlier books, you should definitely read this one.

Most medical-detective thrillers are long on scientific deduction, little-known facts and brilliant solutions. As such, the typical entry in the genre can feel well, bloodless, even as bloody body parts pile up. To attempt to overcome that problem, more blood, guts and gruesomeness are added to the next story. Eventually, I find myself being repelled by such series.

Tess Gerritsen had been on that downward spiral too until The Mephisto Club. Although the blood, guts and gruesomeness will be pretty disturbing to many, in The Mephisto Club that extremity made sense for this story. She goes beyond the conventions of social psychology to address the possibility of evil incarnate wrecking havoc. Drawing on ancient tales referenced in various cultures and the Bible, Dr. Gerritsen adds a dash of terror by turning the hunters into the hunted that works quite well in making a gripping, chilling tale.

The story begins innocently enough as a family retrieves a nephew to live with them one summer after the boy's father dies. After that flashback, we sense that all is not well with the nephew.

Next, we move into the present where Dr. Maura Isles resumes her fascination with Father Daniel Brophy during a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Their conversation is interrupted by a call from Detective Jane Rizzoli who has caught a gruesome homicide of a young woman that involves what seem to be satanic symbols and strange rituals. At the victim's home, the caller ID presents an unexpected connection that draws back into a part of her past that she wants to forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Scary Oct. 28 2007
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It's been a long time since I've been able to get my mitts on a Gerritsen novel, but the wait was well worth it. The author consistently produces excellent book after excellent book, so you can guess what this one is. Realistic characters, believable yet icky family situations (see the Rizzoli clan), an unlikely romance...and, of course, a rather intriguing case for Dr Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli to work on. The subject matter is fascinating, and the tension is genuinely scary - and that's a rare thing for me to come across. An engrossing read that reminded me of why I love books. Now here's hoping I can get my hands on THE BONE GARDEN soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Feb. 24 2007
By Rule62
I think that Ms. Gerritsen is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors! I really enjoyed Body Double (my first Gerritsen book) and looked forward to picking this one up. I'm glad I did! In fact, I think I enjoyed The Mephisto Club even more than Body Double. It's just one of those books that leaves me wanting to do more research... somewhat like Da Vinci Code did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Mephisto Foundation please! May 25 2008
By Chris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a quick, thrilling read that would have rated 5 stars had Gerritsen not left some threads hanging. As the review title implies, I would love for her to write a book continuing the story of the Mephisto Foundation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best Work June 30 2009
By Ladybug
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although I am a fan of Gerritsen's other works, I did not enjoy this book. I found the plot lacklustre and the characters dry. Not at all exciting. Try reading Vanish or Life Support instead.
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