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Overview

Lorraine Bracco loves The Silent Girl, saying "She did it to me again!  I can't get anything done when Tess puts out a new book and this one caught me as I was starting work on Season 2 of "Rizzoli & Isles."  So instead of memorizing my lines, I was sucked up into Boston's Chinatown with Jane, Maura, and company and could not put this one down. Just like the other books. Every time.  And to top it off, now I have to wait for the NEXT one to come out—you're killing me, Tess!  So good..."

No one takes readers to the dark side and back with more razor-sharp jolts and sheer suspense than the storytelling master behind Ice Cold and The Keepsake. When New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen has a tale to tell, put yourself in her expert hands—and prepare for the shocks and thrills that are certain to follow.

Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both.

In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel.

Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil.

Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning—and a swift, avenging blade.

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TESS GERRITSEN on THE SILENT GIRL

Reality can be more astonishing than fiction.

While my novels may appear to have unlikely elements, I draw inspiration from the truth. In THE SILENT GIRL, I introduce a character who seems far-fetched, a middle-aged female martial arts master whose lethal skill with a sword makes her a prime suspect in a Chinatown murder. A woman swordfighter? How realistic is that?

The character of Iris Fang is, in fact, based on a real woman: a wushu grandmaster who decades ago introduced Chinese martial arts to Boston. Although I have never met Master Bow Sim-Mark, I've met several of her students, who all speak of her fighting skills with awe and reverence. Yes, this woman does exist.

But in the household where I grew up in, sometimes it was hard to separate fact from fantasy. My mother is an immigrant from China, and she told me stories filled with supernatural wonders about weeping phantoms and sword-fighting monks and holy men who walked on water. In China, she said, such things really happened.

Among her stories was the ancient legend of the Monkey King. Born from a rock, this mischievous creature grows into a fierce warrior who hunts monsters and defends the innocent, an unlikely hero who stands on the side of justice. In China, Monkey's many exploits have inspired TV shows and movies and operas.

Now, the Monkey King has inspired my new thriller, THE SILENT GIRL

On a Chinatown rooftop, a nightmarish sight greets detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. A woman's body has been nearly decapitated by an ancient sword and strange, silvery hairs cling to the victim's clothing. When the crime lab identifies the strands as monkey hairs, Jane begins to wonder if the Chinese legend has sprung to life and is now lurking in the dark alleys of Chinatown.

Although I'm Asian American, this is the first time I've woven so much of myself into a story, and I'm thrilled to introduce two Chinese-American characters: Detective Johnny Tam, who is every bit as fierce and determined as Jane Rizzoli, and Iris Fang, the swordmaster who knows a secret that could doom her.

After another victim falls under the killer's sword, Jane must delve deeper into the myth of the Monkey King. And when Jane herself glimpses the shadowy creature, even she cannot be sure of that line between truth and legend.

Publishers Weekly
In Gerritsen's gripping ninth Rizzoli & Isles novel (after Ice Cold), a severed hand found on a Chinatown street leads Det. Jane Rizzoli, Boston PD, to a rooftop, where she discovers a female body with a slit throat and without a hand. About the only clues to the Jane Doe's identity are silvery hairs on the victim's clothes that may not be human. Rizzoli and her team uncover a link to a 19-year-old murder/suicide case, in which an illegal immigrant cook, Wu Weimin, allegedly shot a waiter, three customers, and himself inside the Red Phoenix restaurant late one night. Some people in Chinatown still believe Wu was innocent. Meanwhile, in a strange coincidence, two missing girls turn out to be related to victims of the Red Phoenix massacre. Medical examiner Maura Isles plays a supporting role, though both women deal with personal and family issues that reveal their humanity and lend credibility to this deft thriller. Author tour. (July)
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Praise for The Silent Girl

"Suspense doesn't get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory."—Lee Child
 
