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by Tess Gerritsen

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Medical resident Dr. Abby Matteo is elated when the elite cardiac transplant team at Boston's Bayside Hospital taps her as a potential recruit. But faced with a tormenting life-and-death decision, Abby helps direct a crash victim's harvested heart to a dying teenager -- instead of the wealthy older woman who was supposed to receive it. The repercussions leave Abby


Medical resident Dr. Abby Matteo is elated when the elite cardiac transplant team at Boston's Bayside Hospital taps her as a potential recruit. But faced with a tormenting life-and-death decision, Abby helps direct a crash victim's harvested heart to a dying teenager -- instead of the wealthy older woman who was supposed to receive it. The repercussions leave Abby shaken and plagued with self-doubt.

Suddenly, a new heart appears, and the woman's transplant is completed. Then Abby makes a terrible discovery. The donor records have been falsified -- the new heart has not come through the proper channels. Defying the hospital's demands for silence, she begins her own investigation that reveals a murderous, unthinkable conspiracy. Every move Abby makes spawns a vicious backlash...and on a ship anchored in the waters of Boston harbor, the grisly truth lies waiting.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Harvest left me clutching my head in an ecstasy of terror.
USA Today
Harvest will make your heart skip a beat.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Robin Cook is going to feel just swell after taking a look at Gerritsen's first novel. It's been 19 years since Cook published Coma as his own first novel, but that book's basic elementsas a tale of medical terror in which a feisty young female doctor in Boston foils a medical conspiracy involving the murdering of innocents to harvest their organsare found in Gerritsen's novel as well. Along with the requisite amoral medical types goaded by greed, Gerritsen includes Russian mobsters, orphans at deadly risk, a ruthless industrialist, murders disguised as suicides, a bloody climax aboard a Russian freighter in Boston Harbor and some graphic surgical scenes. Surgical resident Abby DiMatteo is on the fast track at Boston's fictional Bayside Hospital. But after she disobeys orders so she can give a heart transplant to a failing 17-year-old instead of to a failing middle-aged, rich woman, her career options look slim. Fighting back against hospital administrators, shyster lawyers and violent thugs, Abbyspunky but angst-ridden and also rather whinyfinds major discrepancies in the records of Bayside's organ-transplant procedures. Shocked, she finally learns the truth, experiences a major betrayal and, in the climax, must herself face the final harvest. Gerritsen's crisp pacing and adept handling of the medical backgroundshe's a retired internistadd sizzle to the tale, but her characters need life support, the climax is too drawn out and the final revelations will surprise only readers who move their lips. Major ad/promo; film rights sold to Paramount; simultaneous Simon & Schuster Audio; foreign rights sold in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Holland, Finland, France, Korea, Denmark, Norway, Spain and Italy. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Gerritsen, the author of several romance tales (e.g., Thief of Hearts, Harlequin, 1995), has written a medical thriller that has her publicist ablaze with anticipation.
William Beatty
Rarely does a woman look up from an operating table to see her fiancewielding a scalpel to harvest her liver for a transplant. Abby DiMatteo, second-year surgical resident at Boston's Bayside Hospital, has precisely that experience. The trouble starts when DiMatteo and her senior resident sidetrack a heart scheduled for the wife of a wealthy businessman and have it placed in a teenager. The businessman then launches a cruelly effective personal and professional campaign against DiMatteo. Meanwhile, the Russian mafia is carrying on an extremely profitable black market in human organs harvested from orphans who believe they are bound for adoption in the U.S. Detective Slug Katzka slowly comes around to DiMatteo's side and ultimately saves her from her lover's scalpel. Retired internist Gerritsen's first novel is a well-paced and smoothly written story that demonstrates she knows people as well as medicine.
Kirkus Reviews
Former internist Gerritsen debuts with a tale of medical suspense as taut and well-plotted as it is formulaic.

Abby DiMatteo is a talented surgical resident at Boston's Bayside Hospital, with a thoracic-surgeon boyfriend on the transplant team and a shot at a coveted fellowship. But her future is threatened when she joins forces with the idealistic Chief Resident to make sure that a heart available for transplant goes to a deserving teen rather than to the wife of billionaire industrialist Victor Voss. Then, miraculously, Nina Voss gets a heart, too. When Nina develops a fever, Abby looks for the donor records and finds them missing. She calls the hospital where the harvest allegedly was done and is told the operation never took place, but the close-knit Bayside transplant team doesn't take her concerns seriously. Meanwhile, one surgeon commits suicide, and Abby discovers that two others have died suspiciously in the last six years. Could there be an illegal organ-procurement ring at the prestigious hospital? As Abby's suspicions rise, mysterious events cause her to lose her credibility: Accused of a mercy-killing, she is relieved of her duties. Abby and a sympathetic detective follow a string of clues and end up at a freighter docked in Boston Harbor, where they're shot at by Russian mobsters. They escape, but Abby is later abducted and taken back to the freighter. It turns out to be a prison where a number of youths—kidnapped from the former Soviet Union—are held until their organs are harvested as part of a large, vicious conspiracy. Help arrives eventually, but not until Abby herself is strapped to the operating table.

Canny readers will guess what's up early on, but most won't care a bit. The pages turn themselves as this far-from-superhuman heroine tries, in vain, to convince the world that she's not paranoid: Everyone really is out to get her.

From the Publisher
James Patterson The best medical thriller I've read since Coma.

