The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel Mass Market Paperback – Aug 28 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Praise for Vanish
“Action-packed, entertaining, and compulsively readable.”
“A powerful story that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.”
“A tense, taut thriller that grabs readers from the get-go and never lets up.”
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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.Read more ›