"She did it to me again!  I can't get anything done when Tess puts out a new book and this one caught me as I was starting work on Season 2 of "Rizzoli & Isles."  So instead of memorizing my lines, I was sucked up into Boston's Chinatown with Jane, Maura, and company and could not put this one down. Just like the other books. Every time.  
And to top it off, now I have to wait for the NEXT one to come out—you're killing me, Tess!  So good..."—Lorraine Bracco
 
“[A] deft thriller.”—Publisher’s Weekly

 
Praise for Ice Cold and Tess Gerritsen
 

“Gerritsen paces Ice Cold with surgical precision.”—Salon
 
“The kind of book you’d read in one sitting.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Amazing . . . another winner.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“[Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior do dark and frightening that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft seem like goody-two-shoes.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.”—The Providence Journal

Library Journal
Up on a Chinatown rooftop, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles encounter a grisly scene—no doubt described in the blood-curdling graphic style that has successfully carried these two characters through numerous New York Times best sellers to their ninth outing here. Rizzoli also notices a strange hair—which turns out to come from a monkey. And that leads us into the story of the Monkey King, a powerful and sometimes belligerent character in Chinese literature. Tie-in promotion to the recently launched TNT series Rizzoli & Isles and an eight-city tour; get multiples.
Kirkus Reviews

Paired for the 10th time, Rizzoli (homicide cop) and Isles (forensic pathologist) learn that in Boston's Chinatown, revenge is a dish served sweet & sour.

They find the hand first, neatly severed, on a quiet street in the heart of Chinatown. On a nearby rooftop, they find the rest of her: Jane Doe, young, auburn-haired, dressed in ninja black, completely gorgeous and, of course, extremely dead. It takes a while for Detective Jane Rizzoli and her Boston PD colleagues to identify her. As it happens, however, who she was and what she was up to turns out to be less important than where she ended—at the site of a small, innocuous Chinese restaurant called the Red Phoenix. Innocuous, except for the fact that 19 years earlier mass murder exploded on its premises. The cook, Wu Weimin, an illegal from China, suddenly berserk, pulled a gun, shot James Fang, a waiter, three customers and finally himself. Or so the story went. Now fault lines are becoming apparent. When Rizzoli finds herself eye to eye with Iris Fang, widow of the slain James, the holes deepen. Iris, Jane realizes at once, is extraordinary—and ferocious. In her 50s, the owner of a martial-arts academy, she carries herself like a queen, with something dark and resolute in her gaze that in the right circumstances could be terrifying. And she makes it clear that she has good and sufficient reasons for not believing Wu Weimin could ever have murdered her husband. Meanwhile, Dr. Maura Isles, preparing to conduct the post mortem on Jane Doe, has good and sufficient reasons for being distracted. Do these explain a developing rift in the long-standing, mutually appreciative team of Rizzoli and Isles (Ice Cold, 2010, etc.). In any event, is the rift irreparable?

The ending is way over the top, the prose occasionally purple-tinged, but Gerritsen is a hardscrabble plotter, and much of what she does is compelling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345515506
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Rizzoli and Isles Series , #9
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers Ice Cold, The Keepsake, The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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ONE

San Francisco

ALL DAY, I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE GIRL.

She gives no indication that she's aware of me, although my rental car is within view of the street corner where she and the other teenagers have gathered this afternoon, doing whatever bored kids do to pass the time. She looks younger than the others, but perhaps it's because she's Asian and petite at seventeen, just a wisp of a girl. Her black hair is cropped as short as a boy's, and her blue jeans are ragged and torn. Not a fashion statement, I think, but a result of hard use and life on the streets. She puffs on a cigarette and exhales a cloud of smoke with the nonchalance of a street thug, an attitude that doesn't match her pale face and delicate Chinese features. She is pretty enough to attract the hungry stares of two men who pass by. The girl notices their looks and glares straight back at them, unafraid, but it's easy to be fearless when danger is merely an abstract concept. Faced with a real threat, how would this girl react, I wonder. Would she put up a fight or would she crumble? I want to know what she's made of, but I have not seen her put to the test.

