The Surgeon

The Surgeon

Book - 2002
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NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER * "A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds toward a tense and terrifying climax." --People (Page-turner of the week)
He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. The precision of his methods suggests that he is a deranged man of medicine, prompting the Boston newspapers to dub him "The Surgeon." Led by Detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, the cops must consult the victim of a nearly identical crime: Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and filled an attacker before he could complete his assault. Now this new killer is re-creating, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell's ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. And neither Moore nor Rizzoli can protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter who somehow understands--and savors--the secret fears of every woman he kills.
"[A] top-grade thriller . . . Sharp characters stitch your eye to the page. An all-nighter."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Creepy . . . will exert a powerful grip on readers."-- Chicago Tribune
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Ballantine Books, 2002, c2001.
Edition: 1st mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345447845
Characteristics: 350 p. ; 18 cm.


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Jan 21, 2021

Unsure how to rate this. This kept me involved, and the story was well written and easy enough to follow. The characters were a little contrived, sort of a back and forth love/hate relationship, etc. I think what could have helped this book is if there’d been a bit of a twist, or someone you’d spent invested time getting to know was the surgeon. Instead, you were introduced to a new character towards the end, and that makes it less involving. It’s worth the read but probably not the most astounding book you’ll ever read.

JCLPiepieB Nov 19, 2020

This was my first "Rizzoli & Isles" book. No "Isles" yet, but Jane Rizzoli was one of the main characters. Fast-paced and action-packed, I really enjoyed this one! It's not for the faint of heart, though, so be wary. Definitely a series I want to continue to read!

Jul 12, 2020

Fast moving medical thriller.

May 12, 2020

Excellent thriller where you read into the night

CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 18, 2017

A killer is recreating the attack endured by Dr. Catherine Cordell. But she fought off and killed her attacker, so who is the copycat and why is he recreating her nightmare assault?

rb3221 Jul 27, 2017

A well written, fast paced and terrifying medical thriller that builds in intensity right to the conclusion. The inside view of the mind and thoughts of the killer surgeon add to the fear and suspense of the novel. The epilogue was a great way to end the novel.
There is good character development mainly with the gutsy, tough cop Jane Rizzoli who certainly has her issues in her male dominated career. I enjoyed Dr. Catharine Cordell and Thomas More, Rizzolis' partner.
The descriptions are authentic and realistic and perhaps a bit too graphic but do add to the realism of the Surgeon and his killings. The multiple viewpoints give the novel a deeper dimension. Overall a satisfying and good read.

Oct 04, 2015

What happened to Isles? Rizzoli looking a bit unsympathetic. Author tired of these characters?
Story line a bit on the hackneyed side, but a good enough read.

fay6634 Jan 31, 2015


Vincent T Lombardo Jan 25, 2015

Too much blood and gore and too many medical terms. I stopped after 50 pages.

hania4987 Nov 16, 2013


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