Stephen King If you've never read Gerritsen, figure in the price of electricity when you buy your first novel by her...'cause baby, you are going to be up all night.

Boston Globe Harvest left me clutching my head in an ecstasy of terror.

USA Today Harvest will make your heart skip a beat.

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Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest; she followed her debut with the bestsellers Life Support and Gravity (both available from Pocket Books.) Her other novels includes Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, and The Surgeon. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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Harvest 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
yogagirlOR More than 1 year ago
Medical suspense is my favorite and this book is possibly the best I've read. Could've put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in original hardcover when it first was released. Excellent first novel...and I have been reading her books faithfully ever since. Robin Cook & Michael Palmer...move over!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a MUST read! I couldn't put it down for 2 1/2 days!
Yogamum More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The suspense, twists & turns kept me interested until the end.
Stephen St. Peter More than 1 year ago
Once you start you won't want to stop.
BookClubJunkieNY More than 1 year ago
With a fast paced writing style, Tess Gerritsen weaves a scary story of organ harvesting. Characters are believable, story line is believable, and the writing is well done. The story line stays with you after you've read the book, and makes you question and wonder if the plot could really happen today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Very thrilling and liked the twist at the end.
Lucidreader More than 1 year ago
I really liked HARVEST by Tess Gerritsen. It had a fantastic storyline that kept me wanting more. The plot was original and the details of the medical issues were very interesting. The characters were great too. I would recommend reading this book.
PattiBascomb More than 1 year ago
A young, talented surgical resident is recruited to become a future member of Bayside Hospital's organ transplant team. Seems perfect - a dream job where she will be doing something she loves while working with her fiancée. The catch? She and a colleague take a heart listed in a donor registry for their dying teenage patient, but somehow slated at the last moment for a wealthy woman who is number three on the donor list. The husband of the rich patient is incensed and tries to ruin her career. Terrible murder accusations are made, but no one believes in her innocence except her colleague and friend who did the organ harvest with her. She wonders whom she can trust, especially when the origin of the transplant heart becomes suspect. This action packed novel is full of surgical detail along with personal, legal and professional drama. A parallel story of potential transplant donors (involving the Russian Mafia) is tragic and horrifying at the same time. Organ harvesting is certainly not new, but in 1996, when this book was first published, the medical community in the U.S. was undergoing yet another review of the process of matching donors with recipients. It had been legal to donate organs for over thirty years, but as transplants of all types became routinely successful, doctors of the gravely ill sought more donors. It became important to establish a national clearinghouse for the available organs, ranking potential recipients by need for the organ, not by income level. This ranking eliminated questions of unfairness, but wasn't foolproof. Enter a new phase for the medical thriller. A bit of literary trivia: "Harvest" mentions a paralyzing drug, succinylcholine. This drug is widely used by anesthesiologists to induce muscle relaxation during surgery, but in the wrong dose can cause wide-awake paralysis. If you enjoy medical thrillers, you might remember the same drug used in Cook's "Foreign Body" (published in 2008) with very different results. Great read! (Rated R for language and adult situations)
tylerandzachsmom More than 1 year ago
As always with this author I could not put this book down!
SnowflakeCO More than 1 year ago
had you on the edge of your seat
Leigh Miller More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book yesterday and was so sad to see it end. The ending left me with some unanswered questions, but the journey to get there was thrilling, to say the least. This author really has a way of bringing her characters to life that leaves you sweating and your heart pumping right along with them, and the topic of the book, illegal organ harvest, isn't something dealt with on a daily basis, but knowing all too well the dark underbelly of society, is real enough to strike fear into your heart. LOVED the book and the author. I definitely reccomend 'Harvest' :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intricate plot, sympathetic characters, and altogether a fascinating look at the lengths some will go to in order to buy life. Well-written (if not as richly poetic as Ken Bruen or as smooth and well-paced as Michael Connelly), sometimes horrifying in the cruelty it exposes, "Harvest" is a gripping look at some very real contemporary issues. Highly recommended -- but not for the squeamish!
Mom2Moo More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen's work. One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book is that it makes you really think - if you were in the situation the heroine finds herself in, what would you do? Would you throw everything away to stand by your ethics and beliefs? Would you sit back and relish in your new position and opportunity? These are things for Abby to consider and it caused me to wonder "Would I do this if I were her?". I found myself cheering, rooting, and holding my breath for Abby. I found the ending slightly predictable but still loved every page of it! I will continue reading her works and always look forward to reading each book by her...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles series that I figured I should read Mrs. Gerritsen's earlier works. What a treasure I found in 'Harvest'. From the first page, you are sucked in and the book refuses to let you go until the very last page. Great story, incredible characters, hospital setting. What more could you ask for. Looking forward to reading the others
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! It kind of takes a while before you fully understand whats actully happaning,but once you do you won't want to put this book down.The characters in this book are almost life-like.The plot is very,very captivating.
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This book was a fantastic read. I was disappointed when I read the last page, I wanted more. This is my first book on the matter of organ donor/transplant. I never realized that it truly becomes a matter of life or death and how long the waiting list is for an organ. The only main character in this story is Abbey. I didn't really connect with her character because she was so busy being a doctor. Abbey didn't have a life, she was too focused on her career. Mark just seemed to be a background character, nothing interesting about him, except his greed and betrayal. There didn't seem to be any real chemistry between Abbey and Mark. This book only focused on the drama of the organ transplants, the greed that it generated and what people with money and influence will do to become a recipient. I recommend this book, it's an exciting and interesting read.