As evening falls, the teenagers on the corner begin to disband. First one and then another wanders away. In San Francisco, even summer nights are chilly, and those who remain huddle together in their sweaters and jackets, lighting one another's cigarettes, savoring the ephemeral heat of the flame. But cold and hunger eventually disperse the last of them, leaving only the girl, who has nowhere to go. She waves to her departing friends and for a while lingers alone, as though waiting for someone. At last, with a shrug, she leaves the corner and walks in my direction, her hands thrust in her pockets. As she passes my car, she doesn't even glance at me, but looks straight ahead, her gaze focused and fierce, as if she's mentally churning over some dilemma. Perhaps she's thinking about where she's going to scavenge dinner tonight. Or perhaps it's something more consequential. Her future. Her survival.

She's probably unaware that two men are following her.

Seconds after she walks past my car, I spot the men emerging from an alley. I recognize them; it's the same pair who had stared at her earlier. As they move past my car, trailing her, one of the men looks at me through the windshield. It's just a quick glance to assess whether I am a threat. What he sees does not concern him in the least, and he and his companion keep walking. They move like the confident predators they are, stalking weaker prey who cannot possibly fight them off.

I step out of my car and follow them. Just as they are following the girl.

She heads into a neighborhood where too many buildings stand abandoned, where the sidewalk seems paved with broken bottles. The girl betrays no fear, no hesitation, as if this is familiar territory. Not once does she glance back, which tells me she is either foolhardy or clueless about the world and what it can do to girls like her. The men following her don't glance back, either. Even if they were to spot me, which I do not allow to happen, they would see nothing to be afraid of. No one ever does.

A block ahead, the girl turns right, vanishing through a doorway.

I retreat into the shadows and watch what happens next. The two men pause outside the building that the girl has entered, conferring over strategy. Then they, too, step inside.

From the sidewalk, I look up at the boarded-over windows. It is a vacant warehouse posted with a NO TRESPASSING notice. The door hangs ajar. I slip inside, into gloom so thick that I pause to let my eyes adjust as I rely on my other senses to take in what I cannot yet see. I hear the floor creaking. I smell burning candle wax. I see the faint glow of the doorway to my left. Pausing outside it, I peer into the room beyond.

The girl kneels before a makeshift table, her face lit by one flickering candle. Around her are signs of temporary habitation: a sleeping bag, tins of food, and a small camp stove. She is struggling with a balky can opener and is unaware of the two men closing in from behind.

Just as I draw in a breath to shout a warning, the girl whirls around to face the trespassers. All she has in her hand is the can opener, a meager weapon against two larger men.

"This is my home," she says. "Get out."

I had been prepared to intervene. Instead I pause where I am to watch what happens next. To see what the girl is made of.

One of the men laughs. "We're just visiting, honey."

"Did I invite you?"

"You look like you could use the company."

"You look like you could use a brain."

Not a wise way to handle the situation, I think. Now their lust is mingled with anger, a dangerous combination. Yet the girl stands perfectly still, perfectly calm, brandishing that pitiful kitchen utensil. As the men lunge, I am already on the balls of my feet, ready to spring.

She springs first. One leap and her foot thuds straight into the first man's sternum. It's an inelegant but effective blow and he staggers, gripping his chest as if he cannot breathe. Before the second man can react, she is already spinning toward him, and she slams the can opener against the side of his head. He howls and backs away.

This has gotten interesting.

The first man has recovered and rushes at her, slamming her so hard that they both go sprawling onto the floor. She kicks and punches, and her fist cracks into his jaw. But fury has inured him to pain and with a roar he rolls on top of her, immobilizing her with his weight.

