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Body Double: Rizzoli & Isles series 4 [Kindle Edition]

Tess Gerritsen
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If there’s one thing that Tess Gerritsen’s Body Double categorically proves, it’s that there are few writers (on either side of the Atlantic) as consistent as her in turning out pungent and atmospheric thrillers, each as finely honed as the last. The Surgeon, with its ritualistic serial killer apparently returning from the dead to menace the surgeon he blamed for his death, marked out Gerritsen’s unsettling territory with immense assurance: here was a writer for whom there were few taboos when it came to disturbing the reader. Similarly, The Apprentice gleaned considerable acclaim for its chilling portrait of a killer utilising his medical knowledge in unspeakable fashion.

Body Double has all the characteristic Gerritsen imagination and innovation (despite a title that has seen service a little too often); here, Detective Jane Rizzoli has the feeling that she is gazing at her doppelganger when she looks at the body of Boston pathologist Dr Maura Isles stretched out on the slab that was her own work surface. Maura Isles has Jane’s physical appearance, birth date, and even blood type. And when tests reveal that the women are twin sisters, Jane is plunged into a dangerous mystery, travelling to Maine where she must investigate the identity of a mother she never knew. And, all the while, a savage murderer is indulging in nationwide slaughter.

Gerritsen has created some controversy with her readiness to gaze into the darker recesses of human psychopathology, and this book (like its predecessors) is not for the squeamish. But those seeking powerful and trenchant crime writing need not hesitate. Jane Rizzoli, too, is a strongly characterised protagonist. --Barry Forshaw

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If there’s one thing that Tess Gerritsen’s Body Double categorically proves, it’s that there are few writers (on either side of the Atlantic) as consistent as her in turning out pungent and atmospheric thrillers, each as finely honed as the last. The Surgeon, with its ritualistic serial killer apparently returning from the dead to menace the surgeon he blamed for his death, marked out Gerritsen’s unsettling territory with immense assurance: here was a writer for whom there were few taboos when it came to disturbing the reader. Similarly, The Apprentice gleaned considerable acclaim for its chilling portrait of a killer utilising his medical knowledge in unspeakable fashion.

Body Double has all the characteristic Gerritsen imagination and innovation (despite a title that has seen service a little too often); here, Detective Jane Rizzoli has the feeling that she is gazing at her doppelganger when she looks at the body of Boston pathologist Dr Maura Isles stretched out on the slab that was her own work surface. Maura Isles has Jane’s physical appearance, birth date, and even blood type. And when tests reveal that the women are twin sisters, Jane is plunged into a dangerous mystery, travelling to Maine where she must investigate the identity of a mother she never knew. And, all the while, a savage murderer is indulging in nationwide slaughter.

Gerritsen has created some controversy with her readiness to gaze into the darker recesses of human psychopathology, and this book (like its predecessors) is not for the squeamish. But those seeking powerful and trenchant crime writing need not hesitate. Jane Rizzoli, too, is a strongly characterised protagonist. --Barry Forshaw


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345458931
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New edition edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS2J0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. She started off her writing career with romance novels, now published by Mira. But in 1996 she switched to writing thrillers with her novel HARVEST, inspired by the anger she felt about the illegal trade in human organs. It was her first New York Times bestseller. Since then she has become an internationally bestselling author of crime novels, and her thriller series starring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the basis for the hit television series "Rizzoli & isles." She lives with her husband in Maine. For more information on Tess Gerritsen and her novels, visit her website: www.tessgerritsen.co.uk.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic thriller 26 Feb 2005
By M. Thornton VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you've read 'The Sinner' and don't think that the Amazon official review makes sense, don't worry. Both Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles return in 'Body Double' and it's every bit as good. It's not Jane that finds her doppelganger: it's Maura, but I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil the plot.
I recommend you read Tess Gerritsen's latest books in order: 'The Surgeon', 'The Apprentice', 'The Sinner' and 'Body Double'. They are all fantastic thrillers and certain characters and storylines follow through the series. That said, 'Body Double' does stand up pretty well on it's own if you really don't want to read all four.
Tess Gerritsen's earlier thrillers ('Harvest', 'Life Support' and 'Bloodstream') were more traditional medical thrillers - her more recent novels are what I would call crime novels but are just as good. I would recommend any of these books as a great read.
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114 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BODY DOUBLE - MY REVIEW 23 Aug 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
TESS GERRITSEN'S LATEST NOVEL IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!
THE WRITING IS MS GERRITSEN'S ALONE, BUT IT HAS THE FEEL OF PATRICIA CORNWELL AND MARY HIGGINS CLARK, ALL MIXED IN ONE EXPLOSIVE BOOK.
DR. MAURA ISLES, COMES HOME TO THE POLICE AT HER DOOR. THEY THINK THAT SHE HAS BEEN KILLED - BECAUSE THERE IS A BODY IN A CAR OUTSIDE OF HER HOME WITH HER FACE ON IT. IT'S NOT HER THOUGH AND THIS LEADS HER ON A TERRIFYING JOURNEY TO FIND OUT WHO SHE REALLY IS.
BUT ARE THE ANSWERS ONES THAT SHE CAN LIVE WITH.
SHE NEEDS TO FIND OUT WHO THE WOMAN IS AND THIS THEN CHANGES DIRECTION AND ULTIMATELY LEADS TO A MURDERER WHO HAS BEEN KILLING FOR OVER FORTY YEARS.
THIS IS A FABULOUS BOOK, FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS. QUITE SHOCKING TO THE READER AND A VERY ENGROSING READ.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 21 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
I discovered Tess Gerritsen just as my enthusiasm for Patricia Cornwell was waning. Not only did I find an author who hooked me just as Cornwells early Scarpetta books did but I think I might actually have found an author who can tell a tale better than Cornwell. I took a reviewer on Amazon's advice and read the Jane Rizzoli series from the beginning and have loved every installment so far from `The Surgeon' to 'The Apprentice', 'The Sinner' and now 'Body Double'.....although I should stress that it's not necessary to read the books in sequence.