Now the second man jumps back in. Grabbing her wrists, he pins them against the floor. Youth and inexperience have landed her in a calamity that she cannot possibly escape. As fierce as she is, the girl is green and untrained, and the inevitable is about to happen. The first man has unzipped her jeans and he yanks them down past her skinny hips. His arousal is evident, his trousers bulging. Never is a man more vulnerable to attack.

He doesn't hear me coming. One moment he's unzipping his fly. The next, he's on the floor, his jaw shattered, loose teeth spilling from his mouth.

The second man barely has time to release the girl's hands and jump up, but he's not quick enough. I am a tiger and he is nothing more than a lumbering buffalo, stupid and helpless against my strike. With a shriek he drops to the ground, and judging by the grotesque angle of his arm, his bone has been snapped in two.

I grab the girl and yank her to her feet. "Are you unhurt?"

She zips up her jeans and stares at me. "Who the hell are you?"

"That's for later. Now we go!" I bark.

"How did you do that? How did you bring them down so fast?"

"Do you want to learn?"

"Yes!"

I look at the two men groaning and writhing at our feet. "Then here is the first lesson: Know when to run." I shove her toward the door. "That time would be now."

I WATCH HER EAT. For a small girl, she has the appetite of a wolf, and she devours three chicken tacos, a lake of refried beans, and a large glass of Coca-Cola. Mexican food was what she wanted, so we sit in a café where mariachi music plays and the walls are adorned with gaudy paintings of dancing señoritas. Though the girl's features are Chinese, she is clearly American, from her cropped hair to her tattered jeans. A crude and feral creature who slurps up the last of her Coke before noisily gnawing on the ice cubes.

I begin to doubt the wisdom of this venture. She is already too old to be taught, too wild to learn discipline. I should release her back to the streets, if that's where she wants to go, and find another way. But then I notice the scars on her knuckles and remember how close she came to single-handedly taking down the two men. She has raw talent and is fearless-two things that cannot be taught.

"Do you remember me?" I ask.

The girl sets down her glass and frowns. For an instant I think I see a flash of recognition, but then it's gone. She shakes her head.

"It was a long time ago," I say. "Twelve years." An eternity for a girl so young. "You were small."

She shrugs. "No wonder I don't remember you." She reaches in her jacket, pulls out a cigarette, and starts to light it.

"You're polluting your body."

"It's my body," she retorts.

"Not if you wish to train." I reach across the table and snatch the cigarette from her lips. "If you want to learn, your attitude must change. You must show respect."

She snorts. "You sound like my mother."

"I knew your mother. In Boston."

"Well, she's dead."

"I know. She wrote me last month. She told me she was ill and had very little time left. That's why I'm here."

I'm surprised to see tears glisten in the girl's eyes and she quickly turns away, as though ashamed to reveal weakness. But in that vulnerable instant, before she hides her eyes, she brings to mind my own daughter, who was younger than this girl when I lost her. My eyes sting with tears, but I don't try to hide them. Sorrow has made me who I am. It has been the refining fire that has honed my resolve and sharpened my purpose.

I need this girl. Clearly, she also needs me.

"It's taken me weeks to find you," I tell her.

"Foster home sucked. I'm better off on my own."

"If your mother saw you now, her heart would break."

"She never had time for me."

"Maybe because she was working two jobs, trying to keep you fed? Because she couldn't count on anyone but herself to do it?"

"She let the world walk all over her. Not once did I see her stand up for anything. Not even me."

"She was afraid."

"She was spineless."

I lean forward, enraged by this ungrateful brat. "Your poor mother suffered in ways you can't possibly imagine. Everything she did was for you." In disgust, I toss her cigarette back at her. This is not the girl I'd hoped to find. She may be strong and fearless, but no sense of filial duty binds her to her dead mother and father, no sense of family honor. Without ties to our ancestors, we are lonely specks of dust, adrift and floating, attached to nothing and no one.

I pay the bill for her meal and stand. "Someday, I hope you find the wisdom to understand what your mother sacrificed for you."

"You're leaving?"

"There's nothing I can teach you."

"Why would you want to, anyway? Why did you even come looking for me?"

"I thought I would find someone different. Someone I could teach. Someone who would help me."

"To do what?"

I don't know how to answer her question. For a moment, the only sound is the tinny mariachi music spilling from the restaurant speakers.

"Do you remember your father?" I ask. "Do you remember what happened to him?"

She stares at me. "That's what this is about, isn't it? That's why you came looking for me. Because my mother wrote you about him."

"Your father was a good man. He loved you, and you dishonor him. You dishonor both your parents." I place a bundle of cash in front of her. "This is in their memory. Get off the street and go back to school. At least there, you won't have to fight off strange men." I turn and walk out of the restaurant.

In seconds she's out the door and running after me. "Wait!" she calls. "Where are you going?"

"Back home to Boston."

"I do remember you. I think I know what you want."

I stop and face her. "It's what you should want, too."

"What do I have to do?"

I look her up and down, and see scrawny shoulders and hips so narrow they barely hold up her blue jeans. "It's not what you need to do," I reply. "It's what you need to be." Slowly I move toward her. Up till this point, she's seen no reason to fear me and why should she? I am just a woman. But something she now sees in my eyes makes her take a step back.

"Are you afraid?" I ask her softly.

Her chin juts up, and she says with foolish bravado: "No. I'm not."

"You should be."

TWO

Seven years later

M

Y NAME IS DR. MAURA ISLES, LAST NAME SPELLED I-S-L-E-S. I'M A forensic pathologist, employed by the medical examiner's office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

"Please describe for the court your education and background, Dr. Isles," said the Suffolk County assistant district attorney Carmela Aguilar.

Maura kept her gaze on the assistant DA as she answered the question. It was far easier to focus on Aguilar's neutral face than to see the glares coming from the defendant and his supporters, dozens of whom had gathered in the courtroom. Aguilar did not seem to notice or care that she was arguing her case before a hostile audience, but Maura was acutely aware of it; a large segment of that audience was law enforcement officers and their friends. They were not going to like what Maura had to say.

The defendant was Boston PD officer Wayne Brian Graff, square-jawed and broad-shouldered, the vision of an all-American hero. The room's sympathy was with Graff, not with the victim, a man who had ended up battered and broken on Maura's autopsy table six months ago. A man who'd been buried unmourned and unclaimed. A man who, two hours before his death, committed the fatal sin of shooting and killing a police officer.

Maura felt all those courtroom gazes burning into her face, hot as laser points, as she recited her curriculum vitae.

"I graduated from Stanford University with a BA in anthropology," she said. "I received my medical degree from the University of California in San Francisco, and went on to complete a five-year pathology residency at that same institution. I am certified in both anatomical and clinical pathology. After my residency, I then completed a two- year fellowship in the subspecialty of forensic pathology, at the University of California-Los Angeles."

"And are you board-certified in your field?"

"Yes, ma'am. In both general and forensic pathology."

"And where have you worked prior to joining the ME's office here in Boston?"

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TESS GERRITSEN on THE SILENT GIRL

Reality can be more astonishing than fiction.

While my novels may appear to have unlikely elements, I draw inspiration from the truth. In THE SILENT GIRL, I introduce a character who seems far-fetched, a middle-aged female martial arts master whose lethal skill with a sword makes her a prime suspect in a Chinatown murder. A woman swordfighter? How realistic is that?

The character of Iris Fang is, in fact, based on a real woman: a wushu grandmaster who decades ago introduced Chinese martial arts to Boston. Although I have never met Master Bow Sim-Mark, I've met several of her students, who all speak of her fighting skills with awe and reverence. Yes, this woman does exist.

But in the household where I grew up in, sometimes it was hard to separate fact from fantasy. My mother is an immigrant from China, and she told me stories filled with supernatural wonders about weeping phantoms and sword-fighting monks and holy men who walked on water. In China, she said, such things really happened.