In Body Double the plot centers on a mystery surrounding Medical Examiner Dr Maura Isles who finds herself face to face with a twin she never knew she had. `Dark, sinister and well-crafted' are some of the comments that have been used to describe Body Double and I can't think of any better way of explaining the plot and story. But then that's no more than we've come to expect from Tess Gerritsen.

I've also read `Vanish' - the next in the series after Body Double and it too is fantastic. So if you're in the market for a fantastic thriller writer who'll keep you up till the early hours flipping pages then get you're plastic out and order the whole series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking 28 Jun 2011
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Body Double is the 4th in Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli/Isles series. The story starts with Maura Isles arriving home from a conference in Paris, to find the police at her home, called to a shooting. The victim looks uncannily like Maura, so much so that Rizzoli, Frost and co thought it was her. Whilst Maura was an only child, she was adopted, and DNA tests prove that this woman was her twin sister. Maura endures the singular experience of seeing her own body autopsied. As Rizzoli and Frost investigate, Maura learns some horrifying truths about her past. Once again, Gerritsen gives us a fast-paced story with an excellent plot and quite a few twists. And a gutsy victim who decides not to be. Gerristen also provides a bit of humour, some of it quite black: the eight-month pregnant Rizzoli "guarding" Isles; Rizzoli giving Isles relationship advice; and Maura, who has never exposed more than her hands and face at work, present as her morgue colleagues, Rizzoli and Frost see a body identical to hers under the knife. Gerritsen also gives us food for thought about "private" adoptions and where those babies come from. Another excellent read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read from start to finish! 26 Nov 2004
Format:Paperback
Body Double follows on from The Apprentice with gritty lead characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles.This book gives you a chance to find out more about Maura Isles background and you get to see more of the softer side of heavily pregnant Rizzoli, throw in a serial killer,romance, bags of suspense and of course numerous dead bodies and Body Double is one of the best and most riveting medical thrillers I've read!!Move over Patricia Cornwell!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Isles of Dr Maura - oh, there are two 18 Sep 2006
By OEJ TOP 100 REVIEWER TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
How much you enjoy Body Double may well depend upon your experience with its author. If this is your first time round, then I would expect you to find it a very satisfying, well-paced thriller, but if (like me) you have read all three predecessors in the series, you may just feel slightly short-changed - especially after the peaks reached in The Apprentice.

Provided that you can accept the somewhat far-fetched story, this is actually the most intriguing and well-structured of the four books so far in the Rizzoli-and-later-Dr Isles series. Boston pathologist Dr Maura Isles, attractive, divorced and aged forty, gets more than a shock when a woman is shot in the head outside Dr Isles' house. She has to watch a colleague carry out an autopsy on the murdered woman who is her DNA-verified identical twin, yet until this day Maura had no idea that she had a twin sister at all. Hmm. I suppose it could happen, but it's stretching the credibility muscles a little. Anyway, Maura begins an investigation into her dead sister's past, and therefore her own, aided by the very much more colourful character of Detective Jane Rizzoli - recently married and expecting her first child anytime soon.

My problem is that Maura's nowhere near as interesting a character as Rizzoli, and although Rizzoli is the other leading character in this tale, she unfortunately takes something of a back seat in the narrative while Maura tries to put together the previously unknown pieces of her family's past, in particular her biological mother who gave Maura up for adoption and whose name and whereabouts were unknown until now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another goodie!
Yet another good read. Learning more about the main characters which in turn makes me want to read on. Going to purchase the next now.
Published 21 days ago by Happy mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic read, grips you from the first to the last page. Read the series in order to get the best out of the books.
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Anothere Tess classic., Enjoyed it, easy to read, nothing too tasking or mind boggling. Will buy another in the series.
Published 27 days ago by Amanda Harwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Body double
A great read. I would recommend this book. I have read a few from this author and enjoyed them all. This story has a good twist to it. I can't wait to read the next book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Body Annoying
The problem with this book is, after the shock start, that Maura becomes creepier the more she gets involved with people. Read more
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A brilliant read AM half way through it and it is fantastic don't want to put it down. Looking forward to the next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
My favourite book by tess so far great story line had me hooked from the start and was very unpredictable
Published 5 months ago by Blair Stevenson
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Once again enthralled from start to finish. Tess has such a way with telling the story that you really feel like you are right there in it.
Published 5 months ago by Ann Berrie
3.0 out of 5 stars Its all about Maura Isles!
"Body Double" is the best "R&I" book since "The Surgeon" and an interesting and competent thriller. Gerritsen is back in fine form after a lackluster effort in "The Sinner" and... Read more
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