Among her stories was the ancient legend of the Monkey King. Born from a rock, this mischievous creature grows into a fierce warrior who hunts monsters and defends the innocent, an unlikely hero who stands on the side of justice. In China, Monkey's many exploits have inspired TV shows and movies and operas.

Now, the Monkey King has inspired my new thriller, THE SILENT GIRL

On a Chinatown rooftop, a nightmarish sight greets detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. A woman's body has been nearly decapitated by an ancient sword and strange, silvery hairs cling to the victim's clothing. When the crime lab identifies the strands as monkey hairs, Jane begins to wonder if the Chinese legend has sprung to life and is now lurking in the dark alleys of Chinatown.

Although I'm Asian American, this is the first time I've woven so much of myself into a story, and I'm thrilled to introduce two Chinese-American characters: Detective Johnny Tam, who is every bit as fierce and determined as Jane Rizzoli, and Iris Fang, the swordmaster who knows a secret that could doom her.

After another victim falls under the killer's sword, Jane must delve deeper into the myth of the Monkey King. And when Jane herself glimpses the shadowy creature, even she cannot be sure of that line between truth and legend.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Tess Gerritsen is one of the best thriller authors writing today and this book proves it.

    Forensic pathologist Dr. Maura Isles testifies against a police officer who is on trial for killing a suspect who allegedly murdered a cop. She broke the blue line and has made enemies of the Boston Police Department. Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli remains Maura's friend but even she wishes the pathologist held the line. Jane and her partner Frank cannot help her, but they are determined to solve an unusual case.

    A man who shows the tourists a glimpse into all the haunted places in Chinatown is shocked when one of the children on his tour finds a severed hand. They find the rest of the body on top of a roof near the hand. Jane and Frank have no idea who the Jane Doe is, but the evidence points towards the victim being an assassin for hire. Their investigation leads to Iris Fang who owns the Dragon and Stars Academy of Martial Arts who was widowed nineteen years ago during the massacre at the Red Phoenix Restaurant.. A couple of years later, Iris's daughter disappeared as did the daughter of another victim. There are various people who prefer certain secrets to remain buried about the massacre and disappearances and they are willing to kill to insure this occurs.

    Tess Gerritsen is one of the best thriller authors writing today as affirmed by her series going to TV. The action starts immediately on page one and never takes a respite until the finale. Maura plays a minor role as she has enough on her plate with the blue backlash and the emphasis on the police investigation. Readers get glimpses as to what is happening in Jane's personal life while much of the support cast adds complexity to the prime whodunit. The Silent Girl showcases the author at the top of her game with this certain bestseller.

    Harriet Klausner

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Fantastic Read

    I loved reading this book. It has a story that will keep you entertained for a few hours.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    ELECTRIFYING!

    "The Silent Girl" is beautifully written, engrossing, fast-paced, and suspenseful. The story begins with the discovery of the body of a young woman on a roof, a deep slash to her throat and a hand severed that certainly reveals murder. Rizzoli discovers the possible connections to a mass murder at a Chinatown restaurant nineteen years earlier. A 60ish martial arts master and her young associate are the interesting suspects that keep the reader entertained throughout the book. When a retired police officer who was investigating the case got too close and was murdered, Jane, her partner, Barry Frost, and new-to-the-team Officer Tam were led to information about two missing teenagers who had each lost parents in the Chinatown murder. Rizzoli's final discovery at the hands of the killer leaves the reader desperate to get to the electrifying conclusion. Tess Gerritsen, as always, kept me mystified and thoroughly entertained with The Silent Girl. I will buy every book she puts on the market. Madison Pridgen, A member of Between the Lines book club

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    What? Does noone understand the concept of a library any more?

    I am sorry to say I haven't read the book yet because there are others ahead of this on my "must be read list" but I am a bit disgruntled by all the individuals griping about the cost of books....whether they are hardbound, paperback or ebook. I haven't purchased a book in years and definitely read all the goodies that come out. Use your local library. Get on their mailing list. See when the next books of your favorite authors will be out. You too can be first on the list to get the next book. Instead of complaining about something over which you have no control, try doing something where you do have control.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    You spend 5 to 8 dollars for a coffee!!!!

    I'd rather spend 12.99 for a book that 7 dollars for a coffee drink. It is all a matter of priorities. A good read lasts for several days. Two coffees go right through you. Tess Gerritsen is always a good read. I am looking forward to her new book. It is cheaper than the hardback, which I would have bought, and I don't have to find a place to store it.
    Get over it.

    7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Thrilling

    Although I have yet to read the other installments in Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series, I found myself completely captivated by this exciting new thriller. Not only did The Silent Girl pull me into the Rizzoli&Isles bandwagon, but I also couldn't help reading it in one sitting. This new thriller and mystery follows the murder that happens in a Chinatown alley, where Rizzoli discovers a severed hand and later a body. The novel is told through many POVs, adding quite a bit of depth and perspective to the tale. I have to say that I loved Tess' characters and writing. Her characters were realistic, exciting, interesting, and conspicuous; a bunch I'd love to meet. Her writing was smooth and descriptive; very easy to read and a breeze to get through without feeling like you've missed anything important. Tess gives you detail. The detail in her novel is by far my favorite aspect, aside from the wonderful mystery she managed to concoct. The detail and background information she provided for every character and for every event that happened was perfect, which means there was no confusion what so ever on my part. The air of mystery and suspense that Tess brought to the novel was incredibly exciting and captured my attention with an astounding pull. Fair to say that The Silent Girl made me a fan and I'll be sure to check out the other novels very soon. The Silent Girl, Tess Gerritsen's newest installment in her Rizzoli & Isles series is available July 5th in hardcover and is a recommended read for fans of her series and for those who are looking for an edge-of-your-seat exciting thriller.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    WELL.....

    Not the best of the series. I found myself struggling to get through it. Loved the Rizzoli and Isles series though.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Excellent

    As usual Gerritsen doesn't fail to live up to her reputation for fast moving, realistic drama. In this book she is probing a different culture than most of us are familiar with, and she does it well. Too bad the TV show is not as good as these awesome books are, but that's the way it works, I guess. While Angie Harmon is a good actress, she is not Rizzoli. Read the book....you'll understand.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    A really good one..........

    I enjoy the Rizzoli and Isles novels -- this one is exceptional! Gripping story and very difficult to put down. Tess Gerritsen is by far the best at suspense and mystery!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Tess Gerritsen is one of the best female authors around. I can hardly wait for her next new book! As with her other books, this book keeps you on your seat and is hard to put down until you are done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Hated it!

    I think all the good reviews are posted by her family and friends.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Intriging all the way

    Captivating read from beginning to end. Cannot wait for Tess Gerrittsen next book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Disappointing...

    I, too, bemoan the high cost of ebooks, especially for those of us on fixed incomes in this dreadful economy. That said, I borrowed the book from my state downloadable library, where I get about 90% of my ebooks. (I've had my nook for more than a year, and only read ebooks.) I know when the new books come in each week, and I lurk on the site at that time... I snagged The Silent Girl the day it became available! It had a double-digit waiting list the next day! Have to say I'm glad I didn't buy it. It was sort of a page turner, but still fairly predictable. But what I really didn't like is the loose ends with Maura. I'm guessing they will be the intro thread to the next installment of Rizzoli and Isles, but it was still very disconcerting. Overall, this was only mediocre in terms of what I expect from Tess Gerritsen. I'll certainly look for the next book in this series, but you can bet I won't rush right out and buy it. Same for the James Patterson books, and a few other same-old, same-old authors.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Excellent police work, Chinatown mysteries

    A Rizzoli and Isles story that is very well written and takes the reader to Chinatown where things are done in their own way and in their own time. Where history is a huge part of their lives, both how they act in the present and in the future. Tess Gerritsen had her mothers roots in China to give her inspiration that made her dig deeply for research for this story that takes you to those areas, both past and present, and gives you a feeling that you are living with The Silent Girl. The story begins with a small Chinese girl being followed by two men, all three being observed by an older Chinese woman. The men had one thing in mind and when they trapped the young girl they started to do their evil sexual deed but the observing woman stepped in and creamed the two men making them scatter on their way. The woman knew the young girl and was trying to make a connection to help her. The girl eventually believed that the woman was there to help, not hurt the girl. The story skips ahead seven years when Dr. Maura Isles is testifying in a very controversial trial. Dr. Isles is a medical examiner and was giving evidence detrimental to a Boston Police Department Officer. The officer was a hero but the evidence that Dr. Isles was presenting was turning all in the courtroom against her. A young Chinese boy was giving an unauthorized tour to some tourists he had persuaded to join his tour of Chinatown's dangerous and murderous areas. When he took the group to a Chinese restaurant, The Red Phoenix, some strange "shadows" appeared that scared Billy and his tour members. Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner, Detective Barry Frost, were called to the scene where the strange things had occurred during Billy's tour. A severed hand was found and a very expensive gun but nothing else at this site. The detectives climbed to the roof of the old apartment house to see if there were any clues there. They did find what was no doubt the rest of the body to which the hand had been attached. Detective Tam was called into the case since in Chinatown little English was spoken. Tam was a good detective and knew quite well the entire area of Chinatown including its past history. He was also aware of the murders that had taken place years earlier in the Red Phoenix when the cook was suspected of killing others and himself creating a mess in Chinatown. The lore of Chinatown, the mystery of the Red Phoenix, the appearance and disappearance of fast moving creatures, the class teaching much of the Chinese hand to hand safety, the many mysteries, some understandable but most not comprehensible to those not Chinese, all combine to create a real page turner. While that is a very much over used phrase, you will find it defiantly describes The Silent Girl. You will fall in love with some of the characters and you will hate others. You will think you have the entire unknown mastered but then you find out you are wrong. That is what this great story does to you. Of course the ending will blow you away once again after you think you have it all figured.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Always a Good Read

    This author never disappoints. On another subject, those of you who are angry about book prices, vent your thoughts somewhere else...not on these book reviews where folks come to see reviews of THE BOOK. Call B&N if you have to, go to their website, go to the stores, but please STOP ranting HERE?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    I have been a long time fan of Gerritsen having read Harvest yea

    I have been a long time fan of Gerritsen having read Harvest years ago when I found the book among my grandmother's things. No ther author has been able to pull me into a series the way Gerritsen has. I eagerly await the release of each book and while I am not a fan of the TV show I will always be a fan of Tess no matter which direction she chooses to take Jane and Maura. This book is by far one of my favorites in the series. It kept me guessing until the last pages which is one of the reasons I so enjoy her work, I can never figure it out until I am at the end.  

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    I have loved all of the Rizzoli and Isles Series and feel that t

    I have loved all of the Rizzoli and Isles Series and feel that this is the best so far. It is a non-stop thrilling page turner beautifully orchestrated. I love the Chinese history, culture and myths we learn about through the twists and turns of the murder investigation.
    Highly recommend if you like a good thrilling murder mystery.
    As usual: there are plenty of details in the investigation that can be graphic at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Good

    Enjoyed the story, the mystery, and how it all wrapped up inthe end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Highly Recommended -one of the best Rizzoli and Isles Series I have read to date.

    I have almost read through the whole series of Rizzoli and Isles series and have enjoyed all of the books, Tess Gerritsen is an excellant author. The Silent Girl has a twist at the end that you won't believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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